Snow Alert -A Little more for the Great Lakes & East coast...
Snow Forecast - State of the Season
Many resorts in the northwest part of the French and Swiss Alps saw the first taste of new snow for over 3 weeks on Wednesday and Thursday and should see a similar fall on Friday night and Saturday morning. Although only 5 to 10 cm of snow fell mid-week, it must have been extremely welcome after such a long settled spell of weather. Some parts of the Alps will miss out on the weekend snowfall but in Austria and Bavaria, it should be heavy enough to make a big difference. Thankfully, Monday should herald more widespread snow, heaviest in northern areas, and at this stage, the only area that seems likely to miss out altogether is the Maritime Alps of France and Italy. Freezing levels hovering about 2000 m until Monday when the new snow should be accompanied by plummeting temperatures and a return to winter conditions for the rest of the week. It's not all good news because the snowy weather will be accompanied by strong westerly winds and we don't expect there to be very much sun about north of the main Alpine divide.
The Tahoe area saw the deep snow that we expected on both sides of the California Nevada border. Something like 50 cm fell in the ski resorts and about half that fell on highways and at cities like Reno where it caused some disruption. This snow cleared from low altitudes once the spring sun got to work – at Reno (about 1300 m), temperatures on Thursday reached 17°C (63°F) and it was spring-like at the resorts too (11°C or 52°F about 1900 m by the big lake). Apart from some possible weekend snow showers, plenty more mild and sunny weather in the next 7 days so aim high to find the best conditions.
In Colorado, it will stay much colder and the light covering of snow from two days ago will be added to by further light falls over the next seven days. A pleasant mix of light winds, occasional snowfalls and some sunny days. Similar prospects for Utah following a week of nearly constant snowfall that has made for great powder conditions high up. It's warm and sunny in Salt Lake City on Thursday but Saturday sees snowfall and a return to much colder conditions.
New York, New Hampshire and Vermont have seen a lot of fresh snow – in fact it has almost snowed continuously over the ski resorts for a week. Outside of the resorts, unusually heavy falls have caused a lot of disruption. Attitash in New Hampshire received 36 cm of fresh snow on Tuesday. On Wednesday another storm dumped over a foot (30 cm) of snow across New England and the summit station on nearby Mount Washington still reported blizzard conditions on Thursday morning, though at most places snow had cleared. Saturday looks very snowy in this area making Sunday and Monday good prospects for skiing during a brief window of fair weather
Seems like an inversion day, but forecasts predict that the base will be even warmer than the summit by the time the sun reaches its full potential. Temperatures in the 30's are expected, but another storm is on its way, bringing 6"-12" of snow to us on Saturday. See you on the slopes
Lifts Open: 11 of 11
Trails Open: 116 of 116
Groomed Trails: 38 of 48
Advanced Terrain Park: Open
Intermediate Terrain Park: Open
Feb. 28: Local Merchant Day
Feb. 29 - March 9: SnowFest '08
Feb. 29 - March 2: Just for Women "Expert" Clinic
Feb. 29 - March 2: Advanced Ski "Expert" Clinic
March 1: Huega Vertical Express for MS
March 1: Dance party at Zenbu
Squaw Valley Lift Tickets / Lessons
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Tahoe Snowfest 2008
FRIDAY FEB 29
29th Lakeside Gallery “SnowFest! Retrospective & Art Exhibit - 27 years is a very long time and much of the SnowFest! and Snow Festival Memorabilia have been lost and/or destroyed. Come join us for the fun and surprises of found items, pictures of your friends when they were much younger and goodness knows what we might find out you! Any donations will benefit the new “Healing Arts Scholarship Program”.
All Day Lakeside Gallery
8636 N.Lake Blvd, Kings Beach
29th 33rd Annual Rotary Ski Challenge
Rotary Club's largest ski challenge in the nation.
Website All day Alpine Meadows Ski Area.
29 Snowfest Queen Coronation
Come see the Crowning of this year’s Queen in person! Girls compete against each other in 3 categories: ticket sales, community envolvement, and a final interview! Proceeds go to benefit local non-profit organizations that sponsor each candidate. 6:30pm Squaw Valley USA - Bottom of KT22 on the Plaza Deck
29th Squaw Valley USA Opening Night Celebration & Fireworks
Squaw Valley lights up the sky with fireworks, laser display, torchlight parade, Dj Music on the Sundeck Featuring the “Space Cowboys”& the Unimog! Rockin’ music to officially open the 26th annual North Tahoe Snow Festival! The festivities get going just before dusk. Presented by the Squaw Valley Business Association, and Squaw Valley USA
Website 7:00pm Squaw Valley USA
On the snow at the base of KT-22.
29 Olympic Plaza's Full House Opening Night Party
The party gets started right after the Fireworks! Come into the Olympic Plaza for live music by Truckee Tribe, followed by the Space Cowboys. Website 7:30pm Olympic House/
Plaza Bar, Squaw Valley USA
Sno Jam / Snow Fest - Canada
Sat. March 1 Beaver Valley, On
Sun. March 2 Snow Valley, On
Sat. March 8 Alpine S.C., On
Sun. March 9 Mt. St-Louis, On
Sat. March 15 Camp Fortune, Qc
Sun. March 16 Edelweiss, Qc.
Sat. March 22 Valinouet, Qc
Sun. March 23 Ste-Anne, Qc
Sat. March 29 Mont Avila, Qc
US Alpine Championships
The US Alpine Championships, presented by Nature Valley, return to Sugarloaf for the second time in the past three years, March 22-26. Olympic champions Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso along with other stars of the US Ski Team will reach speeds topping 80 mph as they fly down Sugarloaf's legendary Narrow Gauge trail.
The event will feature spectator-friendly viewing areas, grand opening and closing ceremonies, plus an autograph session and daily awards ceremonies.
March 19 - Downhill training
March 20 - Downhill training
March 21 - FIS downhill (not a title race)
March 22 - Men's and women's downhill
March 23 - Men's and women's super G
March 24 - Men's and women's slalom
March 25 - Men's giant slalom
March 26 - Women's giant slalom
Sunny days, a lot of snow and all the lifts opened for an amount of 115km of slopes in perfect conditions.
Kirkwood - Ca
Over 400 Inches for the Season and
Miracle March Still to Come!
Leave the One Piece at Home and Bring the Bikini to the Slopes This Weekend!
With another 60 inches from last week's storms, Kirkwood has now surpassed the 400 inch mark for the season. Sunny skies are forecasted for the entire weekend with temperatures in the upper 40's to 50's. Time to enjoy the corduroy and work on your tan! Take advantage of our slopeside accommodations and enjoy the après atmosphere and Live Music from "Acoustic Solution" this Saturday, Mar. 1st from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. This weekend's conditions will bring smiles to the faces of both competitors and spectators for the Kirkwood Cup Halfpipe Event taking place on Sunday, Mar. 2nd with registration from 8:00 to 10:00 am in the Red Cliffs Day Lodge.
Free your heel and Free your Mind at Expedition: Kirkwood's Annual Telemark Festival March 8th & 9th
Join Expedition: Kirkwood as we celebrate a "freeheeling" weekend filled with clinics, backcountry touring, gear demos, swag giveaways, a BBQ and much more! This is a great chance to spend two full days with some of top telemark skiers and backcountry guides in the region. Clinics will be offered for all ability levels and are designed to expose participants to the unlimited potential for exploration provided by telemark and backcountry touring equipment. Advanced reservations are recommended as availability is limited
Mar. 15th & 16th All Mountain 2 Day Ski Clinic
$230 for passholders/$280 includes lift tickets
Mar. 15th & 16th Women's 2 Day Ski Clinic
$230 for passholders/$280 includes lift tickets
Mar. 15th & 16th Women's 2 Day Snowboard Clinic
$230 for passholders/$280 includes lift tickets
Montafon - Austria
St. Anton im Montafon (650 m) lies at the entrance to the Montafon Valley and is popular with all holiday-makers. Here, within a radius of 2-6 km are all the requirements for an active winter holiday. The Skigebiet Golm ski area can be reached in approx 3-5 minutes free of charge and in comfort on the ski bus.
The Hochjoch, Silvretta Nova and Schafberg ski areas can also be reached in a very short time free of charge and in comfort on public transport. The athletically inclined can, depending on the snow conditions, also reach Schruns on trail-marked
cross-country ski runs. St. Anton im Montafon and the parishes of Bartholomäberg and Silbertal are considered the
Climb the Mountain - European Splitboardfestival am Hochjoch
Schneehasenfestival am Golm
"Swinging Spring" in der Silvretta Nova
Musikfinale in der Silvretta Nova
"King of the Water" in Gargellen & Hochjoch difrfernt dates
A 20 m long pool - 2 skiers or snowboarders start at the same time and on their descent to the water have to pass through gates or over jumps. The one who arrives first on the far side of the pool goes into the next round. The event promises to provide an exciting day in Gargellen.
Großes Saisonfinale am Golm
Vonn's Second At Whistler Means First
US Ski Team member Lindsey Vonn clinched First Place in the World Cup Downhill season competetion. Even with races remaining no one can surpass her point total and today at Whistler she missed tieing winner Nadia Styger by one-hundredth of a second. Julia Mancuso also of the USA completed the podium in third place
With the staging of the TELUS Whistler World Cup Alpine Ski Races this weekend, the 2010 Olympic Alpine Race Venues will get a live testing and Linsey Vonn of the USA could give them a welcome not to be forgotten before 2010. Vonn needs only to finish 4th or better at the Whistler Mountain Women's Downhill, on Friday, to clinch the the Audi FIS World Cup Downhill title.
The Women's DH race and Super Combined will be run on Wild Card / Jimmy's Joker / Lower Franz's and the men's Super G and Giant Slalom on the Upper and Lower Dave Murray. These are the tentively scheduled courses for the 2010 Olympic races.
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) will be testing the VANOC workforce; the chiefs of course; approximately 800 on-hill volunteers; snowmaking; grooming; safety systems; technical and logistical components of race day operations; and collaboration with the International Ski Federation (FIS).
Check the FIS web site for official times
TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
April 11 - 20, 2008
You are invited to the biggest annual celebration of music, arts, sports & culture on the planet. For 10 days and 10 nights, Whistler cranks up all the dials with 50 live concerts, major pro ski and snowboard comps, legendary arts events, endless nightlife and the best spring skiing & riding in the world. Bring your peeps, bring your mojo, bring your rage , and come to Whistler April 11 - 20, 2008
50 FREE Concerts, Legendary Arts & Nightlife, High Octane Sports
The action in Whistler is always hot. But every April, it gets even hotter during the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival. It is a celebration of snow culture and all the gravity-defying thrills and adrenaline-fueled excitement that come along with it. Big name concerts , jaw-dropping half-pipe and big air competitions, legendary parties and enough action-packed excitement to make this festival a must for anyone who pledges to love skiing or snowboarding.
Mt Hood Meadows
UNLIMITED SPRING SEASON PASS - $119
The Unlimited Spring Season Pass is back at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. The rest of the season is yours for just $119! Enjoy the sunshine, corn snow, and spring festivities at Mt. Hood’s premier ski resort. Spring is all about wide open skiing and snowboarding on expansive terrain of Cascade and Vista Express lifts; the awesomeness of plunging into the spring snow and thrilling steeps of Heather Canyon, making turn after glorious turn; playing in Paradise – Paradise Parks Mt. Hood’s favorite freestyle terrain; and kicking back on the sun deck with friends, basking in the glow of the spring sun after a magnificent day on the mountain. It's all yours for $119 - on sale now on our web site. Spring pass is valid beginning Saturday, March 1 for the rest of the season.
Photo: Mt Hood Meadows
FRIDAY NIGHT FREESTYLE CLINIC FEB 29
USASA has skier cross and snowboard cross as well as halfpipe events this weekend. The Friday Night Clinics will focus on these events. Clinic is $30 - 6 - 10 PM.
FRIDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL RAIL JAM MAR 7
It's a party on the mountain - with a rail jam in Shipyard with prizes tossed out for those ruling the jam and throwing call out tricks. Then the party goes indoors with a nachos and chili and music presented by SPUN Academy. Bus pick up at three Portland locations, lift ticket, dinner, rail jam and party all for $39!
SAFEWAY FAMILY SATURDAY - UP TO 2 FREE JUNIOR LIFT TICKETS
Safeway Family Saturday Two FREE 14 and under lift tickets with the purchase of a 1 - 10 PM adult shift ticket ($64 on peak Saturdays / $54 non-peak) when you show your Safeway Club Card. Night operations end March 9.
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