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An End of Season Events Round up at Fernie Alpine Resort

Sunshine, snowy slopes, retro parties and tons of fun for everyone – it’s how Fernie rounds out the winter. Less than 5 hours from Spokane in the eastern corner of beautiful British Columbia, spring is the perfect time to head north to discover small mountain charm and big mountain adventure in the Canadian Rockies. There’s …

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Go where no snowboarder has gone before. Photo: Larry Banks

Split Personality: The Evolution of Backcountry Snowboarding

When I first started snowboarding almost 25 years ago, people asked, “What is this skiboarding thing you do?” I would spend time explaining how it wasn’t “ski” anything. It’s snowboarding, like skateboarding, but on snow. Now, the new snow sport today that has become what snowboarding was 25 years ago is splitboarding. The question I …

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Summer Skiing on Washington’s Volcanoes

Washington’s volcanoes offer a wide variety of ski mountaineering options, from expert death defying descents to leisurely ski descents for the intermediate skier. Two mountains in particular offer fun ski descents that are reasonable and accessible: Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. Mount Adams, located in the Cascade Range 75 miles northeast of Portland, is …

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Backcountry Ski Basics: Learn from Expert Nils Larsen

Once again, OTM was fortunate to track down Inland Northwest “freeheel” ski luminary Nils Larsen-who is tirelessly touring North America with his multi-media, “A Journey to the Source,” highlighting his 2005 trip to the Altai Mountains in China and preparing for a return trip to the Altais this month. Larsen offers some basic backcountry skiing …

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What’s Your Gear?: Paul Fish, Mountaineering

It’s no secret that men occasionally band together in small groups, attempting to escape their familiar routines and defy limitations imposed in their lives. For most men, this can be accomplished with a weekly poker game. For Paul Fish and his three fellow members of the Into Thin Hair expedition (Jeff Johnson, Brent Johnson and …

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