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Crystal Mountain
Season Pass Deadlines
HURRY...Only 3 days left before season pass prices go up!
*There has been a change this year in age brackets and rates for child and junior passes. This change is an effort to stay consistent with the rest of the local ski industry. However, we will honor the origonal $50 season pass price for juniors (ages 7-10) until September 30th, 2007. Starting October 1st the Junior pass price will increase to the regular rate seen below.
All Crystal Mountain Unlimited season pass holders can enjoy 10 days of skiing or riding for FREE at each of Boyne USA's resorts including Big Sky Resort, MT; Brighton, UT; Cypress Mountain, B.C.; Sugarloaf/USA, ME, Sunday River Resort, ME; Boyne Highlands, MI and Boyne Mountain Resort, MI. FREE ski/ride offer at Big Sky Resort, Sugarloaf/USA and Sunday River Resort is valid only with paid lodging booked by calling the resort's reservations department.
The NEW NORTHWAY CHAIRLIFT will give access to 1,000 ACRES of new lift serviced terrain...that's BIGGER than some ski areas!

The name for the new chairlift is “Northway.” It will deposit skiers at the top of Northway Peak after a ride of just under 10 minutes. From there, skiers face an amazing choice of skiing Snorting Elk Bowl, Northway Bowl, Paradise Bowl and Bruce’s Bowl, following Right Angle Ridge to a variety of expert glades and chutes or heading farther north to drop into places like Morning Glory Bowl and Brand X. Several new trails are to be constructed that will feed into the bottom of the new lift.
Tree cutting began on Monday, June 18th in the North Country area. The use of a helicopter will be implemented to remove the downed trees and to help keep the impact on the environment at a minimum. A selection of trees will be cut and removed to clear paths for the new trails and chairlift towers. The footings will be poured as soon as the snow is completely melted. Chairlift towers will be flown in and set into the footings by helicopter in late-August to early-September.
The lift equipment itself is unusual in these days of high capacity, high speed detachable lifts. Northway is a double chairlift that will move along at a faster-than-standard rate of 550 feet per minute but will limit skier capacity in the new terrain to 1,200 people per hour. This will increase the existing 19,110 people per hour lift capacity to 20,310. “It’s about the skiing.” said Crystal Mountain General Manager John Kircher. “I’m sure people appreciate the big high capacity lifts that we have on the front side of Crystal. We have a job to do handling the crowds here but we all see how fast the snow gets tracked out. The new lift in the North Country is designed to provide access but keep the snow quality higher.” The new lift service will also serve to spread skier traffic out and keep skiers from funneling back through the base area.

Lift Vertical: 1,870 feet
Horizontal Length: 5,210 feet
Top Elevation: 6,770 feet
Bottom Elevation: 4,900 feet
People Per Hour: 1,200
Name: Northway Type: Fixed-grip Double Doppelmayr
Lift Cost: $2.5 million

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2007-2008 Season Pass Sale

Ends September 23rd
Since you want to ski all the time, everyday, why not save big?
Regular Season Passes include unlimited skiing and snowboarding during the 2007-08 winter, plus days at Monarch Mountain, Taos, Silverton Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, discounts on the mountain and more.
Weekday and Flex passes are also available at discounted prices.


Air France
Sale ends Sept. 14!

Save a bundle to some of the hottest European destinations!
Philadelphia - Paris $364*
Washington D.C. - Paris $368*
Boston - Marseille $372*
Boston - Paris $372*
Chicago - Nice $392*
Detroit - Paris $396*

Seats are limited, so hurry and book these webfares before they’re gone!

Sale ends Sept. 14!
Air France

Mad River Glen
The new chairs have been delivered. All the forms for the concrete forms are ready. The Drive station and bull wheel have been installed. 2’3s of the towers are back from sandblasting and painting, looking shiny and new! Fabricators are making modifications to the refurbished towers in the parking lot. And the choppers will return around the 3rd week of August to fly concrete and the towers.
Beat the rush, it’s never to early to get your season pass.
Triple Major Pass The new Triple Major Pass offers college skiers unlimited access to Jay Peak Resort, Bolton Valley and Mad River Glen for $269. Added to the course schedule for the 2007-2008 season is Mad River Glen, which teams up with Double Major upper classmen Jay Peak Resort and Bolton Valley Resort, to offer unlimited access to all three ski areas, all winter, for only $269. There are no restrictions at any of the mountainss, and the pass includes night skiing and riding at Bolton Valley Resort until 9pm. The pass price increases to $329 after Nov. 5th

Join Jay Appleton & his crew helping to maintain MRG's forest and epic woods skiing lines. The focus of today's work will be regen zone maintenance and a little cutting. Meet at 9 am in the Base Area at the Cricket Club picnic table. We're back down at 3:30 - 4 pm. Most of the time we hike from the base, so be prepared to hike. We always go, rain or shine. If it is raining, it is more of an adventure.

Falls Creek
Weather Pattern:
A low pressure trough will enter western Victoria later today before moving eastwards overnight. A low pressure system will cross Tasmania during Friday with an associated cold front moving through Victoria. A ridge of high pressure will affect Victoria during Saturday. Another cold front will move from the Bight to reach western Victoria later Sunday.

Forecast: Thursday
Fine. A mostly sunny day. Strengthening northwesterly winds, likely to reach gale force tonight.

Friday Patchy rain tending to snow showers during the day. Isolated thunderstorms. Windy. Saturday Isolated showers in the south, falling as snow on the peaks, clearing during the day. Sunday Fine until rain and isolated thunderstorms develop later


Squaw Valley Institute:
September 26, Wednesday: PROGRESS IN CANCER CARE
Learn about the latest advances in diagnostic tools, therapies, and clinical trials from Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP, oncologist and Medical Director of the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. PlumpJack Conference Center , Squaw Valley . Socialize at the no-host bar at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm.

October 4, Thursday: THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE!
Steve Brandt presents his third lecture in the fascinating Quest for the Pacific series. Follow maps, satellite pictures and research to discover what happened when the British Navy put up a million dollars to anyone who could find a way between the oceans, over the top of the continent! PlumpJack Conference Center , Squaw Valley . Socialize at the no-host bar at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm.

October 7, Sunday: GEOLOGY HIKE
Back by popular demand, Frank DeCourten, Professor of Earth Sciences at Sierra College, will describe the geological forces that shaped Blackwood Canyon as we hike to Eagle Rock, Blackwood Creek and Barker Pass. Please refer to www.squawvalleyinstitute.org for details on meeting place and what to bring. 9:00am

November 8, Thursday: GREAT AUTHOR/ GREAT BOOKS
Join award-winning author Oakley Hall for an insider’s perspective on how his book, The Downhill Racers, was made into a movie. Hall will also do a reading from his new novel, Love And War In California. PlumpJack Conference Center , Squaw Valley . Socialize at the no-host bar at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm.

December 9, Sunday: SONGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Enjoy the splendid sound of the Truckee Community Chorus, then join along with the community sing at this family-pleasing holiday tradition.
Location TBD. 4:00 pm.

Tickets for all our programs are now available online!

For more information, visit www.squawvalleyinstitute.org



26-30 Aug
Cardrona Uni Snow Games 26-30 Aug Official University Games with Uni Sport NZ. Humorous, fun, and social event with some serious racing for uni students in their mid term break. Included are ski and snowboard GS, Slalom, boarder/skier X, slopestyle, and half pipe. Wanaka social progamme apre ski.
31 Aug - 1 Sept
Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup 31 Aug - 1 Sept Cardrona Alpine Resort will be hosting the first ever Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup in New Zealand. The event will be a male and female snowboard half pipe with $58,000 of prize money up for grabs.

Lifts 2 quad fixed chairlifts
1 quad express chairlift
3 magic learner lifts
1 platter beginner lift
Lift capacity 7800 ( Happy ) people per hour
Cardrona closes on 7 October 2007. ( SO Soon ? , say it ain't so !)


Bay Area Snow Show
November 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2007

Sacramento Ski & snowboard Show
SATURDAY, November 17th: 11am - 8pm
SUNDAY, November 18th: 11am - 5pm

Ski Dazzle Chicago
November 1-4 2007

Ski Dazzle Los Angles
November 29 - December 2


Heavenly Valley
Olympic Express Construction Moving Along Our construction of the new Olympic Express chairlift is in full-swing. The new Olympic Express detachable-quad chairlift provides high-speed access to Olympic Downhill, three new trails and Nevada Woods - home to some of the best tree skiing in North America - letting guests more easily experience a part of the mountain that has been under-utilized due to the existing fixed-grip lift. Olympic Express also gives guests accessing the resort from Heavenly’s Stagecoach or Boulder Lodge a quicker route to Dipper Express, Comet Express and East Peak Lodge (snowboarders rejoice: no traverse!). The new lift will only take three-and-a-half minutes to ride, compared to 11 minutes on the old chair. The installation of the new Olympic Express towers is scheduled for mid-September. www.skiheavenly.com


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