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Stubai glacier
It’s pure fascination and even beyond the peaks known as “the kingdom of snow”. The Stubai glacier, the largest year-round ski resort in Austria, offers excellent conditions for skiers, snowboarders and free riders…
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Endless action On the Stubai glacier endless fun and action is ensured between 1,750 and 3,200 meters above sea level. The year-round ski resort features more than 20 lift facilities, of which 11 chair lifts and gondola lifts. Especially for little snow addicts there are three “magic carpet” lifts. The linked ski area around the Schaufelspitze mountain connects the Gaißkar sunny slopes to the powder runs of the Fernau-Ferner mountain.

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FIS News
The Asian stop of the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping 2006 became a celebration of the blue and white flags. Finland’s Janne Happonen returned to the series by winning both of the competitions held in Hakuba (JPN) last weekend. Antonin Hajek (CZE) managed the first GP podium finishes of his career by placing third on both days.
In the Grand Prix standings, Wolfgang Loitzl (AUT) – who was second in last year’s tournament – now leads with 404 points, 47 points ahead of Simon Ammann (SUI) and 59 points ahead of Adam Malysz (POL). There are two competitions remaining in this year’s tournament: in Klingenthal (GER) on 30th September and in Oberhof (GER) on 3rd October
Successful Grass Skiing season finishes
Ingrid Hirschofer (AUT) An exciting 2006 Grass Skiing season has now finished. The international calendar kicked off at the end of May with a series of FIS races held in Altenseebach (GER), Traisen and Bad Tatzmannsdorf (AUT), Frais (ITA) and Wilhelmsburg (AUT). The first highlight event was the FIS Junior World Championships in Horní Lhota (CZE) which featured competitors from nine countries. Despite the short preparation time, all participants and friends of Grass Skiing were delighted by the high standard of the event. The JWSC also showed that the sport can look forward to exciting competitions with highly talented athletes far into the future!
The JWSC were followed by the innovations in this year‘s schedule: the Swiss Tour and Bohemia Cup, both of which exceeded all expectations. On the Swiss Tour, five FIS races took place in four days in Bömmeli and Marbach (SUI) while the Bohemia Cup hosted the Grass Skiing family in the Czech Republic for ten days. Following a FIS race in Branna, the pre-WSC took place in Olesnice v Orlickych horach and the Cup culminated in the first Grass Skiing World Cup race in Ceske Petrovice.
Photo: FIS /Ingrid Hirschofer (AUT)

Two days of technical inspections together with the host broadcaster as well as preparatory discussions preceded the seven-hour general meeting. Following the opening by FIS Vice President, President of the Japanese Ski Association (SAJ) and Vice President of the Sapporo Organizing Committee, Yoshiro Ito, General Secretary Hishashi Sasaki led the 161-page presentation. The respective OC department directors presented their status reports with detailed diagrams, charts and explanatory comments as the FIS Technical Delegates, Race Directors and Marketing and Communications Director as well as the EBU and APF representatives added their feedback. Constructive dialogue and collaboration between all parties summarizes the spirit of cooperation among the parties. A special highlight of the championships will be the events that will take place in the magnificent Sapporo Dome, including the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 22nd February. The Dome is a flexible multi-purpose facility which can be set up with different surfaces and is home to the city’s successful baseball team the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and the football team Sapporo Konsadore as well as numerous other events. It is quite appropriate for a nation renowned for being at the forefront of innovation to host the first indoor ski championships competitions, including the Cross-Country individual and team sprint and the Nordic Combined sprint events, at the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
It was all hands on deck last Tuesday and Wednesday, as key VANOC officials, including Eric Fremont, VANOC Manager for Freestyle and Snowboard, Joseph Fitzgerald, FIS Coordinator for Freestyle and Marcel Looze, FIS Snowboard Race Director, together with representatives from the Canadian Snowsports Association (CSSA) and Canadian Snowboard Federation (CSF) including Dave Pym and Tom McIllfaterick, reviewed the developments at Cypress Mountain. They were accompanied by The Hon. Michael Chong, Canadian Minister for Sport and Intergovernmental Affairs, whose visit followed the announcement last week by Canadian provincial and federal governments of an extra 110 million CDN dollars in funding for VANOC. Cypress Mountain, the to-be-site of Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing competitions in 2010, is located in North Vancouver and will be the only snow sport venue in the greater Vancouver area.
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Lake Louise
Calgary, AB – September 14, 2006 – With just 58 days to go until the start of the ski season at Lake Louise Mountain Resort, winter storms are expected to reach the Canadian Rockies this week. Says Jim Roemer of www.bestskiweather.com, “A surprise snow storm could blast mid-upper levels from Fernie to Lake Louise by later Thursday.”
Just how much snow is expected?
Roemer states that ‘Some heavy amounts of wet snow is possible around 3,500 – 4,500 feet before Friday, and lowering freezing levels Friday or Saturday.” The historical Farmer’s Almanac is showing a positive outlook for skiers this winter. The almanac, which claims its forecasts are accurate 80-85% of the time, is predicting that this winter may be especially snowy, with above-normal snowfall in British Columbia and the Rockies. The most widespread snowfalls are predicted to occur in mid- to late November, early to mid-January and mid- to late February. Get your turns in on both sides of the Rockies this season with a four resort RCR Super Pass, providing a season of skiing at Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, and Nakiska. Midweek RCR Adult Super Passes are currently fall sale priced at $749 until September 30th. Call 1-800-258-SNOW (7669) or buy your pass online at www.skircr.com/membership.
Lake Louise Mountain Resort is expected to be one of the first North American resorts open for skiing this winter, with a scheduled November 10th opening day. Ski RCR



This is Mt.Apharwat ( Kashmir Region )showing what the locals refer to as the banana chutes. Keep in mind the distance from the chutes these were taken.There are some resorts that would fit nicely into either of the "B1" or "B2" chutes. Additionally along one of the right desending finger ridge line, is a Large capacity gondola. Summit can be hiked for those wanting a "CAT" pick up at alternate run -outs. Himalaya Powder Cats ....Peter's photo :-)


All About Alex
A FEW DAYS A GO IPOSTED a notice of the death of Alex Cushing Founder, chairman, "Lord of the Boards" Granite Chief's "Chief" ,.....

Photo: SV Ski Corp
The paragraphs below are from a video and Book"Squaw The first FIFTY Years"
Borrowed from Squaw Valley Ski Corp

On a cold spring day in 1955, in Paris, France, Alexander Cushing managed to secure Squaw Valley USA as the site for the VIII Olympic Winter Games. To this day, many wonder how he convinced the International Olympic Committee to select a town with no mayor, and a ski resort with just one chairlift, two rope tows, and a fifty-room lodge. Some say that Cushing's interest in the Olympics was a lark. In fact, he was hopeful from the start and his success evidenced steadfast determination. It all began on December 26th, 1954 when he spotted an article in the San Francisco Chronicle stating that Reno, NV and Anchorage, AK had submitted bids to hold the 1960 Winter Olympics. Wouldn't it be marvelous publicity for Cushing's young resort to announce that Squaw Valley was also prepared to host the international event? Though his first call to a newspaper was met with laughter, Cushing pressed on and found an ally in Curly Grieves, the Sports Editor for the San Francisco Examiner. An eight column banner headline soon announced Squaw Valley's bid for the Games.
Word spread quickly and on January 7th, 1955 Cushing addressed the U.S. Olympic Committee in New York. Though prepared with a speech and film, he didn't get an opportunity to use either. The committee was so engaged with the "idea of a California valley with an annual snowfall of 450 inches, and a downhill event with areas that had never even been schussed successfully," recalls Cushing, that he found himself buried under an avalanche of questions and controversy. In the end, Squaw Valley emerged as the USOC's choice for the 1960 Winter Games.
Upon hearing the news, International Olympic Committee President Avery Brundage told Cushing, "the USOC obviously has taken leave of their senses." IOC member John J. Garland advised, "I think you are on a wild goose chase. Innsbruck has the 1960 bid locked up." With an eclectic but knowledgeable group including Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Daily News columnist George Weller, friend Marshall Haseltine, and French war hero Joe Marillac, Cushing organized a powerful campaign. He lobbied for support from all over the world, including the South American delegates, who ordinarily took little interest in the Winter Games. Cushing commissioned a 3,000 pound model of Squaw Valley, so large that it didn't fit in the IOC Exhibit Hall. He convinced the U.S. Ambassador to have it placed in a room at the Embassy. Viewing the model required a fifteen-minute walk from the IOC Headquarters, which Cushing repeated with each group of delegates. Whether it was the campaign, the model, or Cushing's presentation, something swayed the committee members. Garmisch Partenkirschen and St. Moritz were eliminated in the first vote. Innsbruck and Squaw Valley were left to vie for the Games until a second vote.
Committee members continued to assure Cushing that his case was hopeless. Innsbruck even began assigning living quarters to various delegations. Marillac however, proceeded to convince the European-dominated Federacion Internacionale du Ski (FIS), who were committed to the Alps' glory, that Squaw Valley was technically sufficient. Cushing's campaign succeeded through the power of an idea - a return to the Olympic ideals of simplicity with a focus on athleticism and diversity. His bid, written in French, English, and Spanish, declared that "the Olympics belong to the world. Not just one continent."
On June 17, 1955, Cushing and his team had visited forty-two IOC delegates, yet remained uncertain of victory. Then, with a final vote of 32 to 30, the IOC chose Squaw Valley to host the Games. Word spread quickly across the globe, followed by shock and disbelief. While Cushing's team celebrated, athletes wondered about winter in California. Cushing immediately began work to attract top people to the Organizing Committee and California started planning the necessary infrastructure.
During the next four and a half years, the Squaw Valley team, the California Organizing Committee, the State of California, Placer County and thousands of others worked to build a venue worthy of the Olympics. Freeways, hotels, motels, and restaurants were built in short order. Willy Schaeffler, an Olympic course designer, arrived immediately after the Games were awarded to Squaw Valley. He walked the mountain for four days before appearing in Cushing's office and declaring the site worthy. Because of his involvement in the 1936 Games and the 1952 World Championships in Aspen, he understood international standards, and worked tirelessly to create the skiing events for the Games. Access roads, bridges, chairlifts, athletes' housing, the Blyth Ice Arena, a speed skating oval, and a ski jump sprang from the Valley floor. Two unique buildings, the Nevada Visitors' Center, once the Opera House, and now the Far East Center, and the California Visitors' Center, now the Members' Locker building, still serve Squaw Valley USA today.
The VIII Winter Olympic Games, held in Squaw Valley in 1960, marked many notable events and achievements:
The 1960 Winter Olympics were the first Games held in the Western United States and the first to be televised. The Olympic Village Inn was built to house more than 750 athletes; it allowed all athletes to be housed under one roof for the first and only time in modern Olympic history. Computers were used to tabulate results for the first time. The glass-walled IBM processor drew almost as many observers as the competitions. After a virtually snowless early season, a heavy Sierra storm moved in to save the Games. At the Opening Ceremonies, dense snowfall greeted the Greek delegation as it led the athletes' procession. The storm broke and the sky cleared just as Vice President Richard Nixon declared the Games officially open. Walt Disney, Head of Pageantry, oversaw the release of two thousand Doves into the cold air, and 4,000 California high school bandsmen provided accompaniment for Andrea Meade Lawrence as she skied down Papoose to hand the torch to Kenneth Henry, who lit the Olympic Flame. Figure skater Carol Heiss took the Olympic Oath on behalf of all participating athletes, marking the first time that a woman enjoyed the honor. She later won the gold medal with first place rankings from all nine judges. The largest group yet gathered to see a winter sports program in America convened on February 22, 1960 as over 47,000 spectators packed into the Valley. Frenchman Jean Vuarnet became the first Olympian to compete on metal skis, a pair of Allais 60's. He won gold for France in the Men's Downhill. At the height of the Cold War, with the whole world watching, the U.S. defeated the Russian Hockey Team in a heart pounding, down to the wire, 3-2 victory. Then, with the help of Russian Team Captain Nikolai "Solly" Sologubov, the U.S. won its first gold medal in Hockey. In the minutes before the last period of the championship game with Czechoslovakia, "Solly" told the Americans to take breaths from an oxygen tank. Each player was given a "hit" and the "Team of Destiny" scored six goals in the last period, beating Czechoslovakia 9-4.

Family Memorial services / Rhode Island
Public rememberances, to be Announced
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