Month: December 2016

Mountain Mugs: Mountain Gear’s Mark Beattie Explains Why There is No Bad Ski Day

Last March I walked up to the counter at Mountain Gear with a few pieces of backpacking gear and chatted briefly with the store’s assistant manager Mark Beattie about our outdoor plans for the weekend. Since a warm front had moved through and nuked the powder I had originally hoped to be skiing, I explained …

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Photo of man skinning uphill.

Skiing Uphill: Rules to Follow if You Plan to Ski or Snowshoe up Mt. Spokane this Winter

As we head into winter in the Inland Northwest, many of us are gearing up for winter activities, and for many seasoned and aspiring backcountry skiers and snowboarders, that means getting in shape and practicing with their gear. For those in the Spokane area, we have a great, sanctioned resource at our local ski hill …

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Stoked on Revelstoke: Head North Now for Early-Season Powder

In some corners of the modern snow sports world, the hype, unfortunately, seems to outweigh the powder on the ground. This thought crossed my mind as we drove in darkness on slick winter roads from Kelowna, B.C., north towards the widely acclaimed Mecca of North American resort powder skiing. Once a community ski hill tucked …

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Photo of Wheel Sport by Elena Gardner.

Spokane’s Historic “Cycling Wall” Unveiled at Wheel Sport

“I quit $3.75 an hour to work here,” reads a message scrawled on the recently unveiled historic cycling wall at Wheel Sport Bicycles on Division Street in Spokane. The quote, along with the many other messages and signatures, serve as a reminder of the many riders who traveled across the country by bike, touring the …

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Photo: Aaron Theisen

Resort Hook-up: Save at Local and Regional Resorts with a Mountain Sports Club Membership

Whether you have a season pass or not, a Mountain Sports Club membership gives you more options to ski and ride around the Inland Northwest, British Columbia and at resorts around North America without ever paying full price. Save with 2 for 1 lift tickets, other lift ticket discounts, and ski and stay deals at …

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