Outdoors

TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014

FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014


Snowshoe hut looks lonesome on brown ground

WINTERSPORTS -- Brown-earth-weary skiers, boarders and snowshoers aren't giving up hope in Idaho. "The snowshoe hut is ready for the season," reports Geoff Harvey of the Panhandle Nordic Club after rigging up the warming structure on the Fourth of July pass winter trail system and...

THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2014

Photo: Area winter resorts still begging for snow

WINTERSPORTS -- "It was 57 degrees at 9 p.m. Tuesday" at the Mt. Spokane Ski Area chairlift -- and barely any snow in sight at the base, reports local outdoorsman Ken Vanden Heuvel. (See photo above from the Mt. Spokane web cam). 2014 will rank...

THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 2014

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...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

Gonzaga ranked in top 10 colleges — for skiers!

WINTERSPORTS -- In addition to the weekly diet of national ratings for basketball teams, Gonzaga University this week has made a list of top 10 colleges for students and their quest for "higher shreducation." Holy sitz-mark! The list has been posted by Freeskier Magazine in...


Schweitzer sets limited opening for skiers on Saturday

WINTERSPORTS -- Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open for the season at 9 a.m. on Saturday officials say. A lift will operate through Sunday with 150 acres available for skiing out of the resort's 2,900 acres of terrain. Skiers will be limited to Midway, with the...

MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014

Days of My Youth ski flick at GU

WINTERSPORTS -- A ski movie that examines skiing as a way of life, offering a glimpse into the journey of self-discovery that every skier takes -- is coming to Spokane Thursday, Nov. 13. Days of My Youth will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

Resorts offer ski passes to fifth graders

WINTERSPORTS – Once again, fifth-grade students are being treated like royalty at most Inland Northwest ski resorts, with free skiing and other discounts. The Fifth Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport, costs $20, entitles students to three free lift tickets at each of the participating...

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

Jury’s still out on B.C.’s controversial Jumbo Pass ski area

PUBLIC LANDS -- The controversial Jumbo Glacier resort in the Purcell Mountains near Invermere, British Columbia, is in a holding pattern after its environmental certificate expired on the weekend, but resort officials say they’re still on track to open the day lodge and a lift...

FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2014

Harbinger of winter: Ski films booked at The Bing

WINTERSPORTS -- Ski season isn't quite here but ski movie season is. Here's what's scheduled at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane in the next month: Saturday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. -- Inspired Ski Movie Tour, featuring guest speakers Henrik Harlaut, 2X X-Games gold medalist,...

FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

Whitefish mountain bike route a ‘model’ flow trail

CYCLING -- A year after its completion, Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Kashmir Trail has been named a model “Flow Trail” by the International Mountain Biking Association. The route is among 30 miles of downhill and cross-country trails at the Whitefish Bike Park. Once a year, IMBA...

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Montana ski area opening technical mountain bike trails

BICYCLING -- The trend continues with alpine ski areas developing facilities for mountain bikers to enjoy during the summer season: Montana ski area goes big on mountain bike features Discovery Ski Area in Montana will open its opens new technical skills park for experienced mountain...

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014

Stevens Pass Ski Area reports record season

WINTERSPORTS -- More than 406,000 guests visited Stevens Pass ski area last winter making 2013-14 its largest season since visits have been electronically tracked. While much of the West Coast saw below average snowfall, Stevens Pass surpassed its 450-inch average with a seasonal total of...

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

‘That’s a wrap!’ at most ski areas

WINTERSPORTS -- Bob Legasa caught a photo of this happy crowd of skiers getting in their last licks on the sunny slopes of Schweitzer Mountain Resort Sunday. Most of the region's ski areas shut down their lifts for the season on Sunday afternoon. The notable...

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

49 Degrees boosts spring skiing with free tickets

WINTER SPORTS -- Skiing is winding down with a flourish at regional resorts, with good snow going into the last weekend at 49 Degrees North, Silver Mountain and Mount Spokane. But 49 Degrees is making the temptation hard to resist with FREE lift tickets all...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

Whitefish reconsidering uphill skiing policy after incident

WINTERSPORTS -- The U.S. Forest Service and Whitefish Mountain Resort are considering changes to the resort’s policy of allowing skiers to travel uphill after two people entered an area with active avalanche control. The Flathead Beacon reports the officials with the federal agency and the...

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.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014

Stevens Pass gets 160 inches of snow in February

WINTER SPORTS -- Stevens Pass has received 160 inches of snow this month as of today, making it the third snowiest February the resort has had in the last 50 years, resort owners say. February of the 1998-99 season holds the record with 226 inches...


Schweitzer to extend ski season through April 13

WINTER SPORTS -- Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced today that it will shut down its lifts on April 13, a week later than usual to offer a "bonus" week of skiing and snowboarding to its patrons. Traditionally, the Sandpoint-area resort has closed at the end of...

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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