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Snow Alert -Saas Fe & Zermatt Switzerland yes!
Avalanche Warnings - None


Arapahoe basin - Colorado | BASE: 64"
Scheduled to remain open until June 9th ! ! ! www.arapahoebasin.com

Mammoth Mountain - Ca
With over 405" 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.)
Monday, May 11th Snowbird will now be open for skiing and riding Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Will also be open the Monday of Memorial Day)

Friday, May 15th – Sunday, May 17th Open Lifts: Mineral Basin Express, Little Cloud and the Tram.

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.

Brother Bob say's there is Great spring snow especially for those that want to hike the perimiter of Snowbird /Alta for back-country slopes facing back toward Little Cottonwood cyn,

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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 Timberline is a great place for summer skiing on the Palmer glacier. Pleaze note Timberline has been hosting summer camps and running lifts a LONG Time, how long , loo at the photo below, that Long

Timberline historic photo
And say hello to Bruno !

Bacardi Gets the job Done

Air France www.airfrance.com/us

Stubai Glacier - Austria

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. Sölden's Rettenbach Glacier for summer skiing !

Montafon - Austria

New in the Silvretta Nova 6-seater Sesselbahn Vermiel chairlift
The new fixed 6-seater Vermiel chairlift with conveyor belt entry and luxury upholstery replaces the three Vermiel drag lifts. With the new lift and the moving of the new mountain station to the mountain station of the Grandaubahn, this area is experiencing a substantial qualitative improvement.

Heated seating for the 6-seater Sesselbahn Nova chairlift The SB Nova, newly constructed last winter, is being equipped with heated seating

62 facilities covered by one regional ski pass:
4 Cable cars
10 Gondolas
1 Eight-seater chairlift (Bubble)
5 Six-seater chairlifts (Bubble)
6 Four-seater chairlifts
2 Three-seater chairlifts
10 Two-seater chairlifts
1 Single-seater chairlift
23 Drag, children’s and button lifts


Titlis - Switzerland

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

Val D' Isere -France 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


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/

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Squaw Valley - Ca
At the spring skiing & riding capital you'll find the only lifts turning this weekend in Lake Tahoe servicing the best terrain anywhere! Take the Funitel, Siberia, Bailey's Beach, Links, High Camp, Shirley Lake and Granite Chief chairlifts to miles of California corn snow. The weather is just right during the day and cool at night! 3 stellar terrain parks are serviced by the High Camp Chair!

Purchase Squaw Valley Lift Tickets & Lessons

Final weekend get it while you can! Ride Granite chief and ski High Voltage one more time !
Only 3 days left to get your 50/60 Squaw Valley season pass... These prices won't last!! Purchase now at www.squaw.com www.squaw.com


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


The Freeride World Tour 2009 came to an end with an amazing fourth stage and grand finale: the Nissan Xtreme – Verbier. The Frenchmen, Xavier de Le Rue in snowboard and Aurelien Ducroz in ski, are the Freeride World Champions 2009 while taking incredible victories on the mythical Bec des Rosses. For the women, the Norwegian skier, Ane Enderud, dominated the event thus took her first ever Freeride World Champion title as did the american snowboarder, Susan Mol, who was third today in the competition won by Geraldine Fasnacht.
Freeride World Ranking 2009 .
Men Ski Women Ski Men Snowboard Women Snowboard
1- Aurelien Ducroz FRA
2- Reine Barkered SWE
3-Sverre Liliequist SWE 1-Ane Enderud NOR
2-Marja Persson SWE
3-Jess McMillan USA 1-Xavier de Le Rue FRA
2- Alex Coudray SUI
3- Max Zipser AUT 1- Susan Mol USA
2- Aline Bock GER
3- Geraldine Fasnacht SUI

The Frenchmen Xavier de Le Rue (snowboard) and Aurelien Ducroz (ski), winners of the Nissan Xtreme - Verbier and Freeride World Champions 2009 Xavier de Le Rue and Aurélien Ducroz, leading before the stage in Verbier, brought honor to their Golden Bibs with historic runs. On the windblown Bec des Rosses face with 55° areas which was even tougher than usual, they both opted for really tough lines. Though he had already won the Freeride World Champion title before heading down the slope, Xavier de Le Rue won the competition hands down, this being his second victory of the season after winning the Nissan Freeride de Tignes. This is his second consecutive title. After his podiums at the Nissan Russian Adventure (2nd) and the Nissan Tram Face (3rd), Aurelien Ducroz was victorious in Verbier. Like his winning run in 2006, he revealed his mastery and ease on such steep slopes. Very emotional at the awards ceremony, Aurelien has now claimed his spot as the discipline leader.

Results for the Nissan Xtreme de Verbier 2009

Men Ski Women Ski Men Snowboard Women Snowboard
1- Aurelien Ducroz FRA
2- Reine Barkered SWE
3-Raphy Gillioz SUI 1-Ane Enderud NOR
2- Marja Persson SWE
3-Jess McMillan USA 1-Xavier de Le Rue FRA
2-Mitch Toelderer AUT
3-Matt Annetts SUI 1-Geraldine Fasnacht SUI
2-Bibi Pekarek AUT
3- Susan Mol USA

The Swiss were also successful on the Bec des Rosses with Geraldine Fasnacht’s victory in snowboard, third place for Raphy Gillioz in ski and Alex Coudray taking 2nd in the Freeride World Ranking in snowboard. After her first victory just a few days ago, Geraldine Fasnacht continued her amazing come-back winning the Nissan Xtreme – Verbier. Starting from the right side of the face which was reserved for the women, her fluidity impressed everyone. She won ahead of Bibi Pekarek (AUT) and the new Freeride World Champion, Susan Mol (USA). Susan participated in the Freeride World Tour after having won a qualifier event; she then won the Nissan Tram Face in Squaw Valley USA. Confirming her talent on the European slopes, she took the title ahead of Aline Bock (GER), the other revelation of this season winning in Sochi. Raphy Gillioz (SUI), mountain guide in Verbier and chief ski patrol for the Mont Fort area, mesmerized the huge crowd gathered at the Col de Gentianes to admire the 14th edition of this legendary competition. By choosing the central line of which he alone knew the secrets, he climbed to the third step of the podium. Also, thanks to his great season taking 3rd in Sochi and Tignes, the snowboarder Alex Coudray took second of the Freeride World Ranking 2009.

The Scandinavian skiers, Ane Enderud (NOR), Freeride World Champion 2009, Reine Barkered (SWE) and Sverre Liliequist (SWE), both on the podium of the Freeride World Tour 2009 Encouraged by her entire family that came all the way from Norway, Ane Enderud chose a creative line with impressive jumps. Thanks to her victory in Verbier, she took her first Freeride World Champion title just ahead of Marja Persson (SWE) and Jess McMillan (USA), who were all three on the podium of the Nissan Xtreme – Verbier. For the men, Reine Barkered (SWE), was the revelation of this season winning in Squaw Valley. He concluded the competition with a run packed with lots of quick jumps. Thanks to his 2nd place in Verbier, he thus took second of the Freeride World Ranking 2009 just ahead of his compatriot Sverre Liliequist, winner in Sochi.

The Freeride World Tour 2009, a success The Freeride World Tour (FWT) 2009 brought together the world’s best skiers and snowboarders to compete around the globe: Sochi, Russia, Squaw Valley, USA, Tignes, France and Verbier, Switzerland. Thanks to the 10 Freeride World Qualifiers, certain young talented riders were qualified to participate in this season’s major events. With points earned in both the Freeride World Tour events as well as the Freeride World Qualifier events, the Freeride World Ranking 2009 was established: only the top three event points earned were counted to determine the Freeride World Champions 2009 as well as the list of those qualified for the Freeride World Tour 2010. The athletes have been actively involved in developing the Freeride World Tour and the future of this sport



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