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Killington remains King of Spring." -The Boston Globe | March 16, 2006

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You heard it folks! Killington reigns as the king of spring with 7" of new snow and a jammed pack events schedule... Conditions remain excellent at the kingdom for Friday.
PLUS - with the return of colder temperatures, our snowmaking jestures have been out on the mountain firing up the world's largest snowmaking system. They are working on covering Snowshed, Snowdon and Killington Peak with man-made snow and re-surfacing all of your favorites for this coming weekend...
At Killington you will find the best conditions anywhere in New England. Come and visit us- there is still plenty of winter to enjoy. March 23-26 Sprint US Freestyle Championships

The first appearance of US Ski Team athletes post Olympics competing in aerials, bumps and superpipe. kILLINGTON


LINDSEY JACOBELLIS CLOSES SEASON WITH 2ND AT WORLD CUP FINALS FURANO, Japan (March 17) - Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, VT) closed the World Cup season Friday with a second place finish at the World Cup Finals behind Olympic bronze medalist Domonique Maltais of Canada. Maltais clinched the World Cup SBX title with the win.
Competition continues Saturday from Japan with halfpipe followed by parallel giant slalom on Sunday. WORLD CUP SNOWBOARDING
World Cup Finals
Furano, Japan - March 17, 2002
Men's SBX
1. Michal Novotny, Czech Republic
2. Marco Huser, Switzerland
3. Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada
4. Jason Smith, Basalt, Colo.
10. Nate Holland, Squaw Valley, Calif.
11. Graham Watanabe, Sun Valley, Idaho
Women's SBX
1. Domonique Maltais, Canada
2. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton, Vt.
3. Sandra Frei, Switzerland
4. Maelle Ricker, Canada

For complete details: US Snowboarding

US Ski Team News
RESI STIEGLER'S 2ND RUN DRIVES A TIE FOR 4TH IN SLALOM AT WORLD CUP FINALS Result marks best World Cup finish of Stiegler's young career ARE, Sweden (March 17) - Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) produced the third-fastest final run Friday for the best result of her young career as she moved into a tie for fourth place in slalom at World Cup Finals. Newly crowned World Cup champion Janica Kostelic of Croatia won by nearly a full second at World Cup Finals.
Kostelic, who already had clinched her third World Cup slalom title, had a two-run time of 1:45.28 with Austrian Marlies Schild second (1:46.15).
Stiegler, who was ninth in the first run, had a total clocking of 1:46.84 as she tied Finn Tanja Poutiainen, the 2005 SL World Cup champ. Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) was 17th and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), tied for 20th in the first run, didn’t start the second run
World Cup Finals
Are, SWE - March 17, 2006
Women’s Slalom
1. Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1:45.28
2. Marlies Schild, Austria, 1:46.15
3. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1:46.34
4. (tie) Resi Stiegler, Jackson Hole, Wyo.,
  :   and Taja Poutiainen, Finland, 1:46.84 each - 17. Lindsey Kildow, Vail, Colo., 1:49.45
- DNS-2:
Julia Mancuso, Olympics Valley, Calif.

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Val d'Isère
Powder. heaps of powder !
2 metres of snow at the top of the slopes,
1m20 in the village. so much snow, so little time !
And what a snowfall.. light, soft, perfect ! Great skiing conditions !
Off piste skiing is always a pleasure, but be careful, skiing or snowboarding away from the marked slopes means higher risks including avalanches and accidents.
Before setting off on your off-piste advenure, you must (even if you are a really good skier) consult the snow-weather bulletins. Never go off-piste alone, always take an ARVA transceiver with you and tell somebody where you are going. It's always better to go with a ski instructor if possible. Event

White Stuff "Best Triks Contest" Competition open to experts (Snowpark black zone) Entries at the competition. Prize money : 2000€ & lots of prizes. DJ and barbecue for spectators. Meet at 10h00 at the Val d'Isère Snow park.

Wednesday March 22nd « Natives X Challenge 2006 » Ski and Snowboard boarder-Cross compétition open to all. Information and entries :Fat Face & Bar Rodeo or on the spot at 9h00. Tariff :15 € (including barbecue) From 10h00 at the snowpark.
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Big Sky
Weather: It's snowed off and on for the last couple of days and should continue for a few more! Temperature: 37 ° to 14 ° (Fahrenheit) Wind: 5-10 from South New Overnight Snow: 0" Snow Fall past 24hrs: 2" Snow Fall past 48hrs: 12" Base Snow Depth: 72-118" 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

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Sugar Bowl
Those of us who live in the Sierras know there's one thing we can usually count on... the Miracle of March. It has snowed 14 of the last 16 days with accumulations of 7-10 feet in our higher elevations!! The snow is AWESOME! Get on up here and get some.

It is another powder day here at the Bowl! We received 11-15 inches of fresh new snow so get up here and make some turns! 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 heavy snow with accumulations of 4-8 inches at lake level and 7-14 inches above 7000 feet! Winds of 15-25 MPH with stronger gusts over the ridges.

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
The Tahoe Outtabounds Festival comes to Sugar Bowl this weekend. The 3 Day Festival includes equipment demos, an evening slide show on Sat 3/18 and two days of mini workshops (March 19th & 20th) with guides covering navigation, map & compass reading, beacon searches, travel and rescue techniques. check out Tahoe Outta Bounds

Sugar bowl web cam picture of the morning
The Mountain
The Mountain: 4 Peaks 10 Lifts 5 Hi-Speed Express Quads 84 Trails
Base Elevation: 6883' Summit Elevation: 8383' Vertical Drop: 1500' Uphill Capacity: 21,740 Vertical Transport: 12,921,080 VTF/ hour
Average Snowfall : 500” per year
Steepest Run: The Palisades ! ! or the 58's
sugar Bowl

Heavenly Valley
Winter Still in Full Swing! With nearly FOUR FEET of fresh powder in 36 hours and over SEVEN feet of new snow in the past two weeks, March is nowhere near ready to go "out like a lamb." These storms continue to blanket Lake Tahoe's largest resort with top-to-bottom powder and the forecast calls for even more in the coming days, setting Heavenly up for an epic season of spring skiing and riding!

Gunbarrel 25
Join Glen Plake for his one-of-a-kind ski marathon designed for the "average joe." On April 1, 2006, we'll be doing laps on Heavenly's famous mogul run, Gunbarrel, all day long. Designed with a shotgun start, those who complete 25 laps in the allotted time will receive a finisher's pin. The top finishers in each category will receive a Gunbarrel 25 belt buckle and their names engraved on the perpetual trophy (designed by Glen himself). New this year, a 50-lap option will be available for all you hardcore mogul-maniacs! All participants will receive a t-shirt and post-race pasta feed. The 50 lap event starts at 8:30 a.m., the 25 lap event starts at 10:30 a.m., and both events end at 4:00 p.m. All on-line registrants are required to check-in day of event (to complete liability releases, receive event bibs, F&B vouchers, instructions, MM vouchers if needed.) On-site Check-in will be in the California Bar on the day of the event. GB 50 / 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. GB 25 / 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

photo: Heavenly Valley Marketing
Base Elevation: 6,540 feet - California 7,200 feet - Nevada Summit Elevation: 10,067 feet Vertical Rise: 3,500 feet Snowmaking: 70% of mountain trails Average Annual Snowfall: 360 inches 2004 – 2005 Snowfall: 480 inches
Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. – Sept. 16, 2005 – Riding the strength of the world’s most scenic view, unmatched nightlife and extraordinary on-mountain experiences, Heavenly Mountain Resort rocketed to number 12 in this year’s SKI Magazine Top 50 Resort Guide, up four places from last year. SKI’s October issue hits newsstands next week. “Heavenly is definitely a mountain on the move,” said Kendall Hamilton, SKI Magazine’s editor-in-chief. “Our readers gave Heavenly high marks for its scenery, the nightlife and the size of the mountain.”

Heavenly Valley

Dolomites Italy

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. More ... On 18th March 2006 the promotion for families with children DolomitiSuperKids begins followed by the promotion DolomitiSuperSun from 25th March. Take the chance to spend one week on the snow under the pleasantly warm spring sun at reduced prices.

Ski Challenge
Ski Challenge 31st March - 2nd April 2006 During this great event ski enthusiasts have the chance to compete on the slopes of Civetta, Falcade/Trevalli and Arabba/Marmolada following the historic trails. This year sees the return of the unforgettable Super Gigantissimo of the Marmolada combined with the Giant Slalom and the now established Gigantissimo Trevalli/Passo San Pellegrino. An element of innovation is represented by the 4 hours of Giant Slalom by night in Val di Zoldo

Gardenissima: the longest giant slalom of the Dolomites
Date FROM Date TO 26/03/2006 26/03/2006
Town Place
Val Gardena Seceda/Col Raiser

Organisator Consorzio Turistico Val Gardena - Tel. +39 0471 77 77 77 - Fax +39 0471 79 22 35
On 26th March 2006 takes place the 10th edition of Gardenissima, with 6 km the longest giant slalom of the Dolomites. Last year more than 500 skiers took part at this particular race.

16 Feet of Snow in 16 Days!
8-10" of NEW SNOW! 403-610" of snowfall this season to date. Today's Forecast: Snow. Max: Mid 20s For the current status of lift operations, road conditions and up-to-the-minute snowfall totals,

Powder Cat tours
MARTIN POINT/TWO SENTINELS POWDER CAT TOURS!!! Saturday, January 21st, 10AM. While the rest of Kirkwood’s guests were busy picking their lines from the chair lift, nine lucky individuals were climbing aboard Kirkwood’s brand new 12 passenger snowcat, about to ski 18 inches of fresh cold powder on the inaugural cat skiing expedition to Martin Point and Two Sentinels. A coveted area beyond the Palisades at the northern edge of Kirkwood’s Special Use Permit (SUP), Martin Point is known for great snow long after the storm and offers 1,300 feet of consistent pitch, with great fall line runs through trees, open bowls and gullies filled deep with soft powder.
Previously accessible only by a long traverse and uphill hike, Expedition: Kirkwood now services Martin Point by snowcat, offering adventurous guests the quintessential powder skiing experience… deep powder runs, time to explore at your own pace and deluxe transportation that makes the trip to the top of the mountain as much fun as the ride down.
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Bear Valley
Bear Valley Mountain Resort, the premier year-round family destination, today unveiled plans to add a new high-speed lift to the mountain. The addition of the quad lift, scheduled for operation in the 2006-07 ski season, comes as part of Bear Valley’s first phase facilities upgrade plans to enhance and expand the resort’s facilities and nearby lodging. The new high-speed lift, manufactured by Leitner Poma of America, will replace Bear Valley’s Hibernation Chair and represents one of the most advanced, environmentally-friendly high speed quad lifts in production. Providing faster loading for skiers, a smoother ride and power redundancy to ensure always-on operation, the lift will reach the summit in less than half the time of the Hibernation Chair.
March 25 Gatorade GS Races #5& #6 25 Budweiser Country Snow Fest 25 Jim Bottomley Youth Team Olympics & Dinner Party - sponsored by BVSEF and Bear Valley Ski Club APRIL 2 Afternoon of Wine & Jazz 2 Season Pass Holder Appreciation Lunch - Free Ski Demo featuring Rossingol 8 Rossignol / Mountain Dew Jib Jam #2 8 Reggae on the Mountain - Pond skimming and Micro-Brew Festival 9 Customer Appreciation Day (Call for details) 16 Easter Sunday - Sunrise Service, Egg Hunt
March has been very giving when it comes to snow! Nearly 11 feet of fresh has blanketed the Mountain in the past two weeks. Looks like more snow today and Friday then a good chance for sunshine this weekend. Ideal snow conditions and the 2006/2007 season pass sale kick off - two great reasons to choose Bear Valley

Elevation Summit 8,500' Mid Mountain Lodge 7,750' Lower Mountain Base 6,600'
Lifts & Terrain 2 triple chairs 7 double chairs 1 carpet lift 1280 skiable acres 1,900' vertical drop 67 trails 25% Beginner 40% Intermediate 35% Advanced
Snowfall & Snowmaking Natural snowfall average is 359" (30 feet)

Garmisch Partenkirchen - Germany

Snow biking - action with a lot of fun
Down-hill skiing and snowboarding was never "your thing", but you still would like to have some fun in the snow? Try the new trend-sport "snow biking"! Fun, exercise and nature are guaranteed for young and old. Snow biking has little to do with bicycling as the name indicates. This bike has no pedals and wheels but runners. Sitting on the seat the pilot glides elegantly through the snow. Mini skiies will be attached to the feet of the snow biker in order to stabilize the bike - like training wheels on a child´s bicycle. Even though it looks quite spectacular - snow biking is not difficult to learn: just sit down, take a position down-hill, push and off you go! Furthermore snow biking is a safe sport with little possibility to get hurt. Lots of laughter and fun are guaranteed.
Market Small local farmer´s market from 8 am to 1 pm. Place of Event: Mohrenplatz, Garmisch
Wintersports Friday, 17.03.2006, 10:00 Uhr Ski race Ski race for guests. Information: Skischool Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Tel. 08821/4931 Place of Event: Hausberg - Trögllifthang
Wintersports Friday, 17.03.2006, 12:00 Uhr Ski race International ski race for guests. Infos: Ski & More 3, Tel. 08821/58300, 1496 Place of Event: Hausberg - Kreuzwankl II
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:


S.t Patrick's Day Events - Pot of Gold hunt, Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display
Powder Cats
Welcome to snowcat skiing at its finest, Colorado style. A trip powder skiing with us will be one of your best days skiing or snowboarding ever. Our snowcats are ready to take you and your crew deep into the powder of Steamboat Springs, where the skiing is epic and the snow is the best in the world. Our 10,000 acres of permitted snow cat skiing terrain on Buffalo Pass, just 20-min. from downtown Steamboat Springs, receives some of the deepest, driest and most consistent snowfall in all of the Rocky Mountains. With 3 custom snow cats in our fleet, we promise to separate our guests by ability level so you will be skiing and riding the terrain to match your deep powder skills

Ski Himalaya

Ski Himalaya offers ski/snowboard tours unlike any other. We take you off the well worn path skied by so many others to probably the last frontier of skiing - the Himalayas - home of the worlds highest mountains. Why not contact us now for more details?
Riding with the Kashmir Powdercats not only provides you with expert local knowledge of snow and the available terrain, but importantly offers co-ordinated return transport from the off-piste routes which descend through the forests to the floor of the Tangmarg valley below Gulmarg.
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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
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