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*** Mt Hood Meadows
Demo the latest ski and snowboard equipment from several manufactuers for free (credit card or driver's license required as deposit - under 18 require parent signature on liability release). Saturday we have Burton Snowboards, Salomon Ski and Snowboards, and 4frnt skis. Sunday Rossignol, Volkl skis, Atomic Skis, and Dynastar will join the Demo.

REGULAR OPERATIONAL SCHEDULE Mt. Hood Meadows is operating daily with lifts running at 9 AM - 4 PM Mondays and Tuesdays and night skiing offered until 9 PM Wednesday, Thursay and Sunday nights; until 10 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. MEADOWS WILL BE OPEN 9 AM - 4 PM CHRISTMAS EVE DAY, CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR'S DAY, AND WILL RUN LIFTS UNTIL 12:15 AM NEW YEAR'S EVE!

40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! A season pass will be given each Monday - Thursday in January (drawing to be held daily @ 3:30 PM must be present to win) and there are all kinds of 40th Anniversary specials!


Jackson Hole
Casper lift opens today! I had the chance to preview some of the powder when I traversed as high as possible from the Gondola, & the coverage was fantastic. The untracked tree lines are sure to attract some attention today
New Snow(past 24 hours)
2" @ Upper-Mountain
2" @ Mid-Mountain

Lifts Open: 7 of 11
Trails Open: 59 of 116
Groomed Trails Open: 33 of 40


Sugar Bowl - Ca

Sugar Bowl's Mountain Sports Learning Center (MSLC) is offering three 1-day camps with focus specially designed for active, energetic women who are eager to improve their skiing and snowboarding skills.
Each day clinic includes a morning yoga session, 4 hours of on-the-snow training with Sugar Bowl's top female certified instructors, lunch, wine tasting & massages for only $140 per day or $240 for two days! This program will challenge you, improve your performance, and will be tailored to the participants needs for that session. Instruction Dates: 12/22/07, 1/25-26/08, or 3/7-8/08.


Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley is proud to announce that 12 lifts are scheduled to turn this weekend including Red Dog and Squaw Creek! Adult full day lift tickets are only $59. Don't miss out on the legendary terrain, majestic views, mountaintop dining and activities available at Squaw this weekend.

Purchase Squaw Valley Lift Tickets & Lessons


In the past few weeks, our resorts have received between 2 and 5 FEET of snow, and Vail received 8 inches overnight on 12/12/07! Plus, the forecast says there's more on the way. Are you ready?

Snow totals for the past 7 days as of 12/12/07 are:

Vail: 41 inches
Beaver Creek: 35 inches
Keystone: 34 inches
Breckenridge: 30 inches
Heavenly: 23 inches


One of the best Decembers in recent memory just keeps getting better. Fresh snow on the ground today, more in the forecast for tomorrow, and a very promising system approaching this weekend is proof positive that skiers and riders have indeed been very good boys and girls this year and are getting exactly what we want for Christmas!

Our snowmakers are heading to the summit tomorrow and before you know it, we’ll be enjoying all of our 2,820 vertical feet.

And even though we’ve got tons of terrain open all over the mountain, we’re not sitting back on our laurels. Snowmaking is charging ahead around the clock to make your Christmas even whiter.

Sugarloaf is located in the heart of Carrabassett Valley, which was carved by the Carrabassett River and is surrounded by Maine's Western Mountains. Maine's largest cities, Portland and Bangor, offer major airport service to Sugarloaf. Boston and Montreal are only four hours away.

Maine's second highest peak at 4,237 ft. Only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing in the East


Sun Peaks
On Saturday, December 29, gather up the family for the Sun Peaks Holiday Concert. This not to be missed musical event features Concertmaster Cvetozar Vutev, artists from the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, and special appearances from members of the children’s choir performing familiar classical favourites

10th Annual Icewine Festival
Tickets on sale now
Sun Peaks

Crystal Mountain.
There have been some exciting additions here at Crystal. We are in in the process of installing a new fixed grip chairlift from the 4,930' elevation to the top of Northway Peak, elevation 6776'. This will open 1,000 acres of new lift serviced terrain. The Northway chair will open in December of 2007.

We have also updated and upgraded the Summit House restaurant. It will now be a full-service sit down restaurant with a new menu including fresh Northwest fare.


Alyseka Resort - Alaska
Now is the time to take advantage of the exciting changes taking place at Alyeska Resort. Our on-mountain improvements including snowmaking from the bottom of the mountain to the top of the tram are nearing completion, trail grading and widening on Jim's Branch, the Weir, Mighty Mite, and Spoonline have been completed. Magic carpets are scheduled to be installed next month. Renovations are currently underway at the Sitzmark & Daylodge. The Sitzmark Bar & Grill will also have extended hours serving food 7 days a week until 9:30pm, live music every Thursday and Sunday, open until 2:00am Friday and Saturday nights. Addition of new Ski School Programs including a Ski School desk located at the Tram Ticket Office on the second floor of the Hotel Alyeska. We have also relocated our terrain park to Tanaka and added a Burton Learn-to-Ride Center, where kids and adults can learn to snowboard using the latest gear and technology. Season Passes can be purchased by visiting

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Taynton Bowl, recently featured in the November edition of Skiing Magazine, is renowned for in-bounds backcountry style skiing. Guests can expect knee-deep powder on signature runs, such as Never Never Land, C-Spine, and Heli-High. Panorama’s Ski Patrol has spent several days in the bowl making it safe for skiers and boarders after last week’s huge snow storm. Riders can expect pockets of up to 100 centimetres of snow - be advised, face-shots are inevitable.

With 70 runs already open, early snow coverage at Panorama is excellent.
Snowmax Card
Skiers and boarders should buy their Panorama/Kicking Horse Snowmax Card now, as sales end on December 26th, 2007. With four days of riding for only $129, it’s the best deal out there!
Visit www.snowmax.ca for more information.

FIS News

The ladies Audi FIS Alpine World Cup finished its North American tour in Aspen (USA) on Sunday. After beautiful training days, the town got snowed under with some 80 cm of powder and the first downhill in Aspen since 1988 had to be rescheduled to Saturday and the super-G cancelled.

Held in challenging soft snow conditions despite impressive efforts put in by the course crew, the downhill victory went to Canada’s Britt Janyk ahead of the Austrian duo Marlies Schild and Renate Goetschl. For Janyk it was her maiden World Cup victory as she also became the first Canadian female to win a World Cup DH since 1993.

In Sunday’s slalom, the soft snow conditions helped tighten up the World Cup standings. Schild, winner of nine of the last 11 World Cup slaloms did not finish the second run whilst teammate Nicole Hosp put on an astounding display of prowess to claim the win over first-run leader Tanja Poutiainen of Finland. Despite her DNF, Schild maintained her lead in the World Cup overall standings, 17 points ahead of Hosp who now leads the slalom standings by 25 points over Schild. The ladies next compete in St. Moritz (SUI) in two speed events.

In the men’s Alpine World Cup in Bad Kleinkirchheim (AUT), Benjamin Raich returned to the top of the overall World Cup standings as his consistency paid off delivering his first win of the season in Sunday’s slalom. It was his landmark 30th career win. Last season’s shooting star, Jens Byggmark of Sweden, also made a podium comeback in 2nd. Beaver Creek winner Daniel Albrecht (SUI) may have lost the lead to Raich but is still in 2nd place overall.

Bad Kleinkirchheim proved to be a great stop for the Italians who collected three of the six podium places. Massimiliano Blardone and Manfred Moelgg took two of the top spots in giant slalom, whilst Team Italia finished 3-4-5 in the slalom, including Moelgg in 3rd. Excellent timing for Squarra Azurra since the Tour will continue in Val Gardena-Groeden and La Villa - Alta Badia next weekend before it is time for the traditional New Year’s downhill in Bormio (also ITA).

In Limone Piemonte, it was another Austrian day: Heidi Neururer and Manuel Veith (both AUT) took their career-first parallel giant slalom wins each as the Italian winter sport resort debuted in the NOKIA FIS Snowboard World Cup. In the ladies' final, the 28-year-old reigning parallel slalom World Champion successfully competed against the 2007 parallel giant slalom gold medallist Ekatarina Tudigescheva from Russia. With the victory, Neururer also increased her lead in the parallel World Cup.

On the men's side, Manuel Veith surprised the entire Alpine snowboarding elite by not only jumping on the podium for the first time but also by taking his first ever World Cup victory. The 22-year-old rider from Schladming showed nerves of steel in the final against Daniel Biveson. Remarkably, in the big final, he caught up a gap of 28 hundredths of a second at the very end of the course. Biveson, for his part, claimed the lead in the World Cup for the first time in his eleven-year career.

The Freestyle FIS World Cup season will launch tomorrow Thursday, 13th December in Tignes (FRA) with the ladies’ and men’s mogul competitions. Tignes is one of the most experienced hosts on the Freestyle tour that first featured on the schedule in 1980.

Many teams have been training in Tignes for the past few days and are anxious to get the season underway on Thursday, December 13. The conditions are excellent: “Until 10th December, more snow had fallen in Tignes than during the entire last season. The course is in great shape and everyone is looking forward to the start of the season,” stated Joe Fitzgerald, FIS Freestyle Coordinator.

The first World Cup event of the season will also see a new Timing and Data partner join the team. 'Sport Timing' (www.sport-timing.at) is FIS Freestyle World Cup’s new service partner. Founded in 1996 Sport Timing is based out of Feldkirchen, Austria and will provide timing and data for all four Freestyle World Cup events.

After Tignes, the Freestyle FIS World Cup will continue with the aerials opener at Lianhua Mountain (CHN) just before Christmas. The ski cross World Cup will start after the New Year’s with the French mini-Tour, or back-to-back competitions in Les Contamines and Flaine. The second and third mogul events will take place at Lake Placid (USA) in mid-January.


Closed for the weekend, Gone skiing !

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