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Valle Nevado
Ski June, July, August, September and October 2006. Just 35 miles from Santiago's International airport, Valle Nevado ski resort is in the heart of the Andes offering more than twenty-three thousand acres of skiable terrain. Host to the World Cup of Snowboard again last year, packs all of the mountain, services and comforts you are accustomed to with high-speed detachable chairlift, a ski shop full of carving skis, top notch ski-pros that speak a dozen languages, helicopter skiing / riding, South America's only Super Half-Pipe, and access to three mountains back to back to back. NEW HELICOPTERS FOR HELISKIING AND TRANSFERS: Because of the unbeatable conditions offered by Valle Nevado for heliskiing, we are consolidating a rapidly growing trend that has attracted more and more specialized powder skiers from all over the world. The incorporation of a modern AS350 B3 helicopter, property of Ecocopter, Hill allow for ascensions up to 4,200M (13,780 ft.) peaks to enjoy up to 7000M (22,965 ft.) of skiing in a day with a minimum run of 1000M (3,280 ft.) The 2005 season offers several alternatives for those wishing to try the exclusive heliskiing experience. Either on skis or on a snowboard, the mountain guide will take you to slopes that accommodate the skill level of those wishing to learn this exciting alternative. We also have different alternatives for those wishing to improve technique or get the most out of one of the most exhilarating experiences in sports. Additionally, we have also incorporated an EC130 B4, also belonging to Ecocopter, with a capacity for 6 passengers. This second helicopter, as sophisticated as the one before mentioned, will be used to transport guests between the city/airport and Valle Nevado.
Chilean Ski Tours

Valle Nevado

Swiss Tourism -My Switzerland

The Hotel Kulm Gornergrat at 3100 meters above sea level is almost 100 years old. It has just undergone a major overhaul for an impressive 8.5 million Swiss Francs. After eight months of construction work, it opened its doors again.

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.
Art on Ice
In 2006, this fascinating show will again be staged at the Zürich Hallenstadion indoor stadium. Spectators can experience a fascinating fusion of live music and ice dancing performances. Once again, stars from the worlds of music and ice skating promise to thrill spectators and give rise to an unforgettable experience.
Thursday , 09 March 2006 - Saturday , 11 March 2006 Carnival
Desc: Event in the tradition of Middle-Age carnivals, with masks, costumes, music and street entertainment Address: Genève Tourisme Office du Tourisme de Genève www.carnaval-geneve.ch
With its unparalleled mix of pristine scenery and rich culture, Switzerland offers visitors a wealth of exciting possibilities, whether it's skiing the Alps, soaking in Zurich's vibrant arts scene, or relaxing in Geneva's unique lakeside setting

Performance camp
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. Martin will deploy the very latest teaching techniques to develop all-round ski ability for advanced skiers, and there will be video analysis at the end of each ski day.
My Switzerland

Sun Peaks Resort
This is another great day to enjoy at Sun Peaks; remembering always to ski and ride with care. The forecast today is calling for a cloudy periods with a chance of a few flurries.
The temperature is currently -6C in the Village, at Mid-mountain -8 C, and -8C at the Top of the World. Right now the wind is moderate and the sky is clear. 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. And don’t forget snowshoeing, these trails also are open and ready for you to explore. Our skating rink and Tube Time are both open daily for some family fun time. The West Bowl T-Bar will re-open on Friday, March 3. sun Peaks

Mammoth Mountain
Winter storms are dumping snow on Mammoth this week, adding to our current base of 10 to 12 feet. If you are looking for fresh powder, Mammoth has it!
Base Depth: 10 to 12 feet

We will start the morning with partly cloudy skies and light winds. With another storm rolling in this afternoon we can expect winds to pick up bringing clouds and snow on the mountain as the day progresses. Forecasters are calling for up to 2 feet of accumulation by Friday night.
With a 10 to 12 foot base of packed powder and machine groomed snow, all lifts will be in operation today with the exception of chairs 7, 20 and 26. THis could change as weather conditions change. Call our snow report at 888.SNOW.RPT for operational updates.
Mammoth Ski Camps Advanced Ski Camp is March 13-17: Improve on Mammoth's legendary steeps and bumps. Other camps in March include Telemark and Parks & Pipes

Sun Mar 5 - VANS Unbound Freestyle Series at June Mountain - Slopestyle This USASA sanctioned slopestyle event is open to boarders & skiers of all ages. Registration will be in the Chalet at the June Mountain from 9:00-10:00am. Competition starts around 11:00am. Entry fee is $10. (Lift ticket/pass required; USASA membership required - membership can be purchased at registration.)
Sun Mar 5 - Intro To Telemark Clinic Have you always wanted to learn Telemark skiing? Here's your chance. Main Lodge Ski School is offering clinics every Sunday in March from 10am to 1pm. Guests must be at least 13 years of age and should have alpine experience. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 800.MAMMOTH.
Fri Mar 10 Telemark Ski Camp The oldest turn in skiing has been totally reinvented over the last decade. Plastic boots, shaped skis and solid bindings have made the Telemark turn accessible to the masses. Whether you are an experienced Telemark skier looking to take your technique to the next level or an experienced alpine skier (intermediate level and up is best) to try something new, we have a group of like ability skiers to work with. Our instructors are some of the best Telemark instructors in the business. They love to turn people on to free healed skiing! Come join them at this 3 day camp. Reservations required. For more information please call 760.934.0685 and to book your telemark lesson today please call 800.MAMMOTH.
Sat Mar 11 - Full Moon Snowshoe Tour Spend an evening under the stars! Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center is offering a snowshoe tour which includes equipment rentals, a hot drink and dessert. For more information please call 760.934.2442 or click on the link above.
Mammoth Mountain

Park City
Bacardi Winter Experience schusses its way into Park City through March 11. This year, party themes will range from Vegas to Hip Hop to Mardi Gras and a dedicated MC at each promotion will keep the party going with the picture perfect background, interactive games, lots of prizes and, of course, Bacardi Girls. March 8 Ciseros (Vegas Theme), March 9, Sidecar (80s Theme); March 10 JB Mulligans (Mardi Gras Theme); March 11, Harry O's (Hip Hop Theme). World Superpipe Championships At Park City The world’s top skiers and snowboarders throw down at Park City Mountain Resort’s 2006 World Superpipe Championships in the new, 22-foot wall, Eagle Superpipe. This invite-only event will be the first major competition following the 2006 Olympic Games and will feature many of the top athletes from the Olympics and X-Games. The field of athletes will compete for a piece of the $90,000 prize purse in a best of three-run format. On Saturday, March 11, two-time World Superpipe Champion, Keir Dillon, competes against a field of snowboarders, including the 2002 Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers and this year’s bronze medalist Markku Koski. Also, fresh from the Torino Games, gold medalist Hannah Teter returns to the U.S. to battle against a strong field of women snowboarders including Australia’s up-and-comer Torah Bright and 2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark.

Angel Fire - New Mexico
Angel Fire Resort celebrates spring with their first-ever Fiesta del Sol, Mar. 10 - 12. The weekend of wild competitions, live entertainment, and outdoor parties for both boarders and skiers officially kicks off Friday night at the Lazy Lizard with free tacos and a live band. Then on Saturday morning sign up for the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Race, where you can vie for the title "King of the Mountain." Saturday afternoon there’s a chance to win prizes in the Hawaiian Tropics Pond Skimming. And on Sunday play snow volleyball and “Ride the Short Bus at Angel Fire.”

Pineapple Powder
Mauna Kea from its undersea base of -19,000 feet to the wind-swept peaks of 13,796 feet, it's the world's highest mountain! It offers some of the world's highest skiing.

Ski Hawaii

Kashmir -India
Himalaya’s first major alpine resort. Gulmarg’s newly completed Poma-designed 1330 vertical metre gondola (that’s more vertical than anything in the USA) opened for year-round business on 28 May 2005.

Photo:Peter Robinson
Ski Himalaya

Snow Alert for Heavenly, Homewood,Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley Snow Alert for Mammoth Mountain
Snow Alert for Jackson Hole

Squaw Valley
We received a foot of new snow in the past 36 hours and conditions today were perfect! Another huge Sierra storm is upon us bringing us high accumulations of fresh powder. The moisture from the pacific is large and the storm is cold so this weekend Squaw will be blanketed once again by fresh powder, the questions is how many feet?
Don't miss out on all the fun events this weekend at Squaw. Opening ceremonies of Snow Festival including fireworks and the torchlight parade, Freestyle Telemark Festival and lots of music, dining and kids activities. The skiing and riding will be epic and there is something for everyone at Squaw so bring the whole family and we'll see you here!
Tah0e snow Festival
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!

BIG AIR COMP AND RAIL EXPO kick off the Festival with the Freestyle Expo at Squaw Valley USA. The Big Air contest is from 11am-1pm. The telemark Rail Jam is from 3pm-4pm. Come out and demo the latest equipment. , Registration for events go to toughguyproductions.com. Helmets and health insurance required. Part two of the festival is the Big Mountain Tele Comp scheduled for Sat. at Alpine Meadows. More info. call 530-583-6985.

Cardrona - New Zealand

The Cardrona family is starting to reassemble in readiness for the start of the season with our summer crew working on snowmaking, a fourth kids centre, and a new advanced coaching centre.
But more of that next week, what you really want to know is our early bird Season Pass price...
Cardrona Season Passes 2006, Please download the Adobe pdf Season Pass application form

The Banff Centre
Music and Sound Winter Concert Series Until March 23, 2006 Join us for the last month of the series, featuring a brilliant cast of over 40 international musicians and special guests. Concert Night Out: Banff Centre musicians collaborate with a variety of internationally-renowned visiting artists to present dynamic and diverse concerts. This month's artists include: March 3 - Resident musicians. March 10 - Jean Landa, oboe. March 17 - Marina Hoover, cellist. March 23 - Jupiter String Quartet. Music at Noon: Concerts feature a range of music, from the classics of the great masters to funky jazz beats and the exciting works of modern composers.
Canmore Sundays: Enjoy a spectacular concert of beautiful chamber music, performed by an incredible cast of international musicians.

March 1 - Douglas Kennedy - It's the Story, Stupid March 13 - Mountain Culture Speakers' Series - In the Footsteps of Zeus March 25 - Opening Reception - Lida Abdul Exhibition March 26 - Meet the Artist - Lida Abdul

Until March 2 - Kent Monkman • Paul Chaat Smith Until March 12- Jimmie Durham: Knew Urk March 9 - April 24 - Lida Abdul Exhibition March 9 - June 18 - Lynne Cohen Exhibition March 13 - April 30 - In the Footsteps of Zeus Ongoing - Winning Images - 2005 Banff Mountain Photography Competition Banff Centre

Swiss Info - Avalanche Research
- The Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research was founded in 1931 in Bern. - The first "snow laboratory" was built at 2,662m on the Weissfluhjoch above Davos five years later. - The institute does research and publishes daily avalanche warning bulletins for Switzerland. - It was integrated into the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research in 1989.
Swiss Federal Institute Snow and Avalanche Research

Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one mile down canyon from Alta.
Extended Spring Schedule We plan to remain open daily through May 7th and weekends only through May 29th, conditions permitting.

By fall of 2006, Snowbird’s original Peruvian lift will be taken out and replaced with a new high-speed quad connected to Mineral Basin by a 565-foot tunnel under Gorilla Pass
The Tunnel… Snowbird recently began a two-year project constructing a new chairlift and tunnel in Peruvian Gulch. By fall of 2006, Snowbird’s original Peruvian lift will be taken out and replaced with a new high-speed quad.
While the base will stay near the original base shack, the top station will be located below the steepest Chip’s Run pitch, an approximately 2,600-vertical-foot rise. At the top of the lift, a 565-foot tunnel with a conveyor lift will provide access to Mineral Basin. The expected completion date of the Peruvian Gulch project is fall of 2006.
Chairlift Stats
8,000 linear feet long Approximately 2,600-vertical-foot rise Approximately 1,800 passengers per hour Estimated 8 minute lift ride 6,000 square foot lift base area

Snowbird Mountain Stats Average Annual Snowfall: 500” Vertical Drop: 3,240’ Base Elevation: 7,760’ Top Elevation: 11,000’ Skiable Acres: 2,500’ Terrain: 27% Beginner, 38% Intermediate, 35% Advanced Number of Runs: 89 Lifts: 1 tram, 3 quads, 7 doubles

Jackson Hole
Revolution Tour-USSA Western Open Regional Champs- Slope Style Start Date: March 10, 2006 End Date: March 11, 2006 Type of Event: Competition Location: On Mountain
The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort stop of the Revolution tour is open to any rider with a USSA membership. All USSA age classes will compete at the same site for each discipline, with the exception of the FIS sanctioned SBX competition, which requires all riders to be 15 years old by December 31, 2005 with a current FIS license. Field size will be limited to the first 80 men, 40 women in each discipline and 20 athletes under the age of 12.
Revolution Tour-USSA Western Open Regional Champs- Boardercross Start Date: March 12, 2006 Type of Event: Race Location: On Mountain
The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort stop of the Revolution tour is open to any rider with a USSA membership. All USSA age classes will compete at the same site for each discipline, with the exception of the FIS sanctioned SBX competition, which requires all riders to be 15 years old by December 31, 2005 with a current FIS license. Field size will be limited to the first 80 men, 40 women in each discipline and 20 athletes under the age of 12. March 19 Head-to-head Telemark Giant Slalom race. Register from 8:00-9:15 am at JHMR Nordic Center. Race starts at 10am.
Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open March 22-23 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is proud to host the 3rd stop on the Subaru US Freeskiing Series. 100 of North America's best freeskiers, including Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Sponsored Skier Lynsey Dyer, will compete in Casper Bowl in an event not to be missed! Spectators welcome!
Life Link/Dynafit Randonee Rally March 25 The Randonee Rally is a ski mountaineering race held annually at JHMR. Competitors skin up and ski down some of the toughest terrain that Jackson Hole has to offer.
Mechanical Bull Rodeo March 24 - 26 Cowboy up and test your skills on a mechanical bull! 2:00pm - 5:00pm daily outside the Mangy Moose.
The TRAM Bull Wheel turns ,....
For Winter 2006/07

With the absence of the tram, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will implement the following measures to ensure guests can ski or ride 100% of the mountain, lift out of the base is quick and efficient, and lift access to the summit of Rendezvous Bowl and the infamous Jackson Hole backcountry terrain remains.
1. Pending Forest Service approval we will construct a temporary double chairlift up Rendezvous Bowl. The alignment will follow skiers left through the trees to just below Corbet's Cabin. Named East Ridge Chair, the five minute ride will be accessible via Sublette. The design for East Ridge Chair is taking into consideration the sometimes severe weather conditions in Rendezvous Bowl, with an attempt to maximize the available operating time.
2. We will purchase 18 new cabins for the Bridger Gondola (our main "workhorse" lift that operates from the base to the Headwall, 2730' vertical rise). This will increase uphill capacity from the base by an additional 600 skiers per hour from 1800 to 2400 on this lift. (The aerial tram currently represents uphill capacity of less than 300 an hour from the base).
3. Potentially increase uphill capacity on Thunder Chair by adding extra chairs.
For complete details and more news,
Jackosn hole


"first track" swinging start Time: 07:40 You get to the ski area before the start of the timetable and are first "in the swing". From 08.30 - 10.30 breakfast buffet in the Trockener Steg Restaurant. Price: CHF 20.- (only for holders of a valid skipass, to be shown on buying ticket). Ticket to be purchased the day before at the Snow- & Alpine Center or the valley station Matterhorn glacier paradise. Min. group size: 10 people. Talstation Matterhorn glacier paradise (14E / 105)
Sledding at Furi Time: 19:30 A special ride from Zermatt to Furi at 7.30 p.m., meeting at the resort station of the Matterhorn glacier paradise. Price: CHF 8.- one way. N.B.: Since this is a special excursion your ski-pass is not valid. No other reductions Matterhorn Express (13E / 105)
One-day ski tours for groups On touring skis experience the glacier world around Zermatt, seen at its best. Pfulwe 3155 m, Cima di Jazzi 3804 m, Fluhhorn 3317 m. Price: CHF 180.- per person Reservations up to 7.00 p.m. on the previous day in the Alpin Center Zermatt, 027 966 24 60
Fly by helicopter to any ski departure point around Zermatt, which would otherwise be difficult to reach. Monte Rosa 4250 m, price CHF 350.- per person, Alphubeljoch 3782 m, price CHF 315.- per person Reservations up to 7.00 p.m. on the day before at the "Alpin Center" Zermatt, 027 966 24 60
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)

21st Triftji Bump Bash Classic April 13 - 16, 2006 Mogul ski race for all-comers. Bump Bash


Six new glades runs this year at Bohemia Glade skiing opening this season at Bohemia's sister ski resort Porcupine Mountain with over 6 new glade runs
Best Powder Skiing in the Midwest! Goldilocks - Located in the Bears den this glade run located between polar bear and Black bear take the skier/rider right beside the infamous
forbidden cliffs
(don’t drop these 60-footers) .
Facing mostly east this glade run should be great with snow all season long. Mt Bohemia

The 5:00am snow report said 7" at mid-mountain and 20 degrees, awesome!
The snow that fell last night and covered Steamboat in nature's winter comforter was nice, light and fluffy....perfect.
Once at the top we headed down Norther to find the medium sized bumps covered in deep whip cream-like snow. I was pleased to find that the snow had also bonded very well to the existing base. Lately the sun has tricked us into thinking these winter dumps may be over, giving us some great spring skiing, but not today!

Next we headed up Four Points to check out what my friend Joey calls the gut of the mountain. All of it was really sweet - Hurricane, Rainbow, Lower Rainbow Trees, Moonlight gully - the list goes on. Powder turns with a firm but very carvable base underneath. Off the top of Sundown Express we shot into the trees for more untouched lines down to the Morningside lift. At the top we took the Ridge to Deso's Descent and over to Flying Z. All the while just trying not to fall down from pure joy, the snow was unbelieveable! And now, to top it all off, the sun is out!
Put on your powder face and get out there, spring dumps this light do not come very often.
Eric B

Garmisch -Partenkirchen - Germany

Until late spring, the glacier skiing region atop the Zugspitze attracts alpine-skiers, snowboarders, carvers, and freestylers, who also appreciate the traditional and safe descents on artificial snow. Beyond the well-maintained ski slopes, however, the Zugspitze region is a veritable El Dorado for deep-snow enthusiasts.
Whether beginner or racing expert, you are sure to find your favorite ski slope. There are a total of 118 kms (73 miles) of downhill runs of all difficulty levels, including the world famous "Kandahar", Germany’s only downhill run with a "World Cup License."
Tobogganing at the Hausberg On Wednesdays and Fridays the Hausbergbahn will run until 08.00 p.m. for tobogganers. The Bayernhaus will serve Gluehwein An unforgettable experience:

Zugspitz Night with Bavarian Dinner Buffet Snow biking - action with a lot of fun Do you love fun and action in wintertime and do you always want to try something new? Then rent a snow bike and powder through the amazing snow scenery..
RED BULL GAP SESSION - 11. März 2006

Garmisch -Partenkirchen

Cortina d'Ampezzo- Italy
Weather conditions Mostly sunny, slightly cloudy Temperature top 09:00 -14 Temperature base 09:00 -7 Depth of snow top 140 Depth of snow base 50 Last snowfall 25 February 2006 Wind force gentle breeze (gale force 3) wind direction south-east Conditions slopes Powdersnow Number of open lifts 35 of 36 Number of open slopes 67 of 68 No. of kilometres 115 of 115 Conditions Crosscountry Very good

Big Sky
Weather: It's going to be another bluebird day! Sunny skies and calm winds out of the SE. Temperature: 37 ° to 10 ° (Fahrenheit) Wind: 5-10 from South East New Overnight Snow: 0" Snow Fall past 24hrs: 5" Snow Fall past 48hrs: 10" Base Snow Depth: 65-95" Surface Conditions: Powder, packed powder, machine groomed Terrain Open: 100% Lifts Scheduled to Open: Lone Peak Tram, Swift Current, Thunder Wolf, Ramcharger, Gondola One, Challenger, Iron Horse, Southern Comfort, Lone Peak Chair, Lone Moose, Explorer, White Otter, Shedhorn, Bear Back Poma, Mitey Magic Carpet, Magic Carpet, Pony Express, Cascade What's Happening It's going to be a big weekend here at Big Sky. Saturday is Bike-N-Bash, a race that pits bikes, skis and boards against one another. And then Sunday is the 3rd Pipe Jam comp. Both events are always fun to watch as well as participate in! Big Sky

Val Gardena

Weather Changeable and cold. From the west again some cloud banks will push in, but especially in the south during the day also longer sunny spells are expected. In the north again denser clouds will push in in the afternoon.
Either ZZ Top stopped by OR

There was and Ice sclupture event

Photo: Val Gardena Marketing

Snow & Sun Spring
The SunSkiRun offers are valid from 25th March to 18th April 2006. If you stay for 6 days, you will receive 1 day free (6+1).
Tis offer is valid for accomodation and ski pass. This special offer is valid for all accomodation facilities, which participate in this action and are marked with the particular symbol (sun). 7 = 6 7 nights for the price of 6 6 = 5 6 day ski pass for the price of 5 Discounts also on group skiing courses and skiing equipment hire. The offer is valid from 25th March 2006 to the end of season (18 April 2006). The north-westerly flow will bring further cold and occasionally humid air masses to the Alps.
Val Gardena