Monthly Archive for August, 2006

Work Starts On Five Star Ritz Carlton at Tahoe

The official groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for Lake Tahoe’s first five-star luxury hotel — the 173-room The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe at Northstar-at- Tahoe ski resort in North Lake Tahoe. The new $300-million resort project is slated to open in late 2009.

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Australia’s Mt. Perisher to Open Tomorrow

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After 25 centimetres (10 inches) of fresh snow in the last two days, Mt. Perisher is expected to open for skiing and snowboarding on Thursday for the first time this season.

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Guilty Pleas In Vail Fire Bombing Case

Six former members of the now disbanded Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front have pleaded guilty to firebombing charges relating to 16 attacks between 1996 and 2001. The groups targets included logging, wild horse roundups, genetic engineering of plants, sport utility vehicles sales and the expansion of Vail ski resort in to what they considered endangered lynx habitat. The expansion in to Blue sky Basin, which had been fought by environmental groups through the courts for ten years, went ahead the following year.

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Spend The Night In A Blizzard at –10, Indoors

Indoor snow centre Xscape, Castleford, has created a new opportunity for snow addicts – the chance to ‘camp out’ on the snow slope through the night when temperatures are brought down to minus 10 and snow is made for up to five hours.

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Snowboarding champion riding for children in Mongolia

A taste of Mongolia, doorags, and a New Zealand pro-snowboarder riding for underprivileged children: an unusual combination but one you will find on the slopes at this year’s Burton NZ Open, August 3-5, at Snow Park NZ in Wanaka.

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New Ski Centre under Construction in Bulgaria

Work on a new ski resort has begun this week in Bulgaria. The ski centre is close to the small southern city of Blagoevgrad, 101 km (63miles) south of capital Sofia.

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World’s Most Expensive Home On Sale in Aspen

The “Aspen compound” owned by Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia is on sale for $135m, the highest real estate price in U.S. and therefore probably world history. The sale is being handled by the real estate arm of Christies auction house.

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