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Resort-Wide Party Takes Place April 28 and 29
Calgary, AB – April 25, 2007 – It’s been a season of record snowfall, and now it’s time to head to Lake Louise Mountain Resort and celebrate a great snow season and even better spring skiing! Spring Episode ’07 is two days of free concerts, DJs, Kokanee beer gardens, activities, demos, and more. Check out sampling and demos on both days from Planet Foods, Coca Cola, Volkswagen, plus a Kids Zone under the TELUS tent.
Volkswagen Spring Episode 2007 Schedule of Events:
Activities and Concerts: FREE CONCERT WITH PRIDE TIGER In the base area, a free concert featuring Pride Tiger will take to the stage at 3:00pm. Known as a band “that worships at the altar of classic rock, mirroring the sounds of bands such as Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Deep Purple”, Pride Tiger is known for their great live music and for selling out every show they play.
On-Mountain Competition: Shop Showdown – Shops from across Western Canada will go head-to-head with teams that include a shop employee and sponsored rider.

Activities and Concerts:
11:00am – 5:00pm Kokanee Beer Gardens Open
11:00am – 2:00pm DJ Cain
1:00pm Bike Trials at the base of the Glacier Chair
2:30pm – 3:30pm BC/DC Performs LIVE!

Canada's favorite AC/DC tribute band, BC/DC has systematically redefined the concept of a tribute band, garnering iconic status amongst diehard fans, agents, and venues from Vancouver, BC to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Lake Louise Volkswagen Spring Episode sponsors include TELUS, Volkswagen, Rockstar, Kokanee, Appleton’s Rum, x92.9 FM, Lake Louise Inn, Planet Foods, and World Health Club. Visit www.skilouise.com or call 1-800-258-SNOW (7669) for the best accommodation deals.
About Lake Louise Mountain Resort
Lake Louise Mountain Resort www.skilouise.com is part of the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) family

Go Traci ,....FIS SPEED SKI News
Last week, the world’s best Speed Skiing racers gathered in Verbier-Nendaz (SUI) to contest the 2007 FIS Speed Skiing World Championships. The station pulled out every stop to provide the perfect environment for the championships, attended by 58 athletes from 12 nations. In the course of the championships, over 330 individual runs were completed from four different start heights, the last one 430m above and 880m from the finish line.

The ladies’ competition was particularly fiercely contested between the Swedish triumvirate of Anna-Karin Modin, Sanna Tidstrand and Emilie Wolff, pitted against Tracie Sachs (USA), the current World Cup Champion, and Elena Banfo (ITA); the finish order of these five racers changed with each run. In the final run, Tidstrand maintained her lead over Banfo, with Wolff in 3rd place. This was a tremendous result for their manager Per Kjelstrom and the whole Swedish team that has established an elite training program for Speed Skiing.
The men’s competition was equally exciting. Most surprising was the consistent challenge provided by the Production Class skiers who made up 25% of the field and, while the slowest racers were cut after each run, Markus Muenzer (AUT) remained in contention up to and including the semi-final run. The classical field included previous World Champion Jukka Viitasaari (FIN), Ross Anderson (USA), Marc Poncin (GBR) and John ‘Mad Cow’ Hemble, who came out of retirement for the event. However, it was Bastien Montes (FRA) who kept the large audience guessing, eventually clinching bronze despite having been much further down the field during the training runs. Meanwhile, it was less surprising that Simone Origone (ITA), the men’s World Cup Champion, and Philippe May (SUI ) - one of the principle organizers as well as a first-rate athlete – battled it out for gold. With three first places each in the training runs, Origone finally secured the trophy and title of World Champion by prevailing by a margin of 2/1000ths of a second over May.
Contributed by Dick Taplin of FIS

Traci Max Sachs
The official site of professional speed skier Tracie Max Sachs
XX 148.27 mph American Speed Ski Record


Other FIS news Traci has been gracious in supplying photos of speed ski events and dramatic pictures of Verbier CH Janica Kostelic (CRO)
The most successful Alpine Skiing racer in the last decade announced her retirement at the age of 25. "I would like to keep racing but am scared to get injured again. The risk of injury would be there if I continue. I do not want to suffer again," said Janica Kostelic in a press conference in her home city of Zagreb on Thursday. "The pressure is off. I want to enjoy life now." Janica Kostelic won four Olympic gold medals (2002 giant slalom, slalom, combined, 2006 combined) and became FIS World Champion five times (2003 slalom, combined, 2005 downhill, slalom, combined). She also won the overall World Cup three times (2001, 2003, 2006) and captured 30 World Cup victories. She is one of only three athletes – the others being Petra Kronberger (AUT) and Pernilla Wiberg (SWE) – to have claimed victories in all five FIS World Cup events. She captured her first World Cup podium as a 16-year-old in a slalom in Park City (USA) in 1998 and her first World Cup victory just two months later in St. Anton (AUT) in a combined race. Kostelic's career was plagued by many injuries, beginning with a severe fall in St. Moritz (SUI) in December 1999 that caused serious knee injury and led to first of many operations. She also had to have surgery on her thyroid in 2004 and due to continuous pain in her knees and back, already decided to take a break from racing this season.

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