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Swiss Tourism
The National Ski and Snowboard Day has been created to celebrate snowsports and to encourage non-skiers and snowboarders to find out about these great sports through the various activities, promotions and competitions taking place across the country. Activities on the day include taster sessions at the UK's real-snow indoor slopes and artificial slopes, introductory offers on ski courses and many attractive offers from tour operators and outdoor retail shops.
Race star, Martin Bell, will be providing some high-intensity instruction with his second White Heat camp this season. The four-time UK Olympian, renowned trainer and TV personality will lead a three-and-a-half-day programme in the world class resort of Davos-Klosters in early March.
A night at the Igloo Village offers the possibility to immerse in the ancient tradition of the Inuit and to enjoy the magical winter wonderland of the alpine mountains. And what's more, having your bed right in the middle of a skiing resort gives you a head start on the ski-piste the next morning! In each Igloo Village you can indulge in the comfort of either a sauna or a whirlpool. Enjoy some mulled wine at the Igloo Bar and for dinner a genuine Gruyère cheese-fondue.
Special offer for the remainder of the Winter 2006 season: Stay in any of Interhome's apartments or chalets in the beautiful ski resort of Villars this winter and your children (under 9) will receive a free ski pass. (To be collected in resort from the Tourist Office)
Central Switzerland Customs, Market Carnival, Big Bang Monday, parades, monster concert Tuesday Every year, towards the end of winter, Carnival breaks out in the streets, alley...
Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, classic music festival Saturday , 25 February 2006 - Saturday , 04 March 2006 Category: Concerts Desc: When elegant Gstaad turns from a winter ski resort into a stage resounding with music, no one needs to be begged to attend! In 2006, the Gstaad Musical Summits bring together the worlds best classical musicians for the sixth consecutive time.
Bern carnival Thursday , 02 March 2006 - Saturday , 04 March 2006 Desc: Berne's Lenten Carnival is a tradition since 1982. At 8 p.m. on the Thursday following Ash Wednesday, the celebrations begin at the Prison Tower, when the traditional Carnival Bear - a carnival symbol since the Middle Ages ? is set loose among the citizens of Berne to celebrate until the early hours of Sunday morning.
So you want LONG runs! here is a link to a PDF list
Long Swiss ski Runs

My Switzerland


Engadine Ski Marathon, public cross-country race Sunday , 12 March 2006 Category: Sports Desc: The Engadin Cross-country Ski Marathon was first staged in 1969. Imagine: one of the largest sports events ever, with around 13,000 participants. Crosscountry skiers put their stamina to the test over the classic 42-km distance from Maloja to S-chanf via St.Moritz.


 Zip from Resort to Resort

Tignes France
Tignes in spring, it’s still winter!

Quality skiing, snow guaranteed and prices that melt in the sun ! Incredible gifts during the week 25th March to 1st April 06 ! Special offer for 4 persons ! Tignes Réservation offers you the appartment to the purchase of a 6-day ski pass, for a total of 165€ per person for the week Offer applies in a studio sleeping 4, to the purchase of four 6-day adult Tignes ski passes EVENTS
King of Jib Vid finals On the 22 & 23 march, the best riders and cameramen of Europe compete in Tignes


Snow Alert for Big Sky

Big Sky
New Overnight Snow: 2" Snow Fall past 24hrs: 2" Snow Fall past 48hrs: 2" Base Snow Depth: 53-83" Surface Conditions: Powder, Packed powder, machine groomed Terrain Open: 100%

Big Sky Resort in Montana offers you three mountains graced by over 400 inches of annual snowfall to delight skiers and snowboarders. Our signature Lone Peak rises to a lofty 11,166 feet with European-style expert terrain accessed by the Lone Peak Tram. Andesite Mountain has some of the resort's most notable intermediate trails, some comfortable south-facing beginner trails, several expert tree runs and a giant half-pipe and terrain park with rail slides. Flat Iron Mountain is on the eastern shoulder of Andesite and offers even more variety. Big Sky has a total of 3,600 expansive acres, 4,350 jaw-dropping vertical feet and over 150 named trails. Our reputation for short or non-existent lift lines makes this truly a place all your own. We hope you'll experience it for yourself this winter. Now with the option of the Lone Peak Pass, the combined total with Moonlight is 5,300 acres! Big Sky Resort

For those of you who spent the weekend with us, thanks for coming and have a safe trip home. For those of you who stayed, the ten inches reported over night, made for a great day on the Mountain. Today's celebrity guest rider Crazy Rob Peterson and I blasted down Two O'clock bouncing to and fro like a couple of eagerly thrown craps dice. About two inches had fallen since it was groomed, but the right and left sides had at least the ten inches reported. On our second run, One O'clock hadn't been groomed and it was shin to knee deep the whole way down. Tomahawk had a day's worth of fresh tracks as we shot down to Buckshot. We continued our tour of the Mountain as sporadic and giddy as kids in a candy store full of free samples. Sunshine Lift Line, Broadway Trees, a groomed Rolex. We finally decided to go up to the Gates to get rid of the excess energy. Joined by four friends from Denver, we all split up but were unable to find even one line that wasn't perfect. At the bottom, they all went to Pony Express, but I begrudgingly traversed to Burgess Creek Lift to write this report. At least I got fresh tracks through both sets of trees on the way.

New Snow last 24 hrs at mid-mountain: 8" New Snow last 24 hrs at the summit: 10" New Snow last 48 hrs at mid-mountain: 9" New Snow last 72 hrs at mid-mountain: 9" Settled Snow Depth Base at mid-mountain: 76" Settled Snow Depth Base at the summit: 101" Cumulative: 348" Winds: SW @ 1mph Degrees: 9 Skies: lightly snowing

Christina Lustenberger races for Canada this Friday at the 2006 Winter Olympics, in Turin, Italy. Lusti, who just took first place in the Europa Cup, will showcase her technical skiing abilities in the Women's Giant Slalom. CBC broadcasts the race between 5 a.m. & 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. Good luck Christina!

Panorama Mountain Village is one of six Western Canadian mountains being featured in this year's Kokanee Can Series. The can's images have been custom designed by artists who live & breathe the mountain lifestyle. Pick up your limited edition cans in specially marked Kokanee 24 packs.

lAS lENAS - Argentina
2006 Discount Weekly packages include:
Charter jet service round-trip from Buenos Aires to Las Lenas (Malargue Airport). Round trip door-to-door transfer between Malargue Airport & your Hotel at Las Lenas. 8 day/7 Night Ski-in, Ski-out Hotel (Saturday to Saturday). 8 Days of Lift Tickets. Sit-down Breakfast & Dinner Daily. Medical Insurance (basic medical assistance in skiing accidents) All Local taxes.
Las Lenas

Habuka 47 -Japan
Hakuba47 is one of the newest ski resort in Hakuba Village and is known as "Yon Nana" nichname among our fans from kids to seniors. "Yon Nana" means "Four Seven" in Japanese language although our formal resort name is pronounced as "Hakuba Fourty-Seven."
It was named to aim this resort for everybody to be able to enjoy 4 Seasons a year, 7 Days a week in 1990 when it was established. Since then, we have offered various activities to feel each season the most and the number of activities are including every year starting from skiing, snowboarding, snowshe trekking, snow mobiling, snow picnic and plays in winter and spring, mountain bike downhill, outdoor BBQ, mini SL, fishing, trekking and more in summer, and viewing autumn colours in fall to cultural activities such as making soba / oyaki ban and craft workshops thoughout the year.
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park is located in Hakuba Valley cascading down the apron of the Northern Japan Alps, the hottest skiing mecca of Japan which has more than 10 ski resorts nearby and over 200 runs. So that the alpine scenery from our resort and Hakuba Village is truly spectacular with huge rugged peaks towering to the sky, especially, Goryu Mountain and the Big three Hakuba Mountains, Hakuba Yarigatake, Hakuba Syakushidake, Shiroumadake. Shiroumadake, which means white horse, is the resort's signature peak rising to a lofty 2,932m (9,770 feet). Event
Hakuba47 Kamakura (Snow Huts) Festival
This is one of the biggest event at Hakuba47. During the festival, a huge Kamakura - snow huts of 3m - 6 m each will be build in Kamakura Village located at the base area. Each Kamakura has a cafe, Kotatsu - heated sitting table with blanket, toys, traditional stove, maze, museum and more. Kamakura will be lighten up on Saturday Nights.

Top Elevation: 1,676 m Base(Ticket Centre): 820 m Total Course Length: 14 Km+Hakuba Goryu & Iimori Vertical: 856 m Longest Run: 6.4 Km (R-1) Skiable Terrain: 32 hectares+Hakuba Goryu &
Shuttle Bus From Nagoya Morning Express from Nagoya A Day trip to ski at Hakuba47!!
Habuka 47

Mt. Asahidake - Japan
Here the rugged mountain slope and the mystical marsh landscape of Sugatami Pond sprawl out before your eyes. In the area adjacent to Sugatami Pond you can enjoy lush fields of alpine flowers in summer and mountain ridges covered in crimson foliage in autumn. This is a superb location to command an excellent view of the Daisetsu Mountain Range. A few short steps from Sugatami Ropeway Station and you find yourself in an alpine meadow high above the cloud zone.

Here you can enjoy a refreshing stroll through the great outdoors as you walk along the 1.7km-long promenade trail.
The Asahidake Ropeway is operated in the Mt. Daisetsu National Park (comprising an area of 230,000 ha) which is located almost at the center of Hokkaido. This mountainous national park features several 2,000km-class mountains that span out for some 50 km, including the highest peak, Mt. Asahidake (2,290m). The ropeway is operated on Mt. Asahidake and travels from the Sanroku Station (1,100m above sea level) up to the Sancho Station (1,600m above sea level). The gondolas featured in the ropeway system are manufactured by Garaventa of Switzerland - the first use of such gondolas in Japan - and the ropeway has a total capacity of 101 persons.

MILLER 6th, SCHLOPY 13th IN GIANT SLALOM (Feb. 20) - Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) was the top American finisher in sixth, while three-time Olympian Erik Schlopy (Park City, UT) placed 13th in Monday's Olympic giant slalom. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) skied out on their first runs as Austrian Benjamin Raich won his first Olympic gold medal.
KILDOW 7th, THREE U.S. SKIERS TOP 20 IN SUPER G SAN SICARIO, Italy (Feb. 20) - Skiing in her third Olympic event, Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) posted the best U.S. finish Monday as she was seventh in the super G. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) was 11th, Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) 14th and Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA) 28th. Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister won her second gold medal of the '06 Games. Dorfmeister won the gold by recording a time of 1:32.47. She was followed by silver medalist Janica Kostelic of Croatia (1:32.74) and bronze medal winner Alexandra Meissnitzer, also from Austria (1:33.06). Dorfmeister, who plans on retiring after the season, won gold in the downhill as well. Kildow finished the course in 1:33.42, good for seventh place. Mancuso posted a time of 1:33.72 to finish 11th, Clark was 14th in 1:33.98 and Ludlow was 28th in 1:35.01. Kildow has surprised many by skiing in three events since she crashed hard last Monday in downhill training. She was helicoptered to a hospital in Torino, was released Tuesday and skied the downhill Wednesday, in which she placed eighth. XX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES San Sicario, ITA - Feb. 20, 2006 Women's Super G 1. Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1:32.47 2. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1;32.74 3. Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 1:33.06 4. Kelly Vanderbeek, Canada, 1:33.09 5. Carole Montillet-Carles, France, 1:33.31 -- 7. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, Colo., 1:33.42 11. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 1:33.72 14. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:33.98 28. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, Wash., 1:35.01 For complete results:
U.S. 14th IN FINAL OLYMPIC JUMPING EVENT PRAGELATO, Italy (Feb. 20) - In the final ski jumping event of the Torino Olympics, the U.S. placed 14th in the team large hill and did not advance to the final round. Austria won the gold medal. Read the whole story here: http://www.usskiteam.com/public/news.php?pJ=4&dId=4&sN=1&aId=2013
PETERSON, 8th, QUALIFIES FOR AERIALS FINALS SAUZE d'OULX, Italy (Feb. 20) - Jeret Peterson (Boise, ID) finished eighth in Monday night's Olympic aerials qualifying and will advance to Thursday's finals. Joe Pack (Park City, UT), Ryan St. Onge (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Eric Bergoust (Missoula, MT) finished 15-16-17, not high enough to make finals.
KOZNICK ON SNOW PREPPING FOR SLALOM SESTRIERE, Italy (Feb. 19) -- Kristina Koznick (Burnsville, MN) was optimistic Sunday about her chances to be competitive in Wednesday's Olympic slalom. Koznick, who injured a knee the weekend before Opening Ceremonies, is training in a knee brace and says she is ready to race the slalom, but will opt out of next Friday's giant slalom.

Tue., Feb. 21 Freestyle: Women's Aerials Qualifying Nordic Combined: Sprint, Pragelato
Wed., Feb. 22 Alpine: Women's Slalom, Sestriere Cross Country: Men's/Women's Sprint Freestyle, Pragelato Freestyle: Women's Aerials, Sauze d'Oulx Snowboard: Men's Parallel Giant Slalom, Bardonecchia
Thu., Feb. 23 Freestyle: Men's Aerials, Sauze d'Oulx Snowboard: Women's Parallel Giant Slalom, Bardonecchia
Fri., Feb. 24 Alpine: Women's Giant Slalom, Sestriere Cross Country: Women's 30km, Pragelato
Sat., Feb. 25 Alpine: Men's Slalom, Sestriere
Sun., Feb. 26 Cross Country: Men's 50km, Pragelato
Read the whole story here:

US Ski Team



-Morning Edition
Snow Alert for Torino-Sestriere, Italy
Snow Alert for Cortina d'Ampezzo
Snow Alert for Sun Peaks - Canada
Snow Alert for Beaver Creek - Vail

Sugarloaf has fresh snow on the ground, the skiing and riding is fantastic, and the Olympics are on. It makes for the perfect combination - ski and ride by day, catch the action from Torino by night. Speaking of the Games, a page in Olympic history will be written tomorrow. Snowboard cross will make it's debut in Torino and Sugarloaf's own Seth Wescott will be there wearing our nation's colors. For those who don't know him or haven't seen him in the countless interviews he's done over the past few months, Seth defines what the Olympics are all about - pure athleticism, true passion for his sport, and an unfaltering desire to do his best. In an age when many professional athletes are more concerned about what they take from the team instead of what they contribute, Seth Wescott has become an ambassador to the sport he loves and the face of American snowboarding.
Upcoming Events Feb 17-18 Skeletones - Live at the Widowmaker
Feb 20-25 Maine & Mass February Vacation Week
Feb 27-March 3 NH Vacation Week
March 25-29 U.S. Alpine Championships

Sun Peaks
There was 1cm new snow overnight to add to our 160cm base, and we are expecting more snow today. The Groomers have done a wonderful job out there and it’s going to be a great day to be on the hill. The temperature is currently -5C in the Village, at Mid-mountain -9C, and -11C at the Top of the World. Right now the winds are, light, and the sky is overcast. The forecast for today is calling for cloudy skies with periods of snow. All our major lifts are turning today. All 3 mountains are 100% open, with all of our 117 runs ready for you to explore and enjoy. The cross-country network is open. Trails are scheduled to be groomed and track set Today. Sun Peaks

Sugar Bowl
Donner Summit, CA – What’s different??? How about $10 Million worth of improvements and a new $46 Lift Ticket – Everyday, Non-Holiday! Get more bang for your buck and rediscover Tahoe’s best value for Big league skiing!

New this year is a 14,000 square foot addition to the Mount Judah Day Lodge with a new bar and restaurant, expanded seating, additional restrooms and a huge granite fireplace surrounded by plenty of space to warm up on those snowy powder days that Donner Summit is known for. As part of the Judah expansion, Sugar Bowl’s added a new on-site Medical Clinic managed by Tahoe Forest Hospital! The resort’s 5th high speed quad will be ready to go on Christmas Tree to service the legendary Race arena, great intermediate terrain and improve the intermountain connection between Mt. Judah and the Village. The new Christmas Tree Express will cut time on the lift by over 50% which means more time finding lines and less time waiting in them! All three projects will be completed and ready for the 2005/06 season

Jayson Hale takes 3rd place at the 2006 Winter X-Games. He is one of Sugar Bowl's sponsored athletes. Make sure you cheer him as he head to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. At age 19, is the youngest man in the WX '05 SBX field, but that doesn't mean he has less experience. He has been snowboarding since he was 4 and competing since he was 6. Now a member of the 2004 US Snowboard B Team for SBX, he graduated from high school in 2004. In '04 He competed in the World Cup finals in Italy where he was the highest placing American (12th.) At his first Winter X in 2004, he finished 8th in SBX, he missed making the final by less than a few seconds.
Sugar Bowl


Val Gardena -Italy

Skiers & Snowboarder can enjoy the following new lifts and improvements for 2005/06: Mont Sëura - Detachable chairlift for 4 persons

Val - New chairlift for 2 persons (1200 p/h) serve as connection between Vallunga and Dantercëppies Easier connection slope from the "Comici" hut on Piz Sella to the "Tramans" - chairlift that continues until Monte Pana. This new slope is an easier alternative to the present connection-slope from Piz Sella over Ciampinoi. Plan de Gralba - New "halfpipe" and "snowrafting" slope We are glad to inform you that the skiing are Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi will offer the following "Fun" possibilities for snowboarders: Boarder Cross at Passo Sella (chair lift Grohmann-Cavazes); Boarder Cross in the area Comici/Piz Sella (from the middle of January); Natural Half Pipe at the ski lift Sotsaslong; Half Pipe on Alpe di Siusi (chair lift Laurin) Fun Park for children on Alpe di Siusi (chair lift Euro) Half Pipe on Ciampinoi (ski lift Bruno) Val Gardina

MILLER 6th, SCHLOPY 13th in GIANT SLALOM Ligety, Rahlves DNF SESTRIERE, Italy (Feb. 20) - Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) was the top American finisher in sixth, while three-time Olympian Erik Schlopy (Park City, UT) placed 13th in Monday's Olympic giant slalom. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) skied out on their first runs as Austrian Benjamin Raich won his first Olympic gold medal.
Considered a favorite to win the GS, Raich didn't disappoint and topped the field with a two-run combined time of 2:35.00. France's Joel Chenal took silver in 2:35.07 and Austrian Hermann Maier picked up the bronze in 2:35.16.
Miller, the '02 double silver medalist in GS and combined, tied Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal for sixth place with a time of 2:36.06. Schlopy was 13th in 2:37.56. XX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES Sestriere, ITA - Feb. 20 Men's Giant Slalom
1. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 2:35.00 2. Joel Chenal, France, 2:35.07 3. Hermann Maier, Austria, 2:35.16 4. Francois Bourque, Canada, 2:35.92 5. Fredrik Nyberg, Sweden, 2:36.05 -- T6. Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, N.H., 2:36.06 13. Erik Schlopy, Park City, Utah, 2:37.56 --
Did not finish first run: Ted Ligety, Park City, Utah Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, Calif. For complete results: FIS Ski

Sport is a witness to the practices of our ancestors. And today, the Olympic Games have become their universal language. With its new exhibition, the Olympic Museum seeks to find the roots of sport through the ages, and throughout the world. Upon request, young visitors (from 12 years old) can benefit from tours guided by the Museum’s coordinators, who will have undertaken a rigorous training programme with students from the University of Neuchâtel Ethnological Institute, as part of an exchange: ethnology for some, and sporting values for others. This fusion gave birth to a unique tour programme, of which our young visitors will be the privileged beneficiaries. An educational kit developed in collaboration with the Education and Development Foundation will enable teachers to further explore the themes addressed in the exhibition and, especially, to work on traditional sporting values and compare them with Olympic sports.
Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and more exhibition Until 16 April 2006 The exhibition awakes the spirit of the Games in Turin, across three thematic sections that illustrate the most curious and fascinating aspects. Red - passion, yellow - Piedmont and blue - technology and environment. A beautiful journey through the colours of Torino 2006. The week’s events at the Olympic Museum Come and share the passion of the Games! Throughout the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, the Olympic Museum will be living to the rhythm of the Piedmont capital, offering a colourful, festive and, of course, sporting programme - free of charge! Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Emotions on giant screens (programme of Winter Games films alternating with broadcasts of the competitions from Turin) Every day from 2 to 5 p.m.: Special Torino 2006 guided tours (included in the cost of the entrance ticket) Wednesday 22, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 from 2 to 5 p.m.: The winter sports challenge (guided tours, demonstrations and a chance to try ski jumping and curling) Italian menu at the Restaurant du Musée
Sunday 19 February: Visit the exhibition Finding the Roots of Sport. Guided tour for adults run by students from the University of Neuchâtel Ethnological Institute. No doubt that they will be able to share their knowledge and encourage the meeting of sport and ethnology. At 11 a.m. in French. Meet in the entrance hall; admission: ticket price; duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Information on 021 621 65 11. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Museum open exceptionally on Monday 20 February Olympic Organization

Squaw Valley
Its been a great week here at Squaw Valley USA with up to 24" of the lightest, driest powder we've seen all year, the type of snow you can use a leaf blower to clear your drive-way instead of a shovel. The cold weather has brought great winter conditions and the weather forecast looks beautiful through next weekend.

This weekend we have big things happening at Squaw Valley, starting with the Jeep King of the Mountain race series, not to be missed! Opening Ceremonies Saturday night include a huge Fireworks Show and a Rail Jam Expo sure to awe the crowd. Go where the action is and we'll see you here!
The Jeep® King of the Mountain Series announces an all-comers National Open Qualifier on Sat. Feb 25th. at Squaw Valley allowing local ski and snowboard racers the opportunity to earn a spot in the Professional Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships on Sunday.

Qualification registration takes place at the VIP Tent at the bottom of Exhibition on Friday February 24th from 12 to 5:00PM. A Mandatory athlete meeting will be held at 6:00PM Friday. Registration is $25.00. Field size is limited to the first 50 Ski or Snowboarders that register. Details and Open Qualifier registration information visit www.jeepsport.com
Squaw Valley got KT

North Lake Tahoe

This year the 25th Annual North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival celebration (March 3-12) is back and better than ever. Revitalized in the spirit of Mountain Mardi Gra, the week long celebration is packed with a full calendar of on and off mountain events, parties, live music and shopping & dining specials around the N. Lake Tahoe community. Kick-off the festivities at Squaw Valley for a beautiful torchlight parade and a colorful fireworks show on Friday night. Stick around for the Opening Ceremonies Party at the Olympic Plaza with DJ music from Space Cowboys, DJ Step daddy, Chubby Reign and live music from the Boogie Monsters! More info 530-583-6985. Tahoe Snow Festival