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Cascades ski patrol has been rescuing people since 1970s

In this Dec. 11, 2016 photo, Cascade Backcountry Ski Patroller Chris Stoll, right, leads a group on a ski tour near Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. The Cascade Backcountry Ski Patrol is a group of 70 volunteer ski patrollers, who cover out-of-bounds areas around the Central and North Cascades. (Caitlin Moran / Associated Press)
About a decade ago in British Columbia, on Dylan Currie’s very first day of backcountry skiing, another group of skiers set off an avalanche from above that partially buried one of his partners, causing him to break his leg.

Cowboys on ice pull skiers with horses

James Rowen skis through gates while Lauren Schoerborn tows with her horse in a skijoring event at Lincoln, Montana. (Sarah Dettmer / SARAH DETMER/GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE)
While skijoring behind dogs is becoming more popular in cross-country skiing venues, getting towed around an oval track, through slalom gates and over jumps by a spirited horse takes the sport to another level.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for Jan. 26

The Snake River is probably the best bet now for steelhead fishermen. The Grande Ronde is still frozen except for a few pockets that might be fishable. The Clearwater has dropped some since the rain last week and color is good.

Plan now for summer recreation permits, reservations

Ian McKelvey of Athol rafts on the wilderness waters of Idaho’s Salmon River during a boy scout trip. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Some of the most coveted summer outdoor adventures and camping opportunities across the USA and Canada need to be planned in the chill of winter. The first wave of Pacific Crest Trail long-distance permits for hikes longer than 500 miles will be available starting Tuesday at pcta.org.

Steelheader anglers warm up to frigid weather

Dave Morrow and his son Jeremy share their steelhead fishing spot with somebody’s dog on a bitter cold day at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
“Because I’m stupid,” said Dave Morrow, anticipating the question. The angler had no better reason than that for leaving his warm house in Spokane during the recent cold snap. The temperature was minus 7 degrees when he, and his son Jeremy, left town and drove to the Snake River to cast from shore for steelhead.

Peak Experiences on the Powder Highway

Blizzard conditions on the Powder Highway: the Trans-Canada near Rogers Pass in British Columbia. (COURTESY PHOTO / Courtesy of John Nelson)
If you want to explore the famed Powder Highway of British Columbia, these three resorts – Revelstoke, Kicking Horse and Whitewater – offer some of the best experiences you can possibly have.

Dedicated cyclist gears up to coast through winter

Mariah Rose McKay bundles up for bicycle commuting in bitter cold weather. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Winter isn’t an offseason for dedicated bicyclists. While recreational riders might be training for spring indoors on rollers, delivery and messenger service riders are still finding two wheels the most cost-effective, healthy and efficient way to get the job done.

Bill Jennings: The physics and mathematics of skiing

Math is really hard work for me, but I’ve always enjoyed physics. Some physicists who write have a knack for making the complex simple to help you understand their universe, such as how Einstein’s famous equation E=MC2 explains why if a baseball is thrown at you hard enough, it will knock you down. That’s why I couldn’t resist ordering The Physics of Skiing: Skiing at the Triple Point, by David Lind and Scott P. Sanders.

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