Month: November 2014

Nordic Kids lessons are a great way for kids to learn cross-country skiing with the help of parent volunteers." Photo: Tim Wright

Getting Into Cross-country Skiing in Four Easy Steps

In recent years, a growing contingent of people in the Inland Northwest have embraced snow sports besides downhill skiing – particularly snowshoeing and Nordic (cross-country) skiing. And while we live within easy reach of one of the premier Nordic ski areas in the Northwest, the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park, it can be challenging to …

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Ski Better and Avoid Injury with the Proper Ski Conditioning

If the cooler nights, fading morning light, and brilliant leaves aren’t enough, the hundreds of ski swap signs blanketed across Spokane is a sure sign that we are rapidly approaching winter. If you’re one who looks forward to the snowy season, soon fall checklists will turn into pre-season ski rituals. Whether you annually tune your …

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Fat Tires and Hot Pools: Riding the Idaho Hot Springs Loop

Last February (2013), Adventure Cycling released the maps for a new bike packing backcountry experience, the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route. There are two maps. One covers the main route, which is a 518-mile loop of mostly dirt and gravel roads. The second map covers four single track sections that will take you to …

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Hike of the Month: Antoine Peak Conservation Area (Spokane County Parks)

As the snow begins to pile up in the high country, try one of the closer peaks for some last-chance hiking before it’s time to dust off the snowshoes. With two trailheads and numerous route options, the 1,100-acre Antoine Peak Conservation Area rewards hikers with views of the surrounding valley within the first mile. Choose …

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Pray for Snow – November 5 at Perry Street Brewing

It’s that time of year again, when skiers and riders see potential snowflakes in the gray rain and send silent prayers for snow accumulation in the mountains. Why do it all alone? On Wednesday, November 5, Perry Street Brewing in Spokane is hosting “Pray for Snow,” their first annual ski and snowboard season kick-off party. …

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