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Snow Alert -New Zealand -

Avalanche Warnings - None


New Zealand

Snowbase (upper): 120 cm - Snowbase (lower): 80 cm - New Snow: 0 cm

Snow Conditions:
Cardrona's upper snowbase is 120cm and we have 80cm in the base area.

Beginners Trails open: 0%
Intermediate Trails open: 0%
Advanced Trails open: 0%
lift opps. coming soon ...

Treble Cone
Treble Cone is the home of New Zealand's most exhilarating snow and winter experience, with the largest skiable terrain, longest groomed trails and the highest vertical rise in the South Island.
On the edge of the majestic Southern Alps, Treble Cone ski area offers outstanding views across Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring, an award winning cafe and unparalleled Snow School clinics that will keep you fizzing.
Treble Cone will open for the 2009 winter season on 27 June

Mt Hutt is on track for an early opening scheduled for Saturday 30th May (subject to weather and conditions) - so make sure you have your skis and boards waxed and prepped for some Queen's Birthday fun on the slopes! Needless to say, your favourite Canterbury skifield is a hive of activity with Ski Area Manager Dave Wilson and his team flat out preparing the road, the slopes, the lifts and of course, the snow.

Valle Nevado - Chile
Only 13 days until the lift spin!
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Portillo - Chile
The Portillo Ski Area in Chile is the most famous and oldest center in South America

Season 2009: June 20th – October 3rd

North America

Arapahoe basin - Colorado
Scheduled to remain open until June 9th ! ! ! 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. clear skies and virtually no wind. Up at the summit, the temp was 31 degrees with an average wind speed of 31 mph. Expect highs to be in the upper 40s today. Lifts are open servicing a base of 6-10 feet of snow. Runs were groomed last night leaving 1,113 acres of fresh corduroy Hit up, wipe out-chutes and drop-out chutes off the top ( Gondola) Warm up with a brisk run down Dave's or the Gravy Chute.


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.)
Hours of operation will be based on weather conditions.

Friday, May 22nd – Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day Weekend) The Tram will start its summer passenger schedule.


NEW! RCR Rockies Pass - This premium pass includes three 3 Great Rockies Resorts! Featuring: Fernie Alpine Resort with its legendary powder, Kimberley Alpine Resort known as Canada’s family ski resort, and Nakiska Ski Resort being Calgary’s closest ski mountain and Calgary’s favorite local ski resort. Don’t limit yourself to only one mountain when you can choose to ski from 3! Nowhere else in Canada will you find so much on one pass- over 60 feet of SNOW, 21 lifts, and 221 runs in total for your enjoyment!
Passes are available for purchase online at: www.skircr.com/membership

Whistler -Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb has revised its late spring operating dates to offer skiing and riding through May 18 on Blackcomb Mountain and snowpack permitting until June 14 on Whistler Mountain
There is no more ski out (marked as ski area boundary) – downloading is in effect
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will re-open on June 6th for summer hiking and sightseeing.
June 20 - July 26 Blackcomb Glacier is open for summer Skiing and Riding

For hundreds more up-to-the-minute deals visit http://www.travelzoo.com

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

Air France www.airfrance.com/us

Has the marvelous BIG 3 vantage points -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. Sölden's Rettenbach Glacier for summer skiing !

Stubai Glacier -
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

Chamonix Mont Blanc
Friday 22nd May 2009 :!! INFO : Aiguille du Midi cable car, Panoramique Mont-Blanc and Montenvers-Mer de Glace area are open !. Have a week-end !! www.chamonix-mont-blanc.fr/


La Plagne - France
Bellecote glacier : 3000 m
171 cm : snow soft
Avalanche risk low (1/5)
Temperature at 8 a.m. : -5.0 ° c.
Wind : Ouest : 18 km/h


Engelberg Titlis -
Open Lifts
You need to transporta gondola and cablecar to reach Ice Flyer on summit
Engelberg-Gerschnialp-Trübsee Cablecar Trübsee-Stand Cablecar Rotair Stand-Titlis Glacier chairlift Ice Flyer www.titlis.ch

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.
The Glacier 3000 ski area includes 10 installations and 30 km of ski runs ranging from 1350 to 3000 m above sea level. It is a part of the ski area shared with Gstaad Mountain Rides (250 km of ski runs) and the Vaudoises Alps (225 km of ski runs) and is particularly attractive for Freestylers and Freeriders. With the 7km long Olden ski run, Glacier 3000 is able to offer one of the most challenging ski runs in the area - a challenge for any skier or snowboarder

For people who like to have unlimited fun in the snow, the 7 km long Olden ski run is just the right one. The black ski run is one of the longest of this difficulty level in the region

Name - Length - Vert - Top Station
P1 Reusch – Oldenegg 1624 m 572 m 1922 m
P2 Oldenegg – Cabane 2270 m 601 m 2523 m
P3 Col du Pillon – Cabane 1960 m 979 m 2524 m
P5 Cabane – Sex Rouge 1551 m 406 m 2930 m
P6 Oldenalp – Oldenegg 797 m 81 m 1922 m


Jungfrau- Switzerland
Jungfraujoch–Top of Europe (3454 m) An excursion up to the eternal glacier world of Switzerland’s high Alps is an unforgettable experience. At 3454 metres, the Jungfraujoch is the highest-altitude railway station in Europe. From Kleine Scheidegg, the railway travels through the tunnel behind the notorious Eiger North Wall – with stops at two stations with viewing windows hewn in the bare rock – and on to the underground “peak” railway station, Jungfraujoch–Top of Europe

Schilthorn–Piz Gloria (2970 m) The Schilthorn shot to international fame as a spectacular location for the 007 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. The views of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau from the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant are simply stunning
Männlichen (2230 m) Enjoy the spectacular cogwheel railway trip from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. The bottom station of the Wengen–Männlichen aerial cableway is only a few minutes walk from the railway station and village centre. From here it takes just five minutes to soar up over 1000 metres to the Männlichen summit (2230 m). Männlichen is also easy to reach from Grindelwald Grund with Europe’s longest aerial gondola.

>> note this is a glacier un-groomed, best skiing ABOUT Mid morning depending on specific conditions. I hiked from the rail station for about a hour to the shoulder of western ridge of Jungfrau. There is a rope toe for beginners, but for the cost of the train ride to summit, plan on hiking appropriate to conditions ability and safety concerns. Ask Locals who has don what within teh last week!
The summit alone is worth a roll of film www.jungfrau.com

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Closed for the weekend, Gone hiking in Yosemite then ,...skiing !

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