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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

 The crown of a skier-triggered avalanche that happened near Mores Creek Summit Dec. 21. 
 (Boise National Forest)

Avalanche danger rating is high, duh

WINTERSPORTS -- Backcountry basics tell us that heavy snowfall followed by significant warming spells increased avalanche danger for backcountry travelers. The last Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center forecast was Jan. 2, when conditions were relatively stable and the avalanche danger was rated at Level 2. The...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 2014

Snowmobilers killed crossing Seeley Lake 

Two snowmobilers who died Friday after plunging into a lake’s frigid waters were taking a fairly common shortcut home by venturing onto the ice instead of sticking to a road around the lake, Missoula County sheriff’s officials said. Unfortunately, Seeley Lake had yet to completely...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

The avalanche that killed a Bozeman snowmobiler and partially burried another as they were riding in the Gallatin Mountains of Montana on Jan. 1, 2014. (Gallatin National Forest)

Avalanche safety course for snowmobilers Dec. 10

WINTERSPORTS -- A free snowmobile-centered Avalanche Safety Course is being offered by on Dec. 10, from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Liberty Lake, Wash. Pre-registration required. Contact Blair Geiger, email Blair.Geiger@idpr.idaho.gov or call (208) 769-1511 Approximately half of all avalanche fatalities are snowmobile related, says Idaho...

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MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

Free snowmobiling film Tuesday at NIC

WINTERSPORTS -- An action flick on snowmobiling -- 509 Snowmobile Films Vol. 9 -- will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at McLain Hall Outdoor Center at North Idaho College. The movie is free but donations of two or more nonpersishable canned food...

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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

New sno-park gives sno-mobilers trail access

WINTERSPORTS -- A new Washington Sno-Park will give snowmobilers access to more than 100 miels of groomed trails in Kittitas County this season. An open house and chili feed to present information about the first phase of the development is set for Nov. 1, 11:30...

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MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014


A buffalo watches snowmobilers pass in Yellowstone National Park in January  2002. Associated Press
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Yellowstone opens lottery for snowmobilers

WINTERSPORTS -- Here's Yellowstone's latest plan to harness use of snowmobiles in the one of the nation's greatest wildlife parks. Yellowstone NP to launch lottery for private snowmobile trips today Under Yellowstone National Park's winter-use plan, snowmobiling without a guide will be allowed once again,...

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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

The West Willow Peak basin south of Mullan, Idaho, prized by backcountry skiers has become a target for snowmobilers. (Stevens Peak Backcountry Coalition)

Backcountry skiers commenting on Forest Service plan

WINTERSPORTS -- The public comment period for the U.S. Forest Service’s draft Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) Travel Rule ends Aug. 4. This rule will affect all national forests, including the Idaho Panhandle and Lolo National Forests, which are favorite winter destinations for both backcountry skiers, snowshoers...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014

Following snow covered Forest Service roads snowmobilers gain elevation and access to outstanding off-trail powder, terrain, snow bowls, and scenery. (Craig Hill)

Forest Service updates snowmobiling travel plan

WINTERSPORTS -- Snowmobiling rules send mixed messages and where the machines are allowed to roam, groups say. USFS releases updated over-snow travel management plan Snowmobiling groups applauded the U.S. Forest Service's proposed update of its over-snow travel management plan that keeps access decisions at the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

Looking west across Priest Lake Kalispell and Bartoo Islands can be seen. Priest Lake offers over 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.  (Craig Hill)

Snowmobilers, cyclists object to Panhandle forest plan 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is holding a meeting Tuesday, April 29, at the Coeur d'Alene Resort to discuss objections filed against the Revised Forest Management Plan. For example: Objections regarding wilderness study areas were filed by Idaho State Parks, snowmobiling groups,...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

The Iditarod Trail passes over the high escarpment of the Blueberry Hills, which lie between Unalakleet  and Shaktoolik.  Immediately prior to dropping from the higher country and onto the beach, this view
presents itself. This long, narrow spit leading 15 miles off into the distance leads to Shaktoolik.  This spit separates the frozen ocean to the west (left) from the land/fresh water to the east (right).  The trail follows the spit toward the north.  Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014.
 (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 21

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane have repeated their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in starting in February and finishing on March 21, 2014. They endured bitter cold, treacherous ice, whiteout conditions and a...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

Josh Rindal on the Iditarod Trail between Elim and Koyuk coming south.  This section went out onto the sea ice for a few miles, where it made it's way between some unusual rock formations along the land and some unusual broken-ice conditions on the sea. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 20

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

After getting stuck along the Iditarod Trail, Josh Rindal of Spokane rigs up for a tow from Bob Jones.

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 19

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones pose with their snowmobiles  at the world's biggest gold pan in Nome. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 18

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane comes by a unique rock uplift on the Iditarod Trail with Little McKinley in the background. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 17

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014

Josh Rindal on the Iditarod Trail between Elim and Koyuk coming south.  This section went out onto the sea ice for a few miles, where it made it's way between some unusual rock formations along the land and some unusual broken-ice conditions on the sea. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 16

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

Bundled for the bitter cold, Josh Rindal of Spokane passes the Mile 709 marker on the historic portion of Alaska's Iditarod Trail between Unalakleet and Shaktoolik during his 1,400 mile snowmobile trek from Anchorage to Nome with Bob Jones of Kettle Falls.  (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 15

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Josh Rindal poses by a marten set in deep snow along the Iditarod Trail on the Kaltag Portage between Kaltag and Unalakleet. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 14

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

Sunset as seen from the porch of the Tripod Flat BLM Cabin on the Kaltag Portage along the Iditarod Trail.  Back-lit ice crystals cause the dynamic effect in the sky. Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 13

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane leaves the little village of Ruby on the Yukon River along the Iditarod Trail. He and Bob Jones spent the night here after we came in from McGrath over the North Route. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014.
 (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 12

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. Here's a tidbit Jones filed from the trail: We just got into Nulato after a...

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MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

In this Friday, March 9, 2012 photo, an aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 11

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

Snowmobilers Josh Rindal and Bob Jones take refuge in the Carlson's Crossing Cabin during their 1,400-mile Alaska journey following the trail of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 10 

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014

Musher Matt Failor drives his team down the Kuskokwim River after leaving the Iditarod Sled Dog Race  checkpoint in McGrath.  By this point, mushers are well ahead of any snowmobilers following the Iditarod Trail. (Bill Roth / The Anchorage Daily News)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 9

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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