SF ICER AIR
Venue: ATT Park
Entertainment: Jurassic 5, Ladytron, DJ Spider, Chain Garden v
Time: 10am - 8pm
10:00 AM - Gates Open
11:00 AM - Qualifier Open Session / Band #1 - Chaingarden
12:00 PM - Skate & BMX Vert Demo
1:00 PM - Wakeboarding Exhibition
2:00 PM - Womens Practice / Band #2 - Ladytron
3:00 PM - Women’s Big Air
4:00 PM - Skate & BMX Vert Demo
5:00 PM - Mens Practice / Band #3 - Jurassic 5
6:00 PM - Men’s Big Air Contest / DJ Spider
8:00 PM - Awards Ceremony
Calgary, AB – November 3, 2006 – With opening day at Lake Louise Mountain Resort just seven days away, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies has been displaying some serious enthusiasm for the upcoming season (Kids, please don’t try this move at home!).
November 3 –5: Calgary Snow Show
November 10: Lake Louise Mountain Resort Opening Day
November 18: Lake Louise Heavy Metal Rail Jam
November 24 & November 25: WinterStart Santa Claus Parade, Banff Winterstart Festival (Banff)
November 24 & November 25: $10,000 Rail Jam, Banff Winterstart Festival (Banff)
November 25 & Sunday, November 26: Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup, presented by Bombardier (Men’s Events)
December 1 - December 3: Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup, presented by Bombardier (Women’s Events)
Ski and ride for less this winter with the Canadian Rockies Louise Card, now on sale until December 26th at www.louisecard.com
The memorial service for Marc Hodler, President of the International Ski Federation 1951-1998, Member of the International Olympic Committee since 1963 and FIS Honorary President since 1998, was held in the Cathedral of Bern on Tuesday, 31st October, 2006.
More than 500 people paid their last respects to a great friend and life-time promoter of the sport of skiing. Words of farewell were delivered by FIS President Gian Franco Kasper who looked back on many years of close collaboration with Mr. Hodler: “His knowledge, vision, diplomatic skills and foresight had a great influence on sports, especially the sport of skiing, for more than half a century. No one else in the history of mankind has done as much for the benefit of skiers worldwide as Marc Hodler. Salut, Marc, we will never forget you.”
Amazing atmosphere and a large and wildly cheering throng of 350'000 spectators characterized the opening weekend of the Viessmann FIS World Cup Cross-Country in Düsseldorf (GER) last Saturday and Sunday. Setting the stage for the early season opener for the fifth time, the promenade on the Rhine River in the Düsseldorf Old Town offered excellent sporting performances in fine snow conditions along with other entertainment.
Real winter weather with more than ½ meter of snow and temperatures around -10C currently provide the perfect setting for the slalom opening of the 2006/2007 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup at Levi (FIN) on 11th – 12th November. The competition course has already been prepared with snow and is now being iced to ensure equal and challenging conditions for all competitors.
Following its debut in the FIS Alpine World Cup for the ladies in 2004 and another two-slalom-event for the ladies last year, Levi will be hosting both ladies’ and men’s slaloms this year. The Levi weekend in the middle of November is a new addition to the World Cup calendar, breaking the long pause between the traditional Sölden glacier opener - unfortunately cancelled this year - and the North American tour.
A full Freestyle FIS World Cup level moguls course has been prepared on the slopes of the Klein Matterhorn glacier in Zermatt, Switzerland where at times up to 80 moguls skiers have been training simultaneously.
The 220-meter-long training course - located between 3500m to 3700m above sea level - has been more or less the standard training center for freestyle moguls skiers for many years and it is on the annual training plan for most teams. The national teams training there this fall have included AUT, AUS, CAN, CZE, FIN, FRA, GER, GRE, ITA, JPN, NOR, RUS, SWE, SUI and some members of the USA team.
Jenny Eidolf, Head Coach of the Swedish Mogul team, noted: “The weather has been fine and this has allowed for some excellent training this fall. We have had some super support from the mountain staff for the development of the mogul course. Basically we [all of the Coaches] have worked together to prepare two full training courses which are just like what we are used to skiing on at the World Cup level.”
The traditional series of annual FIS Alpine Technical Delegate (TD) seminars is currently underway. A total of 16 seminars including participation by approximately 450 Alpine TDs from 37 nations have been or will be held around the world before the season really gets underway. Staged since 1973 before the season starts, these Alpine TD courses provide an important opportunity for all licensed Alpine TDs to get together to discuss example cases and share experiences from the past season and to prepare for the forthcoming season. Annual attendance in the TD seminar is a requirement expressly spelt out in the International Competition Rules (ICR) to ensure that the licensed Alpine TDs are up-to-date with the latest developments in rules and regulations.
The TD seminars are instructed by the fifteen commissioners from the different regions with the assistance of Janez Flere, FIS Alpine Coordinator who is able to be present at around half of the seminars. The course content includes practical cases for discussion, quizzes, penalty and timing calculations, reviews of TD reports from the past season and precisions of the rules that apply as of the 2006/2007 season. “These seminars have really become a valuable, annual chance for us in the TD community to get together and discuss the lessons learned from the past season and share our experiences,” noted Janez Flere, who also coordinates the content of the seminars and prepares the common materials.
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