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THE WEATHER CHANNEL PREDICTS BANNER YEAR FOR SPRING SKIING; PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL SKI REPORTS

 THE WEATHER CHANNEL PREDICTS BANNER YEAR FOR SPRING SKIING;
 PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL SKI REPORTS
 Blue Skies Ahead For Skiers -- Recent Rains Bring Snow
 LOS ANGELES, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanks to heavy February precipitation and predictions of more storms during March, skiing conditions in California are the best they've been in five years, according to The Weather Channel.
 "Slopes in the High Sierras and southern mountains of California have a deep snow base and offer excellent spring skiing," said Ray Ban, director of meteorology at The Weather Channel. "Current weather patterns show above normal precipitation that will hold these favorable conditions through March."
 Comprehensive and up-to-date reports of local ski conditions are available to viewers on "Skier's Forecast," a 60-second report that airs eight minutes after every hour on The Weather Channel. "Skier's Forecast" includes summaries of snow base, new snow in the last 24 hours, primary surface conditions and the number of open trails or open acres.
 The national edition of "Skier's Forecast" alternates between an eastern and western focus each hour. Following the national segment, "Skier's Forecast" provides an in-depth report on slope conditions in the viewer's local area, selecting from 170 ski resorts nationwide, including nine in California and three in Nevada. The network uses a sophisticated computer system to deliver this information simultaneously to all viewers, much in the same way it delivers local forecasts throughout the day.
 "We provide forecasts for major ski resorts nationwide and update these reports seven times a day," said Stan Hunter, senior vice president of programming. "This coverage makes The Weather Channel the most comprehensive, most current and most frequent source of ski information on television."
 Skiers may also receive the information provided in "Skier's Forecast" via telephone by calling The Weather Channel Connection at 1-900-WEATHER. The call costs 95 cents per minute.
 The Weather Channel is cable television's only 24-hour weather network and can be seen in more than 50 million homes nationwide. It is owned by Landmark Communications Inc., a Virginia-based media company with nationwide operations in publishing, broadcasting and television programming.
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 /NOTE: Editors and reporters can obtain weather and ski information by calling The Weather Channel's 24-hour forecast desk at 404-433-5123. This number is not for release to the general public.
 /CONTACT: Chris Gunning of Manning, Selvage & Lee, 818-509-1840, for The Weather Channel/ CO: The Weather Channel ST: California IN: SU:


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