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Arapahoe Basin
Lifts Open 1/7
open for the 09/10 season .
Over 350" of snow hits our summit annually. The Basin boasts one of the longest ski seasons in North America. You're in the right place to check our most recent conditions
Limited terrain but OPEN


Loveland Basin
Lifts Open 1/9
Annual Snowfall 400 inches / 1016 cm
Area 1365 acres / 5523959 m2
Base Elevation 10600 feet / 3231 meters
Summit Elevation 13010 feet / 3965 meters
Vertical Drop 2410 feet / 735 meters


Craving Winter? These Films Should Fix the Problem for Now
We love these movies, produced by Jackson Hole superstars, Teton Gravity Research and Swift Silent Deep productions. Live vicariously through the lens of these filmmakers who whisk you from the Tetons to the epic lines of Italy, Poland and Alaska

Mt Hood Meadows
NEIGHBORHOOD BUS PROGRAMS Find a ride to Meadows with our new Micro Maps bus locator. You'll find Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday midweek adult buses from throughout the Portland / Vancouver metro area (and the Dalles and Hood River, too!) www.skihood.com

Whistler Heli-Skiing Remains Open During 2010 Olympic And Paralympic Winter Games
October 9, 2009 (Whistler, BC)—Whistler Heli-Skiing will remain open throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, giving skiers and riders the chance to carve fresh tracks on 432,000 acres of powder-loaded terrain, all season long, beginning on December 5, 2009. Intermediate and expert skiers and riders looking for the ultimate high-alpine winter adventure can head over to the new Whistler Heli-Skiing store in the Carleton Lodge when it opens on November 15, to pre-book their heli-skiing trip. Then, from December 5 onward, join an experienced heli-ski guide to be whisked away via the Whistler Heliport to one of 173 glaciers. Heli-skiing, which has firmly held its roots in British Columbia since the 1960s, has become popular among skiers and snowboarders looking to experience a mountain in its natural environment. Often filled with dream-like powder over wide-open glacial runs, it is as accessible an adventure to expert riders as it is to those riding at an intermediate level.

“There’s been a myth that heli-skiing is an experts-only experience where you leap 20 feet out of a helicopter onto the most challenging, wind crusted terrain, but this simply isn’t true,” adds Sadan. “While experts can certainly tackle the more challenging slopes, the reality is, heli-skiing is an exhilarating trip through natural terrain that intermediate level skiers and riders, not just the pros, can enjoy.” Guests who participate in a Whistler Heli-Skiing session during the Olympic or Paralympic Games will undergo a brief security screening, much like you would at an airport, before taking flight. Those travelling to the area can be rest-assured that Highway 99 will be open for travel; meanwhile, nearby Whistler Blackcomb’s terrain will remain 90% open to the public as well. “This is going to be a phenomenal season for Heli-Skiing and it appears that skiers and riders agree with us: we’re already seeing a number of bookings during the Olympic months and we expect that number to continue to grow,” says Sadan.

If you’ve never skied or snowboarded through vast waves of powder or are simply looking for a brush up on your technique, Whistler Heli-Skiing is offering a new, two-day program this year called Introduction to Heli-Skiing. Day one will have you on the slopes with a Whistler Blackcomb ski or snowboard pro who will walk you through the ins-and-outs of heli-skiing, powder shredding and much more. Day two on the other hand, is all about carving the mountain alongside a professionally trained Whistler Heli-skiing guide and a group of skiers or riders of the same ability. Guests then cap the day off with drinks, some shared stories and a big screen television showcasing their trip down the mountain in what will no doubt be an après to remember.
For more information on Whistler Heli-Skiing or to book your session, head over to www.whistlerheliskiing.com

Mammoth Mountain
Opening Day for Winter 2009/10 Winter Officially Begins Friday! Make your plans to visit Mammoth Friday, October 16 and celebrate one of Mammoth's earliest openings ever www.mammothmountain.com

New Lifts for 2009 - 2010 Season
(Donner Summit, CA) – Sugar Bowl Resort announced that the historic ski resort atop Donner Summit, in operation since 1939, will install a new chairlift this summer, accessing the Judah Bowl area of the mountain. Located within the resort’s already approved and current United States Forest Service (USFS) special use permit boundary, the new chairlift will take skiers and riders to the ridge top of Mt. Judah, dropping them off just below the summit. While skiers and riders can currently access this skiable acreage by hiking, the new lift will allow the resort to maximize usage of, and access to, skiable terrain within the currently permitted boundary. The chair, a CTEC-built Garaventa fixed-grip quad, will have an uphill capacity of 1,200 people per hour.
Sugar Bowl’s impressive access to backcountry terrain will remain intact, with rules and regulations not affected. The new chairlift will deposit skiers and riders at the summit of some of the best “sidecountry” terrain – areas beyond the resort’s boundary yet legally accessible – in the region. operational for the 2009/10 ski season.

Solitude Mountain Resort: ANOTHER NEW QUAD FOR 2009/2010
That's right - Solitude Mountain Resort has begun installation on Powderhorn II, a $1.5 million improvement to the lift system. A replacement of the original Powderhorn double, a holdover from its mid-70s installation - albeit with an improved lift line - comes on the heels of last winter's $7 million investment in two detachable express quads. That's three new quads in just the past two years!
Powderhorn II will start from the bottom of Sunshine Bowl, travel above the Concord ski run, and end in the same location as the original Powderhorn Lift. The move to a mid-mountain starting point allows expert snowriders to make continuous laps on the upper mountain - from Diamond Lane to Sunshine Bowl - without the need to return to the base area via beginner runs. A speedy 7 minute lift ride on the new lift, as opposed to 12 on the old double, saves 5 minutes per run on some of the state's steepest groomed terrain. Plus, the off-piste terrain in Honeycomb Canyon will still be conveniently accessed from the top of this lift.
Last winter's new Apex and Moonbeam Express lifts introduced high speed lift access from both base areas to mid-mountain, allowing Powderhorn II to begin higher on the mountain. Accessible from all three detachable lifts, including Eagle Express, a greater on-mountain flow is achieved throughout the resort. Solitude's goal with terrain and lift improvements, now and into the future, is to efficiently utilize pockets of terrain which are naturally separated by the layout and slope of the mountain

Sölden - Austria
In the near future a brand-new mountain gondola will whisk you up to the top of Gaislachkogl peak. It is sais to be one of the most spectacular architectonic highlights in all of Austria, offering the latest technical standards. The new Gaislachkogl mountain gondola will be in operation from the 2010/2011 winter season.

Besides operational safety, a higher level of comfort and increased transport capacity it is of utmost importance for the Bergbahnen Sölden Lift Company to add new architectonic highlights. The architect's office run by Johann Obermoser (Innsbruck/Austria) exactly meets all these requirements. At the base terminal a slim but longish steel construction hosts the cable railway station while the exterior is covered with a transparent and tear-resistant plastic foil. All three new mountain gondola stations of Gaislachkogl stick to a similar style: Artistically curved buildings with a steel skeleton inside, covered by a giant plastic skin. The lateral access platforms can be easily reached either via fully automated escalators or with a top modern elevator. A fact which guarantees even more quality and comfort
Section I: Single Rope Gondola
Total length: 2.040,48 m
Capacity/cabin: 8 persons
Speed: 6 m/s
Hourly capacity: 3.600 persons/hour
Gondola cabins: 107
Riding time: 6,7 min.
Altitude valley: 1.363 m
Altitude middle station: 2.174 m
Difference in altitude: 811 m

Section II: Triple Rope Gondola
Total length: 1.978 m
Capacity/cabin: 30 persons
Speed: 6 m/s
Hourly capacity: 2.600 persons/hour
Lift towers: 3
Gondola cabins: 19
Riding time: 5,5 min.
Altitude top station: 3.040 m
Difference in altitude: 864 m



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