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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017

SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2017

Ben Parsons competes in the Whitefish Whiteout at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont., in 2016. Parsons, 36, died Jan. 5, 2017, of injuries suffered in an avalanche in Glacier National Park. Parsons was an endurance athlete who competed in mountain bike and ski mountaineering races.  (Greg Lindstrom / Flathead Beacon via AP)

Avalanche kills backcountry skier in Glacier Park

WINTERSPORTS -- An endurance athlete and firefighter who was partially buried in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Montana’s Glacier National Park died as emergency crews tried to rescue him, officials said Friday. Ben Parsons, 36, of Kalispell, was a skilled outdoor adventurer who competed...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016

Wallowa Avalanche Center logo.

Wallowa Avalanche Center names new director

WINTERSPORTS – A professional ski guide has been named director of the Wallowa Avalanche Center, replacing a director who was killed in an avalanche last spring. Victor McNeil fills the vacancy left by the death of Kip Rand, who died in an avalanche last March...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016

Backcountry skiing involves some inherent risks, including exposure to avalanche terrain. (Rich Landers)

Avalanche awareness sessions offered in Sandpoint

WINTERSPORTS – Two avalanche awareness seminars will be be offered free this month in Sandpoint. Selkirk Powder Company and the Alpine Shop have teamed to host the one-hour seminars promoting avalanche awareness for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those in the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains. On Dec....

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016

Snowskaters on the slopes at Silver Mountain Resort in February 2015. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Silver Mountain to open ski lifts Friday

WINTERSPORTS -- After a soft holiday weekend opening for snow tubing, scenic rides and skiing and boarding on the beginner hill, Silver Mountain Resort plans to crank up more lifts on Friday. The resort plans to operate Chair 1, 2 and the beginner conveyer lift....

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THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2016

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016

Eric Gullickson, an instructor with the Northwest Avalanche Center, points toward the sky as he explains how a slope heated by the sun can affect the possibility of an avalanche as he leads teenagers on an avalanche awareness field trip at Mount Baker, Washington. As more young adults head out of bounds to ski, snowboard or hike in the winter, experts are targeting their message about avalanche safety and knowledge to an even younger audience. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Avalanche kills Oregon avalanche center director

WINTERSPORTS – The director of an avalanche center in Oregon who taught winter survival and avalanche awareness courses has died in an avalanche. The EO Media Group reports that Wallowa Avalanche Center Director Kip Rand was killed Tuesday in a steep fall and avalanche. Rand...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2016

In this Sunday, May 3, 2015 photo, ice clings to a cliff at Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Avalanches, falling ice, crevasses and undermined snow are some of the dangers faced by backcountry skiers at the birthplace of extreme skiing. (Robert Bukaty / Associated Press)

Avalanche deaths: worst January since 2008

WINTERSPORTS -- Avalanche deaths are on the rise as more people explore backcountry recreation and El Nino dumps snow in the West, the Associated Press reports. Data from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the 11 deaths in January made that month the deadliest since...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016

MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016

Deadly January: Avalanches kill 10 in 10 days 

WINTERSPORTS -- The five avalanche fatalities recorded from Mount Baker to Wyoming over the weekend contributed to January being the deadliest month in 20 years for on-snow travelers. Even my earlier report on the weekend accidents involving skiers and snowmobilers at Mount Baker, Montana and...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2016

Avalanche advisory: Big transition expected

Avalanche danger high in Cascades

WINTERSPORTS -- Be aware of changing conditions in the deep depths of snow that have fallen the past week. If you're headed into the mountains away from controlled slopes at ski areas, the conditions could be dangerous.. Here's a story about an avalanche warning for...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2016

THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2016

SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

 The crown of a skier-triggered avalanche that happened near Mores Creek Summit Dec. 21. 
 (Boise National Forest)

Avalanche danger rating is high, duh

WINTERSPORTS -- Backcountry basics tell us that heavy snowfall followed by significant warming spells increased avalanche danger for backcountry travelers. The last Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center forecast was Jan. 2, when conditions were relatively stable and the avalanche danger was rated at Level 2. The...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

The avalanche that killed a Bozeman snowmobiler and partially burried another as they were riding in the Gallatin Mountains of Montana on Jan. 1, 2014. (Gallatin National Forest)

Avalanche safety course for snowmobilers Dec. 10

WINTERSPORTS -- A free snowmobile-centered Avalanche Safety Course is being offered by on Dec. 10, from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Liberty Lake, Wash. Pre-registration required. Contact Blair Geiger, email Blair.Geiger@idpr.idaho.gov or call (208) 769-1511 Approximately half of all avalanche fatalities are snowmobile related, says Idaho...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

This January 2012 photo shows Mount Rainier taking on a rosy glow near sunset as viewed from Eatonville, Wash. (Associated Press)

Avalanche warning for Mount Rainier, Cascades

WINTERSPORTS -- It's spring, but wintery conditions still have a hold on the Cascades. The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon Thursday morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains. Forecasters...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

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