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TUESDAY, NOV. 28, 2017

TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017

Blacktail Mountain ski area along Flathead Lake, Montana, is for sale. (Courtesy)

Montana mom-pop ski area for sale: $3.5 million

WINTERSPORTS -- If you're tired of complaining about management of your favorite ski resort, here's your chance to buy your own resort in Montana. Blacktail Mountain overlooking Flathead Lake is listed for sale at $3.5 million. The mom-pop resort is on Flathhead National Forest Lake...

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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016

The "vastly improved" outhouse at the Snow Peak Cabin south of Sherman Pass. (Jon Jonckers)

Snow Peak Cabin guests enjoy upgraded privvy

WINTERSPORTS -- The winter backcountry season is kicking into gear near Sherman Pass, and visitors who've planned ahead and secured reservations to ski or snowshoe into the Snow Peak Cabin will find, as one backcountry enthusiast called it, "a vastly improved outhouse." Snow Peak Cabin...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6, 2016

Nordic skater Marshall Greene warms up on the Mount Spokane cross-country skiing trails. (Rich Landers)

Skinny skiers earn the title!

OUTGOING – Active outdoor winter pursuits have a way of getting people out of the house – and making practitioners hungry. But which activities burn the most calories? The following activities are listed with the number of calories burned per hour. The first number is...

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MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2015

MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2015

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Chart: Region's snowpack washing away

WINTERSPORTS -- If you like snow, Go East! The snow pack situation around the region is generally below average and continued to deteriorate with the unusually warm and wet pattern of late, says the National Weather Service in today's report. The only location that made...

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015

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Montana snowmobilers cited for riding in closed areas

WINTERSPORTS -- Seven snowmobilers recently were cited for riding in the Mission Mountain Wilderness, a protected area in the Flathead National Forest. Motorized vehicles are prohibited in designated wilderness areas. Seven violation notices were issued to the snowmobilers for possessing or using a motor vehicle...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015

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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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2015

With the Cabinet Mountains in the background, Todd Dunfield of Spokane treks toward the Ross Creek Cedars in northwestern Montana during a snowshoeing trip with the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.  (Rich Landers)

Clinics help snowshoers walk the walk

WINTERSPORTS -- A long list of services and events is forming this winter to help more snowshoers get on the trail. Mount Spokane Rentals Through the winter season, new snowshoe and nordic ski rental service is available at Mount Spokane State Park nordic ski area...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014

The La Nina weather pattern has brought near-record snowfall to Oregon resorts, resulting in terrific powder skiing and boarding conditions. (Courtesy Mt. Bachelor)

Another powder skier suffocates in tree well

WINTER SPORTS -- It happened last week at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, and now another report from Wednesday of a Washington skier without a partner falling into a powder pit at the base of a tree and suffocating. CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Wash. (AP) — The...

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MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane snowmobiles along the beach out of Nome, Alaska, at sunset after his 1,100 snowmobile trip along the Iditarod Trail.   (Bob Jones)

10 tips for safer snowmobiling

WINTER SPORTS -- An insurance company compiled this list of safety tips for snowmobilers based on data of what most often goes wrong. Heed these guidelines and you'll stay out of the wrong column of the insurance company's statistics. Be aware of the conditions and...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

Outdoor Retailer groups demo new winter gear

WINTER SPORTS -- The annual Outdoor Retailer winter expo brings out the latest outdoor gear for a show in Salt Lake City. There's cool stuff to explore, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is speaking to the manufacturers and retailers on hand as the show opens...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

Northeastern Oregon's Eagle Cap Extreme sled dog is one of six qualifiers in the lower 48 for the Iditarod and Yukon Quest sled dog races. (Eagle Cap Extreme)

Eagle Cap Extreme puts sled dogs to test 

WINTER SPORTS -- It's the only Iditarod and Yukon Quest sled dog race qualifier in the lower 48 that takes place west of the Rocky Mountains -- and it's virtually in our backyard. The 10th annual running of the Eagle Cap Extreme sled dog race...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

Groomers hit the slopes at Lookout Pass Ski Area on Nov. 6, 2013, to start packing and preparing the newfallen snow for the upcoming season. (Lookout Pass Ski Area)

Some ski resorts may open this weekend

WINTER SPORTS -- Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North ski areas have put skiers and boarders on alert that snow is piling up on their slopes and, depending on what the incoming storm deposits overnight, they may start their lifts this weekend for the first...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.