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June powder turns greet Spokane skier in Idaho backcountry

Mike Brede headed to North Idaho on Sunday and Tuesday in search of snow. He’d been watching the weather and thought there was a good chance there would be some …


Silver Mountain reopens Saturday propelled by the never-ending winter

It’s the winter that just won’t end.


Reliving my dad’s youth on the California slopes

The last time he’d been down these slopes very well may have been three decades ago.


Bill Jennings: Everybody wins when canned goods equal lift tickets

The weather on Sunday featured servings of cold and cool, snow and rain, with a side of overcast. It wasn’t necessarily a tempting menu for spring skiing.


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

Welcome to the Thunderdome: World-class ice climbing in Spokane’s backyard

For years, Spokane resident Scott Coldiron has been developing a pocket of ice climbing in Montana. This month all that work culminated in three big first ascents.


Nearly spring skiing brings sun, fun and views from Mount Spokane

Within two minutes of leaving the car, I was sweating. And not only from the exertion of skinning up Mount Spokane. The sun was to blame, too.


Bill Jennings: Spring corn available for duration of season

Just in case no one had warned you, be aware that today marks the Ides of March. “Beware the Ides of March” were words of caution offered by a soothsayer …


Bill Jennings: Beware of tree wells, a silent killer on the slopes

Getting caught in an avalanche is a terrifying way to get killed while skiing or riding. But it’s more likely you could meet your demise from a threat less spectacular.


Bill Jennings: Epic storm provides bounty of powder at Lookout

A skiing and riding season is ultimately remembered by its epic snowstorms. Such an occasion occurred over the course of last weekend.


Bill Jennings: Patrollers wanted at Mount Spokane

For 80 years, the Mount Spokane Ski Patrol (MSSP) has fielded a group of volunteers dedicated to keeping the mountain safe.


Matt Liere: The ice whisperer

The pole-mounted, LED’s staged around the pond’s perimeter were overwhelmingly bright – the source, I realized, of the mysterious, nighttime glow seen from our house below.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 8 p.m.

Decades of injury-free skiing come to end for 49 Degrees North patrol director in nasty accident

Karma finally caught up with Gary Deaver. After 57 injury-free years of booming down the slopes Deaver’s luck ran out. All at once.


Bill Jennings: Contemplating a local Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics begin Thursday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang is a small mountain town in one of the most remote areas of the country.


Bill Jennings: Human factor only controllable Avalanche hazard

Avalanches within ski area boundaries are rare. Ski patrols control the risk of a slide with vigilance and explosives. One such avalanche occurred in-bounds at Schweitzer last Thursday.


Bill Jennings: A little care and prevention take take your skis a long way

With the best skiing and riding still ahead of us now is the time to show your gear some serious love.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 10:37 a.m.

One step at a time: A guide to snowshoeing across the region

Snowshoeing is the easiest winter sport to learn, but there are still some things you need to know. Holly Weiler, a hiking leader for the Spokane Mountaineers and the Washington …


Bill Jennings: Introducing the offspring to the slopes

Introducing kids to skiing and snowboarding is a big investment for parents. There’s no guarantee time and money spent will result in a freshly-minted enthusiast. But the fifth grade passport …


Lookout’s wife-carrying contest a big hit

Under normal circumstances it’s a major faux pas to ask someone’s weight. And many, when asked, might shave a few pounds off in the telling.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 6:30 a.m.

Bill Jennings: Impressive expansion looms for Lookout Pass

If there’s anything good about being a year older, it could be skiing at Lookout Pass for free on your birthday. It’s a benefit I rarely fail to claim. Last …


Skijoring Nordic skiers let dogs pull their weight through winter

They ran the spectrum from timid to exuberant – the canines and humans alike. But all were game to try a sport that combines Nordic skiing and dog sledding during …


Bill Jennings: Silver Mountain offers nostalgic trip down the slopes

Fifty years ago this week Jackass Ski Bowl opened above Kellogg. It turned the intensity of skiing up a few notches in the Silver Valley. Silver Mountain is celebrating this …


On first day of 2018 snowshoers treated to sun drenched views from Mount Spokane

For 30 or so hikers on Mount Spokane, 2018 started out bright and sunny.


Bill Jennings: Christmas on the ski hill brings special joy to those who partake

Instead of tilling soil, ski area managers are farmers who till snow. Christmas vacation is harvest time. Young kids, college students and their families have a window of extra time …


In first, Idaho man inducted into National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame

For the first time ever an Idaho man has been inducted into the National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame.


Bill Jennings: Celebrate winter solstice by giving its due

This week the mountains finally put some real meat on the bone. This auspicious convergence of astronomical and meteorological winter couldn’t have had better timing. We should celebrate by giving …


Sneva skis a blend of quality craftsmanship, personal care

In his 2008 book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell coined his famous “10,000 Hour Rule.” He claimed the key to developing world-class skill is 10,000 hours of practice. …


Lyft adds ride option for skiers, snowboarders in Colorado

The ride-sharing service Lyft added an option for skiers and snowboarders in Colorado, Monday.


Bill Jennings: Let’s hope our ‘flaws’ keep us perfect

We couldn’t fly under the radar forever. In its November 2017 issue, Powder, a snow sports industry publication that targets hardcore enthusiasts, featured Spokane in a piece titled “The Next …


Whistler Blackcomb is a tale of two mountains

You have the Whistler that’s about the skiing and snowboarding, then you have the other Whistler that’s about all the other things that go into making a world-class village.


Field reports: Local clubs offer Nordic ski lessons

Spokane-area Nordic ski clubs are planning group and private ski classes, including some for children.