Month: February 2015

Backcountry Brewfest—Friday, March 6, 5-9 p.m., downtown Spokane

If you love beer and the great outdoors, don’t miss the 1st Annual Backcountry Brewfest that’s making its first appearance in Spokane for one night on Friday, March 6 from 5-9 p.m. The big draw is the beer, of course: the Backcountry Brewfest features selections from over a dozen regional breweries. But you might also …

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Lemonade Loppet Fun Run/Snowshoe at Mount Spokane (March 1, 2015)

What do you do when Mother Nature pulls the plug on the season’s snow pack right before one of the region’s most popular Nordic events? Make lemonade out of the situation and have fun on the trails anyway! The Spokane Nordic Ski Association’s planned a 20/30/50km “Loppet” Spokane Nordic Challenge ski event that was set …

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Hike of the Month: Fir Mountain (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest)

While I love our local urban hikes, there comes a point every winter when I long for the view from the summit of some remote mountain top. However, most peaks are difficult, if not impossible, to access during the snowy winter months. That’s where the Okanogan Highlands come in, offering prepared winter visitors a chance …

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Fat Bike Gear: What to Wear to Stay Warm and Dry

With the growing popularity of fat biking on snow-covered trails, more people are confronted with the question of what to wear to keep warm without overheating and getting drenched in sweat. John Drumm, store manager and resident fat bike expert at Fitness Fanatics in Spokane Valley has some thoughtful fat biking gear advice based on …

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Looking for Winter Fun in the Canadian Rockies? Fernie’s Got You Covered

Need proof that Canadians not only love dressing up in wacky costumes more than most Americans but also come up with wickedly fun and creative contests and festival events? Put Fernie’s Griz Days Winter Festival or the Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle on your winter trip calendar. Griz Days Winter Festival (February 27-March 1) Plan …

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6 Reasons Not to Miss the Sandpoint Winter Carnival (Feb. 13-23)

Ski Joring. Not the gentler kind with dogs. No, these daredevil skiers with serious cojones get pulled around at break-neck speeds over jumps by a horse and rider. Watch the excitement with hundreds of other amped up spectators or sign up to compete yourself for the chance to bring home a piece of over $3,500 …

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Pack Your Skis and Find Winter Up North at the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival (February 20-22)

 I rolled over into a cloud of pillows so cozy and warm, I thought there was no other place I’d rather be. Then I remembered it was the Coldsmoke Powder Festival, and I had a pass to the entire weekend at Whitewater Ski Resort. We had planned a little weekend getaway to Nelson, B.C. to …

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Making a Difference One Piece of Litter at a Time

The Ecology Youth Corps is Washington’s largest youth employment program. EYC has removed litter and promoted recycling and litter abatement throughout the state since 1975. During this time, EYC employed more than 12,000 youths. Each year they hire more than 300 teens statewide to provide an important service to their communities. EYC members earn minimum …

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