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UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

No-fee cross-country ski trails are groomed and open in Spokane

Indian Canyon Golf Course is open this winter for cross-country skiing, thanks to enough snow and low temperatures.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Two teenagers take home top honors at 39th Spokane Langlauf cross-country ski race

It’s not often that newbies and top athletes share the same course. Except that’s par for the course at the Spokane Langlauf cross-country ski race.


Perfect strategy behind USA’s historic cross-country gold

American cross-country skier Jessica Diggins’ strategy couldn’t have worked better. The result was a historic gold medal for the United States in women’s cross-country skiing and a celebration that lasted …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 11:52 a.m.

Last-minute obstacles no match for Spokane Langlauf cross-county ski race

In its 39th year, the 10-kilometer Spokane Langlauf cross-country ski race was nearly derailed by a lack of snow and 11th-hour mechanical problems.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 10 p.m.

From Langlauf: I’m not preternaturally good at cross-country skiing

Like many a mediocre high school athlete, I’ve long wondered if there was a sport out there for which I was perfectly suited.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

Marit Bjoergen ties Winter Olympic record with 13th medal

Marit Bjoergen helped the Norwegian women win the 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay on Saturday to take home her 13th career medal, tying her with Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen for the …


‘Shirtless’ Tongan skier, others ‘live to fight another day’

One thought crossed Pita Taufatofua’s mind as he maneuvered around the final downhill turn and headed toward the finish line. The “shirtless” Tongan made it cleanly to the finish line …


‘Super Dario’ pulls off 3-peat in cross-country 15K free

Switzerland’s Dario Cologna has become the first cross-country skier to win three Olympic gold medals in the same event by capturing the 15-kilometer freestyle. “Super Dario,” as he’s known, also …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 5:28 p.m.

Roundup: Charlotte Kalla wins 1st gold medal of Pyeongchang Olympics

Charlotte Kalla earned the first gold of the Pyeongchang Olympics after winning the women’s 15-kilometer skiathlon by more than 7 seconds over Marit Bjoergen in the first medal event of …


Revisiting the roots of cross-country skiing

Going cross-country is especially suited for multiple skiers. It brings you together for conversation, or not, as you take turns sharing the chore of breaking trail. It’s more conducive to …


Proposed cross country ski trails on Spokane golf course approved

A proposal to put two cross country ski trails on the Indian Canyon Golf Course will move forward.


Outpeople: Brett Ford carving out a niche in cross country

Winning the Langlauf 10K cross country ski race at Mount Spokane on Feb. 12 was a highlight of Brett Ford’s competitive career, but it was not the most important day …


Spokane teen, Sandpoint Olympian are Langlauf cross-country ski race winners

A Spokane teen and an Olympian who lives in Sandpoint won the men’s and women’s divisions in the 2017 Spokane Langlauf 10-kilometer cross country ski race Sunday at Mount Spokane …


Therese Johaug given 13-month ban by Norwegian anti-doping agency

Norwegian anti-doping authorities have banned cross-country skier Therese Johaug for 13 months. The ban was backdated to Oct. 18, 2016, meaning Johaug will be back in time for next season’s …


Stina Nilsson and Federico Pellegrino win cross-country World Cup sprints

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson and Federico Pellegrino of Italy won the women’s and men’s 1.4-kilometer sprint events in the cross-country skiing World Cup on Saturday. Nilsson won in 3 minutes, 24 …


Canada’s Alex Harvey wins cross-country ski World Cup 15k

Canadian Alex Harvey won a 15-kilometer freestyle race at the cross-country ski World Cup on Saturday. Harvey’s time of 32 minutes, 46.2 seconds made him the first North American man …


Russia’s Sergei Ustyugov wins cross-country World Cup sprint race

Russian cross-country skier Sergei Ustyugov won a World Cup sprint race on Sunday.


Outpeople: Drumm staffs snow rent district at Mount Spokane Nordic trails

As he has all winter, John Drumm was staffing the


Langlauf puts beauty of Nordic skiing on display

For 36 years, the Spokane Langlauf has made a statement about cross-country skiing. Active outdoor winter pursuits get people out of the house, but nothing does it in a more …


Nordic skiing events geared to citizens as well as racers

A flurry of competitive and participatory cross-country skiing events are coming up this month in the Inland Northwest.


Five Spokane skiers qualify for U.S. Ski Association Cross Country Junior Nationals

Five members of the Spokane Nordic Ski Association qualified for the U.S. Ski Association’s Cross Country Junior Nationals March 8-14 in Soda Springs, California, following the culmination of a season-long …


Nordic skiers glide their way over Langlauf course

Cross-country skiers got a taste of spring during an annual winter citizens race at Mount Spokane on Sunday. The 37th annual Spokane Langlauf 10-kilometer event surprised even veteran skiers with …


In brief: Epic cross-country skiing event at Mount Spokane

The region’s biggest cross-country skiing event of the season – a race or a tour, depending on how you want to ski it – is set for 11 a.m. on …


Skijoring: enjoy winter with man’s best friend

Cross-country skiers are harnessing their dogs’ pent-up winter enthusiasm in a fast-growing sport that’s finding a niche in the Inland Northwest. Skijoring – derived from a Norwegian word that means …


Methow Suite: Determined young couple runs unique system of remote ski-in cabins

A budding young family from Alaska has relocated in Washington to maintain a system of ski-in and bike-in cabins in the Methow Valley. The remote rustic accommodations are wildly popular, …


Groomed for future

WINTHROP, Wash. – Four years ago, Methow Trails – formerly known as Methow Valley Sports Trails Association (MVSTA) – was bogged down in debt and at risk of drastically curtailing …


Mount Spokane transitions to winter

OUTGOING – The change from Discover Passes to Sno-Park permits is one of the transitions underway at Mount Spokane State Park as snow begins to pile up and road plowing …


Landers: Nordic skiing questions deserve well-waxed answers

“I’ve been considering getting back into cross-country skiing, and I have questions,” wrote The Spokesman-Review’s Paul Turner as he focused his column this week on The Slice of life that …


Landers: 50 years of ski swap

The fastest Inland Northwest skiers and snowboarders who’ve collected the most medals are no match in hero status to the founders and perpetuators of the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol’s annual …


Reader photo of the week: Perpetually treading snow on Mount Adams

Going to great heights: Tom Rigles treks along the south flank of Mount Adams on June 11. Rigles has been on skis, on snow, at least once a month for …