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The Dolomites
in the Veneto Region (north of Venice )North East of Turin
Don’t miss the chance for a special summer holiday! Book your weekly stay at one of the participating hotels and get advantage of our special packages. To be entitled to all discounts, please ask for your free “Summer weeks card” at the hotel reception and show it to the Associations concerned. You may choose among a variety of activities with the Alpine Guides or with the Cortina Adrenalin Center, get discounts on lift tickets, on ice-skating rink and swimming-pool entry as well as on mountain bike rental. And for the Family: free accommodation for children up to 8 and special rates for all children up to 12. For further information please visit our webpage – summer section : Dolomiti Org Cortina
Ski season is open and conditions are great in the 12 skiing areas of the Dolomiti Superski carousel: the wonder of having one single skipass for 1,220 km of slopes, 460 lift facilities from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Auronzo/Misurina, San Vito di Cadore to Plan de Corones, from Alta Badia to Gardena Valley and Alpe di Siusi, from Val di Fassa/Carezza to Alta Val Pusteria and Val di Fiemme, from Passo Rolle, to Valle dell'Isarco, the Tre Valli, the Civetta and Marmolada skiing area. New for the season: one day and season skipasses at the same price of 2004/05; a number of renewed lift facilities for better connections and more comfort; with the new e-skipass via internet straight to the lift
Thanks to Taxi Bob, the thrill and emotion of speed on ice - once only reserved for legendary sports figures - is something which anyone can now experience, and in perfect safety. Since Cortina’s Olimpic Bobrun and modern 4-man racing bobsleds are used, Taxi Bob is almost like participating in a real race. Setting off is the most delicate moment, overcoming the fear of not knowing what is expecting you. And this is probably much more that you might imagine! But do not worry. Everything happens in perfect safety. After a picture at the start (and a signature on your will), there is no way you can step out of the bob after it has started moving! From now on it will only be unbelievable acceleration, up to 75 miles per hour, 100 seconds of shear excitement that will never be forgotten.

Experienced skiers, who wish to practise “extreme skiing”, can find here some of the most breathtaking back-country excursions in the world; the guidance of a professional Mountain Guide is strongly recommended. If you wish to ski down the steep narrow gorges known as Creste Bianche, Bus Tofana, Canalino del Prete and Sci 18, you absolutely must contact the Gruppo Guide Alpine di Cortina. A good knowledge of the itinerary, the ability to evaluate weather and snow conditions, and the due respect for every possible precautionary measure are essential requirements.

It's carnival time again in Whitefish and snow conditions at Big Mountain are the best in years. More than 9 feet of snow is sitting at the summit and the snow keeps falling. In January we had 113" fall on us! For more than 47 years the Whitefish Winter Carnival tradition has been one of the region's most popular winter weekends. This year's Carnival is Mardi Gras style! So come on out to Big Mountain Resort and Whitefish this weekend to ski, ride and have a winter carnival blast! Here are some of the great events happening in Whitefish: Ski Joring: Watch the excitement as horse riders from all over the region pull skiers through a course of turns, jumps and humps. The fastest horse and skier to make it successfully through the course wins! Don't miss the Sunday long jump competition that tops it all off. Registration is Feb. 3rd at Majestic Valley Arena from 6-9pm. Ski Joring events are held at the Whitefish Airport from 12pm-3pm on Feb. 4th and 5th. Call (406) 862-3501 for more information. A Carnival button is required for spectator entry.
Red Bull Snowmobile Freestyle Demonstration: When the famous Whitefish Winter Carnival Parade wraps up on main street this Saturday, the Red Bull Freestyle Snowmobile Demonstration revs up at the end of Central Avenue by the O'Shaugnessy Center for a 60 minute demostration. Big air, tricks and are all a part of this wild ride new to the Winter Carnival this year
Big Mountain

Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Grouse Grouse Mountain has devoted the entire top floor of its elegant Peak Chalet to a special Valentine’s Day celebration. Couples can enjoy an unforgettable evening 3,700 feet above the shimmering lights of Vancouver below. The Observatory Restaurant, Altitudes Bistro and the neighbouring Timber Room have become extremely popular romantic destinations and have sold out for Valentine’s Day for several years running. The Observatory’s acclaimed cuisine and award-winning wine list will be featured in all venues. Grouse Mountain Executive Chef Sylvain Cuerrier has created a scrumptious multi-course Prix-Fixe Menu designed for couples, with a heavy emphasis on shared plates and decadent ingredients designed to stimulate the senses.
In addition to leisurely dining and endless views of the Lower Mainland, guests can ice skate atop Grouse Mountain's outdoor pond or take a sleighride through the frozen alpine forest.
Event information: Valentine’s Celebration at Grouse Mountain Grouse Mountain

Snow Alert Norway

Big White
Awesome snowfall, tons of great special events, lift and lodging specials – what other reasons do you need to come up to Big White and Silver Star Mountain Resorts. Right now, Silver Star has a 200 centimetre base, while Big White has zoomed past the 250 mark, with more snow on the way.
Saturday is the official opening of TELUS Park at Silver Star Mountain Resort, with a full day of action packed activities planned. For football fans, it's Super Bowl Sunday and both mountains have special events planned. A hearty welcome to our Seattle area guests – go Seahawks, go!
We'd like to extend a huge Big White welcome to the 750 Youth Group leaders and participants being hosted by Willow Park Baptist Church in Kelowna this weekend. They will be taking part in a wide variety of activities at Big White on Saturday. Finally, a note to our American guests – space at both mountains is selling out rapidly for the Presidents Week vacation period from February 17 - 23. Finalize your plans now!
TELUS Park Silver Star Grand Opening Saturday!
Forum Young Blood at Big White Saturday
Big White Super Demo Days: Feb 4 & 5
Super Bowl Sunday at Big White & Silver Star: Feb 5
Going Downhill Fast at Silver Star Mountain Resort
2-Up Tuesdays!
Silver Star
TELUS Park Silver Star Grand Opening Saturday! Silver Star Mountain Resort announces the Grand Opening of its own TELUS Park in 2 days!!! This Saturday is going to be an action packed day at Silver Star – with a Park Jam, Rail Jam, and Air Site demo featuring members of Silver Star's high-flying Freestyle Team! There will be t-shirts, MP3 and iPod giveaways, free hot chocolate rounds and hot dogs for everyone, and a rockin' fireworks display and torchlight parade at night. The action gets underway at 10:00 am with the official ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a full day of special events. Big White / Silver Star

Olympic venues revisited
XVII Olympic Winter Games

PHOTO: IOC Archives /IOC Museum Lasaunne
In 1986 the IOC voted to change the schedule of the Olympic Games so that the Summer and Winter Games would be held in different years. To adjust to this new schedule, the Lillehammer Games were held in 1994, the only time that two Games have been staged two years apart. The 1994 Games were extremely well organised and the Norwegian host' natural love of winter sports added a refreshing purity of spirit. Local hero Johann Koss won three speed skating events and set a world record in every one. Vreni Schneider won a complete set of medals in alpine skiing and Manuela Di Centa earned medals in all five cross-country events. Myriam Bedard won both women's individual biathlon races. Gustav Weder and Donat Acklin became the first repeat winners of the two-man bobsled. Pairs skaters Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov returned to repeat their Olympic victory of 1988.
Participation:67 NOCs (Nations)
1,737 athletes (522 women, 1, 215 men)
61 events Today
Kvitfjell is not the largest ski destination in the world, but many people declare that it is one of the best. The reason is probably the variation of the slopes skiers will find here. For the youngest as well as for beginners we have small bunny hills and for the more advanced skiers we can offer steeper slopes where the skies really catches wind. Skiers at all levels will find their own challenge in Kvitfjell that is why so many ski enthusiasts return to our destination.
Quality is our motto. Everything that has been and is being build here in Kvitfjell is of the highest quality, and that includes the destination as a whole. More than NOK 200 millions has been invested into different projects, which results in that Kvitfjell is one of the most modern state-of-the-arch destinations in Norway. Kvitfjell is able to cover approximately 80% of all slopes with artificial snow and due to this we are one of the first destinations to open every year. Snow report
The weather today: Last updated: 07. Feb.
Snow -6.3°C og Light breeze (2.1 m/s) The weather the next few days >>>
The depths of snow middlestation: 90 cm
The depths of snow at the bottom: 45 cm
Last snowfall: 05.02.06 - 20 cm

IOC News Today
Wednesday, 8 February 2006 Time Meetings/Events Place 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. 118th IOC Session Meeting - Election of the Host City for the 2009 Olympic Congress and 121st IOC Session - IOC Commissions reports
- Vancouver 2010 - Report by VANOC and R. Fasel
- London 2012 - Report by LOCOG and Denis Oswald

TORINO OLYMPIC SKI-SNOWBOARD NEWS UPDATES Media must register to receive daily ski-snowboard news and updates TORINO (Feb. 7) -- 24-hour media Olympic media alerts are available from the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding. Media must register below to receive updates. Normal distribution lists will be used through Friday, Feb. 10. After that date, only media registering for specific Olympic alerts will receive them.
TORINO, Italy (Feb. 7) -- The U.S. Men's Alpine Ski Team press conference originally scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday has been moved to 1:00 p.m. due to a late change in the Team's processing schedule in Torino. The press conference will take place in Sala 500, downstairs in the Main Media Center in Torino. It will be followed by the women's moguls press conference at 2:00 p.m.
1:00 - 1:45 pm, Men's Alpine (Sala 500)
2:00 - 2:30 pm, Women's Moguls (Sala 500)

Men's Alpine
Ted Ligety
Scott Macartney
Bode Miller
Steven Nyman
Daron Rahlves
Marco Sullivan

Women's Moguls
Shannon Bahrke
Hannah Kearney
Michelle Roark
Jillian Vogtli

ARRIVAL PRESS CONFERENCES All arrival press conferences will take place at the Main Press Center in Torino. Accreditation access is required. Schedule is subject to change.
Monday, Feb. 6
1:30 – 2:30 pm - Nordic combined
2:00 – 3:00 pm - Men’s and women’s snowboard PGS
3:00 – 4:00 pm - Men’s and women’s snowboard halfpipe
7:30 – 8:30 pm - Men’s and women’s cross country

Tuesday, Feb. 7
2:00 – 2:30 pm - Women’s freestyle moguls
2:30 – 3:30 pm - Men’s alpine downhill

Wednesday, Feb. 8
11:30 – 12:30 pm - Men’s and women’s freestyle aerials
12:30 – 1:30 pm - Men’s alpine SL/GS
Time TBD - Ski jumping
6:00 – 7:00 pm - Men’s and women’s snowboard SBX

Thursday, Feb. 9
6:00 – 7:00 pm - Men’s freestyle moguls
8:30 – 9:30 pm - Women’s alpine downhill

INFORMATIONAL WEB SITES U.S. Ski Team Website: U.S. Snowboarding Website: FIS Website (international results): USOC Pressbox: USOC Olympic:

US Ski Snowboard Teams

French Ski Report From Sylvain Perret

Snow Alert from the East to the West. Good conditions on first days of Febrary, but the temperature went up in the afternoon and very cold in the night. We wait the next falls of snow... Untitled_05 a French Winter Snow Movie Without Name
See you next week ! with good news i hope :)...Sylvain

Remarkables New Zeland
The Remarkables ski area in New Zealand is currently installing new state of the art snowmaking into its Sugar Bowl terrain ready for the southern hemisphere's 2006 winter. Earthworks have begun in preparation for the installation of the fully-automated snowmaking system.
The air/water system from Italian company TechnoAlpin will bring snowmaking onto the Castaway trail accessed by the Sugar Bowl quad chairlift. There will also be snowmaking at the top of the Superpipe and adjacent to the Terrain Park. From Patrick Thorne Snow365.com Snow365

Heavenly Valley
Presidents' Day Weekend is just around the corner and Heavenly's slopes are in prime shape! A string of recent storms has dumped over 11 feet of snow in 2006, with even more predicted for this weekend! Take advantage of the great conditions by reserving a mid-week Fun 101 Package for just $68 per person per day* through Feb 16

Salomon Oasis demo days are coming to Heavenly Feb. 25 - 26!

Any Mountain Bus Trips (Individuals & Groups) Heavenly has partnered with Any Mountain Sports & NAC Ski, LLC to provide skiers and riders with an easy and value-oriented way to get from the Bay Area to our slopes for the day. Trips are scheduled for most Saturdays from the beginning of February to the end of the season and depart from select Bay Area Any Mountain Sports stores. Round trip bus fare is just $38 and discounted lift tickets and rental packages are also available. Register here
NAC SKI -TO HEavenly

Heavenly is now home to the West Coast’s biggest Superpipe! Located off of Canyon Express, the High Roller Superpipe is cut by one of only two 22-foot Zaugg Pipe Monsters in North America. Our Superpipe lives up to the High Roller name with walls higher than X-Games and Olympic-sized halfpipes! If you’re not quite ready to hit the Superpipe’s mega 22+ foot walls, an 8-foot minipipe will be coming soon
With 4,800 acres, we are one of North America's largest mountains. At over 10,000 feet, we are Tahoe's highest. Our 3,500 foot vertical is unmatched on the West Coast. And our average annual snowfall is a formidable 360 inches. And just in case that's not enough for you, we have one of the largest snowmaking systems on the continent at the ready, covering 70% of the mountain.
Let's talk terrain. Put simply, we've got it all, from breezy blue squares to hair-raising black diamonds. There's no better tree skiing on earth. And experts will have a field day at Mott and Killebrew canyons.
Heavenly Valley