While thousands of runners were wearing shorts and running Bloomsday on May 5, Gregg Smith of Spokane led his daughter, Sarah, 14, (left) and son, Michael, 17, (right) on a backcountry skiing adventure near Lookout Pass. The warm weekend weather had begun triggering spring avalanches in the heavy mountain snowpack, so the skiers carved telemark turns mostly in the trees.

Photo by Gregg Smith / The Spokesman-Review

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