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Mountain High has earliest opening in its history

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California’s Mountain High has joined the flurry of US mountains opening early this season. After a storm dropped 18 inches of snow overnight, the ON buttons on the mountain’s chairlifts were hit at noon today (Wednesday).

 “When I went to bed it was fall and when I woke up it was winter. You can’t believe the amount of snow that fell overnight,” said marketing director John McColly.

It’s the earliest that the mountain has ever opened – it usually doesn’t take its first skiers and snowboarders until November.

Arbor sign Colleen Quigley

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Arbor Snowboards have signed East Coast rider Colleen Quigley to their Ambassador Team.

"Arbor is a great grassroots company," said Colleen. "They make amazing boards. I also feel really good about riding for them because Arbor contributes to good causes like the non-profit American Forests program. They have an incredible team and I’m honored to be a part of it."

The Burton World Tour Hits “The OC”

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Report by: Jocelyn Chu

The Burton World Tour (BWT) members ventured to "The OC" on October 22nd. The Orange County stops of Sports Chalet in Huntington Beach and the Active Ride Shop in Costa Mesa were the two last stops in the North American leg of the Tour before they head to Japan.

Here’s a recap of what transpired in during the Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa stops:

Glasgow Red Bull Rail Storm on TV on Sunday

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The Red Bull Rail Storm contest which took place in Glasgow’s George Square at the end of September will be on British TV this weekend. Check out Channel 4 at 8.30am for a half-hour programme on Sunday, October 31st. Best watched in bed at that time of the morning methinks…

Mammoth has earliest opening in 10 years

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Mammoth in California opened for the first time this season on Wednesday. Keen skiers and snowboaders were queuing from 4am to take advantage of the earliest opening for ten years and the first uploads were rewarded with knee-deep first tracks. Mammoth currently has a base depth of three to four feet of machine groomed show. At least four lifts will be open this weekend.
Check www.mammothmountain.com for the latest info.

Les Deux Alpes to host second Billabong World Junior Pro

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The second Billabong World Junior Pro contest will take place at Les Deux Alpes in France from 1st – 5th March 2005.

This slopestyle contest is open to all international riders aged 20 and under. Qualifying competitions are taking place throughout winter around the World. At each stop, two riders will qualify through to the Billabong World Junior Pro.

Daniel Franck to attend Sheffield AIM contest

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Norwegian snowboard legend and ex World Champion Daniel Franck will make a rare appearance at the Sheffield Ski Village for the Orange AIM Series Artificial Snowboard Slopestyle Championships on Saturday 23rd October 2004. He’ll be around to chat to competitors and spectators and hopefully inspire them to push their riding even more this season. He’ll also be talking about his new project Franck Academy – which is a snowboard camp he is holding at Oppdal, Norway from 6th – 13th February.

AIM Orange Artificial Slopestyle Championships this weekend

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The Orange AIM National Artificial Slopestyle Championships are taking place at Sheffield Ski Village over the weekend of 23rd and 24th October.
The slopestyle course will consist of moguls at the top of the course making way for the only artificial half pipe with an option of a small cliff drop. Then on to either the quarter pipe or the big air jump and the last features will be the demanding 7 metre flat to down rail and 4 metre double tubed rail. There’ll also be skier/boardercross and halfpipe jam contests.