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Snow Alert -Steamboat, Snowbird, Kirkwood

New Snow last 24 hrs at mid-mountain: 8">
New Snow last 24 hrs at the summit: 9" >
Settled Snow Depth Base at mid-mountain: 54">
Settled Snow Depth Base at the summit: 55"
Cumulative: 188.5"
Winds: nw @ 15mph
Degrees: 25
Skies: snowing
Lifts Operating: 19
Trails Open: 159
Surface Conditions: Powder
Skiable Acres: 2,877


ARE, Sweden FIS News

- When the blockbuster field of 151 men's giant slalom entries was winnowed to the top 50 skiers, according to the World Cup Start List, all four U.S. Ski Team athletes easily made it into the top group. Racing Wednesday: former GS world champion and 2002 Olympic GS silver medalist Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH), Olympic combined gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, UT - whose first World Cup victory came last March in a GS in South Korea, Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH) and Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV), who was 37th in the final grouping.

Make that three new events this year at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships - the super combined, the men's giant slalom qualification race Monday (leading to Wednesday's GS) and now a men's slalom qualification Thursday in advance of the men's SL Saturday, the final individual race at Worlds.

Men's Race Director Guenther Hujara said 189 men had registered to compete in the slalom, forcing FIS to create a format to reduce the size of the slalom field, too. Otherwise, there would be too many racers competing. They still compete, they still race at the championships, Hujara said, but if they don't qualify for the championship stage Wednesday, then they don't qualify and don't race.

One obvious problem with a huge field is how unwieldy it becomes and how beaten down - and unfair - course conditions can be for the last racers.

Double-silver medalist Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) again got major cheers - not on the level of triple-gold, national heroine Anja Paerson, of course - at the awards ceremony Sunday night. When the downhill medals had been presented and music started playing, Kildow spontaneously led off the swinging and swaying on-stage for perhaps 30 seconds with the emcee and the other two medalists, Paerson and Austria's Nicole Hosp.

At one point, the taller Kildow and the less-tall Paerson were bumping hips and leading the hand-clapping while the crowd cheered and clapped enthusiastically.

ARE, Sweden (Feb. 11) - Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) earned her second silver medal of the 2007 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Sunday, storming to second in downhill as Swedish favorite Anja Paerson won her third consecutive gold. Kildow, who was also second in super G, claimed the U.S. Ski Team's third medal of the championships adding to Julia Mancuso's (Olympic Valley, CA) silver in super combined. Mancuso was 10th in the downhill with Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME) 15th and Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) 16th.
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Snowboarding News
MT. BACHELOR, Ore. (Feb. 10) - U.S. Snowboarding rookie team rider Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO) captured his second consecutive Chevrolet Revolution Tour victory Saturday winning the men's halfpipe contest at Mt. Bachelor with Stratton Mountain School rider Elizabeth Beerman (Weston, VT) topping the women's event.

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