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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 ski seasons this week.
Meantime, Craig Hill of the Tacoma News Tribune offers a West Side perspective on 10 top reasons you don't want to put your skis away too early in April … and, yes, bikini's are on the list. Click “continue reading.”
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 annual Tropical Daze celebration is this weekend (April 6-7).
49 Degrees North has announced free lift tickets for skiers and snowboarders for the rest of the week before the resort shuts down for the season after Sunday (April 7).
Silver Mountain will be open Thursday-Sunday this week, with the end of the regular season festival and Splashdown Rail Jam this weekend. Thereafter, lifts will reopen for “Silver Saturdays” through April.
Lookout Pass is open Thursday through Sunday this week. The annual Slush Cup is set for Saturday (April 6). Next week the plan is to be open only on April 13 for the last day of the season.
Mt. Spokane is open for spring break, closing for the season on Sunday (April 7).
Stevens Pass is open this week through Sunday, then reopening April 8-14 to close the season.
WINTER SPORTS — 49 Degrees North has announced free lift tickets for skiers and snowboarders for the rest of the week.
The resort plans to shut down for the season after Sunday, the final day of free skiing, sponsored by Toyota dealers.
WINTER SPORTS — It's time for skiers and snowshoers to hitch a ride behind their dogs and sign up for the sixth annual Paws & Poles Race. The event that benefits SpokAnimal CARE is set for March 3 at 49 Degrees North.
Enter a 5-kilometer cross-country skijoring race or leash up to your dog for a 3K snowshoe race. Both races will begin at 11 a.m. at the resort's Nordic Center.
Registration opens at 9 a.m. Entry fee: $20.
Pre-register at Mountain Gear in Spokane. Info: 325-9000.
WINTER SPORTS — Today's snow storm is doing its magic at area ski resorts.
“Powder Wednesday was epic at Lookout Pass today,” reports Bill Jennings from Lookout Pass Ski Area. “Early this morning we had 22 inches at the base and at least 30 inches at the summit. It’s been snowing all day.
“According to the National Weather Service, we are expecting another 2 feet of snow through Friday!
Mount Spokane reported 5 inches of new powder fell between the 9 a.m. opening and 1:40 p.m. — and it was still snowing.
49 Degrees North reported the storm has dumped about 6 inches today.
Silver Mountain says it's received 8 inches in the last 24 hours.
All the resorts should be getting much more.
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:
Feb. 18: Group Health Pursuit, a 10K classic race at Mount Spokane. Info: (509) 922-6080.
Although not part of the Selkirk series, the Group Health Pursuit continues on Feb. 19 with a skate race. The Group Health event is of particular interest since it’s also a qualifier for teen competitors trying to reach the Junior Nationals. Expect to see a lot of good skiers both days.
The events are in the downhill ski area as well as on the nordic ski trail system.
From the endurance test of the hill climb and ski down, telemark lessons and gear demos to the night-time nordic ski tours and snowshoe walks and even a paintball biathlon race, this is one ambitious ageda, sponsored by the resort and Mountain Gear.
Note FREE nordic trail ski passes on Saturday and $5 passes on Sunday.
Read on for the entire list of events:
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:
Idaho Ski-Snowshoe Free Day, Jan. 7, at 18 Park N’Ski area across the state. Skiing and snowshoeing lessons at Farragut and Priest Lake state parks.
Winterfest at 49 Degrees North, Jan. 7-8.
Features more than a dozen activities, seminars and events. EPIC Hill Climb kicks it off on Jan. 7 followed by telemark and cross-country gear demos, free lessons, gate racing,avalanche seminars and evening nordic ski and snowshoe tours.
Jan. 8 includes a nordic ski race and paintball biathlon, plus tours.
Ferry County Rail Trail Ski Day, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. based at trailhead north of Curlew.
Groomed trails as conditions allow, free ski lessons, gear and refreshments.
This is a screaming deal: Free demos, free mini lessons and free trail passes.
Plus, tons of fun from ski races to paintball biathlon.
Enjoy the moonlight ski and snowshoe tours, and then say overnight on the mountain — bring a sleeping bag and stay for just $15 at the Learning Center.
“It’s fun and cheap,” said 49 Degrees Nordic guru Doug Elledge, in a classic bit of understatement.
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 waste this great early season by you have a fifth grader in the family, take advantage of the 5th grade ski FREE passport that gives these prime learning-age kids free lift tickets at more than 20 Inland Northwest resorts.
The passport also includes special deals on equipment rentals, lessons and other activities. Some ski areas even offer specials for parents or siblings.
WINTER SPORTS — Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions at the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts.
Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite Inland Northwest ski area or the road to get there.
WINTER SPORTS — Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions for the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts.
Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite Washington ski area or the road to get there.
WASHINGTON Web Cams
WINTER SPORTS — Officials from 49 Degrees North ski area have just announced that a big dump of snow in the past 48 hours will allow them to open chairlifts and start their season on Saturday.
Schweitzer will open Saturday; Lookout Pass opened today.
Here's the word received from 49 Degrees North, slightly revised from what the resort sent earlier today:
OPENING DAY IS SATURDAY! 16 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours with more on the way today.
The mountain will be open Saturday through Tuesday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Chairs 1,2,3,5 will be running with access to hundreds of snow covered acres.
Lift tickets will be $40 for everyone 7 years and older on SATURDAY.
We will close Wednesday and reopen again Thursday for Thanksgiving Weekend. Due to early season conditions, we advise skiers and riders to stay on the groomed terrain.
WINTER SPORTS — Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced today that it will open for the season on Saturday, the earliest opening for the resort since 1984.
About 20 inches of snow was reported at the resort this morning. That combined with the work of a snowmaking system will allow two chair lifts to open.
Reduced prices will be in effect this weekend and mountain parking will be free.
Schweitzer joins Lookout Pass ski area, which announced that it will open Friday.
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park has announced on its website that it will open on Dec. 3.
MOUNTAIN BIKING — Eager riders are using this summer to tone up for the Tour de Rock Mountain Bike Ride & second annual Rough Ride 4000' at Chewelah and 49 Degrees North Ski Area.
The Oct. 1 event — which benefits the Ski Patrol — includes two events:
The “Rough Ride” starts at 10 a.m. in Chewelah and runs 10.2 miles on pavement up to the ski area. From there, riders ride the ski area trails to the summit, gaining a total of 4,000 feet of elevation on a variety of surfaces.
The citizen's mountan bike tour starts 11 a.m. at the ski resort and climbs up through the Sunrise Basin, traverses across the face of the mountain and concludes with an enjoyable downhill run back to the lodge.
Both rides conclude with a barbecue and live music.
Sign up early for $20 entry fee, $30 with a t-shirt.
Info: Call or email Doug (509) 937-4922, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SKIING — He was far more than a soldier, of course.
Among other things, Staff Sgt. Wyatt A. Goldsmith of Colville was a Green Beret and a ski patroller at 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort.
Goldsmith, a medical sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack by insurgents in Helman province, Afghanistan, according to The Spokesman-Review's front page story today.
A longtime member of the 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol, Goldsmith is remembered as someone who was always happy to be in the mountains when not serving his country.
“Whenever Wyatt was on leave, he would be up here on the mountain.” said Brad Northrup, resort spokesman. “Every time I saw him on the slopes, he had a huge grin on his face. He really loved skiing.”
His military awards include Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab and Combat Infantryman Badge.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
And he loved to ski.
SKIING — Owners of 49 Degrees North have announced plans for another major expansion, with a double chair on Angel Peak and construction of a mid-mountain lodge in time for the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season.
Continue on to read detals from the media release issued Tuesday.
POST SEASON SKIING — “Spring may be on the minds of many folks in the Spokane area, but the weather in the mountains of northeast Washington has been anything but spring-like,” according to Brad Northrup of 49 Degrees North. He sent this message and the photo just minutes ago to make us drool.
“The management team at 49° North Mountain Resort awoke on Friday to well over a foot of bone dry powder on Chewelah Peak and crystal clear skies. Having recently shut down operations for the season, senior staff members did what they do best: go skiing.
“There was at least a foot and a half of untracked powder on the upper mountain, and the snow quality was like that of February. We were all just grinning, and the consensus was that today was perhaps the best day of skiing any of us had experienced this year.
“Although 49° North has ceased lift operations for the season, the mountain is open to snow mobile access on weekends, and is wide open for those willing to hike for turns.
The resort finished the 2010-2011 season with a snowpack depth of 212”, and 373” of total snowfall, making the season one of the deepest on record.
Discounted season passes for the 2011-2012 season are on sale through May 5, 2011.
WINTER SPORTS — Paintball biathlon at the nordic ski trails joins the traditional telemark ski race, gear demos and other activities on the downhill slopes for the annual Winterfest events Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 49 Degrees North.
Also new is the family snow-sculting contest. Avalanche tranceiver training clinics are available, plus snowshoeing clinics, nightime ski and snowshoe tours and much more.
Friday's events include cross-country skiing clinics and an evening Avalanche Awareness class.
Saturday's featured events include cross-country classic, skating and telemark skiing clinics and a telemark race.
Sunday's featured events include the EPIC ski ascent and descent, (originally called the Puke Your Guts Out race) on the downhill slopes and paintball biathlon on the nordic trails.