Location: Squaw Valley, CAIt's late February, and press releases are dumping into the Newschoolers mailboxes like the snowflakes that are pummeling ski slopes from California to the Alps. If a press release for your resort isn't included, post your local snowfall in the comments! Here in Oregon we've got a few feet of fresh already, and more on the way!- kamikazeSnow Alert: Squaw Valley Receives 7 Feet of Snow in 5

Days

[Squaw

Valley USA] February 27, 2007- The second cold

storm in five days left 56 inches of fresh snow on Squaw Valley USA.

The forecast calls for snow continuing to fall through the night

tonight, and into Wednesday morning. The National Atmospheric &

Oceanic Administration (NOAA) reports, “Very cold air associated

with this system is helping to keep the air mass extremely unstable

over the region. The instability is also helping to intensify

snowfall rates . . . This combined with the cyclonic flow and speed

shear just north of the jet will help to increase snowfall rate this

evening.” In layman’s terms: this storm will continue to bring

light, delicious powder to Squaw Valley’s slopes.

• The

storm total to date is 83 inches or 7 FEET of fresh snow since

Thursday, February 22.

• After

a clear day on Saturday, a second (even stronger) storm cycle came

from the north. Snow has been falling at a rate of 1-2 inches per

hour since Sunday, February 25, blanketing Squaw Valley with an

additional 5 FEET of snow.

• To

date this season, Squaw Valley USA has received 257 inches or over

21 ½ feet of snow on the upper mountain. Current base depths measure

112-146” inches on the upper elevations.

• For

the most up-to-date resort conditions, operations schedules, holiday

events and live mountain cams, visit Squaw Valley’s web site at

http://www.squaw.com or call 530-583-6955.

• To

take advantage of the world’s best ski and snowboard conditions

schedule your trip now! Call Squaw Valley Central Reservations for

lodging and lift ticket packages at 866-366-7261.Winter Returns to European Ski

Resorts

Heavy snow falls in the

Alps

 

After a variable start to

the winter season ski resorts across Europe have been blanketed with snow and more is predicted

to fall this week.

 

Snow started falling at the

beginning of last weekend and large amounts of snow have fallen across European

resorts. Chamonix has reported nearly a metre

of new snow since the start of the weekend and many other French and Swiss

resorts including La Plagne, Val

d’Isère, Courchevel, Verbier and Wengen have reported similar

levels. Austrian and Italian resorts haven’t missed out either with fresh snow

in most areas.

 

More snow is forecast this

week with Val Thorens expecting up

to 44cm, Les Arcs 42cm, Alpe d’Huez 52cm and Chamonix 50cm. Verbier in Switzerland has 48cm predicted and Davos 43cm. In

Austria Obergurgl has 32cm predicted

and 27cm is predicted in the Italian

resort of Cervinia.

 

The Ski Club rep in

Argentière described the current snow conditions: “There is so much new snow in

Argentière; we are skiing thigh-deep powder in places with some fantastic tree

skiing. This much snow should ensure a good base for the rest of the

season.”

Bringing snow

reporting right up to date, a Snow

Podcast is now available on the Ski Club of Great Britain’s internet TV

channel http://www.skiTV.co.uk offering a

round up of latest snow conditions. The Snow Podcast is also available to

download from http://www.skiclub.co.uk and iTunes.

The Ski Club of

Great Britain’s website http://www.skiclub.co.uk also has

daily snow reports and weather forecasts covering 250 resorts, detailed reports

from reps in 42 major resorts worldwide and twice-weekly snow overviews updated

every Monday and Thursday. The reports provide the most up to date and accurate

snow information on the internet.

The Ski Club also

offers a text message service where snow reports are sent directly to a mobile

phone as an SMS. The reports are also available on a phone

line.*

In resorts

where a large amount of snow has fallen there will be an increased avalanche

risk. The Ski Club’s advice when skiing off-piste to always

take a shovel, transceiver and probe and always ski with a

partner, take heed of local advice and do not venture off the

piste without appraising the avalanche hazard sensibly. For more information on

avalanche safety visit http://www.skiclub.co.ukHeavenly

receives Two Feet of new snow!WHO: Heavenly Mountain

Resort

WHAT: Snows Return to Tahoe

- Heavenly Receives Two Feet of Fresh Snow

WHERE: Heavenly Mountain

Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.

WHEN: Friday, February 23,

2007

SUMMARY: After one

of the driest Januarys on record, skiers and riders are rejoicing after

Heavenly records up to thirty inches of new snow. This new snow gives

Heavenly excellent ski and ride conditions, and has increased the snow

base to 62 to 82 inches. Heavenly now has all 29 of its lifts open and

has 85 open trails. The recent storms have enabled Heavenly to open

additional entrance gates into the expert area of Killebrew Canyon.

It snowed the entire day yesterday,

Thursday, February 22, 2007, and the skies have cleared today during

a break in the storm system predicted to continue through next Tuesday.

This storm should set Heavenly up as one of the top snowsports destination

for the rest of the season. For fresh video, mountain snapshots, conditions

and vacation packages, go to http://www.skiheavenly.com. NEARLY THREE FEET OF FRESH SNOW FALLS AT MAMMOTHMAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA – A winter storm slammed Mammoth Mountain, Calif., and dropped nearly three feet of fresh snow on the ski resort over the weekend. More than five feet of snow

fell at the top of the mountain. Skiers and snowboarders, along with

resort operators are rejoicing after a relatively dry start to the

winter.This was the biggest storm to hit Mammoth this season and at times snow

fell at a rate of more than an inch an hour. The tropical storm system

that moved through bodes well for Mammoth because of the resort's high

elevation, where temperatures are cooler. With a summit at 11,053 feet,

Mammoth is the highest resort in California.Mammoth Mountain is now reporting a base depth of 3-5 feet of powder, packed powder and machine groomed snow. The new snow helped get the Mountain in great shape for the upcoming holiday weekend. Mammoth has received a total of 114 inches of snow this season and more snow is in the forecast. For up-to-the minute information on snow conditions and weather, visit MammothMountain.com or call 888.SNOW.RPT.Mammoth

Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in

California. The company owns and operates Mammoth Mountain Ski Area,

June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile

Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Mammoth Mountain Inn and also

operates Juniper Springs Resort, the Village at Mammoth, and Sierra

Star Golf Club in Mammoth Lakes, California. For more information on

Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.OKEMO RECORDS BIGGEST DAY IN SKI RESORT’S

HISTORY

LUDLOW, Vt. – In a year when winter arrived late and skier

visits have been down all across the Northeast, Okemo Mountain

Resort has seen a remarkable turnaround in business levels and

recorded its biggest day in the 51-year history of the resort.

Sunday, February 18, saw skier visits 10 percent ahead of the

same day last year and 2.2 percent better than the best day on

record. The record was previously set on February 20, 2005, also on

the Sunday of President’s Day Weekend. Prior to the Valentine’s Day

snowstorm that dropped more than two feet of powder on the southern

Vermont resort, nearly 90 percent of Okemo’s terrain was open,

thanks to snowmaking efforts that created a snow base of up to 30

inches. On the day following the storm, Okemo was 100 percent

open.

“It’s amazing what a snowstorm leading up to a three-day holiday

weekend can bring when it doesn’t affect travel,” says Okemo

Director of Marketing Scott Clarkson. “A lot of pent up demand was

released in the marketplace and Okemo’s reputation for optimal

conditions made it a destination of choice this week.”

In reviewing skier visits for entire week that included the

President’s Day weekend, Okemo was 11 percent ahead of the same

period last year.

Resort areas that saw the greatest increase in participation

over the three-day weekend were ski and snowboard lessons – up

eight percent over last year, and daycare – up 16 percent. Snow

tubing, a new offering at Okemo, has been very well received with

participation exceeding expectations. Additional activities that

visitors have been enjoying are ice skating at Jackson Gore’s new

Ice House, horse-drawn wagon rides, swimming at the new Spring

House fitness and aquatic center, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, spa

services, and more.

More information about Okemo Mountain Resort may be obtained by

calling (802) 228-1600 or by visiting okemo.com.


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