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Skiing is believing even when done bregrudgingly

Until recently, I hadn’t been skiing since the late 1980s when my parents enrolled my brothers and me in weekly “Mogul Munchers” classes at Mt. Spokane. Not terribly outdoorsy by nature, my favorite part of these trips to the mountain was the car ride home.

Ski areas looking forward to more snow this month after strong end to 2019

Snow dumped on mountains across the Inland Northwest earlier this week, bringing upward of a foot of snow to ski areas that had seen a relatively slow, dry start to the season. Just about every chair lift at ski areas in the region was running Thursday – the latest among them Schweitzer’s Stella and new Cedar Park Express lifts. And most trails at resorts were open, or, if not, only in need of a little more snow coverage to be ready.

Warm December means slow ski season start in western Montana

A relatively warm and dry December has made for a slow start to the season for many Montana ski areas MISSOULA, Mont. – A relatively warm and dry December has made for a slow start to the season for several Montana ski areas.

Forest at famed Idaho ski area facing wildfires, insects

The forest in and around one of the nation’s top ski destinations is in trouble from an ongoing combination of unusually warm temperatures, drought, wildfires, insect invaders and pathogens. The U.S. Forest Service is starting an environmental analysis to find ways to improve the forest’s health at Sun Valley Resort’s Bald Mountain ski area, a huge economic driver for the region heavily dependent on tourism.

Ski expansion fight over, old-growth hike gains appreciation

After about 74 acres of land were cleared for new ski runs that opened in December, the Lands Council’s Old Growth Hike shifted focus from advocating against the expansion to appreciating the old-growth forest that remains.

Bill Jennings: Don’t give up on winter yet

A friend of mine just returned from a mountain-hopping trip through the Colorado Rockies. He had quite an adventure and the skiing and riding there is of an epic scale. But there’s a catch. The epic mountains attract so much attention from Colorado’s exploding urban population that getting there and back is as stressful as a daily commute.