Posts tagged: snowboarding
WINTER SPORTS — With 10 operating days left in the season, Lookout Pass Ski and Rereation Area announced today that it's already set a record for skier/snowboarder visits.
Lookout CEO Phil Edholm says the resort logged a total of 64,450 visits as of Sunday, topping the record of 64,291 visits set last season.
Here's the schedule for the rest of the season at Lookout Pass:
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 aspects, NE through SE. I found a decent slab over a weak layer of facets on a north aspect in the Selkirks yesterday and I wouldn't have been on any steep and exposed slopes with that under me.
No shooting cracks or whumphing but if you dig down through the powdery snow you'll hit an ice crust, isolate a column on that and give er a whack and see what happens. Go or no go? It'll settle a little bit today but check it again this weekend. Great conditions out there right now.
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, to the top,” says Kevin Davis in the intro to today's report on avalanche conditions from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center.
“Temperatures seem to be coming down a bit, from 40 last night, but they may go up before they drop back down. When its this warm you want to be a little more cautious of steep terrain.
“Some surface slushies were running yesterday. More snow on the way by Saturday night, with strong west winds.”
WINTER SPORTS — Although I thought Sandpoint had arrived long ago, the North Idaho town has just been named one of the nation’s “top 10 emerging ski towns” in the March 2013 issue of National Geographic’s Adventure magazine.
“These 10 North American ski towns may not have the name recognition of the world’s best-known destinations, but that’s just fine with them. These are the local’s favorites, the up-and-comers. They’re real towns, often cheaper and friendlier than the big dogs—at least for now. If you’re on the hunt for great skiing without the crowds and glitz, read on.” said the article's author, Aaron Teasdale.
Sandpoint, and more specifically, the 2,900 acres of ski terrain at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, is described as being ”Best For: Non-extreme skiers and boarders seeking the famed tree skiing of the Selkirks without the trip to Canada.”
Other ski towns in the Top 10 include Red Lodge, Mont.; Ogden, Utah; Reno, Nev.; Revelstoke, B.C.; Nelson, B.C.; Driggs, Idaho; Mammoth, Calif.; Waitsfield, Vt.; and Durango, Colo.
The article asked locals in each town for suggestions on where to eat, sleep and spend time away from the ski hill, as well as the best ski run on the mountain.
WINTER SPORTS — The 5th Annual 24 Hours of Schweitzer is less then two weeks away! Is your team of skiers or snowboarders signed up?
This first-class event set for March 22-23 raises money to find a cure for a rare disease by inviting teams or individuals to get pledges and run the slopes of Schweitzer, accumating as much vertical as possible in 24 hours.
Also known as “24 Hours for Hank” — honoring Hank Sturgis of Sandpoint, a 6 year old who has been diagnosed with cystinosis — the event seeks participants to rack up the vertical for bragging rights and a good cause.
To date the foundation has raised more than $500,000 for the Cystinosis Research Foundation.
The Awards Dinner and Auction on Saturday night at Schweitzer Mountain Resort has 100 live and silent auction items and 25 raffle items to raise additional money from skiers and non-skiers alike.
WINTER SPORTS — Be careful out there winter snow goers. The warm front with heavy wet snow is creating high avalanche danger in the region's mountains, as you'll see in this National Weather Service warning for the North Cascades issued Wednesday evening.
The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center posts its weekly advisories on Fridays.
WINTER SPORTS — Backcountry snowgoers have been finding great conditions here and there, an reasonably safe slopes.
“Look for sheltered areas to have the lightest surface snow,” says Kevin Davis in today's avalanche conditions report from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center.
“Exposed slopes were firm from wind and sun. Some shears in the upper 1-2 feet of pack but nothing pulling out with energy that concerned us. You will want to be concerned when the new snow comes in, possibly wet, heavy, and windloaded. Bad combo. Know your lee aspects.”
WINTER SPORTS — Snow conditions are “mostly stable” in the region's mountains going into the weekend and the weather forecast calls for improving stability from the slight weak layers discussed in this week's avalanche advisory by the Idaho Panhandle Avalance Center.
WINTER SPORTS - Weather is causing changes in snow stability that backcountry skiiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers should be aware of when traveling in the mountains today and this weekend, according to the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center's weekly report on mountain snow conditions.
“On easterly aspects we have a layer of buried surface hoar that is unstable and mostly isolated to sheltered slopes but it can be found from NE, E, to SE slopes with varying degrees of weakness,” said Kevin Davise, avalanche forecaster. “Due east seems to be where it is weakest. Other slopes are mostly stable but as temps go up today watch for weak layers developing on any steep slope.”
WINTER SPORTS — Read the story of a couple that beat the odds of disaster.
Also, read the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center's weekly forecast when it's posted on Friday before heading into the winter backcountry.
WINTER SPORTS — This film, “Ode to Avalanche,” will be awesome to some winter recreationists and frightening to others.
Either way, I hope it at least prompts you to check in with a regional avalanche forecast — such as the weekly bulletin by the Idaho Panhandle Avalance Center — before heading into the winter backcountry.
Update: Read this new enlightening Elk Mountain avalanche report on an slide that buried a skier near Marias Pass in Glacier National Park. It was close to being much, much worse.
WINTER SPORTS — January is national “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month,” and most of Idaho's 18 winter resorts are offering incentives for newcomers to try out their snow sports.
In addition, the Bring a Friend program offers incentives to skiers and boarders who introduce novice skiers to professional ski lessons.
North Idaho highlights include:
Free Ski School at Lookout Pass for youths ages 6-17. Free lessons are offered every Saturday morning Jan. 12t- March 16 for those who register by Jan. 26.
Lesson discounts for youth and adult skiers at Schweitzer and Silver Mountain. New skiers and snowboarders can get lessons for $39-$49 in January.
EZ 1-2-3 packages — including 3 lessons, 3 rentals, and 3 lift tickets — cost $99 from Lookout Pass, $129 from Silver Mountain and Schweitzer.
WINTER SPORTS — Buried with more than 180 inches of snowfall this season, Schweitzer Mountain Resort reports the deepest early-season snowpack since records were started during the 1982-83 season.
Schweitzer has been able to open all 2,900 acres of terrain with a village depth of 77 inches and a summit depth of 109 inches, the resort reports.
“It feels like February” said Arlene Cook, Schweitzer’s Ski Patrol director. “When you can’t count the number of powder days you’ve had in December, you know it’s been a good season.”
Schweitzer began tracking daily snow reports in in 1976, but the records didn't include summit or village snow depths until the 1983, a resort spokesman said. Daily, year-to-date, snow totals weren’t calculated until the 2001-2002 season.
Schweitzer’s 180 inches of snowfall to date also is the most on record.
WINTER SPORTS — Have a happy, holy and safe holiday in and out of doors.
See the Idaho Panhandle avalanche advisory if you're heading to the mountains.
Use the kid-keeping tip above at your own risk.
WINTER SPORTS — Our newspaper covered the Feb. 19, 2012, avalanche tragedy that killed three expert skiers at Stevens Pass, and I wrote a column that week explaining why avalanche tragedies must be explored.
But 10 months later, The New York Times has put together a long, in-depth, informative and fascinating multi-media report on the incident.
It's called, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek — A group of world-class skiers and snowboarders set out to ski Tunnel Creek. Then the mountain moved.
AVALANCHE — A woman who was buried by an avalanche at Crystal Mountain on Wednesday was rescued by a group of skiers, one of whom had a helmet cam on during the entire event.
She was wearing no avalanche beacon to help her rescuers with the search, according to news reports, but that's not confirmed here.
This chilling video shows how very, very close she came to dying in a tomb of snow and how her well trained and equipped rescuers kept calm, focused and did the job.
There's no gore here, but a lot to see, hear and absorb if you're a backcountry skier, snowshoer or snowmobiler.
The avalanche happened at minute 4:30 in the video. The rescuers found her and were yelling to give her a breath at 12 minutes — more than 7 minutes after she was buried!
After a visit to a hospital, she was OK.
WINTER SPORTS — Schweitzer Mountain Resort reports it's donating $30,570 from a (Dec. 14) fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Community Cancer Services and the Bonner Partners in Care Clinic. It was Schweitzer’s first major event of the winter season.
The resort offered skiing for $10 a person and 3,000 tickets were sold for the Community Day.
“To see such a large turnout for an event like this really illustrates what kind of community this is,” said Schweitzer Activities and Events Director Mary-Weber Quinn. “We support and care about each other, and I think that was shown here today.”
WINTER SPORTS — Ortovox has issued a recall notice for Ortovox 3+ avalanche beacons within certain serial number ranges.
During search training, avalanche transceivers of the ORTOVOX 3+ model switched to transmission mode unintentionally after 120 seconds in search mode. Internal tests showed that a certain production batch of the 3+ can exhibit this behavior.We are responding immediately and, as a precaution, are recalling all devices shipped to vendors after October 17, 2012, for inspection and a software update. These devices can no longer be used without an update.
The manufactuer's website allows customers to check their website for the range of beacons that are being recalled. If you have this product, check this out before taking it into the field.
WINTER SPORTS — Warm thoughts for the future of ski areas….
The “Winter Tourism in Peril” report released Thursday by Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council said that warming temperatures and less snowpack could cut $2 billion annually from the $12.2-billion-a-year winter tourism industry in the United States. — Denver Post
WINTER SPORTS — Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has moved up another administrative step toward developing a new ski lift and seven new ski runs on the west side of the mountain, on an 850-acre area known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has signed an amendment to the existing concession lease with Mt. Spokane 2000, allowing the non-profit concessionaire to proceed with the permitting process toward ski area expansion.
The newly signed amendment is on condition that the ski concessionaire provide plans for timber harvest and vegetation management and accommodate a State Parks archaeological survey.
The project then moves to the Spokane County permitting process, subject to review under the Land Use Petition Act. All necessary permits need to be obtained before actual work begins, possibly as early as late winter.
The proposal was submitted in 2010, and the Commission considered technical data and public comment.
In May 2011, the Commission allowed for potential expansion pending completion of environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act.
See background information related to the land-classification decision.
See the lease amendment signed this week, which includes a plan of development for the ski area expansion.