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She’s Not Heavy, She’s My Wife

Every time you carry your wife around, just remember - there's a competition for that. It started in Finland in a little town called Sonkajärvi where apparently they decided to start the sport called, “Wife Carrying.” According to the internet, there may be deep roots in history with men stealing woman from nearby villages, but don't worry — the current status of the sport is all in good fun. There's a little wife carrying action happening at Lookout Pass on Jan. 15. Men will test their strength and stamina by carrying around their wives in the snow/Nicole Hensley, KXLY Facebook. More here. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Hensley/KXLY Facebook)

Question: When did you last carry your wife? Or be carried by your husband?

Area Ski Slopes Opening Early

Lines were 10 deep at the ticket window and every chair was full as Lookout Pass opened for skiing and snowboarding Friday morning, maintaining its tradition of being first among the Inland Northwest’s five resorts to launch the season. “I’m here to get my shred on,” said Tanner Puyleart, 22, a snowboarder who came up from Coeur d’Alene with three friends, all North Idaho College students. “This is one of the best first days I’ve seen in a long time and I’ve been snowboarding 16 years,” said his friend, Jeff Elder, 26. Saturday, two other Inland Northwest ski areas will join Lookout in opening part of their terrain – Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint and 49 Degrees North in Chewelah. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park and Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg plan to open next Friday. That means all the resorts will be open to take in lucrative holiday-season revenue/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka's SR photo: Skiers and snowboarders pack the lift during opening day at Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation on the Idaho/Montana border Friday)

Question: Do you play in the snow much?

Route Of Hiawatha Opens Saturday

Pump up the bike tires and grab your helmet - one of the Inland Northwest's favorite trail rides, the Route of the Hiawatha, opens Saturday! The June 11th opening actually marks a delay in the trail's typical season. The route usually opens from May to September, but the cool spring and heavy snowfall delayed the opening. Crews from Lookout Pass, which operates the trail, have been clearing the snow from the trailhead's highest peak to get ready for this weekend. Route of the Hiawatha follows the old Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Montana and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho. USA Today recently named it one of the top rail-to-trail adventures in the country/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here. (SR file photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question: Have you ridden the Route of the Hiawatha? Would you recommend it to other bicyclists?

Lookout Leads World In Snow Dump

Lookout Pass ski area has just been cited as having received “the most snowfall in the world” among reporting ski resorts during the past seven days. The one week total:  6.5 FEET, most of which fell Sunday-Tuesday. The distinction has just been distributed around the globe by, which collects daily reports and compiles stats from more than 2,000 ski areas in Europe and North America/Rich Landers, Outdoors. More here.

Question: Are you still skiing/snowboarding/sledding this winter?

Lookout Pass To Open Friday

Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area is opening its lifts Friday to take advantage of 8 inches of fresh snow on a base up to 20 inches deep, Phil Edholm, ski area president announced minutes ago. “The majority of the front side of the mountain will be open with top to bottom skiing and riding off Chair 1 plus the beginner area,” he said, noting that coverage is good and snow was still falling at 11 a.m. today. Lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday with  reduced ticket rates, but full services. Additional lifts and terrain will be opened as conditions allow/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors Blog. More here.

Question: When do you usually strap on your skis for the first time during a snow season?

Lookout Pass plans expansion

Phil Edholm, chief executive  of Lookout Pass Ski Area, talks about expansion plans that would include 2,000 acres over two mountain peaks. He gave a tour of the proposed expansion site near the Idaho-Montana border on Wednesday.

Lookout Pass Ski Area has submitted a $20 million expansion plan to the U.S. Forest Service that would more than quadruple its terrain over 20 years, adding eight new chairlifts, a second base area and encompassing two additional peaks.

Lookout is the smallest of the Inland Northwest’s five regional ski areas. If the plan comes to fruition, Lookout’s acreage would rival the other four: Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park and 49 Degrees North in Chewelah. Full Story. Alison Boggs, SR

Do you ski Lookout? Do you ski at all?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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