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Snow Alert - Alyeska Alaska, Jackson Hole Wy, Sun Valley, MT Hood Meadows , Timberline Lodge

Alyeska Alaska
In the last 24 hours, we have received 12" of new snow at the base, 14" at midway and 18" of new snow at the top. Most main trails have been groomed. There is limited grooming in the Upper Bown. Off-trail is fresh fun powder!

Currently, the skies are cloudy with flurries. We have a temperature of 27 degrees at the base, 23 degrees at midway, and 18 degrees at the top of the mountain. The winds are currently 5-10mph gusting into the 20s.

Total snowfall this season is 750" at the top of the mountain.

Chairs 3, 4, 6, 7 & The Tram will run from 10:30-5:30pm. There is no night skiing tonight. Night skiing is over for the season.
For a full report of current conditions at Alyeska Resort please check out our website at www.alyeskaresort.com

Big Sky Resort

"Volcanoes, Glaciers and Mountain Building: Geology of Lone Mountain and Greater Yellowstone" - A presentation by Dr. Lageson- A long time professor at MSU and volunteer Ski Patroller. Presented in the Amphitheater.
8 pm Warren Miller's 58th annual ski movie:Playground. Shown in the Amphitheatre of the Yellowstone Conference Center
7:00 am SUNRISE SERVICE! Located at the top of the Swift Current Lift. Ride Swift Current lift starting at 6:30 am. Bring skis/snowboard to ride Mr. K down. 9:00 am Easter Egg Hunt! With a head start for the littlest ones there will be an egg hunt that starts by the picnic tables in the plaza!


FIS World Cup

The FIS World Cup Grand Finals in Bormio (ITA) were historic. American skiers won a record five World Cup titles, including both overall crowns while powerhouse Austria only collected two event globes. The last time Team USA managed the same was in1983 when Tamara McKinney and Phil Mahre were the overall champions. Runner-ups Nicole Hosp and Benni Raich (both AUT) put in a good fight although they did not manage to take their challenge to the final day.

Warm weather also made its mark on the Bormio Finals. Both the men’s and ladies’ downhill races had to be cancelled due to soft snow conditions. As a result, Bode Miller, five points behind Didier Cuche (SUI), could not challenge the reigning DH champion to a final race. Lindsey Vonn had already confirmed her downhill title with five wins earlier in the season.

In super-G, Vonn had her best race of the season finishing 2nd which helped her build a comfortable cushion in overall standings points before the technical events. Maria Riesch of Germany finished sixth wrapping up her second small globe to go along with the super combined one she confirmed in Crans-Montana (SUI). Alexandra Meissnitzer (AUT) took 3rd in Bormio, the final race in her long and successful career.

The men’s super-G turned out to be one of the dramas of the week. Cuche needed to finish 15th or better since he was 89 points ahead of Christoph Gruber and 99 ahead of Hannes Reichelt (both AUT). He hadn’t finished worse than 11th all season long. In the end, however, Reichelt won the race by one hundredth of a second over Cuche’s teammate Didier Defago whilst Cuche finished 16th, just off the points that are only awarded to the top 15 in the final. With that result, Reichelt won the title by a single point in what stands as the biggest come-from-behind title win of all time.

In the men’s giant slalom, Bode Miller led after the first run. Sixth at mid-point, teammate Ted Ligety posted the fastest second run to win, which enabled him to collect the crystal globe for the GS title. Of all the titles, ladies GS had been in the same hands since the beginning of the season. Denise Karbon won five of the first six races and already secured the globe when the races at Zwiesel had to be cancelled in late February.

Marlies Schild picked up her second successive slalom crown after she collected her fifth season win in Bormio. In the men’s slalom, Manfred Moelgg finished sixth for a come-from-behind win of the men’s slalom title. Early season leader Jean-Baptiste Grange took only 16th place in the final race after losing balance 5 gates before the finish, missing out on points and the title.

On Sunday, the season’s only Nations’ Team Event had to be cancelled due to foggy and rainy weather.

Altogether, 15 nations made it on the podium during the 2007/08 season, 12 of them on the very top. The most wins were collected by Austria (24) followed by USA with 15 and Switzerland with 10.

Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2007/2008 champions
Overall ladies: Lindsey Vonn (USA)
Overall men: Bode Miller (USA)
Slalom ladies: Marlies Schild (AUT)
Slalom men: Manfred Moelgg (ITA)
Giant slalom ladies: Denise Karbon (ITA)
Giant slalom men: Ted Ligety (USA)
Super-G ladies: Maria Riesch (GER)
Super-G men: Hannes Reichelt (AUT)

The Freestyle FIS World Cup season concluded with the ski cross races on Sunday in Valmalenco. Ophelie David (FRA) and Tomas Kraus (CZE) had confirmed their ski cross World Cup titles, fifth and third title respectively, before the last races. Yet, David took her sixth season win in Valmalenco and also confirmed her second overall World Cup trophy. Taking his third consecutive season win, Lars Lewen (SWE) rose to 2nd in the ski cross World Cup rankings.

In moguls, the World Cup winners Aiko Uemura (JPN) and Dale Begg-Smith (AUS) had already secured their titles in the second-to-last World Cup in Are (SWE). In Valmalenco, Uemura collected already her fifth season win while the men’s final win went to David Babic (USA).

The Freestyle half-pipe competitions opened the FIS Grand Finals 2008 on Wednesday. In the ladies' event, Jennifer Hudak (USA) took her maiden World Cup victory. 2005 World Champion Sarah Burke (CAN) finished second and claimed the World Cup trophy 20 points ahead of Hudak. In the men's competition, Micheal Riddle (CAN) also won his first World Cup event. Teammate Matthew Heyward collected the World Cup title despite missing the final round in Valmalenco.

The men’s overall FIS Freestyle World Cup trophy went to Steve Omischl (CAN) who also clinched the aerials title. Altogether Canada was the strongest Freestyle nation with 15 top podiums, and a total of 40 podium appearances. With 9 wins, France follows in 2nd place, ahead of Australia (8-7-3) and USA (6-7-11). A total of 18 nations made podium appearances, of them 15 winning at least once.

Freestyle FIS World Cup 2007/2008 champions
Ladies overall: Ophelie David (FRA)
Men’s overall: Steve Omischl (CAN)
Ladies moguls: Aiko Uemura (JPN)
Men’s moguls: Dale Begg-Smith (AUS)
Ladies aerials: Jacqui Cooper (AUS)
Men’s aerials: Steve Omischl (CAN)
Ladies ski cross: Ophelie David (FRA)
Men’s ski cross: Tomas Kraus (CZE)
Ladies half-pipe: Sarah Burke (CAN)
Men’s half-pipe: Matthew Heyward (CAN)
Nations’ Cup: Canada

Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup 2007/08
were held in Valmalenco (ITA) as part of the FIS Grand Finals 2008. Nicolien Sauerbreij (NED) and Benjamin Karl (AUT) claimed the large crystal globes as the overall World Cup champions. Both also won the small globes for the parallel World Cup although Anke Karstens (GER) and Matthew Morison (CAN) raced to victory in the last event of the season. For Sauerbreij and Karl, these were their first titles: for 22-year-old Karl, the crystal globes put the finishing touch to his break-through season with a total of five podium places including two wins. 28-year-old Sauerbreij was close in the 2001/2002 and 2002/03 seasons as she finished 2nd in the parallel rankings.

The ladies’ snowboardcross title went to Maelle Ricker of Canada over defending champion Lindsey Jacobellis (USA). Pierre Vaultier (FRA) who celebrated his first career win in the season's final last year, matured to claim the snowboard cross trophy this season, thanks to four podiums including three wins. Poland’s Mateusz Ligocki made history in realizing the first Snowboard World Cup win for his country in the season’s final SBX. In half-pipe, the Swiss duo of Manuela Laura Pesko and Iouri Podladtchikov confirmed their World Cup titles. Pesko is the only rider able to defend her title this year, and by taking her third consecutive title, she became only the third female rider after Karine Ruby (FRA) and Daniela Meuli (SUI) to perform that impressive feat. Stefan Gimpl secured his big air title in Moscow several weeks earlier.

Downhill ladies: Lindsey Vonn (USA)
Downhill men: Didier Cuche (SUI)
Super combined ladies: Maria Riesch (GER)
Super combined men: Bode Miller (USA)

Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup 2007/2008 champions
Overall ladies: Nicolien Sauerbreij (NED)
Overall men: Benjamin Karl (AUT)
Parallel ladies: Nicolien Sauerbreij (NED)
Parallel men: Benjamin Karl (AUT)
Snowboardcross ladies: Maelle Ricker (CAN)
Snowboardcross men: Pierre Vaultier (FRA)
Half-pipe ladies: Manuela Laura Pesko (SUI)
Half-pipe men: Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)
Big air men: Stefan Gimpl (AUT)


Mt Hood Meadows
The fastest carvers on snowboards from the U.S. and Canada converge at Meadows to compete for national championships. Events include parallel giant slalom Saturday and parallel slalom Sunday.

Don't miss Laurel Cyn from the Atomic Ridge ! ! !



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