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Snow Alert -Snowbird -UT, Taos Angelfire -N.M.
                -Alyeska -Alaska

Snowbird -Utah
Conditions updated:
New snow: 15"
Base Depth: 51" - 55"

Jumps: 0
Pipes: 0"
Open Lifts: 11
Conditions: Powder
Open runs: 83


Mt Hood Meadows -OR

Purchase Lift Tickets, Ski $ Snowboard School Packages, Park & Ride, and New Year's Eve Celebration Tickets

Purchase Lift Tickets

UPCOMING EVENTS Dec 16: Hanel Loop Xcountry Race
Dec 16-17: Glacial Outburst Celebration
Dec 16;17: 1 Day Telemark Clinic
Dec 16-18: Instructor Training Clinics
Dec 18-20; 3 Day Holiday KidsCamps
Dec 20-22: Instructor Training Clinics
Dec 31: New Year's Eve Celebration presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing
Jan 1-7: College Daze 7 Day pass for $99 (with current college student ID)
Jan 6: Jonny Mosley VIP Experience
Meet Gold Medalist Jonny Mosely at the Sprint and Jonny Mosely VIP Experience! Visit your local Sprint Nextel store today and test drive Nextel’s Direct Talk Walkie Talkie feature, your perfect companion on the slopes this winter, and get a FREE Oregon Sno-Park Pass. This pass is your ticket to the Sprint and Jonny Moseley VIP experience happening from 3-5pm. Hurry, supplies limited. Sprint, Power Up

Jan 6: Ally Distribution Meadows Video Premier 5 PM Finish Line
Jan 7: Next Snow Search 9-13 year old talent competition

Get details on how you can be one of five lucky people selected to session with X Games Athlete and Meadows Freeride Team member Sammy Carlson on December 27.
What's Hot, Heather Cyn and the Atomic Ridge bowl!

Salen - Are, Sweden
Open at present:
3 of 67 lifts
2 of 110 slopes
In Sälen, you can make parallel sweeps in Sweden’s most skied slope, get to know hundreds of living tree trolls, ski on four resorts in one day, practice your skills in 21 connecting green slopes, jump in one of Sweden’s best fun parks and munch down waffles made after recipes unchanged since the 1930’s. Few ski kingdoms have such a fantastic range for so many. This is a place where families and party people can enjoy their holiday side by side. And there are a huge number of accommodation alternatives.


Site of the 2007 World Alpine Championships FIS Alpine World Championships, 3-18 February
Are 2007
Åre is Scandinavia’s only skiing resort where you can ski down to the town centre, to taverns that tempt with good food and espresso. That is one of the reasons for Åre being a fun, international meeting point for jibbers, skiers and boarders

Open at present:
7 of 40 lifts
10 of 97 slopes
49 cm snow


27 April - 1 May!

A new edition of the Freeride competition and an opportunity to explore Sweden’s greatest fun park and coolest hang out, high up on Åreskutan. The world elite within new school riding, film makers and photographers from all over the world will be on site in Åre for a majestic end to the season. Large sections of Åreskutan are remodelled into one of the largest slope-style parks you have ever seen

SkiStar Invitational 17 februrary 2007
In the late 70’s and in the 80’s when Ingemar Stenmark was ski racing, Sweden would grind to a halt and watch. School lessons took a break and the TV was brought in, at work everyone gathered in front of the screen and on the streets you could see a crowd outside every shop with a TV in the window.
Stenmark and his competitors became heroes, well known not only in their own countries but also throughout the world. The skiing tradition has always been great in Sweden, and now with Åre yet again hosting the World Championship, we will get the chance to see these legends compete another time.
Skistar Invitational is a charity race with the intention to raise funds and awareness of Active Life Foundation. A fund started by the Swedish skier Thomas Fogdö, The Active Life Foundation helps injured athletes get back to an active life. Ingemar Stenmark and the rest of the legends will star in this race without any economical compensation in support Active Life and its work.
The race is free to watch!!
Before and during the race there will be actvities set up to give everyone a chance to contribute to, and support Active Life Foundation.

SkiStar The Group owns and operates alpine destinations in Sälen, Åre and Vemdalen in Sweden, and Hemsedal and Trysil in Norway.


FIS News
VAL D ISERE, France (Dec. 19) - Olympic giant slalom champion Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), healthy after a weekend stomach illness, earned her first World Cup victory Tuesday, winning a downhill with teammate Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) in third place.
Racing in sunny, 15-degree weather, Mancuso tore down the 2.5K Oreiller Killy track to finish in 1:38.93 with Renate Goetchl of Austria in second place at 1:39.36. Kildow, who won here a year ago with Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) in second place, completed the podium in 1:39.47 for the 51st running of Val d'Isere's Criterium of the First Snow.
"I thought I had a pretty sweet run but you never really know. In ski racing you never really know," Mancuso said. As she waited in the race-leader box at the finish, she said, "I kept telling myself, ‘Get it over with'...Renate and Lindsey had leading splits up top, but then they had a bobble or something toward the bottom, so that made this pretty sweet...
Nyman's advice was spot-on "I felt pretty good the whole way down, but there are definitely places where I could have been more dynamic. My skis felt smooth and I can't think of any particular mistake."
She thanked Steve Nyman (Provo, UT), who won a downhill Saturday in Val Gardena, Italy. She called to congratulate him "and he inspired me. He gave me some good tips and told me that my skiing was awesome, so I had to do it! Thanks, Steve," she laughed.
The win comes as an early Christmas present, Mancuso said. "My victory happened just on time, before Christmas, which is good so my family will come over and celebrate this with me."
Kildow and Mancuso were both sick with stomach flu over the weekend in Reiteralm, Austria. Kildow missed Friday's super combined and skied out in a super G Saturday while Mancuso, noting she probably shouldn't have raced because of the stomach bug, held it together and she tied for 18th in the SG. They traveled Sunday, trained Monday - Kildow didn't finish her run - and raced Tuesday.
The women run another downhill Wednesday, this one a makeup from St. Moritz, Switzerland, because of poor snow. Thursday, they head into the holidays break with a slalom.
51st Criterium of the First Snow
Val d Isere, FRA - Dec. 19, 2006
Women's Downhill-1v 1. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:38.93
2. Renate Goetchl, Austria, 1:39.36
3. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, CO, 1:39.47
4. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:39.58
5. Ingrid Jacquemod, France, 1:40.45
22T. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, ME, 1:41.35
32T. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1:41.79
45. Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, WY, 1:42.65
53. Kaylin Richardson, Edina, MN, 1:43.53

For complete results:

Big Sky -MT
New Overnight Snow: 0
Snow Fall past 24hrs: 0
Snow Fall past 48hrs: 0
Base Snow Depth: 25-38
Surface Conditions: Natural snow has been track packed and man-made snow has been groomed.
Terrain Open: 30%
Lifts Scheduled to Open: Lone Peak Tram, Swift Current, Ramcharger, Challenger, Iron Horse, Lone Peak Chair, Explorer, Mitey Magic Carpet, Magic Carpet, Pony Express
What's Happening
Adult lift tickets will be $59, youth (11-13)$29, and college rate will be $39. As always children 10 and under ski for free.

Jackson Hole -WY
Sweetwater Chair and Eagles Rest chair will now be operation. With Sweetwater, You have easy access to Casper Restaurant as well as intermediate runs from the top. Eagles Rest chair provides an easy approach for learning beginners.
December 16: Winter Solstice Party
5PM at the Jackson Hole Nordic Center Beer, Food, Music, Fire, Free Trail Passes, Half Off Rental Equipment
December 23: Teton Village Tree Lighting Ceremony
2:00 at the Crystal Springs Pond. Ice skating on the pond, holiday music, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa. Get into the spirit.
December 24: Christmas Eve Mass
Mass will begin at 5:30pm at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole in the Cottonwood Ballroom B. The service will include music, carols, lighting of candles and prayer.
Lifts Open: 9 of 11
Trails Open: 40 of 116
Groomed Trails Open: 40 of 40
Advanced Terrain Park: Not Open


Sun Valley - Idaho

SUN VALLEY, ID…..Baldy’s Seattle Ridge area will open for skiing tomorrow, Tuesday, December 19, 2006. The area will be serviced by the Seattle Ridge high-speed quad, #12, and Mayday, #14

The Boiler Room -Entertainment
Monday, Dec. 25 ~ Closed Christmas Day Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 6pm ~ Mike Murphy Comedy Show Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 6pm ~ Mike Murphy Comedy Show Thursday, Dec. 28 at 6pm ~ The Vuarnettes Show Friday, Dec. 29 at 9pm ~ Karaoke / $2 Well-Drinks & $1.50 Domestic Draft Beer Saturday, Dec. 30 at 6pm ~ Joe Cannon Show Sunday, Dec. 31 ~ Closed New Year’s Eve Monday, January 1 ~ Closed New Year’s Day

River Run
December 15 - Sunday, January 7 (except Dec.25) 2:30 - 5pm ~ Brooks Hartell TBA ~ Entertainment to begin in January or February
Sun Valley Resort
For updated mountain reports please visit www.sunvalley.com

Southwest Airlines
Southwest.com Systemwide Sale: Travel systemwide from $49 to $159 one-way with 14-day advance purchase! Book by January 22 for travel through May 10, 2007. (Additional taxes, fees, and conditions apply.)

Featured Destination: Colorado (via Denver) - Check out our Fun Fares starting at $59 one-way with 14-day advance purchase, plus get great deals on rental cars and hotels! (Additional taxes, fees, and conditions apply.)
Terms and Conditions: Terms and Conditions
Go directly to southwest.com/hotfares to get complete details on this week's specials

Camp of Champions

You know you want to come to camp and ride the COC park this summer. You know you want to ride with all the pros that make magazines worth reading and videos worth watching. You know you want to be in Whistler this summer. You know you want to save money. Save money by registering for camp before December 25th. Sign up before December 25th and you save $100.00. Stoked! Get on it!
MORE AND MORE SNOW FALLING IN WHISTLER!! Storm after storm has been hitting Canada's West Coast the last two months and the conditions couldn't be any better on the mountain right now. Since the start of November Whistler has received over 586 cm or 19 feet of snow!!! How does this affect the Camp of Champions? The more snow we receive during the winter, the bigger and better terrain park we'll be able to build in the summer. Make sure you don't miss out on what could be the best summer we've ever had so sign up for summer 2007 soon!

Colorado - Ski Country USA,
DEC Events
USSA Race - Dan Prater Memorial Cup
12/23/2006 - 12/25/2006: Winter Park
Holiday Dinners at The Lodge at Sunspot
The air is crisp as you board the Zephyr Express Gondola at the 9000' base of Winter Park mountain. Cozy wool blankets are provided for the gentle ride up to The Lodge at Sunspot at 10,700' elevation. At the summit, exit the gondola and take just a few steps to the entrance of this scenic Lodge. Enter to a welcoming wood-burning stone fireplace and realize this is going to be a new holiday tradition!

12/24/2006: Copper Mountain
Torchlight Parade
A spectacular Torchlight Parade will weave its way down the mountain to celebrate Christmas.

12/24/2006 - 12/25/2006: Wolf Creek Ski Area
Santa Visits

12/24/2006: Winter Park/Mary Jane
Annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
This beloved Winter Park Resort tradition begins with caroling around the bonfire and is highlighted by Santa Claus following a procession of torch-bearing skiers down Lower Hughes trail under a spectacular fireworks display. Christmas Eve interdenominational church services are held after the fireworks. For more information, call the Guest Services Information Hotline at (970) 726-1564 or visit www.winterparkresort.com.

12/24/2006: Winter Park/Mary Jane
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade
The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is one of the most beloved Winter Park traditions. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base of Winter Park Resort, next to the Zephyr Lift. At 5:30 pm, a procession of torch-bearing skiers begin their way down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and his helpers. A spectacular fireworks display and snowcats adorned with Christmas colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities.

12/27/2006: Steamboat
Strings in the Mountain Holiday Gala Concert
6:30 p.m. Complimentary Champagnes and hors d’ouevres reception, 7:30 Performance by the Eroica Trio. An elegant evening of fine classical music, champagne and hors d’oeuvres – a wonderful way to usher in the New Year! The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with their flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. For More Information Call: (970) 879-5056.

12/28/2006: Steamboat
Strings in the Mountains Moguls to Mozart Youth Concert – Peter and the Wolf
A Steamboat family holiday would not be complete without a Jim Gamble marionette performance! This year, the audience is sure to delight in Peter and the Wolf. Held at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Conference Center. Tickets go on sale mid-October. 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. performances. Call: (970) 879-5056 for tickets and information.

12/29/2006 - 12/31/2006: Winter Park/Mary Jane
Burton Learn to Ride Women's Camp
This exclusive, women's-only camp is the perfect way to gain experience in a supportive group environment. Burton and Winter Park Resort have teamed up to ensure that women have the best snowboarding experience possible by offering smaller classes, personal attention and knowledgeable instructors that cater to female learning. For more information call 970-726-1564.

RED LODGE Mountain
It seems that the weather in winters past has encouraged the residents of Montana to put on a Hawaiian shirt and get a suntan instead of putting on their skis and hitting the slopes. This winter seems to be no different with warm temperatures and a lack of snow fall. So, if you are dreaming of a white Christmas and are discouraged by your prospects there is one place that you can find that key ingredient; snow. That’s up at Red Lodge Mountain Resort where they are doing their best to battle Mother Nature’s winter heat wave. Instead of setting back and rolling over, Red Lodge Mountain is making its own white Christmas with some help from modern technology, hard work and a smile that can take the hum bug out of anyone’s heart. If you’re looking for something fun to do over the Christmas Holidays Red Lodge Mountain has you covered. You can come up with the entire family and find something for everyone. The Terrain Park is open for those who are preparing themselves for the X-games. There are tons of fun things for kids and kids at heart to do; including making decorations, finding Santa on the Ski Hill, and listening to Mother Christmas tell Christmas stories. To take some stress off the cook in your family Red Lodge Mountain is also ready to help feed your family on Christmas Day. There is a reasonably priced buffet at the Red Lodge Golf Course Club House from 2-8pm. They are also offering many different deals to allow skiers to save money, such as the Christmas Eve Food Drive. If you bring up five nonperishable food items they will match your donation with a $25 ticket. The food that is donated goes to Beartooth Cupboards food bank and five dollars of every ticket sold goes to the Eagle Mount adaptive ski program. And finally for the ski bum, many runs of various difficulties are open on the lower half of the mountain and you are sure to find something that matches your skills. And if you are worried about the bottom of your skis, don’t worry they have that covered too. Casey Hill, Snowmaking Supervisor and his Snowmakers are working every cold weather hour they can to pump as much snow out on the slopes with the resorts vast snowmaking system. New runs are opening by the week due to the hard, cold and lonely hours that these snowmakers are putting in. Currently they are working their way up Red Lodge Mountain’s signature run Lazy M, which is no small job. The optimal condition for making snow is 20 degrees or less with low humidity, but the colder it gets the better the quality snow is. Manmade snow has a poor reputation of being hard and icy, and at times it can be. But with help from updated technology and a great deal of pride in their man made snow quality Red Lodge Mountain puts out an excellent product. A testament to the quality of the snow came from an old pro at making snow, Carl Laco of SMI. Carl has been making snow for much of his life at a wide range of places from Terry Peak in Deadwood, South Dakota to Teton Village at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. One could say that he might even know man made snow better than he knows real snow. Last week he was up at Red Lodge Mountain helping Casey Hill out with some pointers and just checking out the operation. His final conclusion was that Red Lodge Mountain Resort puts out some of the best man made snow that he has ever seen.
The Resort is so confident with their Holiday Cheer and snow quality that they are ready to give it away for free. Starting December 22nd if you come up and buy a full day pass they’ll give you a free full day pass with an equal value to use from January 2nd to February 16th (with one blackout date on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend). This offer is good to the first 400 people who come up to the ticket window each day. The Resort is giving away in total 1600 days of free skiing, so hurry up and get here while the supplies last. Just consider it a Christmas present from Red Lodge Mountain Resort and enjoy that White Christmas you are dreaming of. For more information of the Holiday happenings at Red Lodge Mountain Resort call reservation at 1-800-446-2610 and check out the web site at

College Fest is here!! $25 passes with valid id

2,400 Feet
Base Elevation: 7,016 Feet
1600 acres on Custer National Forest
Summit Elevation: 9,416 Feet

2 High-Speed Detachable Quads
4 Double Chairs
1 Triple Chair
1 Mighty Mite hand tow


Red Envelope

Kitzbühel Austria

The Kitzbühel Ski Area has opened its doors and lifts! The white blanket is waiting
skiing freaks, boarding fans and of course all those who prefer to cut a good figure on the mountain chalets

Kitzbühel Tourism
Hinterstadt 18 A-6370 Kitzbühel Austria




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