10/07/2011 Michael A. Scanlon endlesswintersnow@yahoo.com Endless Winter Snow weblogUpdates.ping EndlessWinterSnow http://endlesswintersnow.blogspot.com/

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Snow Alert -New Zealand - South Island

Avalanche Warnings - None

New Zealand
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.

still good conditions at the higher elevations of Chamonix

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 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


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
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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 -

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/

Val D' Isere & Tignes CLOSED

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


Titlis -

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/

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


Valais Tourism Switzerland
Valaisan Events


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Squaw Valley - Ca

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on the flip side,...In Queenstown the chilly evenings, sub zero frosts and new snow have also served as a welcome reminder that winter is literally on our doorstep. And it just keeps getting better! Overnight there has been more snow at all 3 ski areas with another 10cm at Coronet Peak, 10 cm at The Remarkables and so much new snow at Mt Hutt that we are can't get up there yet ... and there still looks like more in the offing over the weekend!! For more info look at nzski.com

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


Bacardi Gets the job Done

Closed on the weekend,... gone skiing

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