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Jennings: When it’s (almost) too cold to ski

Winter weather can be cruel. An Arctic storm delivered nearly a foot of snow to Mount Spokane last weekend. It arrived riding a wave of bitter cold, high winds and a chill factor of about 30 below on the slopes. But here’s the cruel part: I live to ski powder, but there is only so much suffering I’m willing to endure for it.

‘I’m too old for this’: Lindsey Vonn crashes in her penultimate race

One of the hallmarks of Lindsey Vonn’s career has been the way she bounces back from major crashes time and time again. So perhaps it’s fitting that the most successful female skier of all time will enter her last race before retiring following yet another tumble into the safety netting. Vonn straddled a gate mid-air during the super-G at the world championships and ended up sliding down the hill face first.

Mikaela Shiffrin wins super-G, Lindsey Vonn crashes at worlds

As Mikaela Shiffrin hopped atop the podium to celebrate another gold medal, Lindsey Vonn was nearby on the sidelines of the finish area, stretching her ailing knees and explaining just how she wound up entangled in a safety net halfway down the course. Definitive proof, not that it was really needed, of a passing of the baton in American – and world – ski racing.

Jennings: beloved ski patroller, race coach honored on Mt. Spokane

“First on, last off” is the motto of the Mount Spokane Ski Patrol. Early morning before the hill opens, patrollers stage first aid gear and toboggans, set rope lines and scan the piste for potential hazards. Late afternoon when the lifts stop turning, patrollers sweep the hill to secure equipment and ensure no one gets stranded on the slopes overnight. Sweep is a favorite ritual for ski patrollers. After a day fanned out across the mountain, patrollers take one last run and gather near the base area together as a team.

Annual Backcountry Film Festival set

The 14th annual Backcountry Film Festival is Thursday. Money from the festival goes toward the ongoing shared-use efforts in the Lookout Pass area.

Lindsey Vonn may be in too much pain to keep competing

What was evident all weekend for Lindsey Vonn became clear to everyone else on Sunday. The American skier’s surgically repaired knees simply don’t let her apply the power she requires to win races anymore.