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Lake Placid
XIII Olympic Winter Games
The 1980 Winter Games, held in Lake Placid, New York, were filled with impressive performances. The great Swedish skier, Ingemar Stenmark, won both the giant slalom and the slalom. Hanni Wenzel did the same in the women’s races and her nation, Liechtenstein, became the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion. Ulrich Wehling won the Nordic combined for the third time and pairs skater Irina Rodnina did the same in her event. In the biathlon relay, Aleksandr Tikhonov earned his fourth straight gold medal. Nikolay Zimyatov earned three gold medals in cross-country skiing. In an unprecedented achievement, Eric Heiden of the United States won all five speed skating races, from 500m all the way up to 10,000m. Nonetheless, for the home crowd, the highlight was the unexpected victory of the US ice hockey team. 37 NOCs (Nations) 1,072 athletes (232 women, 840 men) m 38 events

At Whiteface, you'll find some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in North America. It has the greatest vertical drop this side of the Rockies and is the only ski area in the East to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games.
Cloudsplitter Gondola - The gondola carries skiers and riders to the top of Little Whiteface in a mere 7.5 minutes
High Speed Detachable Quad - The Face Lift - 6 minutes from the Base to the top of Upper Valley
Terrain Parks - Quarterpipe, superpipe, railparks, cross course, mini and kid's park - five different areas with something for every ability level. New Park Sessions coaching program so you can learn the right way.
Glade Trails - Expert glades are accessible from Northway and Approach from the top of Little Whiteface. Silver and Golden Glades are accessible on the lower mountain from Boreen or Easy Acres.
Lake Placid

Mammoth Mountain
Midweek Madness: best conditions, best deals, best days of the week. Jan. 10 - Feb. 2, 2006 is one month of super-fun Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Mammoth!
Great Deals: Lift Tickets: $49*
Ski and Snowboard School: 25%* off group lessons Snowmobile Adventures: 25%* off 90 min. guided tours Rental Equipment: $13* off Ski or Snowboard Demo Package *Three day advanced purchase required, some restrictions apply.

Events and Parties: Jan. 19: Mammoth Lift Challenge (win a 2006/07 pass!) Feb. 2: West Coast Style Groundhog Day at the Village Feb. 2: Mammoth Scavenger Hunt (win a 2006/07 pass!) Sign Up Now:
Mammoth Mountain

800.MAMMOTH / 760.934.2571 1 Minaret Road - PO Box 24 - Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

New Hampshire Tourism
If you look outside you may not see a mid-winter snowstorm, but don't forget that the past month has been very generous to us with cold weather and regular snowstorms. There has not been a record N'easter (at least not yet!), but we keep getting regular small storms and it shows in the trail counts and base depth at your favorite resort. The recent cold weather also allowed many of the state's terrain parks to build alot of jumps and rails for those "jibbahs" out there.

The forecast right now is calling for warm weather the next several days into the holiday weekend, which means you should find some nice spring skiing and riding conditions at your favorite mountain until we return to mid-winter weather.

With the recent snow and cool weather our friends at New Hampshire's cross country areas have a good selection of terrain available. If you haven't been out on skinny skis in awhile, take a day and head out to one of our cross country areas. It is a very relaxing experience even on the busiest of weekends, you get some great exercise, and you can enjoy some of the best scenery in New England! If you haven't been cross country skiing before, don't be intimidated! The staff at Ski NH XC areas are as friendly as they come and they love introducing new people to the sport. Find out everything you need to know by visiting XCSkiNH.com.
Ski New Hampshire

Red Lodge Mountain
2400 feet of Rocky Mountain vertical will entice any winter sports enthusiast to try the mountain once. But there’s something special that keeps bringing people back year after year – the Western Hospitality of the Town of Red Lodge. Nestled at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains, Red Lodge’s historic downtown features unique shops, restaurants and hotels, and offers a variety of family-oriented activities.Gateway to Yellowstone Park
January 20 • Red Lodge Ales' Town Series Races Party
This week's party is at the Rock Creek Resort in the Kiva Room.

January 21 • Pabst Blue Ribbon presents.....Loopian Zoo A great three piece band from Billings, will really impress you witht he instumental rock & roll. All original music, they played at the Fat Tire Frenzy this summer.

January 20 & 21 • Cody High School Races
Check out the high school racers from Wyoming. Great competition & fun to watch. Race on Lower Limited.

January 28 • Pabst Blue Ribbon presents.....Lounge Lizards
This killer trio from Powell, WY, will be pumping out the tunes, from swing to rock. Do not miss this classic band.
January 28 • Pepsi Learn to Ski/Board Free Day
RLM is teaming up with Pepsi to teach you how to ski or snowboard. Simply come on up to the Mountain and take the Learn to Ski or Snowboard package in the rental shop for free!!! more info...

January 29 • Beartooth Ford's Terrain Park Championship Series
First competition for in the series. The format and shop sponsor will be announced later. Join up for your chance to win the car. more info...

January 27 - 29 • Rocky Mountain College Races
Three days of college racing on Lower Limited. Check out some of the best racers in the region as the National Champion Rocky Mountain College Men's team play host.

February 3 • Red Lodge Ales' Town Series Races Party
This week's party is at new party sponsor, Foster and Logan's!!!

February 11 • Pabst Blue Ribbon presents.....Buzz Dawgs
They are back, and hotter than ever. Do not miss them, for this may by their last show for the season.

February 12 • Beartooth Ford's Terrain Park Championship Series
Join us for week two of the series with the shop sponsor and type of competition announced after the first of the year. Points awarded every week, get the most points, win the car!!!! more info...

February 17 • Red Lodge Ales Town Series Races End Join us at the final Town Series party at the Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course Clubhouse & learn which team is this year's Red Lodge Ales' Town Series champion. Great food from Marge and even better beer from Red Lodge Ales.

February 15 • Pabst Blue Ribbon presents.....Politically UnDecid Stano & the boys are back for the President's Holiday slot. Have lots of fun while listening to one of the best trios in the area.

February 24 • Winter Carnival-Cardboard Classic Judging & Parade
Build your craft using only cardboard, tape & glue based on the theme. Judging is 5pm on Friday, Feb 24, at the True Value, race is Saturday at noon. Very fun & exciting & a great crowd pleaser. Great prizes to be won. more info...

February 25 • Winter Carnival--Mountain Bike Race
The format is still being worked out, but watch mountain bikers race down Show Off Alley after the Cardboard Classic. more info...
February 25 • Winter Carnival--Pinata Bust
3:15pm in the Courtyard: Bring the kids and get ready for the Pinata Bust. Four age groups and lots of candy.
February 25 • Winter Carnival--Cardboard Classic Race
Be ready for the Cardboard Classic Race on RLM. First race starts at 12:30pm. Remember, it takes about 30 min to haul a craft up to the start area. more info...
February 25 • Winter Carnival--Costume Contest
5:00am on the Bierstube Deck: Categories for employees, adults, teens and children. Cash & prizes to be won!!!
February 25 • Winter Carnival--Bogart's Jalepeno Eating Contest
First year for the event at 4:30pm on the Bierstube deck: Bogart's is on board and the winner will take home $100. more info...
February 24 - 26 • Winter Carnival--Mardi Gras
Fat Tire Amber Ales brings us Winter Carnival: Mardi Gras. We will have the Cardboard Classic, the Fat Tire Frenzy Mountain Bike Race and a Jalepeno Eating Contest. Call Tera for more info at 446-2610x101
February 26 • Alpine High's King & Queen of the Mountain Race
Do you have what it takes to be King & Queen of RLM? Contestants will take one run on alpine skis, then Telemark skis & then snowboard through the race course set up on Bobcat.
February 25 • Winter Carnival--Primal Nation
This foursome plays rock, reggae, fund & R&B. They are Montana's finest new dance band.
February 26 • Winter Carnival--Scavenger Hunt
Sponsored by Whispering Pines, watch for the Fairy Tale Creatures skiing and riding on the mountain on Sunday, February 26 from 9am to 3pm. more info...

Red Mountain Lodge

Nozawa Onsen -Nagano Japan

A long time, the famous and demanding Kandahar slopes were only open for competitors. Starting season 2003/2004, on certain days (except during official races) they are open to the public as well.

Since the winter season 1999/2000 virtually all courses are open to snowboarders and skiers. Only two courses (Yamabiko and Kandahar course) cannot be used by snowboarders. There is also a halfpipe at Uenotaira to make Nozawa Onsen more interesting for snowboarders.
The ski resort opened in 1924
The first ski lift was built in 1950 (this was the second ski lift in Japan)
Top: 1650m
Base: 565m
Vertical: 1085m
Maximum gradient: 39 degrees
Area: 297 ha
Number of courses: 20

Length of the longest course: 10km
Beginner courses: 40% ,Intermediate courses: 30% ,Advanced courses: 30%
Gondola lifts: 2 (one for 6 people and one for 12 people)
Great capacity for moving people and traffic management
Chairlifts: quad chairs: 5
triple chairs: 4
double chairs: 13

Number of restaurants at the ski resort: 28
The ski resort is completely owned and managed by the village.
Even in summer Nozawa Onsen offers a possibility to ski on plastic mats at the Yamabiko Sports Park. ( dry slope )

Furthermore, Nozawa Onsen offers two courses for cross-country skiing. Rental cross-country skies are also available.


Morning edition
Snow Alert For Whistle, 10cm Overnight
Snow Alert for Washington, 24 straight days of rain in Seattle
Snow Alert for Crystal
Snow Alert for Tahow basin, Homewood, Sugar Bowl , Alpine, Squaw , above 7200

Grouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.

Today I am very happy to have Grouse Mountain contribute.Chris sends in the following update.
60% CHANCE OF MORE FLURRIES! Temperature: 0 ºC / 32 ºF
Overnight Low: -2 ºC / 28.4 ºF
Humidity: 79 %
Visibility: variable

Total Snow Depth: 144 cm / 57.6 in
New Snow Overnight: 5 cm / 2 in
New Snow Past 24hrs: 14 cm / 5.6 in
Freezing Level: 1000 m / 3333 ft

Upcoming Events

Valentine's Day at The Peak of Vancouver - February 14, 2006 This Valentine's Day, whisk your loved one away from the bustle of everyday life into a pristine alpine wilderness. Romance, roses and intimate dining await you in Grouse Mountain's luxurious Peak Chalet, nestled on the mountaintop high above the glimmering city lights. This multi-course Valentine's Dinner is available for $90* with an optional wine pairing available for just $30 more. Several seatings to choose from; please call 604.980.9311 to book.

5:30pm - The Observatory
6:00pm - Altitudes Bistro
6:30pm - Timber Room
8:00pm - The Observatory
8:30pm - Altitudes Bistro
9:00pm - Timber Room
*Price is subject to 15% gratuity

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, sister resort of Grouse Mountain, is the first, new four-season mountain resort to open in Canada in over 25 years. In winter there are many appeals for skiers and snowboarders - untracked champagne powder, sun-filled skies and 4,133 feet of breathtaking vertical. Other winter activities include heli-skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, to name a few.
Visitors to The Peak of Vancouver can experience everything that represents British Columbia all in one location. Stone and timber architecture, west coast cuisine, endless views of the city and the Pacific Ocean are just part of the adventure.
The Skyride
The Refuge for Endangered Wildlife
Helicopter Tours
Sleigh Rides

Grouse Mountain
Ed Note: Grouse Mountain sits overlooking the beautiful city of Vancouver. Views in the evening are amazing. A great place for night skiing or, dinner any time of the year.The Tram ride is a view to a thrill !

Crystal Mountain
14 inches of new snow in 24 hours, 10 inches overnight up top. The POWDER is calling YOU!!
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Time: 7:00am
Weather: Snow off and on throughout the day.
Base Temperature: 29 degrees
Base Snow Depth: 55 inches
Base New Snow Fall 24hrs: 7 inches
Base Snow Fall 48hrs: 11 inches
Summit Temperature: 21 degrees
Summit Snow Depth: 97 inches
Summit New Snow Fall 24hrs: 14 inches
Summit New Snow Fall 48hrs: 26 inches
Surface Conditions: Powder and Machine Groomed
Lifts Open: Discovery, Chinook Express, Forest Queen, Rainier Express, High Campbell & Green Valley

The Express Bus is the hassle free way to Crystal Mountain on the weekends. For more information or to make reservations call 800-665-2122
For more on Crystal: Crystal Mountain

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
NEAR RECORD WEEK OF SNOW! With more snow forecasted this week, why wait? Head to the mountains for some great skiing and riding! Fernie

108cm over the past week!
42cm in the past 24 hours alone!

Lake Louise

36cm over the past 5 days!
14cm in the past 24 hours.

Lake Louise

61cm over the past week!
22cm in the past 24 hours.


Hollywood stars, including Alec Baldwin and his brother William, Kelsey Grammer, John Cusack and Marcia Gay Harden, will join Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mary Richard Kennedy as they host the star-studded Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Celebrity Sports Invitational fund-raising event.
Stars will compete on January 13th and 14th in a variety of fun events within easy public viewing, including toboggan races and alpine ski racing.

Saturday January 14, 2006
• Celebrity Sport Invitational - your favorite Hollywood stars cruising the mountain
• Avalanche Awareness Days
• Live Music in the Griz Bar - Gorrge Street Revisited Newfy Style Pub Music
• Avalanche Awareness Days
• Live Music at the Stemwinder - Mighty Joe Young
• Demo Days - Carving Edition #1
• Pontiac GMC Cup

Sunday January 15, 2006
• Celebrity Sport Invitational - your favorite Hollywood stars cruising the mountain
• Avalanche Awareness Days
• Live Music in the Griz Bar - Gorrge Street Revisited Newfy Style Pub Music
• Demo Days - Carving Edition #2
• Pontiac GMC Cup
• Avalanche Awareness Days
• Live Music at the Stemwinder - Mighty Joe Young

Resorts of the Canadina Rockies

Yahoo Travel

Flights * Take off: One-way flights from $44* * Mexico from $367* round-trip * Winter sale: Fly round-trip from $73* More Flight Deals
Hotels * Save on ski destinations: Rooms from $79/night
Top Hotels in Turin Diplomatic Hotel
Turin Palace Hotel
Lancaster Hotel

Best Fare Comparitive, For Current References- From Yahoo Travel
Depart: Atlanta, GA
Frankfurt, Germany $359.00
Geneva, Switzerland N/A
London, United Kingdom - Heathrow $303.00
Paris, France - all $371.00
Santiago, Chile $609.00
Zurich, Switzerland N/A

Depart: Los Angeles, CA
Auckland, New Zealand N/A
Tokyo, Japan $455.00
Paris, France - all $345.00
Santiago, Chile N/A
Zurich, Switzerland $358.00
Depart: New York, NY - all
Geneva, Switzerland $238.00
Paris, France - all $225.00
Vancouver, Canada $295.25

Depart: San Francisco, CA
Auckland, New Zealand N/A
Tokyo, Japan N/A
Paris, France - Orly N/A
Santiago, Chile $724.00
Vancouver, Canada $293.42
Zurich, Switzerland $358.00

Big White Silver Star

VERNON, BC; Ski Canada Magazine Winter 2006 special issue titled “Best of Skiing in Canada" have just awarded Silver Star and Big White with a number of prestigious awards and accolades. “A year’s worth of praise and amusement, gossip and hearsay, make up our annual look at why there’s no place like home.” wrote Iain MacMilllan, Editor of Ski Canada Magazine.
“Every year the industry waits for this issue of Ski Canada magazine to be published” commented Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President, Silver Star and Big White Resorts. “Our teams at both resorts strive to be the best and in a large way the recognition received from Ski Canada Magazine and its readers plays a role in congratulating them on their successes and continued hard work.”
This year Silver Star and Big White dominated the awards in a number of areas. Awards listed below are excerpts direct from the pages of Ski Canada magazine and they include:

Best New Terrain – A gold medal for Silver Star’s new mostly intermediate Silver Woods area, which increases the Vance Creek side of the mountain by 54 per cent. More than 145 hectares of new terrain and 341 metres of vertical drop are serviced by a high-speed detachable quad. A neat nine new trails and gladed tree islands will provide fabulous powder on northeast facing slopes.

Best New Terrain Parks – Silver Star’s new TELUS Park dials up tricks for beginners and experts. First-timers can use fat boxes to learn to slide and mini-hits for catching their first air. Advanced riders will grind the long boxes and killer S-rails, and launch off big hits. There are also a halfpipe, aerial training site, race centre and a dual-mogul race course.
Best Powder – Silver Star ,Best Bumps in the West – Putnam Creek at Silver Star Best Grooming – Silver Star ,Best Family Skiing – Silver Star
Best New Digs – Silver Star’s luxurious new Snowbird Lodge with great ski-in/ski-out convenience and loads of extras that include an in-house cinema.
Best Non-Grooming Use of a Snowcat ­– Take a historic snowcat on a gourmet dinner tour to Paradise Camp, Silver Star’s refurbished mountaintop dinner spot.
Best Program to Keep Your Kids Climbing the Walls – Both Silver Star and now Big White have climbing walls that are open at night.
Best Place to Fly and Ski on the Same Day – Both WestJet and Air Canada offer daily service into Kelowna International Airport. The WestJet flights get in early enough to allow you to spend a half-day on Silver Star’s or Big White’s slopes to acclimatize to that champagne powder.
Best Place for an Old-fashioned Outdoor Hockey Game – Silver Star Brewers Pond

Best Place to Drop off the Kids and Get their Gear – Big White has now integrated its kids’ rental facility with the Kids Centre instruction area. Get the kids kitted out and ready for lessons in one easy step.
Best Party to get a Local’s Invite – The Shed Party at Big White is an annual invite-only shingdig that features Valdy, who’s a regular at the resort each winter.
Best Place to Celebrate Australia Day – Snowshoe Sam’s at Big White rocks with aussie aussie aussie/oy, oy, oy each January 24 as the Big White Aussie staff let down their hair – and dye it green and gold.
Best Powder – Big White ,Best Grooming - Big White ,Best Family Skiing - Big White Best Terrain Park (West) Best Place for an Old-fashioned Outdoor Hockey Game - Big White
Best Place to Fly and Ski on the Same Day – Both WestJet and Air Canada offer daily service into Kelowna International Airport. The WestJet flights get in early enough to allow you to spend a half-day on Silver Star’s or Big White’s slopes to acclimatize to that champagne powder.
Best Place for Boys to Play with Heavy Machinery - At Big White last summer, more than 30,000 truckloads of fill were dumped onto 14 runs on Gem Lake. Apparently this makes for smooth runs – and happy Dumptruck Dans.
The Ski Canada awards recognize the uniqueness of these two Okanagan resorts and emphasize the family fun they try to put into the sport. Silver Star and Big White have just completed an attendance breaking Christmas, New Year's period and are continuously receiving fresh snowfalls of their world famous Okanagan champagne powder. As of this release at 10 am, January 7th, the current snowbase at Big White is 160cm and at Silver Star 149cm.

Big White           Silver Star