TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

Spots available for tonight’s free avalanche class at REI

WINTERSPORTS -- Don't miss this chance to be prepared for the winter backcountry travel season. At last check, there were at least 15 spots available for tonight's FREE Avalanche Awareness workshop at the Spokane REI Store, 1125 N Monroe St. Sign-up here. The American Institute...

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

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...

Level 1 avalanche courses offered for winter backcountry travelers

WINTERSPORTS -- Two Level 1 Avalanche Awareness classes -- a basic requirement for safe backcountry travel on skis, snowshoes -- whatever -- are being offered in the Sandpoint area and in Spokane by Selkirk Powder Co as well as by Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education....


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...


Canada reels from rash of avalanche fatalities

WINTER SPORTS -- Five avalanche deaths in a week — the first in Banff National Park since 2008 — have prompted a plea from safety officials for backcountry users to be cautious in tricky snow conditions. It has also sparked a discussion about how to...

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

Avalanche danger continues to be high in Cascades

WINTER SPORTS -- Massive avalanches have been triggered at Crystal Mountain Resort near Mount Rainier as ski patrollers try to mitigate the huge unstable snowpack and make the area safe. The slides are damaging facilities at the mountain. See more photos and details here.


Stevens Pass road clearing still underway after avalanche

DRIVING -- Snow conditions are still dicey out there. U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass has been blocked since this morning after an avalanche blocked four lanes of traffic at least four-feet deep with snow. The Washington Department of Transportation estimated it could reopen the Highway...


MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014

Kootenay Pass avalanche fatality latest in spike of bad news

WINTER SPORTS -- Several blog posts last week as well as my Sunday Outdoors section report about recent storms, unstable snow conditions and a spike in avalanche fatalities were both prophetic and out of date. At least two more snow-goers died in Inland Northwest avalanches...

THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014

Video details killer avalanche near Ketchum

WINTER SPORTS -- The avalanche that killed a snowmobiler last weekend near Ketchum -- while a woman survived even though she'd been buried for 90 minutes -- is detailed in his video report from Sawtooth Avalanche Center. It's short, instructive and worth watching in this...

Huge Canada avalanche prompts warnings

WINTER SPORTS -- Recent weather is creating hazards. Be careful out there. Massive avalanche in B.C. prompts warnings there and in Alberta The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a high-hazard warning for British Columbia and Alberta after learning of a massive slide on Wednesday near Fernie,...

TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

Avalanche fatalities spike as new snow piles in mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- Snow that piled up in Western mountains after snow-drought conditions in January has created hazards that have caused a spike in avalanche fatalities among skiers and snowmobilers. The nine deaths from avalanches across the Western U.S. in the past 11 days have...

MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

Avalanche eduation scholarship will honor Sandpoint man

WINTER SPORTS -- Friends of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center are sponsoring an avalanche education scholarship in memory of Doug Abromeit, a Sandpoint native who was instrumental in starting the National Avalanche Center. Abromeit died last fall. ” We will send one student a year...


Avalanche report: danger not apparent to victims

WINTER SPORTS -- The avalanche that killed a snowmobiler riding in the Gallatin Mountains on New Year’s Day – the first Montana avalanche death in more than a year – was somewhat of an anomaly, according to an expert that spoke with the Billings Gazette....

TUESDAY, DEC. 24, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

Avalanche courses available at Schweitzer

WINTER SPORTS -- The snow has barely piled up in the mountains and the first avalanche accidents of the year are being reported in the West. Be prepared. Two levels of avalanche courses are being offered in the next few months at Schweitzer Mountain Resort...

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

Colorado avalanche deaths stun Colorado backcountry snow goers

Saturday's avalanche was deadliest in Colorado in more than 50 years On Saturday, five men participating in the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Bash on Colorado's Loveland Pass were killed by an avalanche, the deadliest in the state since 1962. The Backcountry Bash was a fundraiser...

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

Avalanche reporters find slushy conditions

WINTER SPORTS -- "We had it going on for a while, the melt-freeze I mean," said Kevin Davis in today Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center weekly forecast. "Last weekend the conditions were great and if you could have had this week off you would have been...

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

Storms left avalanche hazard in area mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- "A lot of snow in the past week, and it fell with a lot of wind," warns Kevin Davis in today's weekly advisory from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center. Winds were mainly out of the west so use caution on the easterly...

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

Avalanche forecast: Warm temps prompt caution for snow goers

WINTER SPORTS -- Warm temperatures have softened snow to the tops of the region's mountains this week, according to avalanche forecasters who were out in the Selkirk Mountains Thursday. "It may have tightened up a bit at the higher elevations but it was wet yesterday,...

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