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Three years later Spokane avalanche survivor shares what he’s learned

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.

Jennings: When it’s hard to see, seek trees

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.

Bill Jennings: Spring corn available for duration of season

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.”

Matt Liere: The ice whisperer

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.

One step at a time: A guide to snowshoeing across the region

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.

Bill Jennings: Introducing the offspring to the slopes

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.