Snow Alert For SnowBird, Snow Basin Utah
Snow Alert for Tahoe Basin; Alpine ,
Homewood, Heavenly, Sugar Bowl Squaw
Big White / Silver Star
It's President's Week starting tomorrow! Guests will be treated to fantastic conditions at both Big White and Silver Star with over 200 cms of snow at both resorts, lots of activity and fun! There is still availability in certain accommodation types with a minimum two nights stay, book fast!
Vancouver mountain friends! Be sure to come out to the Advil Outdoor Adventure Show at BC Place this weekend and make sure you say hello at the Silver Star & Big White booth.
Congratulations to former Canadian national team downhiller Roman Torn, who ripped up the race course at the 26th Annual Over the Hill Downhill at Silver Star last weekend with the fastest time. Finally, a big cheer for all of our Canadian Olympic athletes competing in Torino, Italy – notably Drew Neilson and Tom Velisek, who are competing in the Snowboard Cross (SBX) race. (Drew and Tom are well acquainted with the snowboard cross course at Silver Star's TELUS Park!) You can catch all of the Olympic action in Big White's Village Centre Mall on the 42 inch plasma screen TV and on the big screen in the Town Hall Eatery at Silver Star!!
Stop by TELUS Park and check out the future stars of skiing and snowboarding! Big White is hosting the first of two Free Ride Club competitions in TELUS Park. Events will include Snow Cross, Slopestyle, Half Pipe, and some of the kids will also be grinding up the rails. Get an autograph and photo now because there will probably be a big line-up at the podium in 2010! Events are scheduled for both days – Saturday and Sunday. For more information about the Big White Free Ride Club and Free Ride Team please contact Josh Foster, Director of Skiing, Big White Ski Resort at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 491-6143.
Mountain Dew Series Half Pipe at TELUS Park Silver Star
Skiers and snowboarders – on Saturday, show off those stylin' moves you've been working on in TELUS Park and enter the competitive world of half pipe skiing and snowboarding by competing in the Mountain Dew Series! Big prizes at the end of the series for the most points! Register at the Info Desk at the Silver Star Snowsport School. (250) 558-6065.
The brand-new TELUS Park race centre at Silver Star will debut with the high profile Pontiac GM Cup Race Series from February 25 – 28. Our future Olympians, both men and women, will be racing through slalom and giant slalom courses set in the TELUS Park Race Centre.
270 amateur racers are coming to Silver Star to race GS and SL for a piece of the $50,000 in prize money. Spectators can enter to win a trip for 4 to the 2006 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival which includes 4 nights’ stay/$1000.00 cash and new Atomic Gear.
New snow and sunshine in the forecast for Ski Week, and Kirkwood is serving up a family feast of fun! With six inches of new snow since yesterday and more predicted for Saturday, the mountain will be in impeccable shape with 2,300 acres of terrain for all abilities to play in. Special for Ski Week: Junior Expedition Camps for kids who are ready to take on the whole mountain.
High Angle Grooming... Like it steep and smooth? Kirkwood’s High Angle Grooming program will have you looking down some of the steepest groomed terrain in Lake Tahoe, with several black and double black diamond runs covered in wall to wall corduroy to choose from. Explore Kirkwood’s legendary off-piste terrain - Wagon Wheel Bowl, Palisades, Thunder Saddle, Fawn Ridge - they're all deep and soft and super fun! Kirkwood’s uncrowded slopes mean you only have to get up close and personal with the people you want to, and less people always means more fun on the slopes.
2/18, Sat.- Steeps Camp: Are you looking for added poise to get down the steeps or the control to ski and ride with complete confidence? Do you dream of ripping the terrain you see in all the video's and magazines? If so then join our Expedition Guides as they show you the unique terrain Kirkwood has to offer to elevate your skiing and riding.
It going to be a great day out on the slopes, so get on up here and make some turns! Today adults, young adults, and seniors are $46 and children 6-12 are $15. Kids 5 and under ski for free! The National Weather Service Forecast is calling for scatter snow this morning with snow this afternoon. Accumulations of 4-6 inches above 7000 feet with light winds becoming 10mph this afternoon.
Join Babes in the Backcountry at Sugar Bowl February 24-26. Superstar Telemark Skier Leslie Ross shares her "Moving From Center" approach to help women advance to the next level and gain more confidence in their freeheel and backcountry skills. This is a great opportunity to ski with a legend in a comfortable, supportive environment. Call 530-426-6724 or log on to www.babesinthebackcountry.com for more information.
It's time for some spring cleaning...cleaning up those bad habits on the slopes that is. The weather is great and we've got a whole host of clinics to help you master new skills or simply refine the ones you have! Check out MSLC or Call 530-426-6772 for more information.
Val Gardena -Italy
Ski touring with a difference
Ski mountaineering in the Dolomites is usually a demanding enterprise and certainly not for beginners. But the Dolomites offer a ski touring experience with a difference that everyone can enjoy: the Sella Ronda.
18th February 2006 until 04th March 2006
19.02.2006 - Ortisei
Parade by the "Schützen" and concert by the Ortisei Band
23.02.2006 - Ortisei
Carnival procession with music entertainment
03.03.2006 - Ortisei
Music entertainment by Alpine Horns
03.03.2006 - Selva Gardena
12th Sellaronda Skimarathon
Sun Peaks - Canada
Snow is still elusive here in Sun Peaks, but between all the FINE weather we’ve been having and the skills of our award winging grooming team, we’ve got no cause for complaints. The base is hangin’ out around 159cm and conditions just can’t be beat.
Clear and cold are the bywords for today. The temperature is currently a chilly -18C in the Village, at Mid-mountain -20C, and -19C at the Top of the World. The winds are light, and the sky is clear as a bell, so wear your warm woolies and enjoy another bluebird day on the mountain.
The forecast for today is calling for mainly sunny skies and a high of -15C
All our major lifts are turning today, and as always the West Bowl T-bar will be open all weekend. All 3 mountains are 100% open, all 117 runs, and there’s some great carving out there for you folks to enjoy!
The cross-country network is open as well. Trails were groomed and track set yesterday. Our skating rink and Tube Time are both open daily for those not inclined to strap on some boards.
Friday race series is on again, and so come on out and challenge the family! Sign up at Snow Sports School and see how fast you really are.
This is SnowFlake signing out with your thought for the day… You can’t spell snow without NOW and that’s when you should be skiing!
USSA / Olympic News
KRIS FREEMAN 22nd IN 15km CLASSICAL
PRAGELATO, Italy (Feb. 17) - Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) was the top U.S. finisher in Friday's cross country 15km classical race in Pragelato as he took 22nd. Lars Flora (Anchorage, AK), Andrew Johnson (Greensboro, VT) and Justin Freeman (Andover, NH) placed 51-52-53, respectively.
Estonian Andrus Veerpalu won the race and the gold medal with a time of 38:01.3. Czech Lukas Bauer won silver in 38:15.8 and German Tobias Angerer took bronze in 38:20.5.
Freeman was 22nd in 39:57.4, while Flora was 51st in 41:53.1, Johnson was 52nd in 41:53.9 and Justin Freeman, Kris' brother, was 53rd in 42:00.9.
Overnight snow made the course sticky and slow.
"It was really rugged out there, it was a hard day," said Freeman. "The snow's really tricky, the skiing's really tricky."
Freeman, competing in his second Olympics, finished 15th in the Pursuit and was part of the 4x10km relay squad that placed fifth, the best all-time Olympic finish for the U.S.
"I think I came through with a decent race," said Freeman. "I'm not thrilled with it, but I think it was a good effort. It was representative of where I am today. I was a little sick last week and this is a good first race back."
Freeman stayed at a strong pace throughout the course, despite the slow conditions.
"I was skiing everything about the same," he said. "I went out at a steady pace and I just tried to hold it all the way around. It was so slow today that you can't afford to blow up out there."
In January, Freeman won the U.S. Championships pursuit and was second in the 15km at Soldier Hollow in Utah.
"It's very similar skiing (to the Soldier Hollow course)," said Freeman. "Some of the hills here are actually even harder. Any time you have snow like this, it just makes everything harder."
Freeman is slated to start in Sunday's relay event and will then get a week off before the 50km race.
XX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
Pragelato, ITA - Feb. 17, 2006
Cross Country Men's 15km Classical
1. Andrus Veerpalu, Estonia, 38:01.3
2. Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic, 38:15.8
3. Tobias Angerer, Germany, 38:20.5
4. Vassili Rotchev, Russia, 38:24.4
5. Jaak Mae, Estonia, 38:35.2
22. Kris Freeman, Andover, N.H., 39:57.4
51. Lars Flora, Anchorage, Alaska, 41:53.1
52. Andrew Johnson, Greensboro, Vt., 41:53.9
53. Justin Freeman, Andover, N.H., 42:00.9
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