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  • Find all styles of remote shelter

    The Inland Northwest has a wide range of options to cure “cabin fever.” Solitude and vacancies are more likely midweek. Here’s a sampling.


  • Ski expansion plan nears finish line

    Expanding Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has been trapped in a painfully slow bureaucratic process. After 12 years of studies, public meetings and changes in that process, the suspense …


  • Early snows bolster ski resorts’ hopes for busy season

    So far, it looks like La Niña is delivering as promised. Ski resort operators across the Inland Northwest started cheering as early as last spring when forecasters began predicting the …


  • Area ski resorts like what they’ve seen so far

    So far, it looks like La Niña is delivering as promised. Ski resort operators across the Inland Northwest started cheering as early as last spring when forecasters began predicting the …


  • Whitefish Mountain Resort gears up for record-breaking fun

    “This is the earliest we’ve had this much snow,” said Donnie Clapp, public relations manager at Whitefish Mountain Resort, who was clearly stoked as of Oct. 29.


  • The truth about vertical feet is in the skis of the beholder

    “Vertical feet” is a statistical category the ski industry likes using to measure the potential of a mountain experience. Ski area marketers try to include every scrap of elevation in …


  • 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.


  • Whitewater doubles terrain, available fun

    Skiers and snowboarders are in for double the fun at Whitewater this year as the much-loved Canadian powder playground is getting ready to double its spectacular terrain to more than …


  • Mt. Spokane increases nights, reduces prices

    Less than an hour drive north from downtown Spokane, Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has been the local stomping grounds for generations of ski and snowboard enthusiasts – 80 …


  • 49° North ski slopes to open this weekend

    49° North Mountain Resort north of Spokane will be open for skiing this weekend, the resort announced today.


  • Keep watching as Lookout continues expansion

    Lookout Pass has tripled in size the past decade. But Phil Edholm, president and CEO of the ski area on the Idaho-Montana border 90 minutes east of Spokane, isn’t stopping …


  • Lookout Pass Ski Area will open Friday

    Lookout Pass Ski Area will open Friday – the first ski area to announce an opening this season in the Inland Northwest.


  • Resorts offer deals for resourceful skiers

    Skiing and snowboarding can cost a lot of money, if you’re careless. Playing in the mountains costs a lot less if you’re smart. Deals are everywhere long after the season-pass …


  • La Nina may cook up holiday feast for the slopes

    Most people of the ski and snowboard persuasion know a La Nina winter is on the way. The reality set in for me when a powder alert from Larry Schick …


  • Lookout Pass Ski Area plans big expansion

    Lookout Pass Ski Area has submitted a $20 million expansion plan to the U.S. Forest Service that would more than quadruple its terrain over 20 years, adding eight new chairlifts, …


  • Dispute centers on wolverines

    Wolverine habitat could prevent a local company from operating a backcountry ski business in North Idaho’s St. Joe Mountains. Wolverines are elusive carnivores that look like small bears. They build …


  • Deal-seeking skiers think ahead

    As Inland Northwest ski areas convert to mountain biking and summer operations, May is still prime time to think snow – and net deals on next year’s season passes. All …


  • Skiers carve free at some NW resorts

    Lookout Pass Ski Area has offered the last four days of its ski season free to everyone who shows up. In a deal that started Thursday, Lookout, located on the …


  • Out & About

    Priest River family answers the call


  • Nordic sports soar on gold-medal high

    Bill Demong’s historic Winter Olympics gold medal stirred a buzz among recreational nordic skiing junkies throughout the country, especially in north-central Washington’s Methow Valley. Demong’s gold was the first for …


  • Out & About

    Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer


  • Out & About

    Auctions offer impressive trips


  • Ski museum displays rich local history

    Lou Lou Kneubeuhler opened a ski shop in 1973. “Loulou’s of Spokane Ltd” became a flagship store for the biggest brands in gear and fashion. It was one of the …


  • There’s no snow in the city, but skiing is fine in the mountains

    One of the best days to ski is Super Bowl Sunday. You can turn for three or four hours on Mount Spokane and get back in time for the game. …


  • Skiers rise above the fog

    Sunscreen and sunglasses were essential on a brilliant Sunday morning at Mount Spokane even though a thick layer of fog made things dreary in the Spokane Valley below.


  • Brandenburg willed his way

    A few weeks ago, Will Brandenburg e-mailed his friends to thank them for their support and tell them it didn’t look like he was going to live his lifelong dream. …


  • Outdoor retailers upbeat as they try to hold on

    SALT LAKE CITY — Jerry Rinder did not like the way the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show of 2009 ended. Woolrich’s vice president of sales and marketing remembers saying goodbye to …


  • Skiing for 24 hours in fundraiser at Schweitzer required some pacing

    The sunrise never looked so good, ascending over the mountains to turn the lake from deep blue into molten gold. I had made it through the night on skis in …


  • Silver Mountain to reopen Thursday

    Skiing at Silver Mountain will re-open on Thursday after crews replaced a bearing in the resort’s famous gondola.


  • Skiers put in day’s worth

    “I’d love to talk to you, but could we please sit down?” Emily Querna asked as she greeted a reporter after becoming the top woman in a 24-hour ski marathon …

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