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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Skiers triggered deadly Silver Mountain avalanche despite best efforts of ski patrol, preliminary investigation says

A deadly inbounds avalanche was triggered by skiers despite the best efforts of the mountain’s ski patrol to mitigate the danger, according to a preliminary report.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Silver Mountain to be closed Wednesday to help employees

Silver Mountain ski area will be closed Wednesday to give its employees a chance to recuperate in the aftermath of last week’s deadly avalanche.

From mining towns to ski resorts, avalanches have killed dozens in North Idaho mountains

“The Coeur d’Alenes face this menace of snowslides nearly every winter,” read one Spokesman-Review story in 1937. “There have been many slides through the years, most of them claiming some …

How do resorts try to prevent avalanches like the one that took three lives in Idaho this week? It’s complicated

Every morning in ski resorts across the world, patrollers do what they can to mitigate the inherent dangers of a mountain environment.

RECCO technology helped find final avalanche victim, but avalanche beacons remain king

After nearly two days of searching, the body of a third avalanche victim was found using a radar emitter slung from the bottom of a helicopter.

Know before you go: Avalanche education vital for all winter recreationists

All the high-tech gear in the world might not save your life in an avalanche.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

‘Am I allowed to have this fun?’: Silver Mountain reopens after deadly avalanche with a mix of emotions

The line to get lift tickets to Silver Mountain on Friday, the first day the resort was open since three people died in an avalanche Tuesday, stretched nearly to the …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Neurosurgeon is third avalanche victim found at Silver Mountain

A neurosurgeon working on a pediatric fellowship in Portland has been identified as the third person killed in an avalanche this week at Silver Mountain.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Helicopter locates body of third skier killed in Silver Mountain avalanche; resort to reopen Friday

Silver Mountain Resort was closed again Thursday as search efforts continue for a skier reported missing after an avalanche that claimed two lives on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

‘Am I really alive?’: Man buried for 50 minutes recalls rescue from Silver Mountain avalanche

When the avalanche first caught Bill Fuzak, he fought to stay on top of the roiling mass. First by trying to kick off his skis. Then by using his arms …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Spokane-area skiers killed in Silver Mountain avalanche remembered as search for missing person continues

While friends and family mourned two longtime Silver Mountain skiers killed in an avalanche at the ski area Tuesday morning, the search for another skier reported missing by family Wednesday …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Deadly inbounds avalanche at Silver Mountain highlights danger, complexity of mountains

Wardner Peak, the site of an inbounds avalanche Tuesday that killed two people and injured five more, is a 6,200-foot feature on the western edge of Idaho’s Silver Mountain resort. …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Two skiers killed, five rescued in aftermath of Silver Mountain avalanche

Five skiers were rescued and two died in Tuesday morning avalanches that swept down on two inbounds ski runs on Silver Mountain.

Ski areas looking forward to more snow this month after strong end to 2019

Snow dumped on mountains across the Inland Northwest earlier this week, bringing upward of a foot of snow to ski areas that had seen a relatively slow, dry start to …

Slow winter start delaying opening of area ski resorts

Schweitzer Mountain opened Friday, the only area resort to do so after a slow start to winter.

Silver Mountain bike park opens Saturday

Silver Mountain Bike Park is set to open on Saturday. Silver Mountain Bike Park features two lifts, including North America’s longest single-stage gondola and 3,400 feet of vertical drop.

Silver Mountain opens Sunday for single day

Silver Mountain will open Sunday for one day. Lift tickets are free and Chair 2 will be open.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

Silver Mountain offering discounted lift tickets to furloughed federal employees

Furloughed federal employees can ski at Silver Mountain Resort for $29 for the next three days.

Local ski areas say they’re blessed with snow, but are planning ahead for changes in climate

Nationally, the ski industry has been proactive in preparing for climate change, which expected to shorten the winter recreation season. Local ski areas are also engaged.

Snowshoe, fat bike race at Silver Mountain

RACING – There will be a snowshoe and fat bike race at Silver Mountain next Sunday. There will be two snowshoe races, one 2.2 miles and the other 4.4 miles. …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018

Silver Mountain back-country bonanza this weekend

WINTERSPORTS – Silver Mountain will host a bevy of back-country skiing skill instruction next weekend. On Saturday, there will be an avalanche class. Participants will learn how to assess risk …

Bill Jennings: Silver Mountain offers nostalgic trip down the slopes

Fifty years ago this week Jackass Ski Bowl opened above Kellogg. It turned the intensity of skiing up a few notches in the Silver Valley. Silver Mountain is celebrating this …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

Skiers can take advantage of December deals at area resorts

With a little advance planning, skiers and snowboarders can save on lift ticket prices at Inland Northwest resorts. The five area resorts are offering December deals on multiple-day packs of …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017

Wet, warm, windy weather plays havoc on Inland Northwest ski areas

The triple threat of warm, rainy and windy weather the Pineapple Express has brought to the Inland Northwest this week may play havoc with your plans to hit the slopes, …

UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017

Canadian company says it wants to buy Bunker Hill Mine for $30 million

There’s talk once again of reopening the storied Bunker Hill Mine in the Silver Valley.

Huckleberries: Just a-swingin’ and rememberin’ Maj StormoGipson

A plaque on a swinging bench overlooking viewtiful McEuen Park and Tubbs Hill on the Coeur d’Alene waterfront touches on the life story of an amazing Coeur d’Alene pediatrician who …

2016 Ski Preview: Silver Mountain the classic snow rider’s mountain

There are several things about Silver Mountain that make it unique. Instead of driving up a winding mountain road, you ride a gondola to the top. Up there, the world …

Weekend weather: Region will see mixture of precipitation this weekend

Moderating temperatures are moving north across the region starting today as light precipitation from a Pacific low pressure system spreads across the region. The low is allowing a warm front …

Out & About: Jennings too ‘polarizing’ for wildlife commission

OUTAPPOINT – Gov. Jay Inslee this week filled one of three openings for Eastern Washington slots on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Jay Holzmiller, a resident of Anatone, will …

New lifts and runs await skiers and snowboarders

Skiers and snowboarders will find some new lifts and runs as well as some lodge improvements at the five Inland Northwest ski areas this winter. Highlights include lift upgrades at …