Stories tagged: ski resorts
Sun., June 18, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Handy man on Mount Spokane: Can-do state park manager Steve Christensen retiring
For 17 years, Mount Spokane State Park has been blessed, according to numerous testimonials, with a manager who’s handled user issues and conflicts as deftly as he’s dealt with power …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017
Gray wolves getting comfortable with Mount Spokane
For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man’s motion-activated trail camera has captured an image of what appears to be a gray wolf in Mount Spokane State Park. Wolves are …
Fri., April 21, 2017, 6 a.m.
Some ski resorts still kicking as wintersports season winds down
As some mountain resorts are reporting record skier visits this season, Silver Mountain is still kicking with one last weekend of action.
Mon., March 6, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Binding-free snowboards surf wave of interest
Powder surfing represents a journey backwards for Luke Rieker – a de-evolution of snowboarding to a simpler, purer, more intuitive ride.
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Lookout Pass free ski school fulfills kids, instructors for 77 years
“Controlled chaos” is the term organizers fondly bestow on the Famous Free Ski School at
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
Inland Northwest ski resorts cheer snowy season, steady crowds
Steady winter storms and no sudden warmups are driving a busy ski season at the five resorts around Spokane and in North Idaho.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
“All Out” effort connects people with outdoor pursuits
Taking that first step into an outdoor life-sport such as snowshoeing, mountain biking, paddling and fly fishing is less intimidating with the help of experienced “ambassadors” from clubs and agencies. …
Sun., Jan. 1, 2017
Ski industry skews big, so smaller resorts tout authenticity
A budget ski resort in western Colorado came up with an eye-popping offer – a $700 lift ticket, the most expensive in the nation. Only this lift ticket comes with …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 10:33 a.m.
Warm weather stops Oregon ski areas from opening early
Warm November temperatures mean it is unlikely ski resorts in central Oregon will be opening early this season.
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016
New Warren Miller ski flick coming to The Bing
Plenty of big air and white-knuckle skiing, boarding and more is coming to Spokane on Thursday as the latest Warren Miller flick, “Here, There and Everywhere” screens at 6:30 p.m. …
Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, 2:22 a.m.
Ski swaps help wintersports crowd gear up for season
OUTSTUFF – Used gear will be coming out of closets for great deals at annual ski- and winter-gear swaps. The following fundraisers help finance area ski patrols and racers:
Sat., April 2, 2016, 3:38 p.m.
Field reports: Nez Perce working to reintroduce condors to Hells Canyon
BIRDS – Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe has been awarded a $200,000 federal grant to pursue reintroducing California condors in Hells Canyon. The Nez Perce grant is a share of nearly …
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Outpeople: Kuhlmann family ingrained at Sitzmark Ski Area
Not long after Sitzmark Ski Area opened its rope-tow-served slopes in 1951 near Tonasket, Washington, the Kuhlmann family became a foundation.
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016, 2:56 p.m.
Avalanche educators target teens for safety message
This month has been the country’s deadliest January for avalanches in nearly 20 years with 10 fatalities in 10 days, including four last weekend alone. On an average, 27 people …
Sun., Dec. 20, 2015
Snowmaking becoming a game-changer for area ski resorts
Snowmaking equipment, once thought of as expensive and exotic, is now thought of as insurance for area ski resorts.
Wed., Dec. 16, 2015, 2:10 p.m.
Landers: Mt. Spokane resort has more snow than peak last year
Tuesday night’s snowfall left a perfect winter wonderland for groomers to work their magic at
Sun., March 15, 2015
Out & About: Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol searches for recruits
OUTSLOPES – This winter’s dearth of snow has melted the usual spring interest in joining the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol. With the slopes grimly bare, the mountain’s Ski and Snowboard …
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Schweitzer Mountain Resort opens this weekend
Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open for the season at 9 a.m. Saturday, officials say. A lift will operate through Sunday with 150 acres available for skiing out of the resort’s …
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014, 10:43 a.m.
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 …
Sun., Oct. 12, 2014
Out & About: Ski swap season is time to gear up
OUTDEAL – Used gear will be coming out of closets for great deals at annual ski- and winter-gear swaps. The following fundraisers help finance area ski patrols and racers:
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., March 2, 2014
Snowcat skiers find bliss in the Blues
DAYTON — People waiting in lines are not always pleasant and happy. That is not the case here, where about 15 skiers and boarders eagerly await the arrival of a …
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Idaho House passes bill limiting ski area operators’ liability
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers want ski area operators to be immune from claims over accidents related to in-bounds avalanches or faulty jumps, hits or rails in terrain parks. House Bill …
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., June 16, 2013
Out & About: Jennings too ‘polarizing’ for wildlife commission
OUTAPPOINT – Gov. Jay Inslee this week filled one of three openings for Eastern Washington slots on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Jay Holzmiller, a resident of Anatone, will …
Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
Out & About: Schweitzer avalanche indicates ice layer
OUTSLIDE – Three skiers were buried, but quickly rescued by other skiers, in small inbounds avalanches on the Headwall at Schweitzer Mountain Resort on Dec. 7, Sean Briggs, resort spokesman, …
Thu., Nov. 22, 2012
Schweitzer welcomes skiers this weekend
Schweitzer Mountain Resort above Sandpoint has announced it will open two chairlifts for skiing this weekend. The Basin Express and Musical Chairs lifts will be open 9 a.m. to 3:30 …
Sun., Nov. 27, 2011
Area skiers, snowboarders have plenty of reasons to smile
Pacific Northwest skiers and snowboarders can look forward to a fun-filled winter. While it may not rival last year’s huge face-lifts – including the Crystal Mountain gondola, the reopening of …
Sat., Oct. 22, 2011
Congress endorses forest festivities
WASHINGTON – Mountain bike trails and zip lines could open at more Northwest ski resorts if President Barack Obama signs a bill Congress passed this week. The Ski Area Recreational …
Fri., Nov. 26, 2010
Cross-country ski trails opening
Cross-country skiers aren’t being left out in the cold as early snowfall covers trails and allows downhill ski resorts to open.