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Note: I will return on Monday March 16. Time for a few days of Sun on Silverado at Squaw.
The U.S. Ski Team's Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) took the competition by storm Saturday, winning the gold medal in moguls at the 2009 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Japan
Pat Deneen takes first place during the FIS Freestyle World Championships men's Moguls event in Inawashiro, Japan
Deneen was closely followed in the men's competition by teammate Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) who finished sixth. In the women's moguls, Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) headed up the list for the U.S., finishing sixth.
On top of having the fastest time down the course, Deneen stuck a Back X, a trick he only learned four days ago, off the top jump. He then landed a D Spin off the bottom jump after struggling with the maneuver for the past few weeks.
Deneen said his ability to perform his air packages so well came from added effort away from the competition trail.
"I went home, worked on it and came back here and everything worked," Deneen said. "I had a really tough training day yesterday and same with this morning, but everything just went together for my finals run. It's pretty amazing.
"This is the toughest moguls course in the world. It was some tough skiing out there today and I had my only top to bottom runs in the actual competition
Hlíðarfjall - Iceland
The ski slopes of Hlíðarfjall are a paradise for skiers; and if you are staying in Akureyri they are right on your doorstep. The environment is of the best and the ski lifts can carry 2930 persons per hour to the slopes above. The difference in altitude from lowest point to highest is about 500 meters. The Ski Centre was built up during the years 1955-1964 but formal operations began in 1962. The ski lodge stands at a height of 506 meters above sea level and can provide sleeping accommodation in twin rooms for 22 persons, besides having a communal sleeping area which can take 70 persons. The ski hut Strýta lies at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level and has a shop and toilet facilities for the use of visitors to Hlíðarfjall
The new ski lift, which has been given the name Fjarkinn, is the pride of the Hlíðarfjall Ski Centre. It is 1000 meters long and carries 4 persons per seat. Fjarkinn replaced the oldest ski lift in the country and its capacity is many times that of its predecessor; 2000 persons an hour instead of a mere 450. It is now but a 61/2 minute ride to Strýta!!
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.
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).
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.
Bump Bash- 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
Big Sky Resort
It's started snowing again in Big Sky and it looks like this is set to continue throughout the weekend! Just in time for the Sno-Bar, which will be opening again tomorrow evening from 6pm-9pm.
Deal of the Day: Spend $100 or more on goggles today at Big Sky Sports and receive a free Big Sky logo lens cloth.
Val Gardena - Italy
In March Val Gardena awaits you for very special skiing holidays in the Dolomites with its family offers Val Gardena SuperKids and Val Gardena SuperSun
On 05th April 2009 takes place the 13th edition of "Südtirol Gardenissima", with 6 km the longest giant slalom of the Dolomites. Last year more than 500 skiers took part at this particular race.
White Pass -Wa
March 14 & 15 - 6th Annual HOPE ON THE SLOPES
24-hour American Cancer Society Fund-raiser. This event was created by White Pass season passholder, Dave Ludwig and now takes place at ski areas around the US. Celebrate with us this year as the total funds raised will exceed the $1 million mark! Get involved, participate, volunteer, donate, sponsor a team!
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
Senior + $0
US Ski Mountaineering Championship : Mar 21 - Mar 22
Inches of fresh snow today is setting Waterville Valley up for another great couple of weeks on the slopes. And it's still snowing. Check out today's powder photo and Jeremy's daily video here.
All 52 trails are open for your skiing and riding adventures plus all five glades and the bump fields on Rock Island, Tyler Too and True Grit. Luke says the Superpipe is in fine shape and Exhibition, Little Slammer, Psyched and the Burton Progression Park are getting a lot of traffic. Luke's latest report is right here, and Tom's Mountain Update is here.
100% of the Waterville Valley cross country trails are open too. According to Mike Seeger, Nordic Director, "As always spring never really comes to our neighborhood until it's over." Looks like Mike is right again.
% of the Waterville Valley cross country trails are open too. According to Mike Seeger, Nordic Director, "As always spring never really comes to our neighborhood until it's over." Looks like Mike is right again.
2009 Junior Olympics at Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers and Waterville Valley Ski Area are excited to host the nation’s best freestyle skiers in five events and it’s all happening this week. The competition starts Wednesday 3/11 in Exhibition with the Slopestyle, followed by Superpipe on Thursday, Moguls on True Grit on Friday, Aerials on Phil’s Hill on Saturday and dual moguls on True Grit on Sunday. Find out more about the event and the competitors at www.wvbbts.org.
Burton Demo Tour and Burton Amateur Series
Waterville Valley is a Super Stop on the Burton Demo Tour and they’ll be heading here from March 13-15 with a huge demo fleet of Burton product to test out for free. The Amateur Series will consist of a slopestyle event and a Superpipe comp for men and women. The Amateur Series is also a qualifier to Burton’s US Open Snowboarding Championships at Stratton, VT in March 2009. First place finishers in each discipline will receive an automatic entry into the US Open pre-qualifiers for both men and women in their respective disciplines
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.
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