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Snow Alert - Jackson Hole , Vail, Killington
                      - Vermont sets 7 day total snowfall record

31 inches folks! And that's at the base! It's going to be another glorious day of powder skiing and riding, and there'll be plenty more to be had out there tomorrow and the next day and the next...
Be sure to check in at www.sugarloaf.com

Storm Peak was blowing sideways with poor visibility. I dropped into the Closet to find an untouched cove of snow-loaded trees and tight lines. Dropping a knee into such light, succulent fluff is like biting into juice. Explosions of snow just go everywhere while the sweet taste of linking turn after turn makes you thirsty for more. I milked this one down to the very last tree before popping out at Sundown Express--time for a second helping.

The weather was much friendlier this ride up, and I decided to sample the aspen trees. Some big air bumps mixed with more fluff in the Shadows was fun, but I angled back into the dark timber where the snow seemed a bit meatier and the lines were more isolated. Definitely a hearty meal to start the day, so get out and feast till your belly bursts, because this binge will do your body good!

Settled Snow Depth Base at the Summit: 63"
Cumulative: 214 1/2"
Winds: NW @ 15-25 mph
Degrees: 12
Skies: Cloudy
Lifts Operating: 19
Trails Open: 162
Surface Conditions: Powder



Cortina - Italy
Weather conditions Overcast
Temperature top 09:00 -5
Temperature base 09:00 1
Depth of snow top 100
Depth of snow base 30
Last snowfall 12 February 2007
Wind force near gale (gale force 7)
wind direction north-west
Conditions slopes Very good
Number of open lifts 36 of 36
Number of open slopes 68 of 68
No. of kilometres 115 of 115
Conditions Crosscountry Very good
No. of kilometres 75 of 75
Conditions Snowpark Very good
Info: ++39 0436 862171


Downhill Italian BIKE championship - 3,4,5 August 2007 The new event for this coming summer in Cortina is the Italian Downhill Championships, one of the most eargerly awaited dates in the Italian mountain bike downhill calendar for 2007.
The "Freccia nel Cielo" route, which descnds from the Tofana massif, has been designed by Antonio Silva, trainer of the Italian national downhill team. It has received appreciation by Italian champion Alan Beggin who, during reconnaissance, described it as certianly among the best tracks in Italy in terms of scenery, route quality and difficulty. The route indeed involves a string of jumps, humps and forest sections, as well as some thrilling raised bends that exploit the old Olympic Bob run.
Friday 03 August free trial runs; Saturday 4 August, official runs; Sunday 5th, Italian Downhill Championship with Big party afterwards at the village that will be set up in the arrival area. Starting 1 July it will be possible to apply to take part in the race using a form available on the web site www.pedalidimarca.it


FranceGuide , French Government Tourist Office

Announcing FranceGuide 2007! Maison de la France's 7th annual exclusive guide to France
The official publication of the French Government Tourist Office, FranceGuide includes 96 pages of full-color photos and in-depth articles on the regions, cities, events and opportunities for travel and discovery in France. An interview with best-selling author and NPR darling David Sedaris...
Jazz has become quite the tradition in France. In March, jazz and blues festivals start gearing up throughout the country, continuing well into the year. Check out these special festivals throughout France and start jamming! ...

Big Sky
Weather: Periods of snow today. Chance of snow 70% with 2-4 inches forecasted. Tonight expect snow along with gusty winds.
Temperature: 30° to 24° (Fahrenheit)
Wind: 10 mph from South West
New Overnight Snow: 2
Snow Fall past 24hrs: 6.5
Snow Fall past 48hrs: 8
Base Snow Depth: 53-80
Surface Conditions: Powder, packed powder & machine groomed. Super Pipe, Ambush Terrain Park and Swifty Park are all open.
Terrain Open: 100%
Lifts Scheduled to Open: Lone Peak Tram, Swift Current, Thunder Wolf, Ramcharger, Challenger, Iron Horse, Southern Comfort, Lone Peak Chair, Lone Moose, Explorer, White Otter, Shedhorn, Bear Back Poma, Base Area Lifts, Pony Express, Cascade

What's Happening
Ski Patrol calling over 12" of new snow yesterday at the summit.
Be sure to check out all our live après music at the Carabiner, Chet's and Whiskey Jack’s
4-8pm, Snow Tubing! – Tickets available at Big Sky Sports or at the ticket office
8-10pm, Live Music by Kevin Fabozzi at the Carabiner



The third stop on The Honda Ski Tour & BaseCamp Music Experience 2007 attracts ski enthusiasts along with big-name bands, parties and the world’s best ski cross and halfpipe ski competitors
Sun Valley, ID, February 15, 2007—Aspen/Snowmass, CO, is only the third resort to host the inaugural season of The Honda Ski Tour (THST). THST is North America’s new elite, four-stop mountain festival and skiing competition that features the world’s best halfpipe and ski cross skiers competing for a total of $500,000 over four stops, the largest purse in the sport. The final tour stop and championships are being held in Squaw Valley USA, CA, March 8-11, and past tour stops include Sun Valley, ID, and Breckenridge, CO. The BaseCamp Music Experience (BCME) at Aspen/Snowmass will feature over 10 big-name musical acts headlined by world famous dancehall reggae artist Sean Paul alongside the multi-day alpine festival including street parties and countless parties. THST’s Aspen/Snowmass stop will be nationally televised (in a one-hour show) on ABC network television on Sunday, March 11, 2pm EST / 1pm CT / 12pm MST / 11am PST. Please check your local listings for changes. Confirmed athletes for THST Aspen/Snowmass skier halfpipe competition include X Games gold medalists and previous winners of THST halfpipe Simon Dumont (Sun Valley winner) and Tanner Hall (Breckenridge winner), who both took home $25,000 respectively for their winning runs. Dumont leads THST point’s standings with 150 points while Peter Olenick sits in second with 106, followed by Hall with 100, Matt Philippi with 95 and Mike Riddle with 80.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently approved the addition of ski cross for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the national governing body for Olympic skiing, is officially calendaring THST 2007 as a sanctioned USSA ski cross event. Athletes confirmed for THST Aspen/Snowmass ski cross includes undefeated THST ski cross winner, Olympian and Aspen/Snowmass local, Casey Puckett, who leads the point’s standings with 200 points. Stanley Hayer who has placed second and third at previous THST stops sits comfortably in second with 160 points. U.S. Ski Team legend Daron Rahlves, who has had some bad luck (crashing in the semi-finals and finals at both THST stops and the 2007 X Games) sits in third place overall with 95 points. X Games gold medalists Lars Lewen, Zach Crist, Enak Gavaggio, and ski cross World Champion Tomas Kraus will also be fighting for the $25,000 winner’s check.
“It’s always exciting when another high profile event comes to Aspen/Snowmass,” said John Rigney, Vice President of Sales & Events for Aspen Skiing Company. “What makes this special is that The Ski Tour is brand new, yet has captured the attention of skiing enthusiasts everywhere. The talent we’ll be witnessing is truly incredible, and the sport of skiing will only benefit. Plus, we get to share the incredible story of Snowmass with these influencers and the rest of the viewing world.”

The nightlife at the Aspen/Snowmass stop of The Honda Ski Tour will rival the on-slope action with BCME headliners such as Sean Paul, George Clinton and the P Funk All Stars, Swollen Members, Tommy Lee with DJ Aero, Joseph Israel, Elan and DJ Dylan, Jillian Ann, DJ Logic and more. Showcasing the year’s best action sports segments from the biggest producers in the game, the Limelight Film Festival highlights from THST Sun Valley, ID, stop will be aired throughout the Aspen/Snowmass THST on the Jumbotron at the base of the competitions and in the town’s bars and restaurants. The Limelight Film Festival covers the entire spectrum of action-adventure filmmaking from the biggest producers in the game, with segments by Teton Gravity Research, Warren Miller, Jason Moriarty, Kent Kreitler, Jamie Mossberg, Standard Films and Lindgren Productions. Highlights from the five world-class photographers who showcased the best work of their careers at the Sun Valley Pro Photo Shootout will also be featured throughout the Aspen/Snowmass THST. Scott Markewitz, Tony Harrington, Charlie Munsey, Corey Rich, and Gene Dwarkin will showcase epic images from across the globe, including skiing, surfing, kayaking, climbing and more. THST was founded by Kipp Nelson and Steve Brown, former University of Colorado alpine racers. Nelson, a trustee of the U.S. Ski Team as well as the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, is putting the fun back in to ski competition by combining two very separate aspects of the sport, halfpipe and ski cross into one event. The Honda Ski Tour – Schedule – Aspen/Snowmass
February 22 – 25, 2007
Thursday – 2/22/07
Snowmass Mountain and Village
11:15am – 1:00pm Ski Cross Sectioning & Training Runs
1:00pm – 3:00pm Halfpipe Practice

Eric’s Bar
8:00pm – 9:00pm Athlete Welcoming Reception
Friday – 2.23.07
Snowmass Mountain and Village
9:00am – 12:30pm Ski Cross Sectioning, Training, & Qualifying
11:30am – 3:00pm Halfpipe Practice & Heats
2:00pm – 4:00pm Après Parties in Snowmass Village and Cirque Café
Cooper Ave Mall & The Silver Circle Ice Rink
5:00pm – 7:00pm Street Party and skating
5:00pm – 7:00pm Public beer garden @ back patio of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
6:00pm – 7:30pm Joseph Israel
8:00pm Fireworks
The Belly Up
8:30pm – 11:30pm George Clinton ($49 advance / $54 door, 7:30pm doors)
11:55pm – 2:00am Elan and DJ Dylan ($15 advance / $20 door, 11:30pm doors)

Crocs Lounge / The Sky Hotel – 39 Degrees Bar/Lounge*
8:30pm – 11:00pm DJ Logic (8pm doors)
11:00pm – 2:00am Tommy Lee / DJ Aero ($99 advance / $104 door, for both)
*Not all guests will have view of performer—multi room venue. Saturday – 2.24.07
Snowmass Mountain and Village
9:00am – 10:30am Ski Cross Sectioning & Training Runs
10:30am Ski Cross Fore-runners
10:45am – 12:30pm Ski Cross Heats & Finals
12:00pm – 1:30pm Ice Carving Demonstration at Snowmass Village
12:00pm – 2:15pm Halfpipe Practice
2:30pm – 3:30pm Halfpipe Finals
2:00pm – 5:00pm Après Parties in Snowmass Village and Cirque Café
Downtown Aspen
2:00pm – 5:00pm Après Parties downtown and The Cantina & The Tavern
The Silver Circle Ice Rink
5:00pm – 7:00pm Open for public skate
Rio Grande Park – Basecamp Pavilion Area
6:00 doors
7:30pm – 8:30pm Swollen Members
8:50pm – 10:30pm Sean Paul ($30 advance / $35 door)
The Belly Up
9:00pm Doors
10:30pm – 2:00am Gomez with Joe Purdy ($29 advance / $35 door)
Sunday – 2.25.07

The Tavern – Aspen Mountain
3:30pm – 5:30pm - Fashion Show party

THST will be covered in four hours of network television—one hour per event— scheduled to air on ABC. Event and airing schedules are as follows:
Event date: February 22-25, Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado
ABC airdate/times: Sunday, March 11, 2pm EST / 1pm CT / 12pm MST / 11am PST
Event date: March 8-11, Squaw Valley USA, California
ABC airdate/times: Sunday, March 25, 2pm EST / 1pm CT / 12pm MST / 11am PST
**Times for all airdates subject to change—check your local listings

The Honda Ski Tour would like to extend a special thanks to its sponsors, American Honda Motor Co., Paul Mitchell, Crocs, Spyder, Salomon, Ice Breaker, Atomic, Bula, Surefoot, Oxygen Plus, Primaloft, Shred Optics, media partner Outside Magazine and resort partner Aspen/Snowmass.

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Durango Film Festival

Durango Independent Film Festival - Feb 28 - Mar 04, 07

9-11 WINTERFEST WEEKEND: Balloon Rally, Triathlon, skiing and snowboarding competitions. "Anything Goes" sled races. Pagosa Springs.
9-12 DOG SLED RACE: The San Juan stage racing series third year for mid-distance racers and mushing fans. Silverton.

Watch the Alpine World Champs LIVE!
NEW YORK - Fans of the U.S. Ski Team will be able to watch the upcoming FIS Alpine World Ski Championships as NBCSports.com in conjunction with MediaZone will bring exclusive coverage of the full Championships to the USA including live web streaming daily, plus televised coverage of the men's and women's downhill, airing Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports.
Held every two years, the U.S. Ski Team will be looking to defend multiple World titles as Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) has medaled in the last three World Championships, winning double gold at the 2003 and '05 championships. Also on the podium in '05 was Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) who grabbed bronze in both the giant slalom and super G in Bormio. Both men's and women's teams are carrying huge momentum into the worlds as Mancuso and Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) each have three victories already this season on the World Cup, while Miller has four wins and currently leads the World Cup SG standings. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), the Olympic combined champion, has two podium finishes this year and Steven Nyman (Provo, UT) snagged his first victory in a downhill as part of the U.S. Ski Team's historic run that included nine top-3's (five wins) over six days.
"NBC Sports and NBCSports.com is committed to delivering the excitement and passion of Olympic sports on all of our platforms," said Perkins Miller, Senior Vice President, Digital Media, NBC Sports & Olympics. "Through our partnership with the USSA, we can use the Internet to deliver these events to a passionate fan base that otherwise would not be able to watch them." The broadcasts are a partnership with the FIS and European Broadcast Union, along with NBCSports.com, MediaZone and the U.S. Ski Team.
NBC's Olympic broadcast team of Tim Ryan, Todd Brooker and Steve Porino will call the action for NBC's coverage of the men's and women's downhill airing on Feb. 17.
New this year is NBCSports.com's daily live coverage with partner MediaZone. Every race will be webcast live with natural sound, plus will be available on-demand after the competitions.
"Our fans have the chance to really follow the World Championships from start to finish with live coverage from NBC and MediaZone," said U.S. Ski Team Vice President of Marketing Communications Tom Kelly. "The Team has captured a lot of attention this year with great World Cup results across nearly every discipline going into the Championships in Sweden."
Night events and later daytime start times for the Championships in Sweden bring the daily webcasts into very reasonable daytime airtimes in the USA. No finals begin earlier than 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and four of the 11-event finals start mid-morning to early-afternoon Eastern Time.
The entire two-week package is only $19.99, providing both live daily coverage and on-demand access to all the World Championship races. Single day coverage is $4.99. Fans can checkout the coverage at www.nbcsports.com or www.mediazone.com.

2007 FIS ALPINE WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS ON NBCSports.com (all times Eastern Time and live, unless otherwise noted)

Saturday, Feb. 3
Men's super G (6:30 a.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 4
Women's super G (6:30 a.m.)

Thursday, Feb. 8
Men's super combined (6:30 a.m. downhill, 10:30 a.m. slalom)

Friday, Feb. 9
Women's super combined (6:30 a.m. downhill, 10:30 a.m. slalom)

Saturday, Feb. 10
Men's downhill (6:30 a.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 11
Women's downhill (6:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, Feb. 13
Women's giant slalom (11 a.m. 1st run, 2 p.m. 2nd run)

Wednesday, Feb. 14
Men's giant slalom (4 a.m. 1st run, 7 a.m. 2nd run)

Friday, Feb. 16
Women's slalom (11 a.m. 1st run, 2 p.m. 2nd run)

Saturday, Feb. 17
Men's slalom (4 a.m. 1st run, 7 a.m. 2nd run)
Men's and Women's downhill (tape delay at 2:30 p.m., on NBC Sports)

Sunday, Feb. 18
Nations team event (4 a.m. 1st run, 7 a.m. 2nd run)



Panorama Resort
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has officially awarded Canada two additional World Cup events after confirming the World Cup calendar for the 2007/2008 season after a series of meetings by the FIS Council in Oberhofen, Switzerland this past weekend. Panorama Mountain Village and Whistler Ski Resort will join Lake Louise next season as hosts of World Cup races as FIS triples the number of alpine race sites in Canada heading into the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

You haven't truly experienced Panorama until you've made the 4km journey from the Greywolf Nordic Centre out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin. Bring out a lunch and a few drinks and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains.
Vertical Drop 1,200m / 4,000ft You haven't truly experienced Panorama until you've made the 4km journey from the Greywolf Nordic Centre out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin. Bring out a lunch and a few drinks and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains.
(One of the highest in North America) You haven't truly experienced Panorama until you've made the 4km journey from the Greywolf Nordic Centre out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin. Bring out a lunch and a few drinks and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains.
Base Elevation 1,200m / 3,800ft You haven't truly experienced Panorama until you've made the 4km journey from the Greywolf Nordic Centre out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin. Bring out a lunch and a few drinks and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains.
Top Elevation 2,400m / 7,800ftYou haven't truly experienced Panorama until you've made the 4km journey from the Greywolf Nordic Centre out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin. Bring out a lunch and a few drinks and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains.
Ski Season December 8, 2006 to April 15, 2007 You haven't truly experienced Panorama until you've made the 4km journey from the Greywolf Nordic Centre out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin. Bring out a lunch and a few drinks and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains.
Terrain 2,847+ patrolled acresYou haven't truly experienced Panorama until you've made the 4km journey from the Greywolf Nordic Centre out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin. Bring out a lunch and a few drinks and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains.
Average Snowfall 479cm / 188 inchesYou haven't truly experienced Panorama until you've made the 4km journey from the Greywolf Nordic Centre out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin. Bring out a lunch and a few drinks and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains.
January 24 - 28

February 17

RK Heli Ski
36 years of fresh tracks!

On the edge of the famous Bugaboos, R.K. Heli-Ski at Panorama Mountain Village comprises 1,500 square kilometres and part of the largest heli-ski region in the world. With annual snowfalls of up to 1,100cm (36 feet), the spectacular scenery, expansive glaciers and quality glade skiing offers skiers and snowboarders the adventure of a lifetime!
You don't have to be an expert
Daily heli-skiing is at a comfortable pace and is always in a group supervised by a certified professional mountain guide. Your heli-ski day starts with pre-orientation at 9:30am and includes three mountain descents, a picnic lunch, certificate and pin.


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Lake Placid - NY
At Whiteface, you'll find some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in North America. It has the greatest vertical drop this side of the Rockies and is the only ski area in the East to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games

A Free Shuttle Service operating 7 days/week links Lake Placid and Whiteface
Cloudsplitter Gondola - The gondola carries skiers and riders to the top of Little Whiteface in a mere 7.5 minutes
High Speed Detachable Quad - The Face Lift - 6 minutes from the Base to the top of Upper Valley
Terrain Parks - Railparks, superpipe, mini and kid's park - five different areas with something for every ability level. New Park Sessions coaching program so you can learn the right way.
Glade Trails - Expert glades are accessible from Northway and Approach from the top of Little Whiteface. Silver and Golden Glades are accessible on the lower mountain from Boreen or Easy Acres.

Snowboomer Club
Active alpine and Nordic skiers over 50 join together for fun skiing.
click here for more info
Location Town:
Lake Placid
Time: 1 pm Contact: Olympic Sports Complex Cross Country Center: (518) 523-2811.
Whiteface: (518) 946-2223
Admission: Both: $325. Cross Country Only: $199 for all sessions or $25 daily fee.

Please note trail passes are not included.
For more information visit: http://www.orda.org/

Base Elevation: 1,220 feet
Summit Elevation: 4,867 feet
Top Lift Elevation: 4,386 feet
Vertical Drop: 3,430 feet (Biggest in the East)
Skiable Acreage: 222 acres not including 35 acres of ungroomed wilderness skiing on "The Slides" (weather permitting)
Lifts: 10
Trails: 76
Snowmaking: 98% - does not include The Slides or The Glades
Terrain: 44% Most Difficult, 38% More Difficult and 18% Easier
Super Pipe: 450 feet, International FIS Specs
Hours: 8:30 am to 4 pm daily through mid-April
First opened: 1957
The Slides: 35 acres (open conditions permitting) Experts Only
Operated by: New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority -
web site: www.orda.org


White Pass -Wa
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 supplying photos of speed ski events and dramatic pictures of Verbier CH

Ski Patagonia
Early Bird Special in Las Leñas up to February 28th. Apart from this news, we are preparing for Mendoza Wine Harvest Celebration which is a very good opportunity to travel to the wine county and get to know the different wineries and its top wines! If you want to enquire regarding the Early Bird rates please send an email to

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