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Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass

Alpine Meadows
Three feet of snow and a great weekend ahead!
With three feet of light snow in the last 24-hours and a break in the storm for the weekend, Alpine Meadows is the place to be! Make sure to bring those fat boards and a snorkel, because it’s that deep! And, if you want to see some incredible telemark skiing this Saturday and Sunday, Alpine Meadows will be hosting the Reno/Tahoe Telemark Freeskiing Championship Series. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in four categories: Men, women, junior, and masters. But don’t worry if you don’t place top three, they will be giving out tons of swag, too Alpine Meadows

Canadian Ski Council
The Canadian Ski Council is a national, not-for-profit organization representing the Canadian ski and snowboard industry with direct links to:
* 285 ski areas across Canada * 14 industry, trade and travel associations * Hundreds of ski and snowboard suppliers and manufacturers * Thousands of sports retailers
Formed in 1977, the mandate of the Canadian Ski Council is to increase participation in recreational snowboarding, alpine and cross country skiing across Canada, by means of marketing and promotions, industry communications, research and government advocacy.

Sunshine Village

Wild West is a demanding Freeride Zone, like Delirium Dive, but with its own unique topography and character. Wild West features three major rock walled couloirs, steep crevices, and a series of cliffs that reach over 30 meters (100 feet).
Accessed off the western edge of Goat’s Eye Mountain, the Wild West can easily be seen from the Gondola. Shortly after rounding the “curve station” from the base, this difficult terrain is seen above and to the east. It is a segment that runs almost to the Goat’s Eye mid-station.
Wild West recognizes the history and heritage of many of Banff National Park’s pioneers. Various aspects are named after these founders, including “Wild” Bill Peyto, a trapper and one of Banff’s first wardens; Norman “Mr. Banff” Luxton, an early publisher of the Crag & Canyon; and Bruno Engler, explorer and renowned photographer.
Even if you don’t venture into Wild West, you can visit the entrance found off the first elbow of ‘Sunshine Coast,’ and view the display that gives a history behind these colourful men. The following safety requirements are mandatory for access: 1) You must carry an avalanche transceiver and know how to use it, 2) You must carry a shovel, and 3) You must have at least one partner with you. Natural hazards exist throughout, so always ski and ride smart. If it is your first visit into Wild West, join an individual or group who has prior experience.
Wild West is subject to weather and snow closures, including avalanche control work. For current information on all of Sunshine’s Freeride Zones, daily recorded updates are available by phoning 403-762-6511. Or visit
Ski Big 3 Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village

Whistler Blackcomb

Cloudy With Sunny Periods And A Few Flurries. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: Snowfall 40-55cm Event
March 2006
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

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Whistler 2006

White Water - BC
THE ROAM MASTER BLASTER IS BACK! March 5, 2006 For everyone who harbours a secret desire to be the King, Queen, Prince or Princess of the Mountain, the Master Blaster is back - starting at 8:45AM SHARP on Sunday March 5, 2006. Registration is taking place at the on-mountain guest services desk until Saturday, March 4. This event is guarenteed to be quite a spectacle, so even if you prefer not to enter the race, EVERYONE should come out and cheer on the contestants!
Mountain Facts
Average Snowfall: 1200 cm/40 feet!
Lodge Base elevation: 1640 metres/5400 feet
Summit elevation: 2040 metres/6700 feet
Ymir Peak: 2400 metres/8000 feet
Vertical Drop: 396 metres/1300 feet

White Water

ERIK SCHLOPY 8TH IN SOUTH KOREA GIANT SLALOM YONG PYONG, South Korea (March 4) - Three-time Olympian Erik Schlopy (Park City, UT) was the lone American to finish Saturday in the first of two World Cup giant slaloms in Yong Pyong as he was eighth.
EMILY COOK 4TH IN DAVOS FOR BEST RESULT IN FIVE YEARS DAVOS, Switzerland (March 3) - Olympic aerialist Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) produced her best World Cup result in five years Friday night, finishing fourth and moving up to fifth in the standings as she led three U.S. women into the top 10. Ryan St. Onge (Steamboat Springs, CO) had the top U.S. men’s result, finishing 11th as the World cup schedule resumed after the Olympics. For complete details:
Us Ski Team Yong Pyong
POMA has got a foothold in Yong Pyong, one of the largest Korean winter sports resorts, host in particular to the Skiing World Cup, the ISF Cup and the Winter Asiatic Games. Located south-east of Seoul, in the region of Kangwon known previously for its steel and coal mines, the resort has ordered two Phoenix 6 detachable grip chair lifts. The first, christened Gold Line, is replacing a 4-seater detachable grip chair lift built by a competitor; it will be 1,600 metres long for a vertical rise of 335 metres and will be capable of carrying 3,200 passengers/hour.

The second, called New Green Line, is a new build to meet the demands of the resort’s expansion. 540 metres long with a vertical rise of 101 metres, it also can carry 3,200 passengers/hour. This entry into Yong Pyong confirms POMA's

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Mount Tanigawa
Japan: New funitel cable car built on Mount Tanigawa in Gunma Gondolas on the Mount Tanigawa cable car system are hung from two cables so that they can withstand stronger winds Minakami, Gunma -- A wind-resistant cable car has been built on Mount Tanigawa here, to replace an aging one. The new line, which extends from Doaiguchi Station, a 746-meter-high area on the mountain in Minakami, to Tenjindaira Station, a 1,319-meter-high section, was built next to the old one that was constructed 45 years ago. The travel time between the two stations is seven minutes.

Each gondola can carry up to 22 passengers as compared with the old one that was able to carry only eight people. People on wheelchairs can easily board the gondolas.


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Big Sky
Weather: A mix of sun and snow this morning, with a slight chance for snow showers into the afternoon. Temperature: 36 ° to 18 ° (Fahrenheit) Wind: 5-10 from South East New Overnight Snow: 0" Snow Fall past 24hrs: 0" Snow Fall past 48hrs: 5" Base Snow Depth: 63-95"
What's Happening

Be sure to check out the Photo of the Day link under the grooming map. It's a good one! 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!
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RCR Resorts- Lake Louise - Fernie _ Kimberley -Nakiska in Alberta
Calgary, AB – March 3, 2006 – Despite huge recent snowfalls all over the Canadian Rockies, “Some of the best snows of winter” could arrive early next week, says Jim Roemer, renowned forecaster with www.bestskiweather.com.

The most recent storms put over 60 cm of new snow in parts of British Columbia and Alberta, adding to already impressive snowpack, to the delight of skiers and riders. However, Roemer says that “If you thought that was a lot of snow, tonight into Thursday another storm is coming, and the models show yet another one next week.” The report is indicating that Fernie could see 25-35cm by the middle of next week, with temperatures remaining below the freezing point, and Lake Louise could be getting some of the best snows of the winter early next week, right through to the following weekend. Fernie Alpine Resort is currently having its best snow season in years, is sitting on a 355cm snowpack, and is just shy of reaching the 25 foot mark for total snowfall this season. Locals in Kimberley say Kimberley Alpine Resort is having “the best season in over 15 years.” Add that to the 74cm of new snow the resort has received in the past week. Lake Louise Mountain Resort has received 37cm in the past 5 days. Lake Louise’s Powder Bowls – the biggest bowl skiing in the Rockies, are in excellent condition. For more information, and the latest snow reports, phone the CHI-NOOK snow phone at 244-6665 Nakiska
Mar 3 Stay In School Ski Day A day designed to motivate young people to continue in their educational pursuits by pairing them with a mentor in the Calgary business community. For more information please call (403) 670-7666 or click here. MENTOR Rental registration click here. Mar 5 Forum Youngblood Amateur Snowboard Contest - More information at www.forumsnowboards.com Mar 12 Telus Family Ski Day A day for Telus employees and their families to enjoy a day of skiing at Nakiska. Mar 16 Ladies Only Ski Day A day tailored to ladies. Transportation, 1.5 hours of instruction, and lunch. Please call 232-8477 to register. Mar 18-19 Discover Days Just a taste! If you are a new skier or rider wondering if you should go for it and give skiing or snowboarding a try, look no further than the Discover Sampler. Regular price $35, available on this weekend for only $20! Mar 19 Smith Optics Grudge Match - Finals
Resorts of Canadian Rockies

Tons of New Snow... Close to three feet of fresh snow has blanketed Kirkwood Mountain Resort in the past three days; with another two to three feet expected by tomorrow evening – it's going to be a huge powder weekend! Very low snow levels mean skiers and riders can find 2,300 acres of incredibly diverse terrain, all buried in tons of fresh, dry snow. Kirkwood has received 261-435 inches of snow season to date, and boasts base depths of 132-230 inches.
All three terrain parks are open with features for all levels - gentle rollers and banked turns in Adventureland (Chair 9), low to the snow rails and fun boxes in the DC Playground (Chair 7) with a fun new halfpipe close by, and a full blown rail yard and a series of high flying hits in the DC Stomping Grounds (Chair 5).
Six Summit Peak Persuit... On Saturday, March 11th, Kirkwood is proud to present the Marmot Six Summit Peak Pursuit, part of the 2006 Life-Link Ski Mountaineering Race Series. Advanced backcountry skiers and riders will test their limits in the ultimate ski tour of the season. Participants will race up and down the mountain as they set out to bag the six peaks that punctuate Kirkwood's ridgeline. For more information, visit life-link.com
Echo to Kirkwood... Also on March 11th is the 35th Annual Echo to Kirkwood Tour and Race – Skiers will journey across 13 miles of stunning Sierra scenery on a well-marked backcountry route. The trail begins at Echo Summit and crosses the Sierra Crest to finish at the Kirkwood Cross-Country and Snowshoe Center. The race begins at 10 a.m. at the Echo Summit SnoPark. Log onto ednsp.org for information

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Adult and Junior Lift Tickets are available at participating Northern California and Nevada Costco Stores.
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

Crystal Mountain -Wa
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WA - One hundred of North America’s top alpine snowboarders, including several from the Torino Olympic Games, are expected to ride Washington’s Crystal Mountain March 25 and 26 at the North American Snowboarding Finals (www.NorAmFinals.com) – the U.S. and Canadian national championships.
As the first world-class snow sports competition in the region following the Torino Games, the 2006 NorAm Finals will give Northwest fans looking forward to the 2010 Vancouver Games an early taste of world-class competition. “These athletes will offer us a glimpse of what we can expect in four years at the Vancouver Winter Olympics,” said Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. “Some of the world's best snowboarders got their start right here in our state. It only makes sense that this prestigious event will take place here in Washington,” she said. “I am excited to welcome these top snowboarders to Crystal Mountain.” Among the alpine boarders expected to compete are Americans Rosey Fletcher (Girdwood, AK), Tyler Jewell (Sudbury, MA) and Chris Klug (Aspen, CO). At the Torino Olympics, the three-time Olympian Fletcher captured her first Olympic medal, earning a bronze in the parallel giant slalom (PGS) event. Jewell, who finished 11th in PGS competition in Torino is expected to carve along with Klug, who won bronze at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics just one year after undergoing a liver transplant.
The NorAm Finals kicks-off with the Ignite the Spirit™ opening ceremonies event, Wednesday, March 22 at KeyArena during the Seattle SuperSonics – Milwaukee Bucks game with NBA fans being treated to a taste of NW Olympic spirit at the game. The NorAm Finals is free to the public. For boarders and skiers, a two-for-one Crystal Mountain lift ticket voucher good for either March 25 or 26 will be available in early March through the Seattle SuperSonics.
Racing gets underway at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25, with men’s and women’s qualifying in the PGS event on Crystal’s Gold Hills run - just a short walking distance from the Crystal Mountain Base. PGS finals begin at noon. Sunday’s schedule includes qualifying in the PSL at 9 a.m. with finals beginning at noon.

2006 North American Snowboarding Finals Schedule
Nor AM Finals Wednesday, March 22
- 5:30 p.m. 2006 NorAm Finals Opening Ceremonies Press Conference at KeyArena prior to Sonics – Bucks NBA game
- 7:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies during Sonics – Bucks NBA Game at KeyArena
Saturday, March 25
- 9:00 a.m. Qualifying - Men’s / Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom - 12 noon Finals - Men’s / Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom - 4:00 p.m. - Awards Presentation at BullWheel Restaurant in the Crystal Day Lodge
Sunday, March 26
- 9:00 a.m. Qualifying - Men’s / Women’s Parallel Slalom - 12 noon Finals - Men’s / Women’s Parallel Slalom - 4:00 p.m. - Awards Presentation at BullWheel Restaurant in the Crystal Day Lodge

Crystal Mountain