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Snow Alert For Nakiska, Lake Louise, Kimberley
Snow Alert for Saas-Fe, Zermatt -Switzerland


Lake Louise 5 inches New Snow
Mar 11 - Cardboard Box Downhill Derby Join us at Lake Louise Mountain Resort for our fifth annual Cardboard Box Downhill Derby. Show us your fastest, most stylish cardboard box sled and you shall not walk away empty handed!
18 inches New Snow Mar 15 - Smith Optics Fernie Freeski Comp. Top freeskiers to compete on the best snow and steeps in Canada. Freeskiers from across Canada and the United States are gearing up for the Smith Optics Fernie Freeski, being held at Fernie Alpine Resort from March 15-19, 2006.
16 inches New Snow Mar 11 - Sitour Snowfest Check out the latest and greatest during these demo and sample days from suppliers such as Aveneo, Halls and Crystal Light. Free samples, games, entertainment and more.
Mar 11-12 - Stemwinder Live Music George Street Revisited
Mar 18-19 - Stemwinder Live Music Check Point Five. Apres ski on Saturday and Sunday. Special evening showing - 8pm-11pm Saturday
11 inches New Snow
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!
more info: RCR

One Inch Away From 400-Inch Mark

It's been 8 torturous weeks away, but I made it back as of today, and what a great day it is. Sunshine, blue sky, and exceptional snow. Only problem is my orthopedic doc tells me no racing, no bumps, and no powder skiing (drat!) for at least a few days. Basically, I got a prescription to Wally World, but it's skiing and I'll take it.
I leapt on the Gondy shortly after 8 and headed over to Sundown Express making my first turns on Upper High Noon in some of the softest corduroy I've ever been on. What a start. From there, I slid out to Broadway, making first tracks back down to Sundown. Then up and over to Tomahawk where there's about an inch of fresh over the grooming. Looking down Trap, Cub, Buckshot, etc. I saw a bunch of fluff ready for the taking, and my little toe test into Pup was almost more than I could take. Really fine stuff there! I exited Wally World via South Peak, but missed the turn back on to Broadway, just force of habit I guess, and ended up on Westside. Sorry Doc. No problems in the prime 'roy. Now in to write. I guess I'll have to go down via Why Not.
If you're not here, you should be. We had a major powder drop on Saturday night and yesterday and there's plenty of it left. Spring vacations have begun, so we're busy, but never so busy that you can't get a ton of snow riding done without waiting in long lines. Ski and ride with care and have a blast. I'll be back tomorrow.

Big Sky
Weather: Mostly cloudy skies with snow flurries likely. Temperature: 31 ° to 5 ° (Fahrenheit) Wind: 5-10 from South New Overnight Snow: 1" Snow Fall past 24hrs: 1" Snow Fall past 48hrs: 1" Base Snow Depth: 65-100" Surface Conditions: Packed powder, machine groomed, deep snow up top 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 Congratulations to the Dirt Bag Powder 8 champions as well as the new King and Queen Big Sky

USSA news
Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety continued his winning ways in Yong Pyong, South Korea, March 5. Ligety claimed his first giant slalom World Cup victory. Lindsey Kildow won her third World Cup race this season - the first super G victory of her career – as part of an historic three-way tie in Hafjell, Norway, March 3.

Freestyle News World champion Hannah Kearney finished third, and World Cup rookie David Digravio reached his first podium – a third place - March 1 at the World Cup moguls in Jisan Forest, South Korea. U.S. skiers returned from Russia with four medals from Junior World Championships. Jay Bowman-Kirigan picked up two medals – silver in dual moguls and bronze in moguls. Caterina Mader collected bronze in the women’s moguls comp; Patrick Deneen took bronze in men’s duals.
Upcoming TV SUN, MAR 26, 12:30 PM, NBC State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup, Lake Placid, NY SUN, MAR 26, 5 PM, OLN State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup, Lake Placid, NY; Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships, Killington, VT; Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge, Killington, VT; U.S. Alpine Championships, Sugarloaf, ME US ski & snowboard Teams

AMERICA'S BEST FREESTYLE ATHLETES TO COMPETE AT SPRINT U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS KILLNGTON, VT (March 14) – Killington Resort showcases America’s best freestyle athletes including U.S. Olympians appearing in their first domestic competition since the Games at the 2006 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships March 23-26. 2006 Olympians including moguls skiers Travis Cabral, Michelle Roarke and Hannah Kearney, along with aerialists Eric Bergoust, Emily Cook and Jana Lindsey are just a few athletes scheduled to compete.
March 21 – 9:30-12:30 moguls training; 10:30-1:30 superpipe training; 1-3 p.m. aerials training
March 22 – 9:30-12:30 moguls training; 10:30-1:30 superpipe training; 1-3 p.m. aerials training
March 23 – 10:30 a.m., men’s/women’s superpipe
March 24 – 10:45 a.m., men’s/women moguls, Outer Limits
March 25 – 1:30 p.m., men’s/women’s aerials, OL Air Hill
March 26 – 10:30 a.m., men’s/women’s dual moguls*, Outer Limits

US Freestyle

SUGARLOAF, Maine (March 13) - Top U.S. alpine racers, including several of America’s recent Olympians, will close out the season at the 2006 TD Banknorth U.S. Alpine Championships, March 25-29 at Sugarloaf/USA.
Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso will headline the field along with fellow Olympic teammates including Maine's own three-time Olympian Kirsten Clark. Three-time Olympian Daron Rahlves, the most successful American male downhill and super G racer, will be on hand to defend his U.S. super G title. Also slated to compete is Lindsey Kildow, who posted two top-10 finishes in the Torino Olympics and is ranked second in the world downhill points.

SCHEDULE: March 22 – 9:30 a.m., men’s DH training; 11 a.m., women’s DH training March 23 – 9:30 a.m., men’s DH training; 11 a.m., women’s DH training March 24 – FIS downhill; men’s start at 9:30 a.m., women at 11 a.m. March 25 – 9:30 a.m., men’s downhill; 11 a.m., women’s downhill March 26 – 9 a.m., men’s SG; 11 a.m., women’s SG March 27 – men’s SL: 9 a.m. 1st run, 12:30 p.m. 2nd run; women’s slalom: 11 a.m. 1st run, 2 p.m. 2nd run March 28 – 9 a.m., men’s GS March 29 – 9 a.m., women’s GS
The event of the season will take place in two weeks, when Sugarloaf hosts the 2006 U.S. Alpine Championships from March 25-29. Rub elbows with U.S. Ski Team members like CVA alumni Kirsten Clark and Bode Miller, and recent gold medalists Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso. US ALPINE

The winter coats and hats were off as we saw another great day of spring skiing here at Sugarloaf. Temps got up into the mid-40s today, and we'll see similar temps tomorrow.
We plan to have 84 trails open, and you can expect a primary surface of wet granular. Forecasts call for temperatures to stay warm overnight, which means the snow should stay soft and there is no need to groom. We also have nine lifts scheduled to run.

Cardrona - NZ

Early Bird Season Pass! With Snowmaking in the main basin, a fourth Kids Centre, the new High Performance Centre, and a third (beginners) Terrain Park Cardrona is pulling out all stops to ensure your season is the best time of the year. For those who haven't purchased a pass, please note the Early Bird Season Pass deadline is this Wednesday 15th March, 2006. cardrona

Val Gardena - Italy
Thanks to the last very intensive snowfalls of 35 cm of fresh snow in the mountains, all the slopes in Val Gardena are in perfect conditions. The Sellaronda is open in both directions.

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).
Events March 2006 until 25th March 2006 12.03.2006 - Selva Gardena Horse drawn sleigh procession with local costumes 15.03.2006 - Selva Gardena Tyrolean evening 17.03.2006 - S. Cristina Sasslong choir, folcore dancegroup Selva/S.Cristina, vocal group "De cater" 23.03.2006 - Selva Gardena 33th skiraces of the Carabinieri - 2006 with international participation Val Gardena


Dolomite - Italy
Skiing under the spring sun! After the extensive snowfalls of the past days (20 to 60 cm fresh snow) on the Dolomites the sun is shining again. Longer days and pleasant temperatures make the spring the best period in the season for skiing. In many valleys of the Dolomiti Superski area - Cortina d'Ampezzo (Falzarego, Tofana, Faloria, Cristallo), Kronplatz, Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi, Val di Fassa, Arabba/Marmolada, Alta Pusteria (Monte Elmo, P.sso Monte Croce), Val di Fiemme/Obereggen, S. Martino di Castrozza (Tognola), Passo Rolle, Valle Isarco (Maranza, Valles) and Trevalli (Alpe Lusia-Bellamonte) - it will be possible to ski until the 17th/18th of April, the Sellaronda included

DolomitiSuperKids: from 18th March to 18th April 2006 “Kids don’t pay!”: from 18th March to 18th April 2006 children under 8 (born after 26th November 1997) are not charged for accommodation and skipass. For youngsters under 12 (born after 26th Nov. 1993) accommodation and skipass are available at half price. In addition, ski schools and ski rentals also offer special reductions. To be able to take advantage of these promotions a few prerequisites have to be fulfilled. The offer is applicable for a maximum of 2 children at a minimum stay of 7 days with children staying in their parents’ room. The offer is valid at all participating establishments in the open Dolomiti Superski resorts

Dolomite Mountains

Swiss Budget Hotels
Take advantage of the last winter days with Swiss Budget Hotels®! Until 7th of April 2006, take advantage of our special winter offer: Snow Week! - 4 nights for 2 people - in a double room with shower/WC - breakfast included - for only CHF 499.00!

Swiss Budget Hotels

Bumps Bash Zermatt

Bumps Bash

Snow Alert for Snowbird / Alta / SnowBasin
Snow Alert for Lake Tahoe Basin _ A DUMP!
Snow Alert for Mt Hood - Mt. Hood Meadows

Sun Peaks Resort
New snow overnight

Date: Tuesday March 14, 2006 Time: 6:00am New Snow: 1cm/0.4in Mountain Base: 175cm/68in Village: -7C/19F Mid Mountain: -10C/14F Top: -11C/12F Sky: Lightly Snowing Runs Open: 117/117 Today’s Forecast: A mix of sun and cloud. Chance of a flurry. Wind southwest 30 km/h. Highs near minus 4. Extended Outlook: A trough from the Gulf of Alaska moves across B.C. towards the end of the week. The instability from this trough will produce some flurry activity. Temperatures will trend between daytime highs just below freezing to overnight lows near minus 8.
Abominable ‘A’ with the Sun Peaks Snow Report for Tuesday March 14, 2006 @ 6am. Sun Peaks

8" of NEW SNOW! 377-576" of snowfall this season to date. Today's Forecast: Light snow through the day, temps in the high 20s For the current status of lift operations, road conditions and up-to-the-minute snowfall totals, Kirkwood

$500 Spring Season Pass Valid from March 1st through the end of the season…

Extended Spring Schedule We plan to remain open daily through May 14th and weekends only through May 29th, conditions permitting

New Peruvian Chairlift & Tunnel
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
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
Photo: Shannan Yates on Baldy – photo:Ryan Wedemeyer

The first Columbia Ride Week – A Huge Success! Throughout the week and despite the weather not always being perfect, eight teams of riders taking part in the Columbia Ride Week captured some amazing images in the Courchevel ski area. After 12 years, the traditional Courchevel freeride event was transformed into The Columbia Ride Week. A new concept was unveiled this year based on a ski movie competition. For the first time, eight team from Japan right across to Sweden via Austria, Switzerland and also Portugal competed! From the 5th to the 10th of March, the riders benefited from a huge playing field: The Courchevel ski area. Restricted to strict specifications, each team were challenged to create a movie lasting seven minutes that was presented at the end of the week in front of professional judges. In the Croisette hall, last Friday, a large audience came to support the riders and see the fruits of their labour. All appreciated the riders actions and exploits throughout the movies in high sensations. The athletes invested a lot of time and energy into the competition taking it seriously and professionally. The movies each had great storyline set behind a fantastic backdrop infused with a great sense of humour. The winning team from Japan returned home with 5500 euros, which was especially amazing since they started the week without any equipment, which was lost during the flights transfer!

Rankings for the 1st Columbia Ride Week : 1. JAPAN (riders : Sasaki Daisuke and Ohta Yoshitaka , cameraman : Mori Haruhito and photographer : Yamada Hiroyuki) 2. FRANCE (riders : Manu Gaidet and brother Julien Gaidet, cameraman : Olivier Leroy and photographer: Nicolas Joly) 3. SWEDEN (riders : Marja Persson and Emmanuel Hedvall, cameraman : Henrik Andersson) PRESS CONTACT: Laurence BOURGEOIS -  : +33 479 01 44 18 - presse@courchevel.com

Hakuba 47 Japan
Today's Settled Snow Depth: (base) 157cm, (alpine) 249 cm
Spring Season Pass is now on sale. This pass allowed you to enjoy our park until May 7 when we close the season! If you buy now, 67 days to ski or snowboard as of March 1, which is only 478 yen a day!

Event Schedule
FIS Half Pipe Competition
DATE: March 11(official training), March 12 (competition) TIME : 9:00 - 15:00

Mar 19 - Kids Ski Free Mar 21 - Senior Ski Club Event
Hakuba 47 is interlinked with two other mountains, Hakuba Goryu and Iimori, and offer the ski able area of XXX hectars with 23 named runs together to delight skiers and snowboarders. It has one of the resorts' most notable intermediate cruising run, the longest season in Hakuba Village, some comfortable north-facing beginner slopes from which the wide-open landscape and other ski resorts in Hakuba Village can be seen, a huge moguls course, and a well-maintained half-pipe and snow park which has a variety of rails, jumps and waves. Hakuba Goryu and Iimori on the South side of the mountain can also be reached from Hakuba47, offering beginners, intermediates and experts an even wider selection of runs to choose from.
Hakuba 47

MT Hood Meadows
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING - DO NOT CROSS SKI AREA BOUNDARY OR YOU'LL LOSE YOUR PASS! Crossing a ski area boundary in pursuit of powder or a backcountry thrill puts at risk your life as well as those who would need to search and rescue you. This is a no tollerance rule - do not cross a ski area boundary
PARK & RIDE ROLLS WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS Weekend and holiday transportation from Portland. Buses are scheduled for each weekend based on how many tickets have been sold by Friday at 5:00 PM. We have no way of adding buses after that time, so once all seats are sold for the buses ordered we run out of seats. Please make your purchase early.
MARCH 18; 19 MHM One Day Telemark Clinic 23 – 26 MHM J3 Junior Olympics 25 MHM Kids Carnival Giant tubing hill, games, contests, music and fun. Live performance by Radio Disney RD Frequency 27 – 29 MHM 3 Day Holiday Camps (Snow Monster / Snow Ranger)