July 28, 2013 in Outdoors

Field reports: Twelve resorts form Powder Alliance

 

SKIING – Twelve resorts across the West have joined forces to create the Powder Alliance, offering free skiing benefits to anytime pass holders from other participating Powder Alliance areas. 

Along with Schweitzer participating resorts include: Crested Butte, Snowbasin Resort, Sierra at Tahoe, Stevens Pass, Timberline, China Peak, Mountain High, Arizona Snowbowl, Mt. Hood Skibowl, Angel Fire Resort, and Bridger Bowl. 

For the price of your local season pass, Powder Alliance resort members of any age receive three free days at all other participating areas plus special offers on lodging, rentals, buddy tickets, and more.

Info: powderalliance.com.

Martin Archery founder Gail Martin dies

ARCHERY – Gail Martin, the innovator who built Martin Archery from a small operation making strings and fletching arrows with his bride at their dining room table in the early 1950s into a full-blown three-generation bow manufacturer known across the globe, died Sunday at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. He was 89.

His son Dan Martin said this morning the cause was linked to heart failure.

His death was announced on “Archery Talk,” the online forum and archery community run by his other son Terry Martin. He was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame two years ago.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Boom of fall chinook entering Columbia

FISHING – A bumper crop of fall chinook, including record numbers of wild fish to the Snake River, is forecast to move up the Columbia River. Harvest seasons in the lower river open as early as Thursday, including lower Deschutes River in Oregon.

The seasons open Sept. 1 in designated river stretches in Idaho.

The 2013 preseason forecast is for a return of 678,600 adult fall chinook to the mouth of the Columbia, which would be 129 percent of the 2012 actual return (525,200) and 122 percent of the 2003-2012 average return (557,600).

The bulk of the big run will be upriver brights – 434,600 projected. These are fall chinook bound for spawning areas and hatcheries in the mid-Columbia’s Hanford Reach and the Snake River, as well as Columbia tributaries such as the Deschutes River in Oregon and Washington’s Yakima River.

That’s 161 percent of the 2003-2012 average.

The Snake River wild chinook forecast calls for 31,600 fish reaching the mouth of the Columbia, which would be 272 percent of the 2003-2012 average, and the highest return recorded since the four lower Snake River dams were completed in 1975.

The wild Snake River fish are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. They have intact adipose fins and must be released if caught.

New ranger station boosts Rainier access

PARKS – The new $600,000 Carbon River Ranger Station is a step toward reimagining the approach to the back door of Mount Rainier National Park.

The ranger station opened in June, replacing a windowless box of a station, and serves as a place for visitors to get trail information, maps and permits in the park’s northwest corner.

Most of the 1.5 million visitors to Mount Rainier each year head for tourist hot spots such as Paradise and Sunrise, the Northwest corner (including Mowich Lake) attracts about 58,000 visitors annually.

The Carbon River Entrance is the closest park access point to Tacoma, 40 miles away.

While views of Mount Rainier aren’t available from the Carbon and Mowich Lake parking lots, the area has an abundance of hiking options.


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