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Snow - New Zealand
Nokia Extreme
Starting today at Mt Ruapehu is the Nokia Extreme and scheduled for the next few days. This year the prize pool is a whopping $50,000. The event will be held from Sep 20 - Sep 26.
The K2 North Island Secondary Schools Snowboard competition was held at Turoa Ski Field on Monday 17 through to Wednesday 19 September. Competitor numbers hit 350 from a range of 60 schools from throughout the North Island, making it the largest snowboard event in New Zealand. www.sno.co.nz

Snow Forcast

UPDATED 20 SEPTEMBER 2007 Stubai in Austria has now reopened for skiing. Summer skiing has finished at both Tignes and Les Deux Alpes in France. Great skiing and boarding can be found at Saas-Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland. In Italy Val Senales is open for snowsports.The Blackcomb Glacier at Whistler, Canada is closed for the summer season. The summer ski season at Timberline, USA has now ended.There are superb spring riding conditions across the open resorts of New Zealand. The snow cover across Australia is soft and becomes heavy by the afternoon.The spring riding conditions will continue in Chile this weekend and maintenance of the snow cover is being helped by the temperatures remaining low. Snow is forecast to fall at Cerro Catedral in Argentina across the weekend Courtesy of:

From About.com
Another Swedish Skier Tries An Unskied Himalaya 8,000m In 2006, Swedish extreme skier Tomas Olsson died while attempting to down Everest's Great Couloir. Explorersweb is reporting that another Swedish extreme skier, Fredrik Ericsson, is headed to Nepal to try a ski descent down an 8000m summit that has been summited by quite a few climbers, but has never been skied before. A professional skier, Ericsson resides in Chamonix, France, where he has skied all the classic lines and has already skied two 8000m peaks. This fall he will take his skis up Dhaulagiri (8167m), the seventh highest mountain in the world.

Ericsson is aware that his life has been similar to Tomas Olsson’s, both living and skiing in Chamonix at the same time. When asked about the dangers of the altitude, the steep, and exposed skiing that will come on Dhaulagiri, Ericsson told Everest.net, "All that makes this an exciting adventure."

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IOC News

A sporting and Olympic spirit is currently making its way through the continents, thanks to an exhibition of 110 Olympic sculptures for the 2008 Beijing Games. On an international tour since June 2007, this exhibition aims to promote the activities linked to the Olympic Games and strengthen cultural links, thus showing the world a new cultural image of China.

A successful worldwide contest
These sculptures are part of a vast programme entitled the “Collected 2008 Olympic Games-themed Landscape Sculptures Contest”, which is being organised at the initiative of organisations such as the Beijing Games Organising Committee (BOCOG). The first stage of the project was to collect “landscape sculptures” from around the globe. With the participation of 90 countries, 290 projects from the five continents were selected from a total of 2,433. The shortlisted works were identified, then reproduced with the appropriate materials (bronze, stainless steel, aluminium, etc.) in order to be able to open several exhibitions simultaneously in China and abroad.

Bringing Olympic spirit from Beijing …..
Inspired by the sculptures of ancient Athens, the Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition brings images of the Olympic Movement to the world, visiting cities from the five continents. Each sculpture also reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit – unity, friendship, progress, harmony, participation and dreams. After a nation-wide circuit tour beginning on Olympic Day – 23 June – this year in Beijing, the exhibition started its international kick-off in London, host city of the following edition of Olympic Games in 2012, then travelling to cities that have already hosted the Games, such as Athens, Seoul, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Barcelona and Sydney, passing through other cities like New York, Dubai, Wellington, and the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, with a stay in the Olympic Museum.

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Two-Day Action Sports, Music and Lifestyle Event to Showcase Urban Big Air Ski and Snowboard Competition

SAN FRANCISCO (September 6, 2007) – ICER is thrilled to announce the next evolution of Esurance ICER AIR, an action sports, music and lifestyle event. ICER AIR gained notoriety in 2005 by laying down 16,000 cubic feet of snow on one of San Francisco’s steepest streets and hosting a big air ski and snowboard competition. A year later, Esurance ICER AIR became the first and only stadium event in the United States. Now in its 3rd year, Esurance ICER AIR will feature a 2-day multi-sport event on November 2-3, 2007. This year’s event will take place at renowned AT&T Park, a major San Francisco landmark and home to the San Francisco Giants.

“Esurance ICER AIR is a constantly-evolving event. Each year we try to raise the bar, to do something a bit bigger and a bit crazier than we have in the past,” said Glen Griffin, ICER founder and president. “Our main mission will always be to bring the mountains to the city, showcasing some of the most amazing athletes in the world in an urban setting.”

Esurance ICER AIR 2007 will feature a big air ski and snowboard competition, freestyle motocross, skate and BMX vert and street courses, wakeboarding, 60 exhibitors, 2 music stages, and a beer garden. Olympic and X Games athletes will share the spotlight with a surprise headliner band. And with a new branded look developed by the creative house GriffixThunkit, ICER AIR has firmly established itself as a world-class event in the action sports industry.

“Esurance ICER AIR has become the official kick-off to winter as the best athletes in the world and all of the top players in the industry converge in San Francisco for one of the coolest events ever,” stated event host and Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley.

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A newly designed ski and snowboard jump will rise over 10 stories in the middle of the ball park, extending over 350 feet in length and covered with over 200 tons of snow. Spectators will be afforded views of Olympic medalists and X Games champions flying through the air against the backdrop of the spectacular San Francisco Bay. The jump will take four days and more than 14,000 cubic feet of snow to build.

“We are excited about the progress we have made in the industry, to showcase these amazing skiers and snowboarders on par with other action sports stars like Tony Hawk and Travis Pastrana,” said Moseley. The big air competition is invitation-only and will feature a line-up of industry heavyweights, including last year’s champions, skier TJ Schiller and snowboarder Travis Rice, back to defend their titles. Fourteen skiers and 14 snowboarders will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Among the many new features of Esurance ICER AIR 2007 is the introduction of a second venue, the Village. Located adjacent to AT&T Park on the opposite side of McCovey Cove, the Village will be home to freestyle motocross, a skate/bmx park, wakeboarding, 60 vendors and exhibitors, a giant ski sale, a music stage and beer garden.


Heavenly Valley

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Last night we got our first snowfall of the season; Mother Nature sprinkled Heavenly Mountain with a little more than two inches of snow and there's a promise of more tonight !
Purchase Your Season Pass
The chill is in the air and winter is fast approaching. Now is the perfect time to purchase your 2007-08 Heavenly season pass! The Heavenly Adult pass is just $369 for year-long admittance to Tahoe's premier ski and snowboard destination. Other pass types are also available. To purchase your season pass, click below or stop by the season pass offices at the Gondola or California Lodge


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Falls Creek - Australia
Alpine Areas District Forecast
Issued at 0540 on Friday the 21st of September 2007

Weather Pattern:
A ridge of high pressure will move slowly over northern Victoria today as a cold front affects southern Victoria. A high pressure system will rapidly cross Bass Strait during Saturday, reaching the Tasman Sea early Sunday. A weakening low pressure trough will approach southwestern Victoria later on Sunday, then slide across Bass Strait and Tasmania on Monday.

Forecast: Friday
Scattered showers developing later in the day, mainly in the south and tending to snow at night. Moderate west to southwest winds.

Saturday Fine apart from isolated snow showers in the south clearing. South to southeast winds easing.v Sunday Fine.
Monday Fine.

A beautiful day ahead with blue skies and fantastic Spring skiing conditions. Bungy tramp from 3pm to 6pm and Snow tubing 11am to 6 pm in the village bowl. Check out Castle and Drover's terrain parks. Broadway open to the village bowl. 12.6km of XC trails last groomed 20/09/07- fees no longer apply and grooming will continue in the McKay area. 35% off lift tickets!


Squaw Valley Institute presents...
PROGRESS IN CANCER CARE: Diagnostic Tools, New Therapies, and Clinical Trials
Speaker: Dr. Laurence Heifetz, Oncologist and Medical Director of Tahoe Forest Cancer Center
Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: Socialize at the no-host bar at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm
Location: PlumpJack Conference Center, Squaw Valley
Tickets: $10 (donation to Squaw Valley Institute) online or at door

Cancer was chosen as one of our community's top health care priorities in a recent Tahoe Forest Hospital survey. And no wonder--cancer touches each of us. The good news is that recently developed methods of finding and treating cancers means the chances of survival are increasing. Here's your opportunity to be informed! Dr. Heifetz will present an audience-friendly review of current diagnostic and therapeutic tools now used to offer better treatment to cancer patients.
Squaw Valley Institute

Treble Cone

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Today we are shaping up for another beautiful day with warm temperatures and great spring snow conditions, we are arguably the best place to be on the snow in the Southern Lakes. Hurry up for the last week of skiing and riding at Treble Cone for 2007! Closing day celebrations are on Sunday 30 Sept.

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