ALBANY, New York ??вЂќ With plenty of new snowfall in many areas across New York State – from five inches to more than a foot, depending on the location – skiing conditions are fantastic. This weekend is a great time to get out and enjoy wonderful downhill experiences, as well as take advantage of special events being held at many ski areas.
In the Adirondacks, Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, holds the State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup March 3-6. The top snowboarders in the world will be competing as part of the Nokia FIS Snowboard World Cup Tour in men’s and women’s Parallel Giant Slalom, Superpipe and Snowboard Cross. Admission to the event is free with a Whiteface lift ticket. March 6 is Super Sunday, with special $25 lift tickets for adults and $15 for juniors. For more information call (518) 946-2223 or visit www.whiteface.com.
Sunday, March 6 is the Northwoods Triathlon at Gore Mountain. The event is a combination of downhill skiing, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. To learn more about this unique event, call (800) 342-1234 or (518) 251-2411, or visit www.goremountain.com.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, Friday night at Willard Mountain in Greenwich is Rock the Mountain Night, with live bands, a DJ, torch light parade and fireworks. Call (800) 457-SNOW or (518) 692-7337, or visit www.willardmountain.com for more information.
In the Catskills, Belleayre Mountain in Highmount is holding a Mogul Mash, March 6. This special mogul race is open to the first 100 people – both children and adults – to sign up. Contestants will be judged on their ability to ski bumps with rhythm, ability to stay in the fall line with the fewest deviations, and overall technical ability. For more information on these and other events at Belleayre, call (845) 254-5600 or visit www.belleayre.com.
Windham Mountain in Windham is holding the Catskill Mountain Series Slopestyle on March 6. A judged event through the terrain park over bumps, rails, and jumps, competitors are judged on style, air, tricks and overall impression. Athletes earn points towards a bid for nationals and must be a USASA member. The event features great prizes in the bib drawing; visit www.usasa.org for more information. Also on March 6, Windham holds the Michael Gray Memorial Race, which is open to all skiers or snowboarders, with racers competing by age and gender categories. The day includes lift ticket, fun race and apr??s ski and awards party. To sign up contact The Adaptive Sports Foundation at (518) 734-5070. For other Windham Mountain events and information, call (800) 754-9463 or (518) 734-4300, or visit www.windhammountain.com.
In the Hudson Valley, Catamount Ski Area, in Hillsdale, is holding a Rail Jam on March 5 at 1 p.m. For more information, call (800) 342-1840 or (518) 325-3200 or visit www.catamountski.com. Mt. Peter Ski Area in Warwick presents Blues at the Mountain on March 5. Swing into March with blues band Full Plate. March 6 is Scout Day; lift tickets that day will be $15 for all scouts and $20 for family members. All troops are welcome; advance registration is appreciated. For more information, call (845) 986-4992 or visit www.mtpeter.com.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Holiday Valley and the Village of Ellicottville hold their annual winter carnival, March 12 and 13. This weekend of fun for the entire family features parades, music, contests, food and more. Saturday’s events include the Snow Ponies Race, the Cardboard Box Race, and the downtown Mardi Gras parade. Sunday’s events include the costume parade and the infamous Dummy Downhill. For more information call (800) 323-0020 or (716) 699-2345, or visit www.holidayvalley.com.
March 5 and 6 is Nastar Participant Race Party Weekend at Cockaigne Ski Area in Cherry Creek, with Triple Treat NASTAR at 11 a.m. and NASTAR at 1 p.m. each day. The weekend also features the ski area’s year-end awards party. For more information on these and other Cockaigne events, call (716) 287-3223 or visit www.cockaigne.com.
In the Finger Lakes region, Greek Peak Ski Resort in Cortland is holds the J1-11 New York State GS Championship, and the Annual Greek Peak Mogul Competition on March 5. For more information call (800) 955-2754 or (607) 835-6111 or visit www.greekpeak.net. Labrador Mountain in Truxton holds the JI&II New York State Championship March 6. For more information, call (800) 446-9559 or (607) 842-6204, or visit [url]www.labradormtn.com”>www.labradormtn.com]www.greekpeak.net. Labrador Mountain in Truxton holds the JI&II New York State Championship March 6. For more information, call (800) 446-9559 or (607) 842-6204, or visit [url]www.labradormtn.com.
Also in the region, the Greater Rochester area is celebrating winter with Coldrush 2005 through March 31, featuring hundreds of great indoor and outdoor events. For more information, call (585) 546-3070 or (800) 677-7282, or visit [url=http://www.goforthecold.com]www.goforthecold.com.