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Red Lodge Mountain
Red Lodge Mountain Snow Report
March 28, 2007
Base Area Snow Base: 15“
New Snow2”
Overnight: 2”
24 Hours: 0”
48 Hours: 0”
7 Days: 2”

Summit Snow Base: : 25-30“
New Snow 2”
Overnight: 2”
24 Hours: 0 “ 48 Hours: 0”
7 Days: 2”

Conditions at 6 AM: Heavy Snow, 28 degrees, SW wind at 6mph. CURRENT UPDATES AT 406-255-6973. < P> Forecast: 100% chance for 11” today with another 100% chance of 13” in the forecast for tomorrow, 34 degrees, with winds out of the NW at 22-24mph!
Open Lifts: 5 of 8 Lifts… Grizzly Peak, Midway Express, Miami Beach, Triple Chair & the Mighty Mite. v Trails:(36 open runs) The Grizzly Peak Area is 90% open.> Surfaces: Spring Powder with heavy snow expected throughout the day!
Events: Reduced ticket prices are here! $35 for adults, $30 for Juniors and $15 for the kiddos!

Season Passes for the 2007/2008 ski season are on sale now! Keep an eye on your mailbox or call 406.446.2610 for details. New this year will be a Weekday pass for those of you who like to avoid the crowds! Early bird pricing lasts until April 30th. Please click Snow Report for the full report.
2,400 Feet
Base Elevation: 7,016 Feet
1600 acres on Custer National Forest
Summit Elevation: 9,416 Feet

2 High-Speed Detachable Quads
4 Double Chairs
1 Triple Chair
1 Mighty Mite hand tow

March 31 • Eagle Mount Ski Challenge
Come up and help raise money for the Eagle Mount Adaptive Ski Program at Red Lodge Mountain Resort.

April 8th • Easter Egg Hunt
Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt Join the Easter Bunny at The Base of The Miami Beach chair lift at 1:30pm for a Easter Egg Hunt. Open to all kids under the age of 12. Kids will be divided up into age groups to give the super little tikes a fair chance.

April 15 • End of the Season Dash and Bash
A party to celebrate a great season of skiing at Red Lodge Mountain Resort. Enjoy live music and great deals at the Bierstube. Also the ever fun and gross Locals Dash for the Pass Race where locals ski and eat disgusting things for a season pass.

April 14 • The White Stag Race


Sierra Ski Ranch
P - O - W - D - E - R is today's word of the day. 18+ inches at the top, more than 12 inches at the bottom is the number. There are still a few flurries in the sky, but it will most likely turn into one of those California bluebird powder days. Not one to miss.

Winter is back, and it has come in the form of light and fluffy champagne powder - the kind you can swim through

Sun Valley
SUN VALLEY, ID…..Late season rates will go into effect Saturday, March 31, and will continue through the remainder of the ski season.

As much terrain as possible will remain open on both Dollar and Baldy Mountains through Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007.

All skier services will continue to operate with the exception of Roundhouse which will close Saturday, March 31, as will the food service at Lookout. Restroom facilities will remain open.

Skiers are encouraged to check ski conditions daily for updated information regarding lift operations and open terrain. Please visit www.sunvalley.com



Nature Valley Alpine Champs Set for Alyeska
Racing opens Friday with downhill

GIRDWOOD, Alaska (March 28) - The calendar may say Spring but race course conditions are still mid-Winter at Alyeska Resort as the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships get underway for the second time in four years. New champions will be crowned in at least two events.
Versus will broadcast coverage from Alyeska at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7.
Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH), with eight, is one national championship behind two skiers (Dick Durrance and Tiger Shaw) for the men's record while Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) has won two gold medals at each of the last two U.S. championships. Among the women, Olympic giant slalom gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) comes in with a streak of being on the podium 15 times in the last 16 U.S. championships races and has won seven titles. The new champions will be determined in at least women's downhill and men's super G. Three-time Olympian Kirsten Clark (Raymond, ME), the only American to win four consecutive U.S. DH gold medals, announced her retirement and said Monday she would not be able to compete following a nasty training crash in Switzerland at World Cup Finals. Daron Rahlves, the most successful U.S. men's racer (12 DH/SG victories) retired after winning his super G title last year, leaving with a victory in the final run of his much-decorated career.

Five days of racing
Following Thursday's annual FIS Downhill, which is designed on the eve of the championships to get U.S. skiers an extra DH involving the U.S. Ski Team's top speed skiers, the championships open Friday with the downhill. The schedule:

Friday - men's and women's downhill
Saturday - men's and women's super G
Sunday - men's and women's slalom
Monday - women's giant slalom
Tuesday - men's giant slalom

Steven Nyman (Provo, UT), who had a breakthrough World Cup season - including his first podium and then his first victory (in downhill in Val Gardena, Italy), is after his third downhill championship. He won the 2003 U.S. DH title at New York's Whiteface Mountain, near Lake Placid, and again in '05 at Mammoth Mountain, CA. He finished second Tuesday to NorAm downhill champion Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID) in the opening DH training run.
"There's so much snow. It feels like winter. We can go ski and have fun," Nyman said. "The downhill course is awesome. It's a good downhill - big jumps, good terrain, demanding technical sections. It will be a good race." Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA), who led the women's opening training run, echoed Nyman. "It's got a little bit of everything. It's not too fast or too difficult," she said, "but there are some technical sections. It flows really well and there are some great jumps. All in all, it's awesome to be here and it's so much fun to be skiing on such an awesome hill."
Mid-winter snow conditions
World Cup veteran JJ Johnson (Park City, UT) pointed to the challenges of the speed run. "It's longer than most championship downhills. It's got a lot more terrain and it's a lot of fun," he said. "The snow was really nice today - cold snow...winter snow. They have a bunch of rolls in the middle. It's got a little bit of everything..." Recent snows have pumped up the snow pack at Alyeska, and snow depths at mid-mountain and the summit are just under 10 feet, more than four feet at the base of the mountain.
The championships bring together the top skiers in the nation, most of them just back from the World Cup season in Europe, as well as aspiring World Cup and Olympic alpine racers from across the country. Some come into the championships after racing at the Canadian nationals in Whistler, B.C., over the last week where Fisher was bronze medalist in that super G while Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) was bronze medalist in the GS.
The Nature Valley championships are "a big step, a rite of passage for skiers who want to be on the national team," Men's Head Coach Phil McNichol said. "We don't get to see these development-level skiers very much, so they can make a strong impression on the national coaches, men and women, by what they do here."

-- www.usskiteam.com

Austria Info- Office of Tourism

Experience the great cities of Vienna and Salzburg through Elyse Weiner’s audio walking tours - an Emmy Award winner who has thoroughly explored these exiting cities
A great site for planning a spring trip to Austria


Solden - Austria

This is the best skiing season of the year. Enjoy corn snow slopes in the morning, powder stashes at noon and endless sunbathing on a wonderful mountain hut's terrace until the late afternoon. What's more, Sölden hosts a varied series of events throughout April. Who just can't get enough is warmly invited to hit the slopes until 06 May 2007

New - Alpenglow high above Sölden
On Friday, 27 April, Sölden's Rettenbach Glacier hosts the opening event of the brand-new World Pyro Award, the Fireworks World Championships. 3 highly skilled pyrotechnical experts from Switzerland, Germany and Russia perform their unique show amidst the scenic Ötztal mountains. Admission to the spectacle. Euro 25


Laura sends in this reminder
Ski and Ride Through April With Snowbird’s $249 Spring Pass

Snowbird, Utah – A strong late-March storm brought nearly a foot of snow to Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, setting the stage for the resort’s many spring events. As of Wednesday morning, the snow stakes at Snowbird read 10 inches from the storm and the snow is continuing to fall.

Deals enabling skiers and riders to enjoy Snowbird’s great conditions and many events include the $249 Spring Pass and the Late Season "Spring Ski" Package. The $249 Spring Pass is valid beginning April 1 through Snowbird’s closing date. Snowbird offers the longest ski and snowboard season in Utah and plans to operate through April, conditions permitting. To purchase the spring pass or for more information contact Snowbird Tickets at (801) 933-2200. The Spring Ski Package is valid April 1-30, 2007, and includes a minimum of three days of skiing and three nights of lodging for rates starting at $99 per person, per day, based on double occupancy. Call 1-800-453-3000 for more information or to book a reservation.

Upcoming spring events:
Snow Cup, Sat., March 31 – One of the country’s longest-running races, the Snow Cup, takes place on Snowbird’s Peruvian Gulch.

Beacon & Eggs Hunt and Finals, Sat., March 31 & April 7 – Searchers will look for buried avalanche beacons at Snowbird during the third annual Beacon & Eggs hunt. The preliminary March 31 event is open to the public and the finals will be held April 7 with winners from other resorts including The Canyons, Solitude, Big Sky, Mont. , and Alpine Meadows, Calif.

Easter Sunrise Service and Egg hunt, Sun., April 8 – Easter Sunrise Service on Hidden Peak and Easter Egg Hunt on the Chickadee Run.

The North American Gelande Championships Pr ese nted By Dynastar and The North Face, Fri., Sat., Sun., April 13-15 – Featuring professional and amateur ski jumpers soaring hundreds of feet using alpine ski equipment.

Inspring Slopestyle Competitions, Sat., Sun., April 21-22 – Snowbird’s third annual InSpring Slopestyle Competition will be open to amateur skiers and riders eager to show their skills.

Live music will entertain skiers and riders on the Snowbird Center Plaza Deck every Fri., Sat. and Sun. from 1:30-4:30 p.m. through April 29.

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FIS News
The FIS Speed Skiing World Cup 2007 competition promises to be one of the most exciting in recent years. Now half-way through the eight-race-series, due to reach its finale in Cervinia (ITA) on 2nd April, one of the largest fields of racers ever seen is jostling for points.

After two years in which Simone Origone (ITA) has dominated the men’s rankings, the current rankings show him languishing in 3rd place – behind little brother Ivan (ITA) and former World Champion Philippe May (SUI). Just below this trio, there is another pack of four contenders – Roger Wickman (SWE), Marc Poncin (GBR), Michel Goumens (SUI) and Ross Anderson (USA) – waiting for a chance to pounce. Finally, Jukka Viitasaari (FIN) has only competed in one of the WC races to-date, coming a strong 4th.

The ladies competition is no less nail-biting. After winning the first two races of the series, the four-time World Cup winner and World Champion, Tracie Max Sachs (USA) has sustained an injury and is slipping down the rankings. Wearing the leader’s jersey is Anna-Karin Modin (SWE), just two points clear with three podium places this year. Sanna Tidstrand (SWE) excited her home-nation crowd by winning in Salen and could quickly close the gap. The Finnish team, including Kati Metsäpelto, Heini and Pia Piipponen, and Hannamiina Tanninen, have yet to make a start.

The Speed Skiing World Cup is far from decided, and following its conclusion, the FIS World Ski Championships in Verbier (SUI) from 16th-19th April

With the end of the FIS World Cup season for all disciplines other than Cross-Country and Ski Jumping, this week was a busy week for national championships around the world: While the Swiss Alpine racers competed in Veysonnaz, some Austrian titles were up for grabs in Hinterstoder. The Canadian Alpine Skiing champs were also held last week in Whistler, British Columbia, at the planned site for Alpine Skiing in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, as the 2007 French nationals took place in Val d'Isère, the venue of the 2009 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The Finns also held their Alpine nationals last week, as did the Russians gathering in Sajanogorsk. The Swedes are competing in Åre this week, whilst the US nationals will take place in Alyeska, Alaska, the Czech nationals in Spindleruv Mlyn and the British nationals in Meribel (FRA) this weekend, to mention just a few.
Some nationals in the Nordic disciplines are also still on schedule: while the Swedes Cross-Country skiers are completing their season this week in Bruksvallarna, the French will race at Le Grand Bornand from 1st April. The same goes for Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard: while the US and Canadian nationals for Freestyle were held last week, the French have theirs later on in April. The Slovenian Snowboard nationals are currently underway in Maribor, and the Finnish and Swiss alpine boarders will compete later this week in Vuokatti and Sils, respectively. The national championship season will continue for a while still as according to the FIS calendar, the last nationals are the Swiss half-pipe and big air title competitions currently scheduled for 27th-29th April in Zermatt.

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Subaru Master the Mountain!

Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships

Kirkwood, CA
March 28, 2007 - April 01, 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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