Stories tagged: backcountry skiing
Sat., April 1, 2017, 6 a.m.
Backcountry cabin offers skiers rustic comfort in Eagle Cap Wilderness
It’s not for everybody, but skiing into a backcountry cabin is an ideal break from the late-winter blues just when it’s needed most. Out there, weary refugees from the rat-race …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Festival features outdoors films for entertainment and advocacy
John Latta has two ways of looking at the winter-themed eye candy coming to Spokane this week in the
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Snow caving practice hones winter survival skills
A group of Spokane Mountaineers shouldered packs last weekend and snowshoed out from Lookout Pass with shovels and the right attitude for their first time winter camping in snow caves.
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Cascades ski patrol has been rescuing people since 1970s
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 …
Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Spokane skier rescued from avalanche while snowcat skiing in Canada
Four U.S. skiers including one from Spokane were rescued from an avalanche that occurred Thursday while skiing with a guided snowcat operation near Rossland, British Columbia. Paula Gaul, co-owner of …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Powder City: South Hill bluff skiers plunge into rare opportunity
While some people were shoveling the relentless snowfall in Spokane earlier this week, others were playing in it. This week, Spokane is Powder City.
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 6:09 a.m.
Heli-skiing to debut in Idaho Selkirks
Helicopter skiing will finally get off the ground in the Selkirk Mountains in North Idaho this season. Selkirk Powder Co., based in Sandpoint, has acquired permits from the state Department …
Wed., March 16, 2016, 12:37 p.m.
Avalanche fatalities related to size of group, study finds
When it comes to avalanche safety, a
Sat., March 12, 2016, 3:40 p.m.
Field reports: Reward offered for Idaho grizzly poacher
Rewards totaling $10,000 are being offered for information on the killing of a federally protected grizzly bear in North Idaho.
Sat., March 5, 2016, 1:38 p.m.
Wolf tracker uses Altai Skis for speed, mobility during surveys
Ray Robertson, who does wolf monitoring in the Okanogan County region, is among the growing number of wildlife professionals who are using Altai Skis in their work.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 2:01 p.m.
Surviving a bad break: Free helicopter service saves backcountry skier injured in avalanche
A backcountry skier who’s a textbook example of preparedness tapped most of his expensive tools and training to survive an avalanche last month near Lookout Pass.
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 4:40 p.m.
Fire-related closures affect winter recreation
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 4:17 p.m.
High Road: Sherman Pass is launch pad for winter backcountry recreation
The snowshoers started their trek uphill through the forest and morning gloom. But withing an hour they were climbing into untracked powder and brilliant sunshine in the Kettle River Range. …
Sat., Jan. 16, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
Out & About: Backcountry Film Fest coming to Spokane
An evening of films about muscle-powered adventures is coming to Spokane as a fundraiser for a local group that’s trying to preserve the backcountry experience in a few pressured areas.
Thu., April 9, 2015
Montana trail managers and rangers travel long distances to measure remote snow sites
Snow courses, which are spread throughout the Montana’s mountain ranges, are one tool the Natural Resources Conservation Service uses to measure snowpack and predict stream flows. Many of the state’s …
Sun., March 1, 2015
Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry skiers
SALT LAKE CITY – As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they’ve …
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Landers: Over-snow vehicle rule seeks backcountry balance
Snowmobiles and other over-snow vehicles eventually will be allowed to ride only on roads, trails and areas specifically designated for their use, according to a rule being adopted by the …
Sun., Jan. 25, 2015, 9:54 a.m.
Backcountry Film Festival boosts local group’s quest for untracked snow
A regional backcountry advocacy group is seeking to entertain, inspire and perhaps motivate human-power recreation enthusiasts by sponsoring an evening of award-winning films on Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater …
Thu., Dec. 11, 2014
Miles of untouched snow await visitors in Olympic Mountains
You don’t have to wait until 2018 to say you’ve skied in the winter Olympics. That’s because it’s already winter in Washington’s wild Olympic Mountains, a great destination for backcountry …
Thu., Sept. 4, 2014
Landers: Mount Spokane ski park plans may be nearing finalization
After 15 years of meetings, proposals, appeals and enough red tape to harness a PistenBully, the latest plans for expanding the downhill ski area at Mount Spokane State Park are …
Sun., Feb. 9, 2014
Canadian skiing hut a cool refuge for muscle-powered powder seekers
It’s been a grim winter in much of the West for powder hounds. But winter is too short to waste wishing for more snow. When it’s lacking in your back …
Sun., Jan. 12, 2014, 7:05 a.m.
Ski areas confront boom of free-heel freeloaders
Ski areas across the USA are in an uphill battle to get a grip on the growing number of skiers and snowshoers who use the resorts’ plowed roads, facilities and …
Sun., Jan. 12, 2014, 7:04 a.m.
Backcountry Film Festival coming to Spokane, Coeur d’Alene
The annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is coming to Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, sponsored by several local outdoor groups. All or portions of 10 films tapped by the …
Sun., Jan. 12, 2014
Avalanche threat not apparent to victim
The avalanche that killed a Bozeman snowmobiler riding in the Gallatin Mountains on New Year’s Day – the first Montana avalanche death in more than a year – was somewhat …
Sun., Feb. 3, 2013
Yurt the Ritz for backcountry skiers
Despite the solace of snow sparkling under starlight, the approaching din of a two-stroke internal combustion engine and the keen reek of gasoline was a dissonance well-received as we hailed …
Sun., Feb. 3, 2013
Inland NW has cure for backcountry cabin fever
Rendezvous Huts What: Simple unplumbed, wood-heated cabins rustic but comfortably equipped with kitchen gear, firewood, propane cooking stoves and lamps, sleeping bunks or pads for 8-10 people.
Sun., Jan. 20, 2013
Backcountry films at GU benefit winter access
The Backcountry Film Festival’s road show of human-powered outdoor recreation films will be back for the third year at 7 p.m., Jan. 30, at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center. The seven …
Sun., March 11, 2012
Off-grid ski lodge reclaims mined-out Montana mountains
High-mountain hospitality seekers aren’t likely to stumble onto Altoona Ridge Lodge. It’s off the grid in mountains riddled with old mining claims. No billboards advertise the three compact chalets for …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2012
Getting lost can cost – and taxpayers get hit
The first call came from snowmobilers near the old mining town of Murray, Idaho. Dusk had set in, and the caller was worried about a man who had gotten separated …
Sun., April 10, 2011, 7:24 a.m.
Wolverine sightings curb Silver Valley snowcat skiing operation
Evidence of wolverine activity on the Rochat Divide and St. Joe Mountains south of Cataldo, Idaho, has jeopardized the permit issued to Peak Adventures, a Silver Valley snowcat skiing company …