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Snow Alert -Lake Tahoe Calif - Mt Rose, Mammoth ,Squaw
         Cardrona New Zealand
Avalanche Warnings -

Photo of the Day From Mayerhoffen Austria

MT Rose / Slide Mtn Nevada
1500 feet of vertical. 40-55 degrees Opened in the 2004 season, the 200+ acre Chutes have seen incredibly epic winters.

Here's what you need to know about the Chutes:

ENTRY: Entry is through designated gates only. 4 located on the Mt. Rose side and 4 in the Slide Bowl. All gates can be accessed from both summit chairs: Northwest Magnum 6 & Blazing Zephyr 6. EXIT: The "Chuter" quad chairlift unloads near the lower section of the Outlaw run at the Slide Bowl. GATE STATUS: Open / Closed status of all gates is clear. OPEN. Each Gate has a chain. If a gate is OPEN (chain is down), all terrain accessible from that gate is available. If a chain is across the gate (with a “CLOSED” sign), access into that chute is prohibited. /www.mtrose.com

Arapahoe basin - colorado SNOWFALL: 15.0" past 24 hrs | 16" past 3 days BASE: 64"
Scheduled to remain open until June 9th ! ! ! EVENT -5/2/2009 6th Annual Huck, Rock'n Roll After the other parks have put away the rails and dozed the jumps the Treeline Terrain Park will be ready to host an amateur slopestyle competition for snowboarders and freeskiers who aren’t quite ready to call it quits. The Treeline Terrain Park will be closed to the public for the duration of the competition and will open after the competition has ended. Details: Competitors will individually take two runs on the course and show judges tricks on rails, boxes and jumps. Registration: A-Frame 1st floor 8am - 9:30am. Please sign up during this time. Competition Time: Competition will take place at 10am at the top of the Treeline Terrain Park. A list of rules will be given to each competitor at registration. Course will be open for viewing from 9am - 9:45am. Catagories: Males ski, male snowboard, female ski, female snowboard, juniors Cost: $10 per person www.arapahoebasin.com

Mammoth Mountain - Ca
With over 400" of annual snowfall, thousands of acres of epic terrain and an altitude that keeps things white into summer, Mammoth turns winter into a 6+ month season.

The 8:30 a.m. temp at Main Lodge was 36 degrees with clear skies and virtually no wind. Up at the summit, the temp was 26 degrees with an average wind speed of 31 mph. Expect highs to be in the upper 40s today. Lifts are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily servicing a base of 8-13 feet of snow. 99 runs were groomed last night leaving 1,113 acres of fresh corduroy

May 01, 2009 - May 03, 2009 The West Coast Invitational (WCI) is back for its eighth consecutive year! With an all-star lineup of pro riders and talented up-and-comers, this year's event will go off with the Vans Fiesta de la Pipa and the Village evening Rail Jam! Come see these riders take on Mammoth's famous Spring Pipe and a three-story high jib set-up for the 2009 WCI title and huge cash purse! Enjoy non-stop spring partying throughout the long weekend with special musical performances by Dilated Peoples, My G and more! www.mammothmountain.com

Snowbird -Utah
Open Lifts: Chickadee, Wilbere, Little Cloud, Mineral Basin Express and the Tram.
Closed lifts now include:Peruvian Express/Tunnel, Gad II, Mid-Gad, Gadzoom, Baby Thunder and Baldy Express. All of Creekside closed. (This includes retail and tickets.)
Snowbird will now be open for skiing and riding Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Will also be open the Monday of Memorial Day)

Latest British Indoor Snow Centre Opens May 6th
Heavy snow is forecast for Hemel Hempstead to the north of London from May 6th when the UK’s sixth currently-operational indoor snow centre opens its doors to the skiers of Britain’s capital city for the first time. The £23 million venture has transformed the ski-mat slopes at Hemel Hempstead’s Hemel Ski Centre in to a state-of-the-art indoor Snowcentre ideal for novices, experienced skiers and snowboarders alike. With a 160 metre slope plus a nursery training slope of almost 100 metres, the new centre will offer superb facilities providing London and the South East with the region’s premier venue for a real skiing experience. Serviced by two drag lifts and two rope tows on the trainer slope, the ski runs are graded to meet the requirements of skiers and snowboarders at all levels of ability. Experienced and highly qualified instructors will provide expert tuition in a relaxed atmosphere. A key retail partner is Snow and Rock who will have a large shop within the Snow Centre so anyone interested in buying winter sports gear can try the equipment on real snow. With the temperature maintained at just below freezing, visitors will get a real feel of fresh mountain air while large video screens showing winter sports activities will add to the Alpine atmosphere. And there will be plenty of Apres Ski too at the main restaurant overlooking the slopes with panoramic views, plus bars, coffee shops and meeting rooms making The Snow Centre the ideal venue for team-building conferences and parties. The venture is the brainchild of David Surrey, director of the Hemel Ski Centre which was started by his father in 1978. Mr Surrey, who persuaded a consortium of local business people involved in the UK leisure industry to support the project, said: ‘‘We see indoor slopes as the future for skiing and snowboarding in Britain and our aim is to create a superb facility that will allow people to enjoy the sport all year round.” Qualified ski instructor and technical management expert Stephen Jordan is part of the team running the venture. He says “Our Centre of Excellence will enable everyone from beginner to expert to enjoy their chosen snow sport. We are deploying state of the art snow making equipment for the perfect Alpine surface.” The project, also backed by NatWest bank has taken two years to plan in consultation with builders Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, and the meticulous design will feature one of Britain’s biggest living roofs covering the entire length of the slope, making it visually unobtrusive and environmentally friendly. www.thesnowcentre.com

World’s Oldest Indoor Snow Centre Future in Doubt The operational status of the world’s oldest surviving indoor snow centre, Ski Casablanca in Belgium, is currently in doubt. A notice on the centre’s website says, “The ski centre is closed during the summer for an indefinite period.” Ski Casablanca was one of the first three in the world to commence operations more than 20 years ago in the late 1980s along with centres in Australia and Japan which have ceased trading. www.skicasablanca.be FROM Patrick Thorne


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Mt Hood Meadows
SEASON ENCORE MAY 1 - 3! It's the last three days of the season so make your plans now to join us for our Season Encore celebration - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1 - 3. We'll operate from 9 AM to 4 PM - scheduled lifts include Mt. Hood Express, Shooting Star Express, Cascade Express, Vista, Heather, Buttercup and the Ball Room Carpet. This schedule can change based on weather and business levels. We will also have a special $25 day ticket online offer that can be purchased through eTickets
There is some great news for freestylers – the top two tables of the Cascade Park (on Boulevard) were opened this weekend and we’ll continue to add features to make it a fun flow park. We’ve received great feedback regarding the right line we added to Rose City Park, as well as the rails we’re continuing to maintain in Shipyard. And we continue to fresh cut our Superpipe almost every day.


Mt Hood - Timberline Lodge
Timberline is the only area on Mt. Hood that will have lift serviced skiing and riding 7 days a week through Labor Day! With an amazing base of snow, conditions will be fantastic this spring and summer season. Our Palmer High Speed Quad Chairlift is scheduled to open this weekend, and will be operating throughout the summer. Ascending to 8,540 feet on the southern side of Mt. Hood, it provides breathtaking views and access to the best summer terrain in the United States. When other areas are turning their attention away from the snow, we're just getting started www.timberlinelodge.com

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Titlis - Switzerland
NEW: Lift from the village to Hotel Terrace
From December 2008, guests to Hotel Terrace will be able to travel quickly and conveniently from Engelberg village up to Hotel Terrace in our new lift. The entrance to the tunnel lift system can be found at the back of the Kurpark on Alte Gasse, where the old Terrace funicular was located.

NEW: Disco/lounge “Cave” at Hotel Terrace The cozy and rustic atmosphere and top-quality technical equipment in the hotel’s new disco/lounge „Cave“ encourage guests to relax and unwind and also make it the ideal location for shows, parties, special events and receptions. We will be showcasing a wide variety of evening programs throughout the winter. We look forward to seeing you there!

Evening events on the mountain The chance to enjoy an adventurous evening under the moonlight and starry skies can form part of any of our mountain events. Choose from a variety of activities including special evenings at the Stand ski hut, night tobogganing with fondue at the Chalet and snowshoeing by moonlight. For more info, go to www.titlis.ch and click on the Events link.


Stubai Glacier - Austria
For all people longing for the genuine winter sports fun, the Stubai Glacier is the optimum oppurtunity! On more than 50 kilometres of ski runs they may take their chance not only on intensive downhill skiing, carving and boarding, but cross-country skiing can be practised wonderfully on the alpine trail of a length of 4,5 km. 21 installations, among 4 cabin lifts, 6 chair lifts, 9 ski tows and training lifts and 2 magic carpets offer ski fans a trendous winter sports resort, and active athletes from all over the world a maximum skiing pleasure at 1.750 to 3.200 m above the sea level.

The new six person chairlift Fernau links the Fernau to the Gaißkarferner mountain. Snowboard freaks can find ideal conditions at the newly created "Boarder´s paradise" including Quarterpipes, Spins, Table Tops, Pro Jumps and a - 100 metres long - halfpipe . For carving fans there is a special run at Daunferner, regulated by a stoplight, where the feeling for bends can be experienced intensively. Two giant slalom runs and a high-speed run at Eisjochferner complete the offer for winter sports fans.

The adventurous and daring can be close to the "eternal ice" on the climber´s steps of the ice tower at Gamsgarten station, since this is an ideal training area for fans of climbing on ice. Every wednesday an introductory course climbing course takes place. The Stubai Glacier funiculars pay a big deal of attention to the variety offered to the vacationer: starting at a professional gastronomic service, for example in the restaurant "zur Goldenen Gams" (the golden chamois), including dressing rooms and showers to sport shops with rental and storage options www.stubai.at
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Sölden - Austria
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. 2 glacier ski areas at Rettenbach & Tiefenbach snow making systems covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m.

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
Sölden's Rettenbach Glacier for summer skiing !

Travel special - 3 days to Vienna for just $1089
Experience Vienna’s treasures : art, architecture, history, music, and cuisine – for just $1089. This package includes roundtrip economy air fare from New York-JFK or Washington DC-IAD, and three nights at a three-star hotel. Daily buffet breakfast, hotel service charges and hotel taxes are also included. Package is valid for travel through 5/31/09 and again from 8/31/09 to 10/25/09. Price does not include taxes and fees up to approximately $110 per passenger. For a Viennese travel experience you will never forget, call Austrian Airlines Vacation Center at 800-790-4682

Val D' Isere -France MAY 3rd will be the Last weekend ! www.valdisere.com

Swiss Budget Hotels you are at the right place! 200 friendly, price-conscious hotels all over Switzerland waiting to be discovered and booked with a couple of clicks! BUDGET special offers Thanks to our special BUDGET offers, you can sleep for even less: BUDGET-PRICE Great locations near the slopes at prices I could afford! Angelia and Christian In Wengen were my hosts and I intend on seeing them again. NOT just a room, people I will remember for a long long time! www.rooms.ch

La Plagne _ france
Bellecote glacier : 3000 m
180 cm : snow soft
Avalanche risk low (1/5)
Temperature at 8 a.m. : -5.0 ° c.
Wind : Ouest : 30 km/h


Glacier 3000 - Switzerland
Snow sports activities up to 3'000 m The good snow conditions invite you to spend an excellent day in the glacier skiing area. The installations of Glacier 3000 remain open until May 3rd. www.glacier3000.ch/

Bump Bash - Zermatt Switzerland
The Spirit of the Bump Bash is rooted in the Freestyle movement of the seventies of the past century. In the late sixties and early seventies “Hot Dogging” developed in the USA. 1986 – over 20 years ago - the first “Triftji Bump Bash” took place on , one of the worlds most spectacular bump runs located in the heart of the Swiss mountains at over 3,200 meters (12,000 ft). Triftji is at the top of one of Zermatt’s (home of the world famous Matterhorn) three main skiing mountains, named Gornergrat. Since its humble ski-bum beginnings, the Bump Bash has evolved into the world’s largest open bump competition, where Show, Spirit and Fun are the most important ingredients.

Bump Bash Extremes
Bump Bash Vertical
The 24th Bump Bash Classic

Cardrona - New Zealand
Seaon Pass info
2009 Ultimate Pass: The world famous (in NZ) Ultimate Pass will be back on sale April 1st 2009 for unlimited skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona, Whakapapa and Turoa! The Ultimate Pass is available for a strictly limited time at MtRuapehu.com for $755.
2009 Day Pass Prices Adult $85
Student $69
Child $42
Senior $45
Senior + $0



VERBIER One of the world’s premier off-piste and extreme skiing/boarding resorts, Verbier has it all. An attractive chalet style village nestles in a sunny, panoramic setting with over 400km of varied snow conditions, including probably the most exciting off-piste you’ll ever find. Verbier offers a combination of some of the finest skiing and nightlife in Europe. In the La Chaux area, Televerbier prepare and maintain one of the best snowboard and free ride parks in Europe, with a permanent Skier/Boarder X run and a varied selection of hits, ramps, pipes and tabletops. Verbier’s après ski and nightlife is as legendary as its off-piste. The village, with over 100 bars and restaurants, is a fashionable, informal and lively place that fills with a relaxed and cosmopolitan mix; couples, groups and families, from young to old, and ski bums to the rich and famous. www.verbier.ch



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