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Three years ago today, Mike Brede was bleeding profusely, chilled to the bone and near dead. The experienced backcountry skier was skiing south of Lookout Pass above the St. Regis Basin with two friends when he triggered a wind slab that stepped down to a layer 30 inches deep and 300-500 feet wide. He was swept up in an avalanche.
The forecast for Saturday predicted overnight snow, followed by warming temperatures, rain and wind later in the day. My wingman Dan and me planned to rise early and get first tracks before fresh powder changed to concrete.
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 late season snow lingering about.
It’s the winter that just won’t end.
The last time he’d been down these slopes very well may have been three decades ago.
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.
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.
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.
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 to a certain legendary Roman dictator, penned by William Shakespeare in his play “Julius Caesar.”
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.
A skiing and riding season is ultimately remembered by its epic snowstorms. Such an occasion occurred over the course of last weekend.
For 80 years, the Mount Spokane Ski Patrol (MSSP) has fielded a group of volunteers dedicated to keeping the mountain safe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the best skiing and riding still ahead of us now is the time to show your gear some serious love.
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 Trails Association’s Eastern Washington coordinator, has some advice.
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 program lets you try before you buy.
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.