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Snow Alert - Jackson Hole, Snowbird, Beaver Creek, Vail
                  Continued Avalanche Warnings For Cascades and Swiss Alps

Snowbird, Utah – After receiving over 100 inches of snow in the last 10 days, Snowbird will host the first stop of the inaugural The North Face Masters big mountain snowboarding tour Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10, 2008. Professional athletes, along with up-and-coming snowboarders, will compete for a sizable chunk of the tour’s $45,000 cash purse along with airfare, lodging and entry to compete in the final stop of The North Face Masters tour in Alyeska, Alaska, April 2-6, 2008.

What: The first stop of the inaugural The North Face Masters big mountain snowboarding tour, the only big mountain snowboarding tour in North America.

Who: Amateur and professional snowboarders, including The North Face athlete and recent Freeride World Tour champion Ralph Backstrom, competing for a piece of the tour’s $45,000 cash purse on Snowbird’s big mountain terrain.

Where: West and North Baldy venues in Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort’s Peruvian Gulch. Spectators can purchase a three-ride Peruvian Express Chairlift ticket for $25. Take Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to Snowbird Entry 2.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10, 2008. Competition begins at 9:15 a.m. daily.


Mt Fort -Switzerland

Photo: Mt Fort Tourism

Temperature at 1200 noon -2 °C Last snow area 06.02.2008
Depth of snow in resort/valley
1300 m 25 cm New-fallen snow (last 24) 1300 m 0 cm
Depth of snow on upper runs
3330 m 110 cm New-fallen snow (last 24h)
Depth of snow on lower runs 2200 m 120 cm

La Pinilla - Spain

Camp de Freestyle - Surf3 - School of Ski the Pinilla - Ski/Snowboard first camp of Freestyle Surf3 - the Pinilla, will be celebrated during the weekend of 9 and 10 of February, in that we animated to skiers and snowboarders to introduce itself actually of the Freestyle.. For that reason we sent to this course, distributed by the best titled professors of Surf3 and the School of Ski the Pinilla, so that campers begins of safe and progressive form in freestyle. In this camp we will make a review of the technique basic and perfected in track later to introduce itself in the technique of flat-tricks, basic maneuvers of freestyle in track and initiation to jibbing. After the hours of practice in track, we will make a shutdown to eat and later we will make exercises of transference to the jumps in our elastic bed and also we will make a video session correction to visualize it in the shelter in the evening. In summary ours camp includes: 4 hours of technique in tracks every day. 1 day of video correction and later visualization. 1 day of exercises of transference in elastic bed. Menu of food (optional): 12? day 4 hours of technique in tracks every day. Lodging in the shelter on foot of tracks in MP(opcional): 30?/di'a T-shirt of camp. Like main contents that we will work: Technique perfected in tracks. Initiation to the basic maneuvers of freestyle. Initiation of flat-triks in track. Initiation to jibbing.
LA Pinilla - Spain

Patscherkofel - Austria - previous 1976 Olympic site

Patscherkofel Cam photo Today -

Innsbruck hosted the Olympic Winter Games twice and Igls as the venue for the men’s downhill was the focus of the world’s interest. Not only the Olympic winners Franz Klammer and Egon Zimmermann love the runs on the Patscherkofel, also beginners and advanced skiers are fascinated by this beautiful mountain.

Already in the year 1910 one wanted to establish an aerial ropeway of Igls on the Innsbrucker "house mountain" to Patscherkofel. As main backers the owner of the Adolf room, the planning company Heckel from Saarbruecken, the electricity company Nuernberg and the city Innsbruck drew hotel "Iglerhof". Although the route was fixed and the financial means were available, the execution bureaucracy dragging at that time, following Balkans confusions 1912/13 and that finally fell 1. World war to the victim. Individual attempts at revival of the building after the war failed however and only the establishment of an action committee in the year 1926 with seat in Igls meant the genuine stimulus for the entgueltigen building of this aerial ropeway. The action committee, in the special one the already aforementioned KR room, Leo Handl, Franz Eiler, the municipality Igls, and the municipality Schwaz, procured the necessary capital of 1.7 million Schilling (? 123.000, -) and the establishment of the "Patscherkofel Drahtseilbahn AG" followed.

The route was again specified. Original valley station variants were among other things the stations Igls and Lansersee, the Schwellerkapellle, the meadow beside the nursing center u.a.m. On 15 May 1927 the first cut of the spade took place for the building of the necessary material express course and on 14 April 1928 could the Patscherkofel - aerial ropeway already solemnly be opened. During the building arisen unexpected difficulties foundation digging, basic separations, high voltage underpasses etc. caused finally an increase of the building sum on more than the double (approx. S 3.6 millions /? 260.000, -). The increased capital requirement, for which 10-12% interest had to be paid already at that time, and which brought decreasing/going back person frequency due to the worsening economic situation, the society into large financial difficulties and finally into the bankruptcy. The country Tirol took over the majority of the shares and 1931 also the line and administration of the enterprise. The municipality Schwaz had to carry out to 1978 repayments, which enstanden from the obligations entered at that time were. By in the year 1938 in strength the stepped other legal regulations the Patscherkofelbahn had to 31.12.1940 from the national possession to be sold. Thus enstand the pool with the Innsbrucker transporting enterprises AG, up to then "local railway Innsbruck i.T. AG ". Until 1938 could be mastered traffic with the original plant without larger waiting periods. And the tourism increasing using then after the war required however in the course of the years several small Umbauten.Das time-consuming transferring in the central station "holy water" could by in the year 1962 the large change taken place to 4 cars (before 2) connected with extensive technical verb eating runes and changes, be strongly reduced. With the olympic one winter plays 1964 and 1976 the gentleman departures at the Patscherkofel were delivered. With 01.12.1996 the Patscherkofelbahn got again a private operator. In the same year at large expenditure the Patscherkofel was technically converted - to-and-from system aerial ropeway. All four cabs were reorganized 2002 and provided with a new Logo. TECHNICAL DATA OF THE PATSCHERKOFELBAHN:
Valley station Igls sea-height 904 m central station holy water 1136 m mountain station Patscherkofel 1951 m (sea-height is related to the carrying rope) Table (2 stages) 3800 m (secondarylongest aerial ropeway route in Austria)


Chamoinix - France
Excellent snow conditions and fine sunny weather !
Significant avalanche risk off-piste 3/5 on the European Scale.
33 km of cross country pistes open.

The Ski Areas Chamonix's skiing extends over 3 main areas : Brévent/Flégère, offering south-facing slopes and exceptional views of the Mont-Blanc chain, the Grands Montets, high altitude north-facing slopes which dominate the village of Argentière and the Balme area, wide open slopes at the top of the Chamonix valley, bordering on Switzerland. The sister resort of les Houches lies at the opposite end of the valley and is accessible with the Mont-Blanc Unlimited ski pass

Photo: Chamonix Resort archives
Aiguille du midi cable car
To the Top !
From the centre of Chamonix at 1035 m, the Aiguille du Midi cablecar carries you to 3842 m into the realm of high moutain peaks. A unique 360 degree panorama of the Mont-Blanc chain

• Off-piste skiing :
Vallée Blanche is a high mountain itinerary route on glacial terrain which is neither marked nor patrolled : it is strongly recommended to be accompagnied by a Mountain guide. For further information please contact the Office de Haute Montagne and consult their Vallée Blanche web page

Office de Tourisme
Chamonix Mont-Blanc
85, place du Triangle de l'Amitié
BP 25
F-74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Tel +33 450 53 00 24
Fax +33 450 53 58 90

Les Arcs - France
**** The Vanoise Express cable car will not be in service this winter ****

The Paradiski ski domain is made up of the two immense ski areas of La Plagne and Les Arcs, open from 15rd of December 2007 to April 26th 2008.

If the 200kms of runs in Les Arcs aren’t enough for you?
With Paradiski, experience an additional 134 runs covering the areas of Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne and ski one of the largest linked ski domains in the world!

It’s for both beginner and expert skiers! A ski area that lives up to your expectations

3 ski resorts, 20 destinations
3250m - 1200m
2 fully equipped glaciers
3 summits above an altitude of 3000m
425 kms of runs
170 hectares of artificial snow (470 canons)
239 runs of all levels
Overall vertical drop of 53 290m
158 kms of cross-country runs
5 snowparks, 3 boardercross, 1 half-pipe
1 bobsleigh run, 1 ice climbing area, 1 speed skiing run


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