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Snow Alert - Jay Peak, Killington VT

Good snow conditions! 28 km slopes are already open in the Matterhorn glacier paradise! The Furggsattel chair lift operates - and you can also ski across Italy!
New 8-seat cable car Furi-Schweigmatten-Riffelberg with access to the Gifthittli cable car. Opening on 18th December
NEWS -The summit of the Klein Matterhorn, at 3883 m above sea level already the highest observation platform in the Alps, is to be raised. The Zermatt Bergbahnen plan to construct a 90-m high pyramid with a platform at an altitude of 4000 metres. 117 metres higher than the peak itself (3883 m above sea level).

Zermatt 4° C; 39° F
Klein Matterhorn -4° C; 25° F 76 km/h
Gornergrat -1° C; 30° F 40 km/h v Rothorn -1° C; 30° F 2 km/h
Ski runs open 37 km

Off-piste skiing
Skiers don't have to content themselves with just skiing on the pistes! We will guide you down slopes in their natural state to isolated valleys. If we have sufficient participants we offer these guided tours for groups at the price of CHF 165.- / EUR 110.- per person. For information and reservations contact the "Alpin Center", Mountain Guides' Office, tel. 027 966 24 60 Alpin Center (8F / 111)v

Zermatt, a skiing experience - why we're the No. 1 ski destination • Not just skiing: snow sports for all


Ski New Hampshire
Currently we have skiing and riding in NH at Bretton Woods and Waterville Valley. Look for that number to grow to as many as 13 ski areas by this weekend! The recent weather and forecast are letting our snowmakers fully work their magic. We might even have XC skiing on some man-made snow at one or two areas.

Photo Credit: Ski New Hampshire

With the recent weather change this is a great time to point out our partnership with the Mt. Washington Observatory for our weather forecasts. They do a great job of forecasting for skiers, riders and anyone who enjoys getting outdoors in New Hampshire. Mount washington Obserevatory

Grouse Mountain - Vancouver B.C.

Free Skiing and Boarding at Free Skiing and Boarding at Grouse Mountain This Wednesday! (No, this is not a typo)
December 5th, 2006, North Vancouver – With one of the best November openings on record, Grouse Mountain is celebrating the amazing early season conditions with a day of free skiing and riding this Wednesday, December 6th.
Entering into its 80th year as a snow operator, Grouse Mountain wants to give skiers and riders of all abilities the chance to test out its phenomenal snow and extensive terrain. With all of its runs and terrain parks open, the resort anticipates epic weather and a full day of enthusiastic skiers and boarders. All those looking to take advantage of Grouse Mountain’s free day are strongly encouraged to bring a minimum donation of $2 for North Shore Family Services or canned goods for the Harvest Project. The resort will be taking donations for the local charities all day and aims to collect something from each of its guests.
Free Day details:
- Lift tickets will be free from 9am to 7pm. The resort will be open for regular operation from 9am to 10pm. - Free Day is available to skiers and snowboarders This Wednesday! ( TOMORROW ) Kelly Aldinger Communications Coordinator Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd.


Jackson Hole
$40 dollar lift tickets celebrating our 40th anniversary

Snow Depth
32" @ Upper-Mountain
25" @ Mid-Mountain

Total Snowfall ( season to-date)
83" @ Upper-Mountain
66" @ Mid-Mountain

Lifts Open: 2 of 11
Trails Open: 11 of 116

December 10, 2006
End Date: December 15, 2006
Type of Event: Camp
Location: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Olympic Gold Medalist Tommy Moe, joined by our most experienced coaches, keep the legondary Pepi Steigler early season tune up tradition thriving. Camp consists of six days of gate training, and skiing a variety of terrain that culminates with the Big Race!

Dec 23 - 23 - Teton Village Tree Lighting Ceremony


Alpine Valley - Wi

19°F Cloudy
Feels Like: 6°F Humidity:54%
Wind: S at 13 mph

Conditions: 12-24" powder,packed


White Face - Lake Placid, N.Y.
Lifts - 2 :: Trails - 3 :: New Snow - 1" :: Last 3 Days - 2"

Whiteface has re-opened for the season and winter is here!! Currently we are skiing and boarding from the top of Little Whiteface to the base, including the beginner Mixing Bowl. By the weekend, we will open Upper and Lower Northway. Extended forecast is bodacious for winter conditions so we’ll pound it day and night with our improved snowmaking system. Also, we are mixing in some lake effect snowfall from the west. Base Elevation: 1,220'
Summit Elevation: 4,386'
Little Whiteface Elevation: 3,676'
Peak Elevation: 4,867'
Highest skiable terrain: The Slides at 4,650'
Highest lift terminus: 4,386'

Top Brands at Mountain Gear

Fernie - Canada
Fernie Alpine Resort is ready for its scheduled opening day of Saturday, December 9th with outstanding conditions throughout the mountain.

To date, the Resort has received over 8 feet of snow, and currently has a settled snow pack of 123cm (48 inches). The Resort expects to have 9 out of 10 lifts operating this weekend.
All facilities will be in operation, including the Winter Sports School, Sports Alpine Retail Shop, Rentals, as well as the Slopeside Coffee and Deli (limited menu), Daylodge Cafeteria, Bear’s Den Warming Hut, Griz Bar (12pm – 6pm), Kelsey’s Restaurant, and tentatively, the New Lost Boys Café.
The Lost Boys Café is Fernie Alpine Resort’s newest and most anticipated addition to the mountain this season. Perched at the top of the Timber Express Quad, the Lost Boys Café will feature a selection of beverages and specialty items while providing stunning views of the Elk Valley and town of Fernie.
You can kick off your first day at Fernie Alpine Resort with great skiing and riding, while also supporting the local community at the annual Community Mogul Smoker, taking place at the Fernie Alpine Resort plaza from 12pm – 3pm on Saturday, December 9th.
Traditionally, the Mogul Smoker event allows skiers and riders to make an “offering” to the snow gods in the hopes of a plentiful snow season. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a wooden “ski” plank to toss in the fire as their offering, with proceeds benefiting the Fernie Alpine Ski Team and local group Wildsight. The Resort Plaza will feature an all ages “Mogul Smoker Garden”, with Mogul Smoker cocktails for the adults, and hot chocolate for the youngsters. $5 will get you a ski and hot chocolate, $10 for a ski and Mogul Smoker cocktail. The event is a great, family-oriented event that also benefits local community causes. The plaza will also feature a DJ that afternoon.
Fernie Alpine Resort www.skifernie.com is part of the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) family

Sugarloaf - Maine
Thanks to the somewhat brisk temps, snowmaking continues. The guns have been out on Narrow Gauge all day and will continue through the night. Several other trails will also get some loving, and we should see some of those trails - Sluice, Winter's Way and Boardwalk - open up midweek. We'll also see rails go back in above Tote.

This is Locals Week, which means if you're a resident of Eustis, Stratton, Carrabassett Valley, Kingfield, New Portland, Freeman, Rangely, New Vineyard, Strong, Phillips or Farmington, you can ski for free from now through Friday, Dec. 8.

Coming up this weekend, we've got the first Bud Light Concert Series event of the season with a concert by John Brown's Body and the Benevento/Russo Duo in the King Pine Room on Saturday. Tickets are just $10 in advance and $15 at the door, so get yours now at 1-800-THE-LOAF.

Also, on Saturday and Sunday, we've got Demo Days and the Gift Bazaar. To see all of our upcoming events, go to www.sugarloaf.com

The Resort at Squaw Creek
Holiday Concert Program Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols
December 10 - The Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley, CA
3:30 - 4:00 No Host Bar. Program begins at 4:00
The Truckee Community Chorus is pleased to share the holiday spirit with Squaw Valley Institute and members of the community.
The magical atmosphere at The Resort at Squaw Creek, combined with this extraordinary concert is the perfect way to start your holiday season!
Tickets are $10.00 per person and can be purchased at the door. Children under 12 and students with ID are free.
For directions to The Resort at Squaw Creek, please visit: http://www.squawcreek.com/
For more information about the Institute and upcoming programs,
please visit www.squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 530.581.4138

Mayrhofner - Austria

Opening Party
157 kilometres of pistes, 28 huts and restaurants, 49 lifts and 100 hectares of pistes (with snow machines) - the ski region is extended from Mayrhofen by the Penkenbahn and from Schwendau by the Horbergbahn.

Mayrhofen’s other skiing area, the Ahorn, is well suited for families. It also offers ideal practice slopes for beginners and children. The 5.5 km long valley descent (with snow machines) will appeal to very good skiers. A special feature is the Ahorn "Kinderland", a large children’s playground at an altitude of 2000 metres

The Penken cable car has been in operation since 16th December 1995. 47 gondolas will each take upto 15 persons (2000 people per hour) - a great increase compared to the 650 per hour of the hold lift. Another great advantage is that new lift has wind stability up to 90 km/h and you do not have to change at the middle station. This because this is the first lift to take a curve at full speed and will transport you to the valley stations of the chairlifts on the Penken

Ahorn-, Penken- and Horberg cable cars daily operate from 8.30am to 4.30pm

And a great Cable Car

Europe´s biggest
cable weights: load cable 27,6 t (3.200 m long) • contra cable 10,2 t (3200 m length) • catenary cable 97,4 t (3430 m long) – all in all 140 t unladen weight of the cables! catenary cable diameter 70 mm • load cable diameter 47mm horizontal cable tension force 600
Austria´s biggest cable car will transport up to 160 persons within only 6.5 minutes over a distance of 3 km to the Ahorn plateau.




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