Celebrity guest telemarker Jonathan plunged
into Huffman's from Spur Run to see how accurate the
5am Snow Report was. I was amazed at how light the
knee-deep snow was. I could still feel the bottom. From
the top of Sundown Express we pointed it down an un-
groomed Three O'Clock where the snow was up to our
waists and the bumps only echoes of their former selves.
We popped back to High Noon just in time for our Two
O'Clock appointment. The groomed center was up to
the tops of our shins and the right side was waist deep.
For our next run, we glided under the chair just long
enough to get some cheers off the lift before cutting
across Priest Creek Lift Line and trees and back to
Three O'Clock. Launching the cat tracks at the bottom
felt like jumping on a trampoline in marshmallow boots.
For our final run from Storm Peak, we traversed to
Storm Peak North and then to Hurricane. Despite being
ungroomed, I hardly needed to turn. I felt like a surfer
ducking into a tube when I squatted down, completely
submerged in the snow. If you've never experienced
that feeling, you can simulate it by looking at a white
piece of paper and saying "FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF". FFFFFinally,
I took Burgess Creek to write this report. On powder
mornings you can expect to hear whoops of joy from
the occasional powderhound. Today, the whole ride up
sounded like a constant game of Marco Polo played by
over-caffeinated seals. The game's still going, I better
join back in.
Nor-Am finals this week!
Skiers from all over the world are at Panorama competing in the CIBC Coupe Nor-Am Cup Finals. The winners will race at World Cup level next season!
The CIBC Coupe Nor-Am Cup finals begin at Panorama Mountain Village tomorrow, and will run until Friday, March 17th. Athletes from around the world have been competing all winter, for the opportunity to advance to a World Cup start next season
Report Time: 5:22 a.m.
Weather: Mostly cloudy skies with snow flurries possible.
Temperature: 25 ° to 0 ° (Fahrenheit)
Wind: 5-10 from South West
New Overnight Snow: 0"
Snow Fall past 24hrs: 0"
Snow Fall past 48hrs: 0"
Base Snow Depth: 65-100"
Surface Conditions: Packed powder, machine groomed, deep snow up top
The Turin Olympics are being seen as a major milestone for the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Games. Whistler is celebrating alongside Turin and the Canadians will receive the Olympic Flag at the Closing Ceremony of the
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) broke ground last summer on the Whistler Sliding Centre located on the lower flank of Blackcomb Mountain. The Whistler Sliding Centre will house the Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton events and will have a proposed venue capacity of 11,650.
The legacy of the Games will live on following 2010 as the Whistler Sliding Centre will be available for training and public use. Scheduled for completion in 2008, the Whistler Sliding Centre will host ‘test’ international competitions pre-2010.
The Orange Air Time event is going to be held on Thursday 16th March from 8.30pm. The event is part of the Orange Brits which are running form the 11th - 18th March in Laax, Switzerland.
Jib-Vid is ready to go in under 2 weeks in the Tignes
Teams from France, Holland, Belgium, and the UK will be competing for the title and going by the qualification videos seen so far it’s going to be a hard fight. Last years winners, Lockdown Projects, are coming back to defend their title with good confidence after winning Red Bull’s “A Day in the City” skate film comp and 2nd place last week in the Red Bull Hike and Ride in Switzerland.
Also challenging will be the French production Audience 33 comprising of Mati Imbert, Olivier Grauff and Aluain Riccardi, and from the UK, the Hungerpain crew, James Thorne, Mark Ruperelia and Chris Chatt who are making their way over from Austria for the contest. For a full rider listing check out the website, www.jib-vid.com
Anyone looking to head out to Tignes for the week get in touch with Clare at www.tignes.co.uk who is sorting out all the accommodation. The friendly chaps at Spy Optic (www.spyoptic.com) have sorted us out with some goggles for the public vote award during the projection to make sure everyone gets there say in the goings on. In addition to this, The Snowboard Asylum (www.thesnowboardasylum.com), has come onboard with some free snowboards which will be given out for the best trick in the snowpark on Thursday afternoon along with a couple more up for grabs in the Jib-Vid raffle.
The competition schedule is as follows:
Saturday/Sunday – arrival/free day
Monday – free day. 10pm Couloir Bar - Reggae DJ
Tuesday – free day. 8pm Couloir Bar - riders meeting
10pm Couloir Bar - live band (Blue Funk)
Wednesday 22nd –
10am Tignes Snowpark - contest briefing
Free BBQ in snowpark
10pm Couloir Bar - DJ Danny Delta introducing Square 1
Thursday 23rd –
10am Tignes snowpark open
Midday – all films to be handed in at the Tignes Snowpark
Free BBQ in Snowpark
Afternoon – Best Trick contest with prizes
6.30pm – Couloir Bar - Rider Dinner
8pm – Melting Pot, doors open
9pm – Melting Pot - Film projection and judging starts
11pm – 4am – Melting Pot,
GMC Park Design
8-12" of NEW SNOW!
362-559" of snowfall this season to date.
Today's Forecast: Light snow through the day.Temp: Low 20s
US Ski Team News
RAICH CLINCHES '06 OVERALL TITLE, LIGETY 10th IN JAPAN SLALOM
SHIGA KOGEN, Japan (March 11) - Austrian Benjamin Raich clinched the World Cup overall Saturday by finishing fourth in a slalom in which Finn Kalle Palander tied Reinfried Herbst of Austria for the victory. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) was 10th.
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Olympic Comitte NEws
Opening Ceremony of the IX Paralympic Winter Games
The Torino 2006 IX Paralympic Winter Games will be inaugurated tonight with a live show of great visual impact, which will be seen by millions of spectators in Italy and around the world. IOC President
Photo: Courtesy of IOC media
European Freestyle Cup Meiringen Switzerland (SUI)