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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017

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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MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016

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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MONDAY, DEC. 28, 2015

SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2015

TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2015

MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2015

Lauren Potyk and other teen skiers showed the old timers how to go with the flow of unseasonably warm weather on Mount Spokane during the 37th annual Spokane Langlauf cross-country citizens race on Feb. 8, 2015. (Rich Landers)

Don't give up on the Nordic skiing season

WINTERSPORTS -- Washington still offers decent opportunities for cross-country skiing, despite last week's record high temperatures and rain. Nordic skiers glide over Langlauf course Nordic skiers travel to Washington to get their Ks One benefit of the unseasonably warm weather: the roads to the ski...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

Ski-skaters fly in the Methow Pursuit 30K cross-country race. (Methow Trails)

Methow Nordic Fest for skis, bikes, snowshoes

Friday, January 23 - Sunday, January 25, is the annual Methow Valley Nordic Festival in Winthrop, Washington: a three-day weekend dedicated to celebrating Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and winter trail running. The ski and snow conditions have been incredible this year in the Methow...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

A nordic skier comes out of the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch lodge near Sandpoint. (Rich Landers)

Ski, snowshoe events set near Sandpoint

WINTERSPORTS -- The Western Nordic Round, featuring races on cross-country skis plus snowshoeing events, is set for Jan. 24 at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, sponsored by the Sandpoint Nordic Club. Events will start at 9 a.m. The snowshoeing events of 5k and 10k are for...

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2015


Ferry County Rail Trail Ski Day attracted 87 participants, many of them trying cross-country skiing for the first time. (J. Foster Fanning)

Ferry County Rail Trail Ski Day a hit 

WINTERSPORTS -- The fifth-annual Ferry County Rail Trail Ski Day was a huge success on Saturday at Curlew with nearly 90 people showing up, many of them taking their first shot at cross-country skiing. The event is sponsored by the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners....

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2014

Lisa Sunderman of Spokane Nordic, left, starts a cross-country skiing lesson with The Spokesman-Review Slice columnist, Paul Turner, and his partner, Carol. (Rich Landers)

The Slice meets the Mount Spokane nordic trails

WINTERSPORTS -- The Mount Spokane cross-country ski trails were a happy place to be on Saturday, as snow dumped onto the sprawling 60K trail system -- finally -- and The Spokesman-Review's beloved columnist Paul Turner turned out for his first cross-country skiing lesson. Lisa Sunderman,...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014

Volunteers from the Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club groom trails near the Gordon Reese Cabin on Forest Service land near Chief Joseph Pass, Montana. (Courtesy photo)

Nordic skiing gets boost at Chief Joseph Pass 

WINTERSPORTS -- Montana's Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club is getting a boost from Lost Trail Powder Mountain to keep the nordic trails at Chief Joseph Pass groomed, even after a big dump of powder snow. The agreement calls for the resort to deploy the ski hill’s...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

The north-central Washington sun gods shine on Sam Schlieder of Spokane Valley as he cross-country skis along the Echo Ridge Nordic Trails near Lake Chelan.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Chelan's Echo Ridge nordic ski area open

WINTERSPORTS -- The snow that had accumulated on Mount Spokane's cross-country ski park last week was rendered to a few inches of ice and hardpack by the rains that followed. Be patient. But as we reported yesterday, the Methow Trails are groomed and open for...

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MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014

Washington’s Discover Pass was introduced in 2011, requiring the $30 annual pass to enter state parks and most other state lands. Sales of the pass did not initially meet expectations, forcing the cash-strapped State Parks to issue pink slips to eliminate 160 of the agency’s 516 full-time employees. (Associated Press)

Sno-Park permits soon required at Mount Spokane 

WINTERSPORTS -- The change from Discover Passes to Sno-Park Permits is one of the transitions underway at Mount Spokane State Park as snow begins to pile up and road plowing begins. Starting Dec.1, vehicles accessing the cross-country skiing and snowshoer parking areas will be required...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

Brian and Anne Grow leave the groomed trails behind to enjoy some old-style cross-country gliding on skier-made tracks at Mount Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Nordic skiing isn't everyone's cup of tea

WINTERSPORTS -- Cross-country skiing is an active way to glide through winter, as S-R columnists explored in the paper this week. But several readers pointed out that they prefer other less athletic ways to endure the snowy months. Among them, Gary Polser, who writes: My...

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MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

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MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

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