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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Stories tagged: backcountry skiing

Eli Francovich: Human-powered backcountry travel disturbs wildlife more than we like to think

The woods were quiet except for the hiss of my skis slicing through snow. The sun, clouded and glum back in Spokane, shone bright on the winter backcountry tableau south …

February trip of the month: Earn your turns at Lookout Pass

The Spokesman-Review Outdoors section is happy to restart a regular installment featuring outdoor trips throughout the Spokane area. In the 1990s, longtime Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers ran his popular …

Yellowstone guides offer routes to powder for skiers, snowboarders

Carving turns down snow-covered mountains in Yellowstone National Park is now within reach for more skiers and snowboarders thanks to guided trips.

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.

Snowmobilers, backcountry skiers lobby U.S. Forest Service to adopt shared-use plan for the Lookout Pass backcountry area

In a jam-packed room lined with lockers and the musky smell of oft-wet clothing, a circle of 25 covered familiar ground.

Back country skiing essentials workshop set for Oct. 10

Spokane’s local gear shop will help you make the transition from resort skiing to backcountry shredding.

Reader photo: Holiday twist to ‘tree skiing’

Submit your own outdoors-related photos for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition and browse our archive of past reader submissions online at

Spokane family’s skis don’t get a month of rest

Maks Page set a far-flung goal last year on his 12th birthday. He wanted to ski at least once during each of the 12 months of his 12th year.

Backcountry cabin offers skiers rustic comfort in Eagle Cap Wilderness

It’s not for everybody, but skiing into a backcountry cabin is an ideal break from the late-winter blues just when it’s needed most. Out there, weary refugees from the rat-race …

Festival features outdoors films for entertainment and advocacy

John Latta has two ways of looking at the winter-themed eye candy coming to Spokane this week in the

Snow caving practice hones winter survival skills

A group of Spokane Mountaineers shouldered packs last weekend and snowshoed out from Lookout Pass with shovels and the right attitude for their first time winter camping in snow caves.

Cascades ski patrol has been rescuing people since 1970s

About a decade ago in British Columbia, on Dylan Currie’s very first day of backcountry skiing, another group of skiers set off an avalanche from above that partially buried one …

Spokane skier rescued from avalanche while snowcat skiing in Canada

Four U.S. skiers including one from Spokane were rescued from an avalanche that occurred Thursday while skiing with a guided snowcat operation near Rossland, British Columbia. Paula Gaul, co-owner of …

Powder City: South Hill bluff skiers plunge into rare opportunity

While some people were shoveling the relentless snowfall in Spokane earlier this week, others were playing in it. This week, Spokane is Powder City.

Heli-skiing to debut in Idaho Selkirks

Helicopter skiing will finally get off the ground in the Selkirk Mountains in North Idaho this season. Selkirk Powder Co., based in Sandpoint, has acquired permits from the state Department …

Avalanche fatalities related to size of group, study finds

When it comes to avalanche safety, a

Field reports: Reward offered for Idaho grizzly poacher

Rewards totaling $10,000 are being offered for information on the killing of a federally protected grizzly bear in North Idaho.

Wolf tracker uses Altai Skis for speed, mobility during surveys

Ray Robertson, who does wolf monitoring in the Okanogan County region, is among the growing number of wildlife professionals who are using Altai Skis in their work.

Surviving a bad break: Free helicopter service saves backcountry skier injured in avalanche

A backcountry skier who’s a textbook example of preparedness tapped most of his expensive tools and training to survive an avalanche last month near Lookout Pass.

Fire-related closures affect winter recreation


High Road: Sherman Pass is launch pad for winter backcountry recreation

The snowshoers started their trek uphill through the forest and morning gloom. But withing an hour they were climbing into untracked powder and brilliant sunshine in the Kettle River Range. …

Out & About: Backcountry Film Fest coming to Spokane

An evening of films about muscle-powered adventures is coming to Spokane as a fundraiser for a local group that’s trying to preserve the backcountry experience in a few pressured areas.

Montana trail managers and rangers travel long distances to measure remote snow sites

Snow courses, which are spread throughout the Montana’s mountain ranges, are one tool the Natural Resources Conservation Service uses to measure snowpack and predict stream flows. Many of the state’s …

Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry skiers

SALT LAKE CITY – As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they’ve …

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 …

Backcountry Film Festival boosts local group’s quest for untracked snow

A regional backcountry advocacy group is seeking to entertain, inspire and perhaps motivate human-power recreation enthusiasts by sponsoring an evening of award-winning films on Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater …

Miles of untouched snow await visitors in Olympic Mountains

You don’t have to wait until 2018 to say you’ve skied in the winter Olympics. That’s because it’s already winter in Washington’s wild Olympic Mountains, a great destination for backcountry …

Landers: Mount Spokane ski park plans may be nearing finalization

After 15 years of meetings, proposals, appeals and enough red tape to harness a PistenBully, the latest plans for expanding the downhill ski area at Mount Spokane State Park are …

Canadian skiing hut a cool refuge for muscle-powered powder seekers

It’s been a grim winter in much of the West for powder hounds. But winter is too short to waste wishing for more snow. When it’s lacking in your back …

Ski areas confront boom of free-heel freeloaders

Ski areas across the USA are in an uphill battle to get a grip on the growing number of skiers and snowshoers who use the resorts’ plowed roads, facilities and …