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Snow Alert -Jackson Hole, and Sawtooth Mtns
Jackson Hole
New snow: 7"
Base Depth: 94" - 115"
Hours open: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Park recut: 2008-02-29
Jumps: 0
Pipes: 0"
Open Lifts: 11
Conditions: Powder, Packed Powder
Open runs: 116

2+ feet of snow we've received this week alone. Conditions are simply amazing! The Backside Snowfields are open and their famous steeps and above treeline skiing is just waiting to be carved up. Groomed runs were soft all day and the glades are still holding their secret stashes beautifully.

Grooming is scheduled for 72 trails and the deep packed powder conditions should hold up well into the future with several storms on their way. Tonight should bring some flurries and a chance of mixed precipitation. Temperatures are predicted to stay below freezing so a dusting of fresh snow is probable for first tracks tomorrow. 10 lifts are scheduled to open, winds and weather permitting, and temperatures will be between 17-29 degrees.

The jumps in Stomping Grounds are getting a face-lift tonight and the pipes will be cut as well. Soft landings and smooth transitions are what it's all about for tomorrow and for ironing out those new tricks. As always there are loads of stylish rails from beginner to expert level spread throughout our three terrain parks.

US Alpine Championships Mar 22-26


11th Annual U.S. Freeskiing Nationals at Snowbird

March 18, 2008 – Registration check-in – Alpine Room
March 19, 2008 Day 1 – Qualifier
March 20, 2008 Day 2 – Qualifier
March 21, 2008 World Tour Day 1
March 22, 2008 World Tour Finals

Vertical Drop: 3,240’
Base Elevation: 7,760’
Top Elevation: 11,000’
Skiable Acres: 2,500’


For registration information visit:
don't miss the "PIPELINE or BOOKENDS" www.usfreeskiing.com/

MT HOOD SUMMER SKI CAMP A memo from Mike Annett......upwards of 30 feet, building a lovely summer snowpack


Solden -Austria
Sölden's high-altitude ski area boasts 34 ski lifts and gondolas plus 146km of immaculate ski runs. Therefore it ranks among the most renowned Austrian ski resorts. But Sölden offers further unique highlights: two glacier ski areas and three skiable mountain peaks higher than 3,000 meters- SNOW IS ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED from November trough May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) 2 glacier ski areas at Rettenbach & Tiefenbach snow making systems covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m. BIG3 Sölden has the marvelous BIG 3 vantage points - Therefore it is Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. And the » BIG 3 Rally ranks among the most beautfiul ski trails across the entire ski region, comprising also a visit to all BIG 3 platforms

New dimensions are added to the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski area, investing no less than 25 million Euros for three new single-rope mountain gondolas and a new restaurant on top of the Hohe Mut peak, plus a new ski run down from Hohe Mut Events


About the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour The Burton Global Open Series is part of the Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour, the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world. TTR ranks riders based on their results at participating competitions and crowns a Swatch TTR World Champion at the US Open. The Burton European Open are a 6Start TTR Event and are therefore ranked at the highest possible Star level. For more information, visit www.ttrworldtour.com .

NorthFace Masters
With the induction of the The North Face Masters 2008 comes the gathering of the big mountain snowboarding tribe from all over the world. All male and female snowboarding competitors over the age of 18 are welcomed to participate.

“Today's riders are redefining what is possible—they're taking the tricks and skills learned in the terrain parks to the big mountain environment,” said Joe Flannery, Vice President of Marketing for The North Face. “As a company that was born in the mountains, we're excited to see today’s brightest snowboarding stars with a venue that celebrates what they do.”
Fans of big mountain snowboarding can also catch same-day live coverage of the Semi-Final and Final rounds on the event website, where there are complete videos, photos, athlete profiles, detailed event schedules, registration information and more.
Please visit www.thenorthface.com/masters

Bacardi Gets the job Done

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 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 12 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 127 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

Tahoe Snowfest 2008
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


Snow Fest - Canada

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
Mar 22-26
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


Cortina d'Ampezzo

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 “THREE CHARMERS

Climb the Mountain - European Splitboardfestival am Hochjoch - 8./9.03.08

Schneehasenfestival am Golm - 9.03.08

"Swinging Spring" in der Silvretta Nova - 15./16.03.08

Musikfinale in der Silvretta Nova - 22.03.08

"King of the Water" in Gargellen & Hochjoch difrfernt dates - 29.03.08
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 - 06.04.08


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

Whistler Blackcomb
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.

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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