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US Ski Team
The United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Ski Team will host a teleconference Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. ET (12 p.m. MT) with Olympic giant slalom gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), multiple World Cup downhill winner Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) to discuss the upcoming Alpine World Championships in Are, Sweden (Feb. 3-18).
The women’s team will be in Sestriere, Italy at the time preparing for World Cup speed races prior to traveling up to Sweden for World Championships that are held every other year.
Kildow, a two-time Olympian who won the 2006 Olympic Spirit award last February, has seven top-3 results including two downhill wins this season and is currently third in the World Cup downhill standings.
Mancuso, who skied in her first Olympic Winter Games at 17 in 2002, has finished in the top 3 in five consecutive World Cup races (a first for U.S. women), including three victories; a super G Friday, Jan. 19 (Cortina, ITA), a super combined Sunday, Jan. 14 (Altenmarkt,-Zauchensee, AUT) and a downhill (Dec. 19 in Val d’Isere, FRA). She also won two bronze medals at the 2005 World Championships.
Stiegler, a 2006 Olympian and the daughter of Olympic champion Pepi Stiegler (1964 slalom gold medalist in the race where Billy Kidd was silver medalist and Jimmie Heuga was bronze medalist), is in her fifth season on the World Cup tour and was fourth last Sunday (Jan. 14) in the "super combi," narrowly missing an American sweep of the podium as Mancuso won and Kildow was runner-up.
WHO: Olympic GS champion Julia Mancuso, Olympians Lindsey Kildow and Resi Stiegler WHAT: USOC Teleconference to discuss 2007 Alpine World Championships
Where: www.usskiteam.com

Jackson Hole
Smooth, soft corduroy is waiting for you at Jackson Hole. I typically make my morning runs off Bridger Gondola, Casper then Apre¨s Vous. Perfect sunshine in the mornings make for a ripping good time in Jackson Hole. Join your friends slope side for fun, laughs, and memories. Ski safe and have fun. SR-
Snow Depth
58" @ Upper-Mountain
49" @ Mid-Mountain

Total Snowfall ( season to-date)
190" @ Upper-Mountain
145" @ Mid-Mountain
Grooming Report
Lift Status
Live Temps & Wind

Today's Forecast Expected Highs, Upper-Mountain: 7°F , Base: 16°F



Steamboat - Co
Powder, Powder, Powder and more Powder. Mother Nature brought us 8+" of fresh Champagne Powder® snow last night and the skies are still dumping.
Face shots were found from Rough Rider Basin to Chute One. An amazing day with classic Steamboat snow.
See you in the trees...


Red Lodge Mountain

New Snow4-5 inchesBR> Base Area Snow Base: 22“
Overnight: 4-5”
24 Hours: 4-5”
48 Hours:4-5”
7 Days:11”

New Snow4-5 Inches
Summit Snow Base: :37“
24 Hours:4-5“
48 Hours:4-5”
7 Days:10-11”

Conditions at 6 AM:17 degrees, light snow with winds out of the NW at 5mphP> Forecast: 50% chance of snow, Gusty winds up to 33mph, high of 26 degrees
Open Lifts: 6 of 8 Lifts for Sunday, January 21st! Willow Creek, Miami Beach, Triple Chair, Grizzly Peak and the Mighty Mite. Coal Creek will be opened on weekends for now.
Events: Make your plans now for Pepsi’s Learn to Ski Free Day coming up Jan 27th. Free ticket, free rentals, and a free required lesson. First come first served so be here early. Program for the beginner skier.


Jay Peak
12-14" of snow on Friday, Friday night and Saturday morning and now, the real stuff starts. After a cold day of blowing snow yesterday, your Sunday should be bright and realtively sunny, albeit a bit on the cold side again. Winds should be lighter and not affect lift operations.

Italy (Jan. 21) - Olympic giant slalom champion Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) made it an historic five consecutive World Cup podiums - and three in 50 hours, finishing second Sunday in a foggy World Cup GS while teenager Megan McJames (Park City, UT) landed her first points in 28th place.
WCSN.com will broadcast same-day video streaming at 2 p.m. ET Karen Putzer of Italy won her eighth World Cup, but her first in four seasons, with a two-run time of 2:46.93. Mancuso finished in 2:47.34. It's the hottest streak by an American woman since March 1983 when Tamara McKinney, who holds the U.S. women's mark of 18 World Cup wins, had four podiums - including three wins - in five days. No other U.S. woman has been on the podium in five consecutive races.
McJames, the 2006 NorAm giant slalom champion who is racing this winter in her first World Cups, qualified out of the 41st start spot after losing a ski pole at the bottom of her first run; she finished with a total time of 2:52.76.

The first run saw nine women from beyond No. 40 start break into the top 30 and 11 women, a high number for GS, fail to finish. Jessica Kelley (Starksboro, VT) wound up 31st, one-hundredth of a second away from reaching second run when the "attack from the back" unrolled.
Coach: Mancuso "unbelievable"
"What Julia's doing right now is unbelievable," said Head Coach Patrick Riml. "The last two weekends she's had five podiums, won two races...in four different events [third in DH and first in super combined in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, then first in super G, second in downhill and GS in Cortina]. It's impressive; she's having fun right now and skiing unbelievably well, no matter what event. And she was the only one out of the top 10 today who skied in all three races in Cortina...plus the training run. That's a lot of skiing, and Julia's not only doing it, she's doing it at such a high level."
"My skiing's just feeling really comfortable," Mancuso explained. "It was tough in the first run because I hadn't trained GS so much, and of course, it was really foggy.
"But the snow was just awesome and the fog probably helped keep the snow cold. You always see only two gates. It wasn't that cold [0 C. for the first run, +4 C. for the second], at least it didn't feel that much colder...but conditions were perfect, a good race for girls at the back to get in there."
The GS was held on the same section of Cortina's Olympia delle Tofane course as the super G Friday (which Mancuso won) and the downhill Saturday (where she was second). "It was the same hill, but conditions were way better, the best conditions all week," she said. "In the fog, people got confused; there are some rolls and some spots, and people didn't handle it very well. ...Definitely, the visibility was a problem, but I think if you're skiing well, it didn't matter. The snow was so smooth...
"It was definitely a day to take advantage of skiing well - any [start] position was good because you could ski in there" to qualify for the final run.
The women race next weekend in San Sicario, the 2006 Olympic speed run, with two super Gs (one picked up from Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, last weekend] and a downhill.
Cortina d Ampezzo, ITA - Jan. 21, 2007
Women's Giant Slalom
1. Karen Putzer, Italy, 2:46.93
2. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, CA, 2:47.34
3. Denise Karbon, Italy, 2:47.61
4. Genevieve Simard, Canada, 2:48.13
5. Tanja Pouitiainen, Finland, 2:48.30
28. Megan McJames, Park City, UT, 2:52.76
Did not qualify for 2nd run:
Jessica Kelley, Starksboro, VT; Caitlin Ciccone, Bethlehem, NH


VAL D ISERE, France (Jan. 20) - Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) was 19th and Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 20th Saturday in a World Cup downhill while Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) and Steven Nyman (Provo, UT) failed to finish.
WCSN.com will broadcast same-day video streaming at 6 p.m. ET.
In a race shifted from Chamonix because of a lack of snow, Macartney's time was 1:57.54 with Sullivan one-hundredth of a second behind his teammate on the 3.15K Oreiller Killy speed run. Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin of France won with a time of 1:56.37. Canadians Erik Guay and Manuel Osborne-Paradis completed the podium.
"Nice day for France and Canada, but tough day, some bad luck for our guys," said Head Coach Phil McNichol. "I'm surprised they pulled it off with such good conditions. Nice, sunny day and right around zero [Celsius, 32 F.] after soggy, rainy day yesterday and no second training run...but they did a good job.
"Bode and Steven made tactical errors, but 'Mac' and 'Sully' were only a half-second out of the top 10, which was pretty impressive. We had only one training run and that was in minimal conditions...and then we had a training run at the top this morning - from the start to where we ran Thursday, so we could race from the top. So," he said, "it was a little bit of a two-step, kind of like what we did in Kitzbuehel [Austria] for the Hahnenkamm a couple of years ago.
"I thought JJ [Johnson - Park City, who was 38th] was going to break in there; he'd had a good training run, but it wasn't to be. And the young guys [Erik Fisher - Middleton, ID, who was 43rd, and Chris Beckmann - Guilderland, NY, who was 41st] did a good job for their minimal time on the course. They hung in there, which is good for them..."
The men race a super combined - a downhill and one run of slalom - Sunday and then head to Kitzbuehel for the 67th Hahnenkamm Race Weekend.

Val d Isere, FRA - Jan. 20, 2007
(Moved from Chamonix, FRA)
Men's Downhill
1. Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin, France, 1:56.37
2. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:56.63
3. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada, 1:56.69
4. Yannick Bertrand, France, 1:56.74
5. Mario Scheiber, Austria, 1:56.77
19. Scott Macartney, Redmond, WA, 1:57.54
20. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:57.55
38. JJ Johnson, Park City, UT, 1:59.33
41. Chris Beckmann, Guilderland, NY, 1:59.72
43. Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID, 1:59.95
Steven Nyman, Provo, UT; Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, NH

For complete results:


AROSA, Switzerland (Jan. 20) - Steve Fisher (Breckenridge, CO) was seventh in shortened halfpipe contest Saturday to lead U.S. Snowboarding in the final day of the 2007 FIS Snowboard World Championships. Also making the 12-man final was Scotty Lago (Seabrook, NH), who finished 12th.
As rains continue to melt a deteriorating halfpipe, organizers reverted to the old FIS format where only the top six men and top three women automatically move into finals after their first qualifying run - riders in 7-25 after their first qualifying run for men and 4-15 for women then received a second run. "It was a huge challenge and a big let down," said Head Coach Mike Jankowski, "but they had to do it in order to get the contest off - we just did what we could. Sometimes it takes two runs to dial it in, but the harsh reality is that most of the team didn't even get a second chance."
Tricia Byrnes (Stratton Mountain, VT) was 13th and 2006 Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) finished 20th as only six women moved into the finals. Mathieu Crepel of France, who became the big air World Champion on Friday, also won the men's halfpipe with a score of 46.7, while Swiss rider Manuela Laura Pesko took the women's title with 43.1 points
Warm weather had been a factor all week, forcing riders to train early in the morning each day with difficult light conditions. Qualifying for the finals also started early at 8:00 a.m., and according to Jankowski, it was difficult to avoid holes in the pipe walls.
"We literally had three hours of training on this pipe and we've been here a week, but it was amazing that they could get this contest off at all and we're glad they did," said Jankowski. "It's hard, Tommy (Czeschin, Mammoth Lakes, CA) barely missed the final by a couple of tenths, Gretchen was riding great all week in training, but she landed in a hole on her qualifying run and didn't get a second shot. Fisher and Scotty rode well and got in there, but unfortunately a podium didn't happen. We've just got to shake this off, put it behind us and head into X Games with a clear head."
The X Games open on Jan. 25 and run for three days in Aspen, CO. U.S. Snowboarding will stack riders in halfpipe, snowboardcross and slopestyle.

Arosa, SUI - Jan. 20, 2007
Halpipe Finals
Men (12 make final)
1. Mathieu Crepel, France, 46.7
2. Kazuhiro Kokubo, Japan, 46.6
3. Brad Martin, Canada, 43.3
4. Janne Korpi, Finland, 42.5
5. Antti Autti, Finland, 41.4
7. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 40.4
12. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 27.1
13. Tommy Czeschin, Mammoth Lakes, CA
48. Michael Goldschmidt, Stratton Mountain, VT

Women (six make final)
1. Manuela Laura Pesko, Switzerland, 43.1
2. Soko Yamaoka, Japan, 43.0
3. Paulina Ligocka, Poland, 42.9
4. Shiho, Nakashima, Japan, 38.4
5. Xu Chen, China, 34.3
13. Tricia Byrnes, Stratton Mountain, VT
20. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO
28. Clair Bidez, Minturn, CO
31 Ellery Hollingsworth, Stratton Mountain, VT

For complete results

Big Sky

Upcoming Events at Big Sky Resort

Jan. 24-25 Tony Furtado Band live at Whiskey Jack’s. Doors open 9 pm, tickets $15. Call 406-995-8076 or at Cactus Records.
Feb. 10 Dummy Jump. Get ready for a day of crashes and laughs as local and regional teams design the best crash test dummies. The dummies are launched off a kicker on the Ambush headwall and will be judged on style, distance and explosion upon landing. 406-995-5886 for details.
Feb. 12 Ladies Ski the Sky. Get together with local women and enjoy a day of skiing, optional lessons and lunch with Deidre Combs speaking on Easy Tips to Manage Conflict. Call 406-995-5743 for details.
Feb. 18, 25 & Mar. 4 Pipe Jam Series. Geared towards the locals, but open to anyone, this event is a series of three. Weekly prizes will be awarded with grand prizes awarded on the third Sunday for the best overall performance.
Feb. 20-21 Big Sky Big Grass. Bluegrass extravaganza featuring Boston’s Crooked Still, Nashville’s Infamous Stringdusters and local band Growling Old Men. More bands TBA. Call 406-995-8076 for details.

Experience the biggest skiing in America this winter with the new Big Sky – Moonlight Basin interconnect. Over 5,500 acres of uncrowded terrain and dry Western powder await in a place all your own.
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The Protest Jib-Vid prize draw closed last month and once all entries were in and the draw made we are proud to announce the winner. Congratulations to Graham Gibbons (below) from Birmingham who was the lucky winner of the Protest jacket and pants which are sure to keep him warm and make him look dope on the slopes this winter. The Protest Jib-Vid is coming together for 2007 and the website should be completed this month with a full line up of rules, pre-qualified teams and the entry form, so keep your eyes peeled for more information. Links:

Air France

Air France

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Sale to Europe, India, Middle East Warm up those cold winter days with some of the hottest fares around to destinations throughout Europe, India, and the Middle East! Sale ends January 28th, so hurry and book your winter getaway today! travel through March 31
Europe, O/W:
Philadelphia - Barcelona $188*
New York - Malaga $210*
New York - Rome $230*
San Francisco - Barcelona $241*
Los Angeles - Paris $250*
Boston - Florence $254*
Washington D.C. - Moscow $269*
Chicago - Athens $286*

more Europe fares! Rest of World, O/W:
New York - Cairo $352*
Houston - Dubai $422*
New York - Madras $476*
Chicago - Delhi $480*
Boston - Bombay $505*
Atlanta - Bombay $545*
Philadelphia - Bangalore $589*
Detroit - Bangalore $629*

Contact us www.airfrance.com/us Kirkwood
With the deepest natural snowpack in Tahoe, rave reviews continue this week at Kirkwood. Guests from around the lake and Northern California continue praising the excellent conditions. Because of its altitude and location within the high Sierra, Kirkwood continues to receive the most snowfall this season. As with all previous seasons, having the most snowfall at Kirkwood offers guests the best possible conditions for skiing and riding.
Expedition Kirkwood 1-Day Steeps Clinic

Successful steep skiing and riding involves two things, skills and confidence. Certified guides offer tips on finding the right line, having a backup plan, how to read a slope, steep skiing and terrain selection. Participants learn to take on Kirkwood's legendary terrain with free flowing style and grace. Open to strong intermediate through expert level skiers and riders only.
Safety remains a top priority throughout the season for ski resorts, and Safety Week, January 13-19, is an opportunity for both guests and employees to gain a better understanding of the importance of personal responsibility on the slopes. To cap off National Safety Awareness Week at Kirkwood, Care Flight will be staged on Friday the 19th at 11:00 am. Guests can come and check out the helicopter, talk to pilots and learn about helmet safety

Credit: Kirkwood Photo Marketing

Courchevel -France
From February 2, in Courchevel, the Cut of information will be held. This meeting puts at the catch about fifty journalist of the radio, television and newspaper industry at the time of a giant slalom. With this occasion the election of best “the blog will take place” Information in 3 categories: blogs individual, blogs collective and blogs media. Make your choice while returning to you on the site of the Cut of information (click on the button + infos) in the heading “Contest of blog”. Workshops of the Earth In partnership with the Really Durable Movement and the Durable Pulpit of Development of Sciences Po, the “Workshops of the Earth” propose with all the actors who work in favour of durability - as well undertaken or governments that international scientific experts or ONG, on a scale international like main road and local, to come to share their experiments and point of view in the presence of great national media, with in background the problems of the desire acting and the message conveyed on the durable development. Discover the program of the Workshops of the Earth, while clicking on “+ infos” and register you if you wish to attend the debates. Summits of the Image Courchevel accomodates the first photographic exposure in mountain. Because photography constitutes the memory of our history, nearly 60 panels will be set up in the various villages of Courchevel like on its skiable field. It is about as many testimonys need safeguard inheritance world by great names international photography. The inauguration of this exposure, sponsored by the WWF and UNESCO will proceed Friday January 19, 2007 with 12h. A small documentation will be at your disposal in the offices of Courchevel Tourisme to enable you to discover under good conditions the exposed photographs. Additional information at Courchevel Tourism: +33 479 08 00 29 Photo legend: Gorilla of Rwanda mountain In the world, 1 species out of 4 is threatened at the mammals, 1 out of 8 in the birds, 1 out of 3 in fish, and 2 out of 5 in the Amphibians. Photograph: Summits of the image/Cyril Ruoso Snowkball with Courchevel! All new discipline related to slips, the snowkball is a collective sport born on the tracks from Courchevel. With the support of association “Tchindérins” and following the success met by the demonstrations suggested with the public, the organizers wished to set up the first championship of nearest France of snowkball of January 27 to February 3. The principle of the snowkball: 2 teams of 4 players with ski put a red track concerned and must mark in the opposite camp of the track by carrying out a maximum of master keys upstream, to cumulate a maximum of points. Information near: nicolas.vidal@snowkball.com

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White Pass -Wa
SOS Fund-raiser - February 3rd 4pm
The Snowboard Outreach Society provides four-week snowboarding experiences for disadvantaged youth. Dance to the music in the Sitzmark Lounge and help raise much needed funds to expand this important program at White Pass!

March 3 & 4, 2007
Celebrate the 21st Annual White Pass Winter Carnival with fun for the entire family. Enjoy the spectacular Snow Castle, snow sculptures, carnival games, face painting, and the Ski for Kids Race. For complete schedule click here.
VERIZON LUGE CHALLENGE March 10 & 11 at White Pass. Join Verizon and USA LUGE NATIONAL TEAM at the Verizon Luge Challenge! This unique event features 6 Olympic Athletes ready to coach you in the finer points of luge competition. Everyone is welcome to give it a try - it's FREE! About the event & the athletes.
Average Annual Snowfall 350 Inches
Vertical Drop 1,500 Feet
Elevation White Pass Day Lodge 4,500'
Summit 6,000'
Total Lifts 5 Lifts: Quad and Triple 2 Double Surface Lift
Lift Capacity 6,500 Persons Per Hour



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Apex Mountain Resort remains one of the hidden gems of Canadian skiing. Located a short 30 minute drive from Penticton, BC, Apex is a full service destination resort with quality snow, great weather, incredible terrain, and friendly people. Apex being located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, features the perfect mix between large amounts of precipitation and low humidity that makes for the lightest champagne powder snow imaginable. Smiles stretch from ear to ear, as locals and visitors alike hoot and holler amongst the glades & open terrain, leaving clouds of powder snow to lightly settle behind them. With an average temperature of -4º C, Apex receives about 600 cm of dry "Okanagan" powder each season
High Flying at Apex Mountain Resort -- PENTICTON, B.C. – Dmitri Dashinski of Belarus won the season-ending Freestyle FIS World Cup to snatch the season’s overall men’s aerials title from previous leader Kyle Nissen of Calgary.
The Winter/Spring Games are Coming!!!! -- February 24, 2006 -- Everyone is invited to Apex Mountain Resort in the sunny Okanagan from March 17th to 19th to watch the best Freestyle Skiers in the world compete in FIS World Cup action

World’s Best Freestyle Skiers Compete at 2006 Freestyle FIS World Cup Finals at Apex Mountain Resort -- Penticton, BC; Tuesday, March 14, 2006 -- The world’s top freestyle skiers, including 2006 Olympic Champions and 2005 World Champions, have started to arrive in Penticton, BC for this year’s Freestyle FIS World Cup Finals at Apex Mountain Resort

Register for the Freestyle FIS World Cup at Apex -- February 19, 2006 -- The FIS WC Finals for Half Pipe will be held as an Open competition, scheduled Friday March 17th, 2006. Canadian Freestyle Ski Association must register all athletes. Registrations for this event are due by Wednesday February 22nd.



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