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Stories tagged: skiing

Solving the thorny problem of mixing bighorn sheep and backcountry skiers

It turns out the Teton Range bighorn sheep don’t like people much.

Skiing’s slippery slope: Ski resorts work to attract millennials to stick with the recreation

People get old, even die. That holds true for skiers. You may have heard that old skiers never die, they just go downhill.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020

At 40, Langlauf continues to offer a fun, welcoming atmosphere for Spokane’s outdoor community

Near-perfect conditions greeted cross-country skiers at the 40th running of the 10-kilometer race Sunday. Many participants have become regular competitors in the race, which they said brings out the best …

Stevens, Whistler resorts transformed under new ownership

If you’re a longtime skier in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you’ve shredded the slopes of Stevens Pass or Whistler Blackcomb at some point.

Ferry County’s Ski Day canceled due to warm weather

Ferry County’s annual Ski Day has been canceled due to warm weather

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Super slopes: Powder addict skis six resorts in four days in Utah’s Wasatch Range

Salt Lake City might be the world’s best location to try a stunt like this. Eleven ski resorts are a short drive away in the

Ferry County ski event rescheduled

Ferry County’s annual Ski Day is scheduled for Feb. 1.

LGBTQ+ festival putting pride on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor

Pride and skiing: The two words just seem to go together, right? And in the mountains near this outdoors-loving town, that’s true in the LGBTQ+-sense of the words too.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Reader photo: Finding the pow

Sean Mirus took this photo of TR Page skiing through the C Chute area of South Bowl at Schweitzer Mountain on Wednesday. Schweitzer has received 75 inches of snow in …

Spokane Backcountry Film Festival to benefit low-income students winter adventures

Every winter Kat Hall heads into the hills around Spokane hoping to introduce high school students to the joys of winter, while simultaneously teaching them a thing or two about …

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.

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: 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 …

Skiing is believing even when done bregrudgingly

Until recently, I hadn’t been skiing since the late 1980s when my parents enrolled my brothers and me in weekly “Mogul Munchers” classes at Mt. Spokane. Not terribly outdoorsy by …

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 …

Warm December means slow ski season start in western Montana

A relatively warm and dry December has made for a slow start to the season for many Montana ski areas MISSOULA, Mont. – A relatively warm and dry December has …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Most regional ski areas to open by Saturday, with heavy snow forecast

The snow expected to cover ski areas in the Inland Northwest during the latter part of this week has ski area managers excited for the impending season, as resorts prepare …

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.

Jim Kershner: Why, with regret, I’m retiring from cross-country skiing

It is with regret that I announce my retirement from cross-country skiing.

This ski spot in Montana offers a perfectly powdered mountain, minus a steep price

Long before they were covered in luxury condos, boutique outdoor clothing stores and latte-spinning coffee shops, good ski hills needed two things: a lift and a lodge.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Forest at famed Idaho ski area facing wildfires, insects

The forest in and around one of the nation’s top ski destinations is in trouble from an ongoing combination of unusually warm temperatures, drought, wildfires, insect invaders and pathogens. The …

September snow sends Spokane powder hounds to the hills

Snow in September? Not welcome news for many. But for dedicated powder hounds, a late-September snowstorm that deposited nearly 2 inches in Spokane meant powder turns up high.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 25, 2019

Ski expansion fight over, old-growth hike gains appreciation

After about 74 acres of land were cleared for new ski runs that opened in December, the Lands Council’s Old Growth Hike shifted focus from advocating against the expansion to …

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.

Wolf tracks are prominent during late-season ski through Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s interior roads open to car traffic on April 19. Until then the nonmotorized crowd has a special time to itself.

Bill Jennings: Don’t give up on winter yet

A friend of mine just returned from a mountain-hopping trip through the Colorado Rockies. He had quite an adventure and the skiing and riding there is of an epic scale. …

Human-powered ethos driving rapid growth of uphill skiing

On any given winter morning at Mount Spokane, you’re likely to see a handful of headlamps picking woven up the snowy slopes of Spokane’s namesake mountain.

Mount Spokane hour change making it harder for morning skiers

Morning skiers knocking out a lap or two on Mount Spokane before work will find it hard to make their 9 a.m. meetings next season.

Mikaela Shiffrin wins giant slalom race to seal World Cup title

Another race won, another crystal trophy earned, another World Cup record written by Mikaela Shiffrin.