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Snow Alert, -Red Lodge Mountain, Jackson Hole
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Jackson Hole
The powder continues to flutter down over Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. So far, we've received 6 inches, and we're expecting another 6 to 12 before this storm system leaves our area. And just in case the new snow isn't enough fun for you, the halfpipe is scheduled to open this afternoon, conditions permitting.

New Snow(past 24 hours)
6" @ Upper-Mountain
3" @ Mid-Mountain

Snow Depth
64" @ Upper-Mountain
52" @ Mid-Mountain

January 13 - 19
National Safety Awarness Week
All week long the resort will feature safety information for skiers and snowboarders.

January 13
USASA Slope Style Event
Come see boarders from the Intermountain region compete in the terrain park.

January 14
USASA Halfpipe
Come see boarders from the Intermountain region compete in the half pipe.

January 12 - 14
JH Ski Club North Series Super G's


Panorama's 2007 Park and Pipe competitions. Sign up at Can-Ski and Showcase Snowboards, or at Syndicate Boardshop in Invermere. Rail Jam - Saturday, February 17. Halfpipe Comp - Saturday, February 18. Syndicate Slopestyle - Saturday, March 24. Rail Jam - Thursday, March 29. Spring in to BIG Air - Saturday, April 7. New Snow (24hrs) 2 cm
New Snow (4 days) 35 cm
Snow Base* 90 cms
Lifts Open 9/9
Trails & Bowls All Open


Red Lodge Mountain

New Snow
Base Area Snow Base: 20“
Overnight: 12”
24 Hours: 12”
48 Hours:0”
7 Days:17”

New Snow
Summit Snow Base: :35“
24 Hours:12“
48 Hours:0”

Conditions at 6 AM:-10 degrees, snowing and breezy
Forecast: Winter storm warning in effect until 5pm tonight! Mother Nature is looking to give us 12-18 inches of fresh Powder! And we’ve already seen a foot of it. Today highs around 4 and NW winds at 15mph
Open Lifts: 5 of 8 Lifts: Willow Creek, Miami Beach, Triple Chair, Grizzly Peak and the Mighty Mite.
Trails:24 trails on lower mountain. Come up and check out Lower and Upper Royals. Surfaces: machine groomed snow. Base 28-37 inches.
Events: College Fest days are here again until January 12th, a college ID will get you a $25 lift ticket. Rail Jam Terrain Park event is on January 13th

Stowe Vermont
Stowe Mountain Resort has received 7-14" of new snow in the last few days, more is falling right now and snow is expected to continue into the weekend! In addition, temps have been great for non-stop snowmaking this week, and we expect that our terrain will continue to expand for the weekend.

Stowe currently has the highest percentage of open trails in Northern Vermont, and we expect to add more trails and terrain for the weekend. We will have top-to-bottom coverage from all 4 of our peaks for this weekend, each of which can be accessed by high-speed lifts. We plan to operate 11 of 12 uphill lifts, and the new Over Easy transfer gondola joining Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. It all adds up to more snow, more trails and more runs for you at Stowe!

We will be servicing almost all of this top-to-bottom terrain with the largest and most-modern grooming fleet in the region, providing optimal surfaces each day. The groomers have also been busy shaping 4 new jumps on Lower North Slope for freestylers to enjoy along wih 12 rails and boxes.

The first night of our night skiing season is December 30th! Make some turns under the gondola with us!


FIS Snowboarding
SBX first to go on Sunday, Jan. 14

AROSA, Switzerland (Jan. 11) - When the 2007 FIS Snowboard World Championships open on Sunday, Jan. 14 with snowboardcross, U.S. Snowboarding will bring reigning World Champions and Olympic medalists Seth Wescott (Carrabassett Valley, ME) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) back into the starting gate.

Following the cancellation of back-to-back World Cup events in Bad Gastein, Austria, earlier this month, U.S. riders went on a snow search that ended at Mount Hood Meadows in Oregon for a week-long camp prior to traveling to Arosa, the only trouble: too much snow.

"Mount Hood set up a good roller section, so we were able to work on some things, but then the weather moved in and it was pretty much whiteout blizzard conditions - though there was some good powder riding," said U.S. Snowboarding Head Coach Peter Foley. "But we've had some great camps this season and the team was able to race one King of the Mountain (won by Wescott and Jacobellis) event in Utah, which had a really great course, so they're ready to go."

For halfpipe riders, there is no bigger warm up than the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix and the opening stop at Breckenridge, CO, did not disappoint as Worlds team riders Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth Lakes, CA), Steve Fisher (Breckenridge, CO) and Michael Goldschmidt (Stratton Mountain, VT) all made the final, with Czeschin taking third overall.

Prior to that, Scotty Lago (Seabrook, NH) opened the World Cup season with a Thanksgiving Day halfpipe win in Saas Fee, Switzerland, sweeping the top of the podium with Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), the 2006 Olympic silver medalist. Also making the Grand Prix final were Ellery Hollingsworth (Stratton Mountain, VT) and Jacobellis.
"The Grand Prix is about the best way for our halfpipe team to prepare for Worlds. Breckenridge has such a great pipe that the team is back there right now training for a week before heading here," said Foley.

Despite also being plagued by cancellations, the alpine riders are likely the most seasoned crew with three World Cup races and two U.S. Snowboarding Race to the Cup events under their belts. Riding strong are 2006 Olympians Tyler Jewell (Sudbury, MA) and Michelle Gorgone (also Sudbury).

Jewell has won both Race to the Cup parallel giant slalom events and made the final in two World Cup races on the season, while Gorgone will be looking to better her pair of 11th place results from the 2005 Worlds and is fresh off a second place finish at the Steamboat Race to the Cup.
"The alpine riders spent a lot of time in Europe tying to figure out where they could train as the World Cup schedule was shuffled," said Foley, "but they're coming off a good Race to the Cup event at Steamboat and they had more opportunities to compete than anyone. It's been a rough year for all snow sports, but all of our riders have done the best they could to train - many of them have been to the Worlds before and I'm excited to see what we can do."

Competition opens in Arosa on Saturday, Jan. 13 with SBX qualifications followed by the first medal competition on Sunday.

The 2007 FIS Snowboard World Championships Schedule:
Sunday, Jan. 14 - Snowboardcross
Tuesday, Jan. 16 - Parallel Giant Slalom
Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Parallel Slalom
Saturday, Man. 20 - Halfpipe

For complete results from Arosa World Championships visit www.ussnowboarding.com


Cortina D Ampezio _ Italy

Last updated 11 January 2007
Weather conditions Sunny
Temperature top 09:00 -4
Temperature base 09:00 -2
Depth of snow top 60
Depth of snow base 10

Wind force moderate breeze (gale force 4) wind direction west
Conditions slopes Very good
Number of open lifts 33 of 37
Number of open slopes 61 of 68

OLIMPIA SKI SLOPE IS CLOSE UNTILL 20th JAN. DUE TO WORLD CUP RACES Info: ++39 0436 862171 www.skipasscortina.dolomiti.org
Eastern Mountain Sports

Night Skiing
Alyeska Resort has decided to add an extra night of night skiing. We will have night skiing operations on Sunday, Jan. 14th from 4:30pm to 9:30pm with the Tram and Chair 3 running.
This is in addition to our regular night skiing operations which take place on Friday and Saturday nights from 4:30pm to 9:30pm with the Tram, Chair 3 and Chair 1. The shuttle will operate until 11pm on Sunday for night skiing operations. The rental shop and ticket offices will also be open for Sunday night skiing as well.
We hope to see you take advantage of the extra night of night skiing and come burn some runs! ! Currently it is snowing right now and more snow is in our forecast!


The first edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski ended on Sunday after six exciting competitions in eight days. In the ladies’ competition, Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) – the World Cup leader – had ensured herself a safe 1.5 min lead before the Final Climb following impressive victories in the free technique sprint in Asiago – despite a broken pole in the semi-final - and the mass start race in the classical technique in Val di Fiemme (both ITA). There was no sign of a reappearance of the back pain that had plagued her in La Clusaz (FRA), and so Kuitunen could concentrate on maintaining her rhythm in the much-feared last hill that featured an altitude gain of 407m. She finished on Alpe Cermis clearly ahead of her biggest challenger Marit Bjoergen in 2nd place, and Valentina Shevschenko (UKR), who posted the third fastest Stage time in the Final Climb and sprinted to the podium narrowly ahead of Aino Kaisa Saarinen Kuitunen (FIN). Winning both the Tour Overall Ranking as well as the Tour Sprint Ranking, Kuitunen earned a total of CHF 132’000 and 400 World Cup points for her supreme performances during the inaugural Tour de Ski. She now leads the Viessmann FIS World Cup Cross-Country 188 points ahead of Bjoergen (634) and 356 points ahead of Petra Majdic (SLO).
In the men’s competition, consistency rather than Stage victories paid out for last year’s FIS Overall World Cup champion Tobias Angerer (GER). Angerer had garnered the Tour leader’s golden jersey after the third Tour Stage in Oberstdorf and hung onto it with a 12th place finish in Asiago and a 5th place finish in Saturday’s distance race in Val di Fiemme. He started out on the last Stage with a 15 second lead on the Norwegian newcomer, Simen Oestensen (NOR) and showed his mental strength in the Final Climb where he grew his winning margin to 46 seconds. In the end, Oestensen had to give in to young Alexander Legkov (RUS) who finished 2nd in the last Stage and improved from 10th place to 2nd in the overall Rankings. The winner of the men’s Tour Sprint Ranking (silver jersey), Tor Arne Hetland (NOR), finished fifth overall, behind team mate Petter Northug. With his 602 points, Angerer also took the lead in the overall World Cup standings ahead of Legkov (467) and Hetland (432), in addition to earning CHF 116 500 from the Tour

The men’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continued with the traditional Adelboden (SUI) races last weekend. On Saturday, Benni Raich (AUT) became only the fifth racer in the 50-year history of the Adelboden giant slalom to take a second consecutive victory. It was his 25th World Cup victory – 14 of which have come in January - taken with a stunning 0.85 seconds margin on the infamous Chuenisbärgli course. Behind Raich, there were racers from eight nations in the top twelve. On Sunday, after 103 winless races and 1073 days it was finally time for another Swiss victory, brought home by young talent, former slalom Junior World Champion Marc Berthod who won the slalom with starting number 60. After the first run, Berthod had ranked 27th, 2.76 seconds behind the leader Markus Larsson of Sweden. The organizers in Adelboden had another reason for joy, too: with a total of 31’000 spectators over the weekend, the event set an all-time spectator record. In the overall World Cup rankings, Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) maintained his lead, now 68 points ahead of Didier Cuche (SUI).
In the Snow Queen night slalom in Zagreb (CRO) last Thursday, Marlies Schild (AUT) took her fourth win of the season, this time with the largest winning margin of 1.66 seconds. Benefiting from the largest prize money pot in the ladies’ schedule, she netted €60’000 for the victory. The 18’000-strong audience was more than pleased to see 20-year-old local talent Ana Jelusic achieve her maiden podium place as runner-up, followed by another podium newcomer Sarka Zahrobska (CZE) in 3rd. As the ladies’ Audi FIS Alpine World Cup circuit continued in Kranjska Gora (SLO), a substitute venue for Maribor (SLO), Schild carried on with her domination of the slalom cup. She was again accompanied on the podium by Sarka Zahrobska (CZE). After five wins, a 3rd place and fastest times in nine of the twelve runs, Schild now leads the event ranking by 268 points, with only three races to go. In Saturday’s giant slalom, Nicole Hosp finally took her first season win, after four 2nd places in three different events, becoming yet another Austrian lady to claim the top of the podium this season. After 16 of 35 races, Schild also leads the overall FIS World Cup rankings, 97 points ahead of Hosp.

The Freestyle FIS World Cup continued with the Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix at Ski Mont Gabriel (CAN) last weekend. Dale Begg-Smith, 2006 Olympic champion and Canadian native who competes for Australia, took the victory in the first moguls’ event this season, after two December events in Europe were cancelled due to poor weather conditions. In the ladies’ competition, Shannon Bahrke (USA) did not let the foggy, warm and mushy snow conditions disturb her in taking the sixth World Cup victory of her career.
FIS Freestyle World Championships at Madonna di Campiglio (ITA) rescheduled for March

The International Ski Federation (FIS) and the local organizing committee at Madonna di Campiglio (ITA) together with the Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) and regional authorities have agreed to postpone the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships to 5th – 11th March 2007. The event was originally scheduled to be held on 22nd – 27th January, 2007, and the new dates in March now means the event follows immediately after the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo (JPN).
Due to unseasonably warm weather, little artificial snow could be made in Madonna di Campiglio in the past two months and, as a result, there is insufficient snow to prepare the Freestyle Skiing competition venues according to the Freestyle course specifications.
The competition program will remain the same as the original program and the schedule will be published shortly on the FIS and Organizing Committee’s websites.
40th anniversary of the first FIS World Cup races
Though the FIS Alpine World Cup is already in the midst of its 41st season, last Friday also saw the 40th anniversary of the premiere FIS World Cup competition. The first-ever FIS World Cup race took place in Berchtesgaden on 5th January 1967 and was won by Heini Messner (AUT) ahead of Jules Melquiond (FRA) and Dumeng Giovanoli (SUI). The first World Cup race for the ladies was staged two days later in Oberstaufen, and was won by Nancy Green of Canada.


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