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Schweitzer skiers enjoyed their first chairlift ride of the 2014-15 season as the resort opened limited terrain on Nov. 22. (Courtesy)

Four area ski resorts opening this weekend 

UPDATED 2:35 p.m. on 1-27-14 -- 49 Degrees postpones opening because of warm weather. WINTERSPORTS -- Four ski resorts in the Inland Northwest have announced they plan to be running lifts this weekend. Skiing will be on limited terrain until more snow falls; ticket prices...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

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SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

Groomers hit the slopes at Lookout Pass Ski Area on Nov. 6, 2013, to start packing and preparing the newfallen snow for the upcoming season. (Lookout Pass Ski Area)

Some ski resorts may open this weekend

WINTER SPORTS -- Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North ski areas have put skiers and boarders on alert that snow is piling up on their slopes and, depending on what the incoming storm deposits overnight, they may start their lifts this weekend for the first...

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MONDAY, OCT. 14, 2013

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

Don Brockett performs a flip on skis during a pond skimming event at Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., March 24, 2013. Traditionally, crowds start to thin in April as ski areas wind down their operations, but this can be one of the best months of the season. (AP Photo/Janet Jensen, The News Tribune) (Janet Jensen / Associated Press)

10 reasons to stay on your skis, snowboards 

WINTER SPORTS -- Thar's white gold in them thar hills, and plenty of snowpack for getting in a few more runs on skis and snowboards before spring creeps up into the the mountains. Inland Northwest ski resorts are taking different approaches ending or extending their...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013

Alan Shepherd speeds down the mountain on Telemark skis Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 49 Degrees North near Chewelah.  It's spring break week and skiing is free at the ski area, thanks to sponsorship by Toyota.   JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review (Jesse Spokesman-revi / The Spokesman-Review)

Ski areas winding down; some extending season 

WINTER SPORTS -- Good spring skiing is in the forecast for skiers and snowboarders as Inland Northwest resorts post various schedules, events and season extensions. Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced today the extension of the ski season through April 14, noting the snowpack remains excellent. The...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Kaley Hurst skis toward Junction 5 during the Spokane Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country race Feb. 13, 2011, at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

Race series keeps nordic skiers waxing poetic

WINTER SPORTS – Cross-country skiers can test their performance over the course of the season and take a stab at winning cool prizes by entering the four-race Selkirk Nordic Series at Inland Northwest venues. The series schedule includes: Jan. 21: Cougar Gulch Race, 5- or...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2011

Snowshoeing is another popular activity in the West Glacier area. (Darrin Schreder / Courtesy Glacier Country Tourism)

Activities abound for nordic skiers, snowshoers 

WINTER SPORTS -- Free-heel skiers and snowshoers have plenty of events to sample in the next two weeks. Among them: Snowshoeing activites organized by Spokane Parks and Recreation include: Winter survival youth camp, Dec. 28-29, to learn snowshoeing and snow shelter building skills. Mount Spokane...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2011

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

Skiers and snowboarders pack the lift during opening day at Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation on the  Idaho/Montana border Friday. Lookout reported 34 inches of snow at the summit and 18 inches at the base. (Kathy Plonka)

Most ski areas open; 5th graders get special deal 

WINTER SPORTS -- Silver Mountain opend its lifts Monday while 49 Degrees North had customers floating on two feet of prime powder for it's opener on Saturday. Lookout Pass will reopen on Thanksgiving and Mt. Spokane opens Friday, conditions permitting. FREEBIE FOR 5th GRADERS Don't...

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MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011


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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.