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US ski Team
ARE, Sweden (Feb. 13) - Olympic champion Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) led the first run of giant slalom Tuesday at the 2007 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, but had problems on her second run to finish fifth in the first night GS in Worlds history. Nicole Hosp won the first gold medal of the championships for Austria, winning in 2:31.72 after posting the fastest second run.

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MT. BACHELOR, Ore. (Feb. 11) - The Mt. Bachelor stop of the Chevrolet Revolution Tour wrapped up Sunday with Waterville Valley's Sam Hulbert (Peterborough, NH) and Sun Valley's Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, ID) stomping slopestyle victories on the same course built for the pro's, who competed in the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, held just one week prior.
For complete details:
http://www.usskiteam.com    www.ussnowboarding.com


Whistler, BC -

TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
...is embarrassed to admit that they can’t keep a secret – at least not when it comes to the concert line-up for the biggest free concert series in North America , coming to Whistler BC for April 12-22 2007.
“This is by far the best line-up we’ve ever had,” said Festival Managing Director Sue Eckersley, admitting that they’re releasing the details earlier than ever because they can’t trust themselves to sit on the news for 2 months.
Featuring the ultimate mix of hip-hop, funk, rock, reggae and indie acts, the Festival’s main stage in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain is set to be ground zero for the ultimate wrap-party to the ultimate winter.
Canadian indie rock-star Sam Roberts will open the Festival on April 13, with Zilla and Bassnectar on April 14 sound-staging the first weekend’s Big Air. Stephen Marley sets the vibe on April 15, and Finger 11 will amp up the party on April 19, with the founders of ska and reggae Toots and the Maytals taking the stage the next day.
North America’s largest free outdoor concert series anchors the Festival from April 13-22, pumping out live music that reverberates throughout the Village and up onto the slopes, turning the mountains into the ultimate ampitheatre.
Artists’ bios and specific performance details follow:
▫ SAM ROBERTS (13 April, 2:30pm-5:30pm) Montreal no-BS rock-purists deliver passionate power-pop, mystical folk and wildly uninhibited psychedelic rock. Their latest (and third) album since Robert’s 2002 debut (The Inhuman Condition was one of the bestselling indie albums in Canadian history), Chemical City, was recorded in an old church outside Byron Bay after surf sessions each morning, inspiring energetic organ riffs and a laid-back edge. Nominated for five Juno awards, and 8 MuchMusic video awards since 2003, Sam Roberts will open the TWSSF12 Concert Series.
▫ ZILLA (14 April 2:30-5:30pm) Colorado trio ZILLA promise a 100% organic, improvised and inspired performance of live electronic dance music. A rare breed of beats, bass and uncontrollable musical fury makes their performance the perfect pre-cursor for the first weekend’s Big Air - a plethora of grooves, beats, and highly percussive breaks will engulf listeners in a sonic vortex. The ultimate live experience.
▫ BASSNECTAR (14 April 2:30-5:30pm) A pioneer of the North American underground dance music scene and a Burning Man staple, Bassnectar’s (aka Lorin Ashton) remixing creates a mutant mash-up of multiple styles, smooshing heaving basslines, old school hiphop beats, and glitchy tones together with cut up dancehall/ragga vocals, samples of political speeches (from Noam Chomsky, Martin Luther King and Michael Franti), all pumped through with blood-beating tempos. Geared to move the listener – to consciousness, and the dancefloor - A-list DJ Bassnectar was rated number 3 in Nitevibe.com’s DJ Dreamteam contest.
▫ Stephen MARLEY - (15 April 2:30pm-5:30pm) The five-time Grammy award winning artist/producer and son of the legendary Bob Marley released his long awaited debut solo album “Mind Control” on February 6 2007, revealing the genius-blend of his production chops and old soul voice with hiphop beats, smoky bass and winding keyboard runs. His album debut features guest appearances from Mos Def and Ben Harper, while his TWSSF debut will guest star Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and K’naan. Marley’s songs range from conscious critiques of society and politics to the sweet and open-hearted to rocking good fun. He’s currently in South Africa with the rest of the Marley family on the “Africa Unite 2007” benefit tour. He says, “I aspire to be a reckoning force, when you hear my name, you know quality comes with that: good music, good message, good vibe."
▫ K’NAAN (15 April 2:30 -5:30) Somali-born spoken word master, K’naan’s brand of folk-protest-infused hiphop has dubbed him a “conscientious rapper”. He’s taken the UN to task for its failed relief mission in Somalia , with a performance piece that earned him a standing ovation and an invitation to record with Youssou N’Dour. His first full length album is the Dusty Foot Philosopher. He’ll open for the brothers Marley on stage – with a music-for-the-world performance.
▫ FINGER ELEVEN (19 April 2:30-5:30) Post-grunge alt-rockers have got the pop-culture integration move dialed. After finding commercial success with their self-titled album in 2003, the band recorded songs which would feature on soundtracks for the movies Elektra and The Punisher. Five of their songs have also been featured in video-games. Their new album, Them Vs You Vs Me, will be released March 6 2007.
▫ TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS (20 April 2:30-5:30) Legendary architects of reggae, Toots and the Maytals have opened for the Rolling Stones, and their 1968 hit “Do the Reggay” is credited with naming the genre. A retooled Maytals in the 90s enjoyed a renaissance, culminating in 2004 with the album True Love, featuring a host of special guests including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, No Doubt, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Willie Nelson and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Thrice-Grammy nominees, ska and reggae legends Toots and the Maytals won a Grammy in 2004 for best reggae album.
For more details on the line-up, visit www.whistler2007.com/2007/ocs


Dolomites -Italy
Last night we got 20-40 of fresh snow in the Dolomites region. The snow conditions are perfect in the entire Dolomiti Superski resort. In addition, the planning of your skiing-day has never been that easy before. With the new Ski route planner you can create very easily your individual journey on your skies through the Dolomites. Choose the starting end ending location and then you will get the ski route with different alternatives, slope-km, altitude differences, number of lifts and time-frame. Let’s do it! Let’s get started with this great snow! EVENTS
18.02.2007 - Val Casies Cross Country – Casies until 20.02.2007 - The Ladin Carnival – Val di Fassa 23.02.2007 - Sellaronda ski-marathon – Selva Val Gardena
Kids don’t pay!“: from March 17 to April 10/15, 2007 children under 8 are not charged for accommodation and skipass. For youngsters under 12 accommodation and skipass are available at half price. Also ski schools and ski rentals offer special reductions. The offer applies to all participating establishments as well as open ski resorts.


Big Sky

Early morning snow showers should give way to variably cloudy skies by the afternoon. Winds light and variable. Temperature: 22° to 3° (Fahrenheit)
Wind: 10 mph from South West
New Overnight Snow: 1
Snow Fall past 24hrs: 9
Snow Fall past 48hrs: 15
Base Snow Depth: 53-80
Surface Conditions: Over 18" in the past 72 hours! 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, Gondola One, Challenger, Iron Horse, Southern Comfort, Lone Peak Chair, Lone Moose, Explorer, White Otter, Shedhorn, Bear Back Poma, Mitey Magic Carpet, Magic Carpet, Pony Express, Cascade
What's Happening

Be sure to check out all our live après music at the Carabiner, Chet’s and Whiskey Jack’s


Boreal Ridge
Head up Interstate 80 to Boreal, the drive is quick and the conditions are great! 8 to 10 inches of new snow on Wednesday and Friday this week, lots more in the forecast through the weekend.
President’s Weekend is just around the corner, book a Stay and Ride package today. Click for details.
Boreal’s superpipe is by far the showcase feature at Tahoe. With pro’s and am’s riding Boreal’s pipe daily, there is always air to be had and photos being taken www.rideboreal.com

Alpine Meadows
Grab those goggles, the fat boards, hop in the car and come see for yourself. Alpine has received 8–10 inches with more forecasted throughout the weekend.
If you need a ticket to Alpine, and are looking for a deal, look no further. Check out the iRIDE program and save! iRIDE members can save up to $16!
Are those ski pants worn out? Or, looking for a new jacket. Visit Estelle Sports during their annual President’s Weekend Sale, February 16th through the 19th. All outerwear will be up to 20% off. Brands by Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Spyder, and much more. Estelle Sports is open 8am to 4pm daily.

Forecasts are calling for Sugarloaf to get 18+ inches of fresh powder Wednesday and Thursday. Don't take my word for it. Make sure to pack your camera. A powder day is a great time to try to capture that image that could win you first place in our Sugarloaf Photo Contest.

What better time to have fresh snow dumped on us than right before February Vacation week. Even though you probably won't want to pull yourself away from the fantastic skiing, we have a ton of family events planned for next week.

Actually the whole month of February is filled with events. Maine's favorite comedian Bob Marley will perform at the Shipyard on Saturday, Feb. 17. And music legend John Hiatt is live in the King Pine Room on Feb 24th for our Bud Light Concert Series. More info on all our events at



Sun Peaks
Ski and Stay at Sun Peaks for $152.50

Skiing is fantastic and now is the time to book your Ski & Stay package at the four diamond Delta Sun Peaks Resort. Packages available from $152.50* per person for one night accommodation and a lift ticket. Pamper yourself in the luxury of Delta Sun Peaks – enjoy an excellent meal our restaurant, lounge in our slope side pool or hot tubs or taste the fine wines available in our wine shop. Contact our reservations department at 1-866-552-5516 or visit our website at

Patrick Thorne snow hunter
Coca Cola Brings Snow Back To Georgia Coca-Cola are sponsoring Snow Mountain, described as a “major new attraction” at Stone Mountain theme park in Georgia, the state’s most popular with four million visitors each year. The “family snow park” will open in November as part of Stone Mountain Christmas.
Coca-Cola Snow Mountain will feature three football fields of deep snow including a 125m (400 foot) tubing hill and a 13,000 square foot play area. Gerald Rakestraw, Vice President and General Manager of Stone Mountain Park, made the announcement. "Stone Mountain Park has a tradition of bringing families together in the great outdoors. Research indicated nearly 70% of Atlanta area kids had never experienced real snow, and only 40% of Atlanta families have experienced snow as a family unit. Coca-Cola Snow Mountain seemed like a great opportunity to address that gap and give Atlanta families a first-of-its-kind snow attraction close to home," said Rakestraw.
The family snow park will include 10 tubing runs, places to make the ultimate snowmen and snow angels, a snowball making zone and an area for younger kids. The snow park will have various sites from which to view the activities including a snow lodge with an observation deck, a group of warming chalets and a bonfire for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. "Using state of the art equipment, Coca-Cola Snow Mountain will feature more than 200 tons of fresh snow daily. To our knowledge, this is the first time in the U.S. an outdoor snow park of this scope has been created in this type of climate," said Anthony Esparza, Vice President of Guest Experiences, Herschend Family Entertainment.
A spokeswoman for Stone Mountain refused to divulge which company was responsible for making the snow, in what is likely to be positive temperatures, describing this as confidential information. The snow park is scheduled to open at weekends from November 10th through to January 27th, 2008 and everyday during Christmas holidays. Coca-Cola has already agreed to be the attraction's title sponsor.
Brad Taylor, Global Director, Entertainment & Customer Alliances, Coca-Cola North America. "Building upon our longstanding support of Stone Mountain Christmas, Coca-Cola is helping to foster family traditions by bringing Snow Mountain to Atlantans." The last snow sport venue in Georgia was Sky Valley, in Rabun County. However owner Merrill Trust and Associates, which purchased the community in December 2004 have concentrated on making it a golf rather than ski resort.
www.stonemountainpark.com / www.skyvalley.com --
from Patrick Thorne/ www.snow365.com

Subaru Squaw Valley USA Freeskiing Open
Squaw Valley, CA
February 14-17, 2007
Subaru of America is proud to present the 2007 U.S. Freeskiing Series. This five-stop tour brings the top Big Mountain competitors in the world to center stage at some of the best resorts in North America. Over the years, these competitions have helped launch the careers of skiing legends such as Shane McConkey, Kent Kreitler, Ingrid Backstrom, Seth Morrison, Hugo Harrison, and Reggie and Zach Crist. Come watch skiers from around the globe raise the bar of freeskiing in pursuit of a $100,000 overall prize purse.

Check www.usfreeskiing.com

Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Nationals
Snowbird, UT
Tower Three
March 06-11, 2007
Subaru of America is proud to present the 2007 U.S. Freeskiing Series. This five-stop tour brings the top Big Mountain competitors in the world to center stage at some of the best resorts in North America. Over the years, these competitions have helped launch the careers of skiing legends such as Shane McConkey, Kent Kreitler, Ingrid Backstrom, Seth Morrison, Hugo Harrison, and Reggie and Zach Crist. Come watch skiers from around the globe raise the bar of freeskiing in pursuit of a $100,000 overall prize purse.
Check www.usfreeskiing.com

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