Snow Alert - Alyeska Alaska , Detroit, and Arizona
Jackson Hole signature "Steep & Deep" 4-day camps which both start today! No time like the present to hone those skills in order to take full advantage of this mountain of world-class terrain and fantastic snow like a champ. A couple more inches on the ground this morning, with a bit more in the forecast for today and this weekend... but there will be some blazin' sunshine thrown in tomorrow for good measure
Lifts Open: 11 of 11
Trails Open: 116 of 116
Groomed Trails: 36 of 48
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
More than 30’000 spectators, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, created a fantastic atmosphere at the first ever Freestyle FIS World Cup city aerials event in Moscow (RUS) Saturday night. The competitions were held under challenging conditions including heavy winds.
In the men’s event, Steve Omischl of Canada continued his outstanding season with his seventh podium appearance in eight starts. With his fifth season victory, Omischl also clinched the 2007/2008 aerials World Cup crown, his third aerials World Cup title. Stanislav Kravchuk of Ukraine posted an excellent 2nd jump to rise to 2nd place. In the ladies’ competition, Emily Cook of the USA picked up her first World Cup win in her 52nd World Cup start. The season’s final aerial event will take place in Davos (SUI) on Friday
Alpine Junior World Ski Championships
The 2008 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships were held in Formigal (SPA) last week. With the exception of Thursday, all the races were held in sunny weather. The warm conditions, however, were challenging which the organizing team mastered with great determination and a fantastic attitude that delivered the best possible racing circumstances for all athletes.
“We truly had great championships in Formigal. The organizing committee put in a full effort to stage the event at the high level required of World Championships. The teams were all very positively surprised since few had been to Formigal before,” stated Janez Flere, FIS Race Director for the ladies events. “We all returned home with great memories of Formigal, its friendly team and their wonderful hospitality.”
In the medals table after all five events for the young ladies and men, Austria again topped the list with the most medals with a total of 10 of which 5 gold. With two gold medals and one each silver and bronze, Germany finished 2nd ahead of Italy that collected one of each.
World Championships in Ski Jumping
The 2008 FIS Junior World Championships in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined were held from Wednesday 27th February to Friday 29th February in Zakopane (POL). Given the very mild weather, the conditions were tough but the team in Zakopane did a great job in staging the competitions as best they could. The Ski Jumping competitions were held on the ‘Srednia Krokiew’ HS 94 hill in Zakopane. For Nordic Combined, the Cross-Country Skiing races took place 7km outside of Zakopane on a challenging 1.25km loop. The organizers again showcased their flexibility in rescheduling the Nordic Combined sprint competition from Saturday to Friday on the basis of the poor weather forecast predicting a storm.
The most successful athletes in Zakopane included Andreas Wank of Germany who not only won the individual Ski Jumping gold but also gold with the German team in the team event. Jaqueline Seifriedsberger of Austria was crowned the third FIS Junior World Champion in ladies’ Ski Jumping. In Nordic Combined, Tomaz Druml (AUT) amassed three medals, gold in the sprint and silver both in the individual Gundersen and team events. Alessandro Pittin of Italy, the first Italian medalist in Nordic Combined in the Junior Worlds, returned home with a gold and a bronze, along with a fourth place with the team. For more, visit www.tzn.com.pl
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.
FIESTA DEL SOL - MARCH 15th - 16th
Now in it's third annual installment, FIESTA DEL SOL is the party that just keeps getting better and better. So, come join us for a fantastic weekend of fun under the sun. Contests, activities, music, events and even a few surprises. Did we mention great snow too?
2008 Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series & Freeskiing World Tour Schedule
• Subaru Jackson Hole Freeskiing Open, Jackson Hole, WY, March 13-16
• Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Nationals, Snowbird, UT, March 18-23 (World Tour #2)
• Subaru Freeskiing World Championships and Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series Finals, Alyeska, AK, April 9-13 (World Tour #3)
For more information log onto www.usfreeskiing.com
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.
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.
The FIS Freestyle World Championships are scheduled in Inawashiro from 2nd-8th March, 2009. The official event web site can be found at
Calendar WORLDCUP 2008(KOR )
Date Discipline Gender
15.02.2008 Snowboardcross L
15.02.2008 Snowboardcross M
16.02.2008 Halfpipe L
16.02.2008 Halfpipe M
17.02.2008 Parallel L
17.02.2008 Parallel M
Yuzawa - JPN HELI Ski Japan
With its huge amounts of snowfall and mountainous terrain, it was only natural that Yuzawa should become a mecca for winter sports. Snow clouds generated over Siberia pick up precipitation from the Sea of Japan, and Yuzawa is the first mountain range that such clouds meet. This leads to massive snowfalls averaging 11.7m over the past 10 years
Yuzawa is one of the main ski and snowboard towns in Japan, a snow paradise hosting over 6 million skiers and snowboarders per year. With 16 ski resorts in the Yuzawa area, the only problem is deciding which resort to visit each day. The sheer amount of ski resorts allows for a great variety that only Yuzawa can provide - beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers
Mitsumata area heli-ski tour. Held over 3 days in April, this is a chance to try out off-piste skiing and snowboarding for those of intermediate level and above. The views from Kagura-mine mountain are simply breathtaking, you feel like you are on top of the world!
Paul Mitchell Tour
15-16 USSA Snowboard Chevy Grand Prix Paul Mitchell Progression Session Killington, VT NBC, VS
21-23 USSA Freestyle National Championships Park City, UT NBC, VS
21-23 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Stratton, VT NBC
22-23 Paul Mitchell Freeski Series Mt Snow, VT Fuel Mar
28-30 Roxy Chicken Jam Mammoth, CA Apr
National Ski Areas Association
The National Ski Areas Association is the trade association for ski area owners and operators. It represents 326 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. Additionally, it has 400 supplier members who provide equipment, goods and services to the mountain resort industry.
NSAA analyzes and distributes ski industry statistics; produces annual conferences and trade shows; produces a bimonthly industry publication and is active in state and federal government affairs. The association also provides educational programs and employee training materials on industry issues including OSHA, ADA and NEPA regulations and compliance; environmental laws and regulations; state regulatory requirements; aerial tramway safety; and resort operations and guest service.
NSAA was established in 1962 and was headquartered in Springfield, Mass. In 1989 NSAA merged with SIA (SnowSports Industries America) and moved to McLean, Va. The merger was dissolved in 1992 and NSAA was relocated to Lakewood, Colo., because of its central geographic location. NSAA is located in the same office building as the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the National Ski Patrol in Lakewood, Colo., a suburb west of Denver.
National Convention & Trade Show May 28-31, 2008
La Plange - France
Opening of Altitudes resorts :
4 village resorts with access to the entire ski area :
Champagny en Vanoise alt1250m
Plagne Montalbert alt1350m
Les Coches alt1450m
French Freestyle Championships
From 14 to 16 March 2008
The French bumps team has become the best in the world after its incredible progress last winter.
Crystal Mountain - WA
Base Temperature: 27degrees
Base Snow Depth: 76 inches
Base New Snow Fall: Overnight: 2" 24hrs: 9" 48hrs: 17"
Summit Temperature: 19 degrees
Summit Snow Depth: 90 inches
Summit New Snow Fall: Overnight: 9" 24hrs: 13" 48hrs: 22"
Total Season Snow Fall: 212 inches
Base: 85-99" | 191-239 cm Lifts Open: 10/11
Check out our new camps and clinics offered at Crystal Mountain throughout the season
Snow 365 - Patric Thorne
North America’s long awaited first indoor snow centre at Meadowlands in New Jersey, Xanadu, is likely to be the most talked about new snow centre this year. The controversial and long delayed project currently aims to open ‘late’ in 2008, much of the indoor snow centre building is already complete.
Elsewhere another project delayed several years from the original date, the indoor snow centre at Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi, looks set to open in the first half of 2008.
Moscow’s first snow centre, like Xanadu already mostly complete and having already been supposed to open on various dates in 2007, should certainly open this year.
In the UK, the Bluestone Holiday Village in Wales, which plans to begin work on Phase 2 including an indoor snow centre next year, will open this summer. Work on two new snow centres at Hemel Hempstead and High Wycombe should start this year and a decision on whether the country’s largest and most southerly slope so far proposed, Snoasis, from a Public Enquiry launched a year ago, should be published any day
Austria Info - Hostels
100 youth hostels in all of Austria are open to everybody. Groups and those travelling alone are advised to book in advance.
Each guest must present a valid International Youth Hostel membership card which can be purchased at any national Youth Hostel Association office.
Lists of youth hostels and detailed information can be found:
- at the Austrian Youth Hostel Association
- at the Österreichisches Jugendherbergswerk
Persons without an International Youth Hostel membership card need a guest card with a ”Welcome Stamp” at € 3,50 per night. Once the card has been stamped with 6 Welcome-Stamps, it automatically counts as a Youth Hostel membership card
Transportation by Rail
The Austrian Federal Railway network has a length of about 5,700 km and connects all major national and international cities.
Motorail trains operate daily between
Vienna - Salzburg, Villach, Innsbruck, Feldkirch
Graz – Feldkirch
Feldkirch – Villach
Vienna - Berlin
Vienna - Hamburg
Vienna - Düsseldorf
On specific days also Vienna – Lienz, Vienna - Schwarzach-St.Veit.
In the summer motorail trains are also operated:
from Salzburg, Innsbruck and Villach to Germany, from Vienna to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia.
Vehicles may be transported on the Tauern train through the Tauern tunnel (Böckstein - Mallnitz-Obervellach, 12 km).
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