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

 got snow ?              News from The Steep, Deep & Extreme International Big Mountain Slopes


Snow Alert - Saas Fee (Switzerland) AND WASHINGTON DC?

Avalanche Advisory - Jackson Ranger District, High: Mostly unstable snow exists on a variety of aspects and slope angles. Natural avalanches are likely. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended

Near the site of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Whistler Heli-Skiing Remains Open During 2010 Olympic And Paralympic Winter Games
Total Terrain 8,171 acres/3,307 hectares
Trails 200 +
Longitude/Latitude 50° latitude, 122° longitude
Mountain Restaurants 17 with a total of 6,540 restaurant seats
Highest Lift Accessed Elevation 2,284 metres/7,494 feet
Whistler Village Elevation 675 metres/2,214 feet
Creekside Base Elevation 653 metres/2140 feet
Number of Lifts 38
,... and a Awesome new gondola ! !


—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


(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.

Sölden - Austria
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

Alyeska Resort
New for 2008-2009 Season, Alyeska Resort Goes to RFID for Lift Ticket and Season Pass Access
What does RFID mean for me?

Using an RFID lift and/or season passes allows guests to set up an automatic charge with a credit card, allowing them to directly access the lifts without waiting at the ticket windows. Alyeska Resort will debut a complete installation of radio frequency identification (RFID) gate technology and the Resort Technology Partners (RTP) software and web services system for the 2008-09 winter season. Purchase your RFID Lift Pass one time for $5 and use it for the rest of the season. One great advantage for Alyeska skiers and riders is that the hands-free system means no more showing a pass at every lift. Skiers place their lift ticket or season pass inside a pocket by itself and leave it there for the day; the antennas will do the rest. The reusable lift pass allows visitors to bypass the ticket window and head straight to the lifts by purchasing visits online. After your day on the slopes, visit alyeskaresort.com and enter the web ID on the pass to track ski history and reload the card. On your next ski day, go straight to the lifts and skip the extra stop at the ticket office. To ensure efficiency of RFID system, skiers and riders can make sure the antennas read the chip in their pass by placing it in a pocket by itself. Do not put it in a pocket near cell phones, music players, metal ware or other passes. The ideal location is above the knees & below the shoulders.
The RFID system will provide a completely hands-free experience for all guests, scanning lift tickets and season passes automatically at turnstiles positioned at the entrance to each lift including the tram, chair 4, chair 3 and eventually chair 6. The scanners receive signals from the tickets that are tucked into jacket or pants pockets. The embedded RFID chip will register with an access gate that will automatically swing open to admit an authorized skier or snowboarder. The less time guests wait in line for lifts, tickets and rentals, the more time they have for fun.
Passes and Cards will be able to be renewed online – never wait to pick up your card again. For more information regarding RFID, check out our RFID LIFT ACCESS page.

Alyeska Resort, located 40 miles south of Anchorage, is Alaska’s premier year-round resort. Tucked amid the Chugach Mountain, Alyeska Ski Resort offers world class skiing and snowboarding with stunning views of the Turnagain Arm. The 1,400 acres of terrain with 2,500 feet of vertical rise, is serviced by nine lifts included a new beginner quad, 60 passenger aerial tram, and high speed quad. Ski-in, ski-out access is available from the Hotel Alyeska which features 304 recently renovated guest rooms and meeting space, the luxurious Spa at Alyeska, five dining venues with fine dining at Seven Glaciers and Sakura & Sushi Bar restaurants, and a salt water mountain-view indoor heated pool and whirlpool spa. For more information on packages, events and rates call Alyeska Resort at 1-800-880-3880

Office de Tourisme
Chamonix Mont-Blanc
85, place du Triangle de l'Amitié
BP 25
F-74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Tel +33 450 53 00 24
Fax +33 450 53 58 90


Kirkwood continues to get hammered with more new snow - 2 FEET this week . Conditions are fantastic!!! Forecasts call for significant accumulations to continue.

Hesavenly Valley
7 AM PST for Friday, FEB 5 , 2010
All this snow makes it the perfect time to schedule your Adventure Session with the Ski and Ride Schools of Heavenly! Your guide will lure you to the best terrain and conditions on the mountain with the quickest access - you'll get the most out of your day, go places that you may not have been to before, cut lift lines and pick up tips and technical information along the way. Adventure Sessions begin at the base of Gunbarrel Express in California and the top of the Gondola at 9:30 am. Intermediate to advanced skiers and riders only. It's just $119 and pass holders get a $30 discount

Heavenly Mountain Resort
Vail | Beaver Creek | Breckenridge | Keystone | Heavenly | RockResorts

Broomfield, CO 80021 www.skiheavenly.com


Air France

Air France

Mt Hood Meadows - Oregon


Designated hiking routes are:
1. North Boundary - Turn right at the first Heather Canyon Runout sign to exit the Mt. Hood Meadows / Forest Service permit area towards the Newton drainage. Please do not go further uphill into the Canyon.
2. South Boundary – Proceed along Mitchell Creek boundary accessing along the tree line skiers right of Buttercup Lift (to your left has you climb uphill).
Ask Ski Patrol for additional information.
Mt. Hood Meadows has created this page in an effort to inform backcountry skiers and snowboarders of current Avalanche Reduction efforts within the Meadows permit boundary. Meadows uses remote delivery systems, including Artillery, for avalanche reduction. This work may be in progress at any time within the permit area. Information about current avalanche control work can be found on this web page, as well as by phone at (503) 337.2222 ext. 1705.
Obey all posted signs and closures

Top of Cascade Express 7,300 ft.
Bottom of Hood River Express 4,523 ft
Vertical Rise 2,777 ft.
Elevation at Base Lodge 5,366 ft.
Additional Hiking 1,700 vertical ft.
Top of Superbowl Skiing 9,000 ft.


Killington - Vermont
Top-to-bottom skiing on more than 1,700 vertical feet of terrain Tuesday at Killington, the only open resort in the Northeast!
Average Base Depth: 18" - 30"
The K-1 Gondola will provide access to the Northridge area as Great Northern/Chute/Lower Bunny Buster trails provide access back to the base of K-1. Skiers and riders are encouraged to enjoy the Northridge area and only ski back to the base for lunch and at the end of the day. No beginner terrain is available!
Skye Peak Express and new trail enhancements, Killington debuts The Stash, an all natural terrain park located off the shoulder of Skye Peak and accessible by the Skye Peak Express. Killington's Stash is one of only five that exist worldwide and the only one on the East Coast. Plus, a new 500-foot Magic Carpet

Sun Peaks Resort
Austria National Ski Team Training Date Feb 2 - 25
Everyone is welcome to enter the Friday Race Series presented by the Rosedale Hotel Vancouver. Racers will be split up into categories based on age, gender, race experience, and whether or not you're racing one time or the entire series. This will ensure everyone has a chance to get in on the prizes. With your $10 race entry fee you'll receive two timed runs, and a cold one afterwards at Masa's Bar + Grill during the race wind up. Provided by the Rosedale Hotel, weekly prizes include 2010 Olympic Merchandise and Sun Peaks keepsakes; series prizes include an iPod, Blackberry Curve, and 7 nights of accommodation at the Rosedale Hotel.
Racers can register at the top of the Rosedale Hotel Race Centre on the Sundance from 11:00am to 12:00pm.


What’s New At Panorama For Winter
Last winter was crammed with World Cup Races, epic snow days, park and pipe events, and wonderful spring skiing. With the return of winter this year, skiers and boarders will notice several enhancements on and off the mountain, all aimed at making their stay at Panorama even better. For the first time, U.S. travelers will have fast and convenient access to Panorama Mountain Village and British Columbia’s Powder Highway. From December 17th, 2008, Delta Airlines will fly three times a week direct from Salt Lake City to the new Canadian Rockies International Airport, in Cranbrook, b.c. From there, it’s a short drive to Panorama. Check www.delta.com for fares and more information.

At a time when other resorts in the region have eliminated jumps and “air” from their freestyle terrain, Panorama is going BIG! This coming season freestylers will ‘Showoff’ in a terrain park that is almost one mile long. In full view of Panorama’s slopeside village and the Mile 1 Quad, the park will be the biggest and best in the Canadian Rockies region. “This season, we’re going to make a huge change to our park. We’re going to put it directly under the Mile One Quad on Showoff. Not only will you be able to watch the show from the enhanced Great Hall deck, but when you’re riding the lift, it will seem like our outstanding local riders and visiting pro’s are flying overhead” explains Kirby Brown, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Although we are going to give high end freestylers the terrain to match their skills, the features will also be about progression. We want to build a space where anyone so inclined can gradually build up their skills and experience the thrills that park riding brings.”

For many people, a visit to Panorama Mountain Village is their first time on skis or a snowboard. New for the season, Panorama has enlarged the beginners area, installed a brand new 135 metre magic carpet (replacing the handle-tow), and introduced programs to enable those new to the mountains and the sport to just get up and go. Panorama has long been known for outstanding grooming on Canada’s longest uninterrupted fall-line cruisers and continues to focus on the quality of the snow surface. This year grooming will be extended to the Founder’s Ridge area, opening even more terrain for intermediate skiers and riders.

Panorama Mountain Village is committed to responsible environmental action. The innovative Intrawest Project Planet initiative has been in place for several years; this winter the resort goes one step further. All Panorama common areas will be cleaned with environmentally friendly products, faucets and toilets in public washrooms are being converted to low-flow, and washrooms are now stocked with 100% recycled papers.

Panorama Mountain Village, located in the Purcell Mountains, has one of the largest vertical descents in North America. Quad chairlifts give access to the summit and over 100 trails, including former Heli-Ski terrain in Taynton Bowl. Panorama is also home to Greywolf, ranked British Columbia’s best golf course by Golf Digest. For more information,
visit www.panoramaresort.com

White Pass - Washington
Feb. 13 - 15 - White Pass Freestyle Bumps & Jumps and Divisional Championships
White Pass Bumps and Jumps February 13, 2010 & PNSA Freestyle Divisional Championships White Pass Freestyle Frenzy February 14 & 15, 2010 Location: White Pass Ski Resort, Washington White Pass Bumps & Jumps Saturday Single moguls Dual Moguls Slopestyle White Pass Freestyle Frenzy Divisional Championships Sunday Single Moguls Dual Moguls Slopestyle Monday Single Moguls Dual Moguls Slopestyle Course: Located on Lower Roller Coaster Visible from main daylodge and easy walk to course


Silverton Mountain BIG SNOW 28” and counting Roads in and out of Silverton Closed It is true! Silverton Mountain has seen over 28” of new snow and it still dumping. The roads in and out of Silverton are currently closed. We will be shredding this powder for weeks to come so make sure to plan your trip to Silverton as soon as you can. The skiing and riding is epic right now, don't miss out. Silverton Mountain normally averages 400”+ of snow per year, with the previous record of 600” inches set in 2007/2008.


Purchase Squaw Valley Lift Tickets & Lessons

Air France

Air France

Subscribe via rss reader
To find information on a resort, event or topic, use the
field at the top of this page.


Post a Comment

<< Home