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Snow Alert, -Chamonix Fr, Alyeska, Alaska


Jay Peak
With conditions improving, natural snow abounding (in some spots at least) and spirits rising, you’ll be hearing lots from Ski Resorts about why their spot is the best spot. Any they may just be. The best spot that is. Here at Jay Peak, we’re just about 100% open and all 8 lifts will turn this weekend. Weather will kick in with twentyish temps and the chance of snow across Saturday and Sunday. Snow looks to be in the forecast next week as well


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


Traci Max sachs
The official site of professional speed skier Tracie Max Sachs
Jan 20-26 Vars (Fra) Training Camp
Jan 27-30 Vars (Fra) FIS World Cup
Jan 31 - Feb 4 Vars (Fra) Pro Mondial
Feb 9-10 Goldeck (Aut) European X-Trem Week

Traci has been gracious in supplyig photos of speed ski events and dramatic pictures or Verbier CH


Jackson Hole
A hazy fog covers Teton Village this morning, but at the top of the gondola temperatures are 30 degrees warmer and skies are clear. Meanwhile, the groomers have been working all night to ensure that the corduroy is fresh and soft, and the park and pipe crew recut the superpipe while we slept. It's going to be another fabulous, "bluebird" day here in Jackson Hole

Today's Forecast
Expected Highs
Upper-Mountain: 29°F
Base: 24°F

Patchy fog before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 24. North northwest wind between 5 and 8 mph.
Lifts Open: 11 of 11
Trails Open: 116 of 116
Groomed Trails Open: 40 of 40
Advanced Terrain Park: Open
Beginner Terrain Park: Open

January 25 Steep & Deep Ski Camp II Further develop your skiing skills with this dynamic big mountain experience that accesses all the adrenaline pumping runs and landmarks of Jackson Hole. Includes a guided backcountry experience and guest coaches such as Tommy Moe


-12°C / -7°C This Morning
All ski areas are open and 90% of the lifts are running. Chamonix's high altitude slopes await you. From 13th January to 3rd February and from 25th March to 14th April, take advantage of our flexible offers in both hotels and self-catered apartments. Unlimited access to all lifts and cog railways enables skiers and non-skiers alike, to enjoy our beautiful valley to the full.

High mountain scenery, the sheer beauty of which will take your breath away, majestic ice falls and glaciers, one of Europe's highest cable cars, cog railways that take you on a journey through time, a beautiful alpine town, witness to 250 years of mountaineering history, traditional villages and hamlets scattered along the 20km long valley and above all a heart and soul, beating to the rhythm of all those that live and love Chamonix! What is there to do in Chamonix in winter? That's just it, there's something for everybody ! If you ski or surf you will enjoy the tremendous variety of terrain that the Chamonix valley has to offer including mythical glacier descents such as the Vallée Blanche (guide recommended) or the Grands Montets.

Restauration, après-ski and night life
• Pubs
• Bowling
• Casino
• Chalet snack bars
• Cinema
• Night-clubs
• Restaurants
• Mountain restaurants

a whole Lotta FUN !
The Kandahar 2007 is cancelled...
In spite of the snow in altitude and the good skiing conditions in the Chamonix valley, the warm weather which is affecting the entire Alpine arc, has forced the Kandahar organisers to cancel the event.
9th January, the International Ski Federation (FIS) checked the state of the piste and the projected weather forecast only to find out that cold weather is not expected to arrive within the next few days.
The North Face Ultra-Trail - Tour of Mont-blanc

Discover your limits!
The French, Italian and Swiss communes at the foot of Mont-Blanc, invite you to come and share this extraordinary adventure:
an individual, non-stop race around the Mont-Blanc!
3 countries - approx.160 km - approx. 9 000 m climb - 45 hours maxi

a second race, Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix is also organised: 3 countries - approx.90 km - approx.5 000 m climb - 24 heures maxi

ALSO Cancelled
Kitzbühel Austria

The Kitzbühel Ski Area has a white blanket waiting
skiing freaks, boarding fans and of course all those who prefer to cut a good figure on the mountain chalets

Kitzbühel Tourism
Corporation of public law
Hinterstadt 18 A-6370 Kitzbühel Austria
Fire & Music
1 January 2007
A festival of joy for thousands of "pyromantics"

Baldessarini Snow Arena Polo World Cup
from 19 - 21 January 2007
Kitzbühel plays host to the Polo World Cup

67th. Hahnenkamm Race
From 26 - 28 January 2007

The winner gene drives the world’s best skiers forward throughout the winter season; for them second place is defeat. But there is one big skiing event where that does not apply: the most difficult and most fascinating ski race of all, the famous Downhill on the Streif. Here it is still not whether you win or lose, but simply being part of this ski spectacular on 20 - 22 January 2006, when Kitzbühel stages the 66th Hahnenkamm Race
Three days of excitement! As in past years, the 67th Hahnenkamm Race is a guaranteed combination of top-class sport and entertainment. more >>

Tuesday, 17.01.2006
11:30 a.m 1st downhill training
Wednesday, 18.01.2006
11:30 a.m 2nd downhill training
Thursday, 19.01.2006
11:30 a.m 3rd downhill training
Friday, 20.01.2006
11:30 a.m. Hahnenkamm Super-G
06:30 p.m Prize award Hahnenkamm Super-G
and draw for Hahnenkamm Downhill, finish area Timing building

Saturday, 21.01.2006
11:30 a.m Hahnenkamm Downhill Race
followed "Kitz Charity Trophy"
06:30 p.m Prize award Hahnenkamm Downhill and draw for Hahnenkamm Slalom, finish area balcony of Timing building.

Sunday, 22.01.2006
11:30 a.m Hahnenkamm Slalom - 1st heat
01:15 p.m Hahnenkamm Slalom - 2st heat
followed Prize and ceremony for slalom, and combined, finish

To Race page: Hahnenkamm
The creator of the poster for the 67th Hahnenkamm Race (26th to 28th January 2007) is Armin Rainer. The native of St. Johann created a portrait using only three colours: white for snow, blue for the mountains and violet for the nightlife. "I purposely selected only three colours so that it would be distinguished from the countless other multi-coloured posters," explains Rainer and continues, "the Kitzbühel signature closely follows the city's skyline." Over the rooster's head, a stylised cockscomb can be seen and a racer is integrated in its body.

The poster campaign has been sponsored by the Bank für Tirol und Vorarlberg AG for over 15 years, in particular through its Kitzbühel branch, where the poster can be bought for 15€. The 2006 Poster earned a new record with earnings of € 4,890. Proceeds went to the promotion of young athletes by the K.S.C.


Cortina d'Ampezzo- Italy
Last updated 25 January 2007
Weather conditions Snow
Temperature top 09:00 -10
Temperature base 09:00 -3
Depth of snow top 100
Depth of snow base 40
Last snowfall 24 January 2007
Wind force gentle breeze (gale force 3)
wind direction south-west
Conditions slopes Very good
Number of open lifts 33 of 37


When in France

Glisse mag

** COLORADO SKI COUNTRY USA SNOW REPORT FOR 01/25/2007 ** The complete snow report is updated on our web site weekdays at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. (mountain time) Visit www.coloradoski.com/
for all the latest information about skiing, snowboarding and winter activities in Colorado.

Angel Fire New Mexico
Free Gas with a 3-, 4- or 5- day lift ticket. Every visitor who purchases a 3-, 4- or 5-day lift ticket during the months of January and February will receive a free gas card valued between $15 and $25. Cards are valid for one year and may be redeemed at any of over 100 participating Giant store locations

All Aboard The NEW Polar Coaster! Our tubing hill is bigger and better than ever. It's also been expanded to six lanes that will send you screaming down 1,000 feet of expertly groomed hills. Longer, faster and with more hair-raising turns, The Polar Coaster is a guaranteed thrill ride

Total Snow Fall

Snow Depth 56"
Past 7 Days 5"
Lifts Open ALL
Trails Open ALL
Acreage 550
Vertical Drop 2077'


News from the World of Skiing Successful FIS Snowboard World Championships end in Arosa (SUI)
Weather challenges weekend World Cups ...
6th Winter Asian Games begin in Changchun (CHN)
FIS Marathon Cup continues with Marcialonga (ITA)
Hoping for a cold February

The 7th FIS Snowboard World Championships in Arosa (SUI) ended with the title contests in big air and half pipe last weekend. In the big air finals on Friday evening, the 5'500 on-site spectators saw absolutely superb riding: In the end, 22-year-old Mathieu Crepel (FRA) earned the World Champion title after he collected 29.4 points – the highest score so far in the new K.o.-format – for his “Switch Backside 1260”. In Saturday's half pipe finals with almost 8'000 spectators, Crepel became the only double Champion in the 2007 championships as he beat Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN) by just 0.1 points. Manuela Laura Pesko (SUI) took the ladies’ freestyle title.
Overall, the Arosa 2007 FIS Snowboard World Championships were a great success. Special thanks go to the Organizing Committee around President Thomas Gurzeler and General Secretary Hello Haas, and their many staff and volunteers, as well as to the various FIS officials, technical advisors and builders, especially David Ny (SBX/HP), Ali Zehetner (BA/HP) and Uwe Beier (SBX/PAR). All competitions were held in excellent conditions despite the warm front that passed through in the middle of last week. A grand total of more than 25'000 spectators witnessed a record of 48 countries and some 400 riders compete. There were 12 nations that won medals, six of which returned home with gold medals. While Switzerland took the most medals - a total of seven - France had three golden ones, and Poland and Japan each celebrated their first-ever FIS Snowboard World Championships medals. Lindsay Jacobellis (USA) was the only 2005 World Champion able to defend her title, while Rok Flander (SLO) became the second most successful rider with two medals (gold & bronze) after double Champion Crepel, and Philipp Schoch (SUI) won two silver medals

The Viessmann FIS World Cup Cross-Country returned to Russia for the first time in four years last weekend. In Rybinsk, the organizing committee had spared no efforts to host the event, preparing the 2.5-km course with the help of 2’000 volunteers of crushed ice from the Volga river along with some artificial snow. To the joy of the 40’000 spectators, Alexander Legkov (RUS) took his first World Cup victory in Saturday’s mass start race in front of a home audience. The weekend saw another two first-time winners as Riitta Liisa Roponen (FIN) won the ladies’ mass start event and Renato Pasini (ITA) the men’s sprint on Sunday. In the ladies’ sprint, Arianna Follis completed the Italian celebration while Kikkan Randall (USA) earned the first-ever Cross-Country World Cup podium by a female U.S. skier, finishing third in a photo finish. By collecting additional 95 and 120 points, respectively, both Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski winners Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) and Tobias Angerer (GER) grew their leads in the overall World Cup standings.

In the men’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin (FRA) thrilled the home fans by winning a World Cup downhill in Val d’Isere on Saturday. Along with a formidable performance by Team Canada that placed Erik Guay in second and Manuel Osborne-Paradis in third, Dalcin took his maiden World Cup win. His victory finally ended a 12-year winless streak for French skiers on the Oreiller-Killy downhill course. On Sunday, winds and fog forced cancellation of the super combined event that already had been moved from Chamonix because of poor conditions. With no more speed competitions scheduled before the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are (SWE), Didier Cuche (SUI) leads the downhill standings while Bode Miller (USA) heads those in super-G. In the overall standings, Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) continues to lead, ahead of Cuche and Miller.

In Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA), on one of the toughest ladies’ speed courses on the World Cup, American Julia Mancuso continued her stellar January, taking her third season and career World Cup win in Friday’s super-G. Besides Nicole Hosp in second and Renate Goetschl in third, there were another three Austrians in the top 12. On Saturday, Goetschl won the downhill on the soft but solid 2.8-km Olympia delle Tofane course, stretching her record of wins at Cortina to ten. France’s 21-year-old Marie Marchand-Arvier was third for the best result of her career so far. In Sunday’s foggy giant slalom, the Italians made the most out of home ground advantage, placing four skiers in the top ten, including Karen Putzer for the win and Denise Karbon in third. With her fifth straight podium result in four disciplines – three of them this weekend – Mancuso moved up to third place in the overall FIS World Cup rankings, 87 points behind Marlies Schild (AUT) who continues to lead with 881 points.

The 6th Winter Asian Games will be held in Changchun (CHN) from 28th January, 2007-4th February 2007. A celebration of winter sports in Asia held every four years, this the second time that China will be hosting the Winter Asiad; the first time was in Harbin in 1996. The first-ever Winter Asian Games were held in Sapporo in 1988. Since the last time the event took place in China, the interest in winter sports has considerably increased in China as well as around the Asian continent.

Regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia under the supervision of the International Olympic Committee, the 15th Summer Asian Games were just held in Doha, Qatar from 1st – 15th December. In Changchun, a total of 47 medal events in ten sports will be contested; of FIS’s disciplines, Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard are represented. In addition, participants will compete in Biathlon, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Short Track Speed Skating and Speed Skating. Changchun, the capital and largest city in Jilin province, is located in north-eastern China. The metropolitan area has a population of 6.83 million and a population of 2.78 million in the city proper. The skiing events will be held at Beida Lake Skiing Resort, located some 140 km from Changchun, which also hosted the season opening Freestyle FIS World Cup aerials events in December 2006

The FIS Nordic Junior and Under-23 World Ski Championships, scheduled to be held in Tarvisio (ITA) from 29th January – 4th February, had to be rescheduled to mid-March due to the unseasonably warm weather and resulting lack of snow.
While the Viessmann FIS Cross-Country World Cup events in Otepää (EST) will take place as planned, the next Warsteiner FIS World Cup Nordic Combined events in Harrachov (CZE) had to be cancelled due to a lack of snow. The e.on ruhrgas FIS World Cup Ski Jumping will continue in Oberstdorf (GER) with two competitions on the large hill rather than on the Ski Flying hill.
In the men’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, two slaloms will be held in Kitzbuehel (AUT) next weekend, including one rescheduled from Wengen ten days ago. Due to the warm front that passed across Europe, there is not enough snow to hold the legendary Hahnenkamm downhill and super-G races. Efforts are underway to find a substitute for the super combined cancelled in Val d Isere (FRA) due to snowfall and wind. The ladies’ events in San Sicario (ITA) will take place as planned, including the additional super-G.
Finally, the Freestyle FIS World Cup moguls, aerials and ski cross competitions Splinderyv Mlyn (CZE) have been postponed to a later date. The Les Contamines (FRA) ski cross cancelled earlier has been rescheduled for 2nd February and the dual moguls competition originally scheduled in La Plagne (FRA) before Christmas has been rescheduled for 6th February, 2007.


Bear Valley
GS racing starts
Jan 27- Feb Gatorade Series
See Bear Valley for details and fees

Indoor snow news
Snow365 World Indoor Snowdome and Artificial Surface Slope News January 2007

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Plans for the worlds largest snow centre, Snow Games in Belgium, are reported to be moving forward ten years after the project was first envisaged.
The 86 million Euro Snow Games would have a 100,000 square metre snow surface, nearly three times the largest indoor slope that currently exists, and slopes up to 800m long.
The centre aims to have two six-seater chairlift serving five runs, including a green, the 800m blue, two reds and a black run. Target visitor numbers are 650,000 in the first year rising to 1.19 million by the third year.
Snow Games aims to open in 2008 and will be Belgiumâs fourth snowdome. www.snowgames.be

Snowdome Next To Ice Hotel? Reuters has reported than the Swedish Arctic town of Kiruna is planning to move 4km (2.5 miles) to the left. The move is due to the century old iron ore mining business which is the town’s main business, the mining company wants to access a further 800 million tons of ore and that is undermining Kiruna’s foundations. So a $4 billion (US) move over the next 40 years is planned.
Plans for the new town reportedly include a possible indoor snowdome for year round skiing and a tropical dome for year round sunshine. Sweden currently has a recently opened ski tunnel for cross country skiing but no downhill ski or board facility.
Besides the iron ore mine Kiruna is also the gateway to Swedens Arctic tourism industry, most notably the famous Ice Hotel a few miles away. Sweden’s space centre is also based there.

Snowflex In Spain
Briton Engineering Developments have announced a third project on mainland Europe – at Meseta Ski in Valladolid, Spain.
The company has been contracted to design and install a ski slope some 9500 square metres in size in association with their Spanish partners, ACTUR S.L. of Madrid.
Briton will be bringing its extensive design and build experience to bear and the new slope will sport the finest freestyle features the market demands, including several jumps, grind rails and an Olympic sized half pipe, similar to the project recently completed in Noeux Les Mines in northern France.
Spain is completely new territory for outdoor synthetic snowsports systems. Prior to the Madrid exhibition last November the Spanish had never seen a product such as Snowflex. The schedule set for construction is an aggressive one therefore skiers and 'boarders can look forward to the opening of the new slope within the next few months, some five months after starting on site.

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Calgary, AB – January 24, 2007 – Nakiska has launched its full TELUS Terrain Park for the 2007 season.

The park has a wide number of features to accommodate those just learning how to ride park features as well as those looking to master bigger challenges.
The Nakiska parks have enough variety to keep skiers and riders of all levels happy. The intermediate park, located on Homesteader, is an ideal place to warm up for the big park, located on Elbow. A section of Silver Road connects the two parks. Both parks create a nice flow of tables and rails so that experienced riders can hit almost all the features in one run. Some of the key features of the intermediate park include a fun box, rainbow rail and tables.
The larger, more advanced park offers a nice line of tables for more experienced riders, including the “Chaos” table, which has two take offs, allowing riders to work their way up to more difficult lines. The park also features a large hip jump.
Says Matt Mosteller, Senior Director of Business Development for the resort, “We’re proud of our great partnership with TELUS and of the team at Nakiska who have worked hard to create an exciting Terrain Park that focuses on progression, while providing larger features for more advanced riders.”


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