Month: October 2015

Ski School: Lessons Learned by Mt. Spokane’s Brad McQuarrie, Father of 4

Skiing allows you to “be intentional about creating memories for the family,” says Brad McQuarrie, general manager for Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. He and his wife Brenda have always made it a priority to ski with their four children – three daughters, now ages 20, 19, and 15, and a son, 13. “We …

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Photo of the Spokane River by Holly Weiler.

Riverside State Park Military Cemetery Loop

From the military cemetery near Fort George Wright and Spokane Falls Community College, begin this hike by walking east on the Centennial Trail. The trail quickly leaves the road noise behind and enters the forest, allowing visitors to forget that they’re merely a few miles from downtown. The Spokane River is far below, and SFCC’s …

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Avalanche Safety Classes: If You’re Going to Ski or Ride the Backcountry, Be Prepared

Riding season is upon us, including the influx of powder-enticing ski/snowboard movies. As we watch in awe as the pros rip and slash through the scenes, the allure of riding powder in the backcountry becomes ever more present in our own dreams. We think, “Maybe this year I will venture out into the side/backcountry,” to …

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Beyond the Riverbank: Preserving Shoreline Trails and Community Connections

Recently, I found myself pondering the ways that our river brings us the value we have come to love and even expect. We all get the wet part of the river. Clean water supports fish to chase, cool water to jump and swim in, and rapids to paddle and play on, but the river gives …

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Looking Back at the Spokane Mountaineers (1993 to 1998)

The 1993 summer outing was held in North Cascades National Park. The big conservation effort this year was organized by the author of this article, Chic Burge, to utilize the Climbing Committee to rig climbers to repel off the Dry Falls Observation Deck to clean up the cliffs below. 51 bags of trash were collected. …

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Guest Editorial: A Call to Action in Support of the Land & Water Conservation Fund

Guest Editorial By Jeff Lambert, Executive Director, Dishman Hills Conservancy The terrific Land and Water Conservation Fund lapsed due to Congress inaction. The LWCF has been successful for 50 years in funding many local parks and conservation areas using a small portion of the royalties paid to the federal government from oil and gas leases. …

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Ski Film Preview: Build the Winter Stoke with the Season’s Best Ski Movies

For those who anticipate winter’s arrival with frothing mouths and dreams of what may come, this past year came with an unfamiliar set of struggles, as those perfect moments of wintery snow-bliss became more and more elusive. For passionate skiers and riders in the Northwest, however, the challenges that we’ve endured can never undermine our …

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Ski Swap Buyer’s Guide: Finding the Right Gear and Having a Blast at Your Local Ski Swap

Ski season might appear to be a long way away, but the region’s ski swaps are nearly upon us. Whether you are an avid swap-goer or a first-timer, the experience can be overwhelming. Imagine a seemingly endless space packed with skis, boots, clothing and accessories, and then fill it with 1,000 people, some of whom …

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