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Snowmobiler killed by avalanche in remote area northwest of Cle Elum

A 45-year-old Kirkland man died Saturday after he and another man were caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling in the Hawkins Mountain area, about 27 miles northwest of Cle Elum, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday.

10 snowmobilers die in thinly frozen lakes in mild Northeast

Ten snowmobilers have died in thinly frozen lakes across the Northeast during this mild winter. Most of the accidents happened in New York state, where officials warned that, despite recent snowfalls, many lakes have not had enough cold days to develop ice thick enough for riding.

Priest Lake revved up for snowmobiling with groomed trails, services

Relentless snowfall has smothered Priest Lake this winter, and snowmobilers are loving it. “This is one of those years when snowmobiles can drive right up to the restaurant, have a meal and tour around before riding to another place for a drink,” said Teri Hill of Hill’s Resort.

Vintage snowmobile racing Sunday at Priest Lake

WINTERSPORTS -- More than 22 classes of snowmobiles built before 1985 will roar around an oval track during the Vintage Snowmobile Races at Priest Lake airstrip near Nordman on Sunday, Feb. 19. Events in the second of two racing days this winter are set for...

Sign up: Youth snowmobile safety course in Spokane

WINTERSPORTS -- A free snowmobile safety course for youths ages 12-16 will be held at the 36th annual Spokane Winter Knights Snow Show on Nov. 12 at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. Preregister youths here. The snowmobile safety course training includes: Basic snowmobile...

Iditarod snowmobiler, 76, savors Alaska experience

A couple of weeks ago when we checked in on Bob Jones, the Kettle Falls snowmobiler was in Alaska patching his bruised ego after crashing his machine twice on his second day of riding the Iditarod Trail.

Snowmobiler attacks Iditarod sled-dog teams

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A man on a snowmobile purposely drove into two dog teams competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Saturday morning, killing one dog and injuring at least three others, officials said. Mushers Aliy Zirkleand Jeff King were attacked outside the village of Nulato, a community of 236 on the Yukon River a little more than halfway into the 1,000-mile race to Nome.

Landers: Over-snow vehicle rule seeks backcountry balance

Snowmobiles and other over-snow vehicles eventually will be allowed to ride only on roads, trails and areas specifically designated for their use, according to a rule being adopted by the U.S. Forest Service. The policy for managing over-snow vehicles on national forests and grasslands was posted in the Federal Register on Wednesday.