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Heavenly Valley
Heavenly Valley Over 6-8 inches of new snow! The next storm rolls in tomorrow, so enjoy today's mostly clear skies, light winds and crisp temperatures! Call 1-800-HEAVENLY or visit EVENTS Jackpot Rail Jam Series Mar 17, 2006 | Mar 31, 2006 Jib your way to big fame and cash prizes at the Jackpot Rail Jam Series. Contests are held Friday evenings from 6pm-8pm (Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 17, Mar 31) in the High Roller Nightlife park located at the Cal Base Area. Registration begins at 9am the day of the event in the Race Dept at the Cal Lodge and is open to the first 50 applicants. The entry fee is $5. Get yourself to Heavenly, enjoy the show and help the judges decide who gets the cash and who gets the hook Heavenly Valley

Chamonix Fr

Les Grands Montets top station is OPEN
LIfts Open
AIGUILLE DU MIDI téléphérique Chamonix -
Plan de l’Aiguille AIGUILLE DU MIDI téléphérique
Plan de l’Aiguille - Aiguille du Midi PANORAMIQUE DU MONT-BLANC télécabine Aiguille du Midi à la Pointe Helbronner FUNIVIE DEL MONTE BIANCO téléphérique La Palud - Pavillon FUNIVIE DEL MONTE BIANCO téléphérique Pavillon - Rifugio Torino - Pointe Helbronner MONTENVERS - MER DE GLACE train à crémaillère Chamonix - Montenvers GRANDS MONTETS téléphérique Argentière - Croix de Lognan GRANDS MONTETS téléphérique Croix de Lognan - Les Grands Montets DOMAINE DE BALME - LE TOUR télécabine Le Tour - Charamillon DOMAINE DE BALME - LE TOUR télésiège Charamillon - Col de Balme DOMAINE DE BALME - LE TOUR télécabine Vallorcine - Tête de Balme FLEGERE téléphérique Les Praz - La Flégère FLEGERE télésiège La Flégère - L’Index BREVENT télécabine Chamonix - Planpraz BREVENT téléphérique Planpraz - Brévent PLANARDS télésiège Chamonix - Les Planards BOSSONS télésiège Les Bossons - le Glacier BELLEVUE téléphérique Les Houches - Bellevue PRARION télécabine Les Houches - Le Prarion TRAMWAY DU MONT-BLANC train à crémaillère Le Fayet - Bellevue - Nid d’aigle

This timetable is kept up to date by the Chamonix Tourist Office
Exceptional vertical drops,
Famous pistes and tremendous glacier skiing have given the Grands-Montets its prestigeous reputation

Crystal Mountain -Wa
Get ready for an awesome weekend at the mountain! POWDER 8's are this Saturday, grab a partner and sign-up with Ski Patrol. ATTENTION RV & OVERNIGHT VEHICLE OWNERS, click on learn more for new parking guidelines.
Elevation Base - 4,400 feet (3,912 feet at the Lower Northway Shuttle Stop) Summit (Silver King) - 7,012 feet Vertical - 3,100 feet

Wildcat -Maine

Lift Ticket Deals… Your Next Day is always just $25.00 Sunday Afternoons only $20.00 Half Day Teens& Adults $36.00 Tuesday AristoCat Day for Ages 50+ only $49.00 Wednesday 2-FER $59.00 ($29.50pp) Thursday Ladies Day only $49.00 Fridays in March – Bring your Season Pass from Any Other Alpine Area & Get a $29 lift ticket!
March 6, 2006 3rd Annual 100K Day for Make-A-Wish Can you ski and ride 100K in a single Day? Wildcat is the place to try with a 6 minute ride to a 2,112 ft vertical! Raise money for Make-a-Wish while you are at it! March 18-19 North American Telemark Workshop, includes one day at the Cat and one day in Tuckerman Ravine! A great way to experience Pinkham.
March 25th-26th Demo Weekend with Nevado Mountain Adventure Great stuff from the top lines- alpine equipment, clothing & accessories! Try it for freeeee!
March 25th WCYY Reggae Party and Pond Skimming Enjoy Wildcat's legendary spring skiing and party with the crew from WCYY. They'll be playing some great reggae music, there will be a splash pond, and lots of great prizes. Fun in the sun up at Wildcat, come on up!!!

Whistler - Blackcomb

Cloudy Periods.Alpine High -2. Freezing Level In The Valley Rising To 1500m this Afternoon. Tomorrow: Cloudy With Sunny Periods And A Few Flurries. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: Snowfall 40-55cm
March 2006 2 Hank Williams Review: Whistler Arts Council production
2 Kokanee Valley Race Series
4 King of the Rail
4-12 Women's Week
12 Masters Series - GS
16 Kokanee Valley Race Series
18 BC Law Firm Championships
19 Sprite Park Rider Series - Slopestyle
19-27 Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships
23 Kokanee Valley Race Series - Dual GS Finals and Team Relay
25-26 Atomic Ski & Snowboard Supercross
28 Ronald McDonald House Charities Race
30 Giant Love Cup

Whistler Blackcomb Stats Average Snowfall 360 inches/30 feet 9,14 metres per year Total Terrain 8,171 acres/3,307 hectares Trails 200 + Longitude/Latitude 50° latitude, 122° longitude Mountain Restaurants 17 with a total of 6,540 restaurant seats Highest Lift Accessed Elevation 2,284 metres/7,494 feet
Whistler Blackcomb

Big White / Silver Star
ALMOST THREE HUNDRED CENTIMETRES! That's nearly ten feet of snow! And that's what the current base is at Big White. This marks the earliest occasion in years that Big White will reach the 300 centimetre threshold, proving, once again, that "it's the snow!" Meanwhile Silver Star's solid 213 centimetre base will ensure a long spring skiing season.
SPRING BREAK IS NEAR and Big White & Silver Star are where it's at! With plenty of snow and tons of big events happening at both mountains, Big White and Silver Star make this break from school first choice! This issue of Snow Ghost highlights some of the must hit programs, events and activities you won't want to miss. For a full schedule of Spring Break activity to match up with your dates on mountain, see our full calendar of events: Big White & Silver Star. Events
9th Annual Neil Edgeworth Banked Slalom
This memorial race commemorates a local pro snowboarder who was killed in an avalanche in Chamonix, France almost a decade ago. Pro and amateur riders from all around will compete for $5000 cash and over $10,000 in prizes!! Included with the entry fee is an event t-shirt and banquet dinner. There are only 150 places available, so enter soon. Event runs March 17-19, 2006. Contact Flynn Seddon at (250) 765-6125. This is the major event of the year, not to be missed!

During the month of March, both Silver Star and Big White are offering special instructor training programs. Get certified this spring, then 'join the team' of Ski School and Snowsports professionals at both mountains next season! If you are a strong parallel skier, become a pro or learn to ski and teach like one! Participants are introduced to the CSIA’s innovative, effective skiing techniques and teaching methods. Course dates are March 23 – 26, cost: $375.00 plus tax. For more information on the Big White Ski and Board School, phone us at (250) 491-6101 or email us at skischool@bigwhite.com. Silver Star offers Levels One, Two, and Three courses on various dates between March 20 – 24. Check with Norman Kreutz; nkreutz@skisilverstar.com
Big White


CHRIS BECKMANN WINS DOWNHILL GOLD AT JUNIOR WORLDS NYSEF skier betters silver from one year ago LE MASSIF, Que. (March 2) - Chris Beckmann (Altamont, NY; U.S. C Team/N.Y. Ski Education Foundation) upgraded his silver medal from a year ago to claim the men’s downhill title Thursday as the 2006 Junior World Alpine Championships got underway in fog and light snow at Le Massif Ski Area. “I woke up this morning an hour before my alarm went off, and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I really wanted this win. I wanted gold,” Beckmann said after winning with a time of 1:27.26 over the 2.1K Charlevoix course.
Beckmann, sixth in 2004 and the 2005 DH silver medalist at Junior Worlds in Bardonecchia, Italy, edged Austrian Romed Baumann (1:27.55) with Canadian Stefan Guay (1:27.59) completing the podium. The race originally was scheduled for Friday but coaches and official agreed Wednesday night to move it up a day.

2006 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Le Massif, QUE - March 2, 2006 Men’s Downhill, 1. Chris Beckmann, Altamont, NY/U.S. C Team/NY Ski Education Foundation, 1:27.26 2. Romed Baumann, Austria, 1:27.55 3. Stefan Guay, Canada, 1:27.59 4. Beat Feuz, Switzerland, 1:27.81 5. Natko Zencic-Dim, Croatia, 1:28.10 - 11. Todd David Thibodeau, Waterville Valley, N.H./U.S. Development Team/Waterville Valley B&BTS, 1:28.54 16. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, N.Y./U.S. C Team/NYSEF, 1:29.01 19T. Greg Bartels, Sonora, Calif./Squaw Valley Ski Team, 1:29.38 29. Will Brandenburg, Spokane, Wash./Sweitzer Alpine Racing School, 1:30.07 35. Tim Kelley, Starksboro, Vt./U.S. Development Team/Mount Mansfield Ski&Snowboard Club, 1:30.74 Alpins Quebec 2006

LINDSEY KILDOW IN 3-WAY TIE FOR SUPER G VICTORY KVITFJELL, Norway (March 3) - Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) earned her third World Cup win of the season, and the first super G victory of her career, as part of an historic three-way tie for the win Friday with the top four skiers separated by just one-hundredth of a second. Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) tied for sixth place on the 1994 Olympic speed run. US ski snowboard Teams

Deep !
14-22" of NEW SNOW! 261-435" of snowfall this season to date
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Average Snowfall: (mid-mtn, 10 yr. avg.) 500 inches/1,270 centimeters 2004/05 Snowfall: 804 inches Base Elevation: 7,800 feet/2,377 meters Top Elevation: 9,800 feet/2,987 meters Vertical Rise: 2,000 feet/609 meters Average % Sunny Days: 70% Average Length of Season: Mid-November into Late April Skiable Acres: 2,300 / 930 hectares

International Olympic Comittee

The road to 2014 Games
On 28 July 2005, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) accepted applications from seven National Olympic Committees (NOC) to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014. The cities applying to host these Games are: Almaty (Kazakhstan), Borjomi (Georgia), Jaca (Spain), PyeongChang (Republic of Korea), Salzburg (Austria), Sochi (Russian Federation) and Sofia (Bulgaria).
For a number of these cities the Olympic adventure started several years ago, either through a previous bid for the Olympic Winter Games or in a national bid to win the right to represent their country in the 2014 process.
KEY DATES : 1 February 2006 Applicant Cities Observer Programme at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games 21-23 June 2006 Acceptance of Candidate Cities by the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne 23 June 2006 Candidature Procedure and Questionnaire made available to Candidate Cities 10 January 2007 Candidature file to be submitted to the IOC Mid-February – Mid-April 2007 IOC Evaluation Commission visits Candidate Cities June 2007 Publication of the Evaluation Commission report July 2007 Election of the 2014 Host City in Guatemala City
For complete details: Olympic Organization Bear Valley
March 11 Slide for the Cure 11 Monte Carlo Night - Bear Valley Village 18 CSS Slopestyle Finals- Bear Valley 25 Gatorade GS Races #5& #6 25 Budweiser Country Snow Fest 26 Jim Bottomley Youth Team Olympics- sponsored by BVSEF
Elevation Summit 8,500' Mid Mountain Lodge 7,750' Lower Mountain Base 6,600'
Snowfall & Snowmaking Natural snowfall average is 359" (30 feet) annually.
Lifts & Terrain
2 triple chairs
7 double chairs
1 carpet lift
1280 skiable acres
1,900' vertical drop

Bear Valley


Experience an unforgettable day in the Matterhorn ski paradise. The Matterhorn ski safari gives you the opportunity to enjoy the entire international ski area in one day. Skiing enthusiasts can cover 10,000 vertical metres - or even 12,000 if the runs as far as Valtournenche are included - without having to use the same run or the same lift twice. Only the Matterhorn ski paradise lets you do this! To complete the Matterhorn ski safari - 10,000 or 12,500 vertical meters - successfully, you can set out from the Rothorn paradise valley station, the Matterhorn glacier paradise valley station in Zermatt or the valley station in Breuil-Cervinia. If you decide on the 12,500 vertical metre option, it is also possible to start at the valley station in Valtournenche.

-Matterhorn glacier paradise: Europe's highest mountain railway, with Europe's highest viewing platform (3883 m above sea level) - and the most fascinating glacier palace in the world -Matterhorn ski paradise: 313 km of sheer enjoyment on the pistes and the Alps' largest summer skiing area (snow sports all year round) -Rothorn paradise: the best view of the Matterhorn - and thrilling themed routes past romantic mountain lakes
Moonlight ski run from Rothorn paradise A romantic adventure! 14 March 2006 Meeting point: 7:00pm bottom station Rothorn paradise Rate for Adults: CHF 59.50 incl. Ride to Rothorn paradise and Fondue at Restaurant Rothorn Registration: Restaurant Rothorn 027 967 2675 (by 3:00pm latest)
25 - 26 March 2006 Burton AM.TOUR 2006 Girls and Boys show your skills at the Burton AM.TOUR! If you are under the of 18 - come in and register. Area: Gravity Park URL: http://www.burtonamtour.com/


Morning Edition

Snow Alert for Santa Cruz Mountains, & Lake Tahoe Basin
Snow Alert for Kirkwood & Mammoth Mountian
Snow Alert for Sun Valley Id. Snow Alert for Alta, Snowbird & Snowbasin Utah
Snow Alert for Big Sky
Snow Alert for Norway & Moscow Ru.


More than a foot of fresh snow in the past week marks the start of the peak of the season with the best skiing and riding yet. And it only gets better from here. March is our snowiest month of the season by far and things are looking good for this year. Great snow is only the beginning of what Sugarloaf has on deck for the month of March on and off the slopes.
We've got the entire U.S. Ski Team, including Gold Medalists Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso, competing for national titles, two terrific St. Patrick's Day
March 25-29 U.S. Alpine Championships


Lake Tahoe This week
3/3-12: North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival
3/4: Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe's Dummy Downhill
3/4: Camper Van Beethoven
3/4: Mardi Gras Masquerade
3/9: Alison Krauss and Union Station
3/10: SnowFest Mardis Gras Party
3/11: Sol Jibe
3/11: Skid Row
3/17: St. Patty's Party w/ Walter Trout
3/19: Robert Walter’s Super Heavy Organ
3/19: Global Funk
3/24: Death Cab for Cutie
3/24: Bo Diddley w/The Fabulous Thunderbirds
3/25: Dana Carvey
3/31-4/1: Chris Isaac

News, events, activities & entertainment
Tahoe This Week

Panorama Resort
New Snow (24hrs) 4 cms Panorama features over 4,000 vertical feet and 2,847 patrolled acres of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain accessed via 9 lifts. Skiers and boarders won't want to miss Panorama's newest and largest terrain expansion ever - Taynton Bowl. Formely exclusive heli-skiing terrain, Taynton Bowl is now lift accessed backcountry style skiing incorporated into Panorama's official boundary
Special Events
The BC K2 Provincial Championships are taking place this week! The future stars of Canadian ski racing will be at Panorama between March 1st and 5th. March Mar 2-4 K2 Provincials Mar 19 Syndicate Slopestyle
April 3-7 Ski Canada Test Week
Apr 7-10 20th Annual Sunpit Safari
Apr 14-17 Easter Weekend/Easterfest
Apr 16 Last Day of Skiing & Riding


rk now has a 35-year history in the Purcells. rk's ski guides are highly experienced and certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, or equivalent, which is an internationally recognized certification. Panorama Resort

Sugar Bowl
Break out your fat skis and long boards because you are going to need them today. In the past 12 hours we have received 12-15 inches of the fresh light white stuff that we all love to play in! Our 24-hour snow total is now at 15-25 inches! Get up here and earn bragging right for first chair! Today adults, young adults and seniors ski for $46. Children 6-12 are $15. Kids 5 and under ski for free! The National Weather Service Forecast is calling for snow through out the day with accumulations of 4-5 inches at Lake level and 8-12 inches above 7000 feet! Winds around 10-20MPH from the SW and stronger gusts over the ridges.

This Season Get More with Sugar Bowl! Sugar Bowl's new improvements this year include a 14,000 square foot addition to the Mount Judah lodge and a fifth high speed quad. Add 1500 acres of incredible terrain, sierra's deepest snow pack and a non-holiday lift ticket price of $46.
Long known for its rich history and deep powder, Sugar Bowl is the true essence of the wild west. From the legendary Donner party expedition, to the hearty present day residents, Donner Summit embodies the pioneer spirit of this region’s beautifully rugged terrain. Sugar Bowl is one of the oldest and most interesting ski resorts in the West and it owes its enduring appeal to the visionaries that built this special place

Sugar Bowl

The Sports Illustarted Next Snow SEARCH Finals kicks off Friday at Bear Mountain! This event is a culmination of a nationwide search for the best skiers and riders ages 9-13 years old. Over 100 athletes will compete in on the snow activities that include moguls, slopestyle, carving, gates and superpipe. Lindsay will be here Saturday, check it out on Killington's website
At Killington we are skiing and riding on the most open terrain served by the most lifts in the East. We currently have 85% of our total terrain open and are continuing to expand on a daily basis. Mountain Ops will have 78 trails groomed for Friday
Snow is likely for Friday afternoon... Sunshine and blue skies in the morning will turn to scattered snow showers later on in the day. Temperatures will be great for snowmaking and we will continue our expansion Friday. But remember to layer up before you hit the slopes, it will be chilly at the Peak

Our seven peaks are big, the highest lift serviced skiing in New England in fact, and greatest vertical in New England at 3,050', but they aren't just for the experts in your crowd. Sure we've got 200 trails that include knee-buckling bump runs, breath-grabbing steeps and cruisers, and favorites like Downdraft, Ovation, and of course Outer Limits, the steepest mogul slope in New England. Killington

France Guide

The FranceGuide 2006 Travel Planner The Maison de la France/French Government Tourist Office annual travel planner called FranceGuide 2006 is now available free of charge. This year’s fun-filled 96-page magazine offers Americans planning a trip to France some insight into all of the special celebrations taking place in 2006
Exciting festivals and events this spring in France Spring is approaching and France is alive in color, music and festivities. Attend a bullfighting show in the sunny south, savor world-renowned ham from Bayonne or take in soothing jazz tunes in Amiens. In short, live it up! March 9 to April 1, 2006 Amiens (Picardie) Amiens Jazz Festival –...
Air France Holidays brings you "The Mysteries of Da Vinci" Everyone’s counting down to the release of the much anticipated movie based on the bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. Find out how you can get in on the action and visit the sites included in the book and film through this four-night package from Air France Holidays. Package Inclusions
Stay in the Loire Valley's Touraine for 50% off! Special springtime offer Touraine hotels are offering 1,000 rooms at 50% off, valid weekends in March and the first weekend in April. From one to four-star establishments, see what’s in store and get booking now at www.plusdetouraine.com Da Vinci’s
France Guide

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-March 2, 2006-The overall Grand Prize Winner of the 2006 Steamboat SlopeWise Safety Poster Contest as well as the First, Second and Third Place winners were recently announced during presentations this week by Michele Baxter, a member of the Steamboat Ski Area’s Ski Patrol and the safety poster contest coordinator.Students submitted a poster depicting their favorite aspect of the SlopeWise safety program or the Responsibility Code. The primary goal of the program is to generate awareness of skiing and riding in a safe manner to children while making the learning process fun.

Here in Steamboat, we have the driest and fluffiest snow in the world. It’s so different, we coined the phrase Champagne Powder®. In fact, meteorologists have measured Steamboat’s Champagne Powder® as having 70% less moisture content than average snow. If you have a hard time believing it, visit us in Steamboat and get a taste for yourself. Whether you’re stepping foot into a local pub, one of our charming boutiques, or stepping off the gondola, the reception is the same – warm. But the down home genuine friendliness is only half the reason people choose to vacation here. Nestled 7,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies, Steamboat is one of North America’s largest ski mountains. With 164 trails, 3600 vertical feet, and nearly 3,000 skiable acres, its six peaks are filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, open meadows, legendary tree skiing, and Mavericks, North America’s longest superpipe.
Coming Up
NCAA Skiing Championships Coming to Steamboat - March 6-8, 2006 This championship is the equivalent of the final 4 in basketball as 35 men and women from schools across the nation compete in cross country and alpine ski racing. Come out and watch the GS and slalom on Concentration and classic and freestyle cross country at Howelsen Hill. Opening ceremonies will be Tuesday night in gondola plaza.
-St. Patrick's Day Torchlight Parade & Fireworks - March 17, 2006 -Maverick's Superpipe Challenge - March 18, 2006 -Jimmy Heuga Team up for MS - Vertical Express - March 19, 2006 -Bud Light Rocks the Boat - You won't believe this season's Free Concert lineup in Gondola Square at the base of the ski area! Concerts begin at 3:00pm.