There are very few true skiing icons in the Spokane area, but Fred Nowland is definitely one of them. A fixture of the ski industry for 36 years, chances are better than average that you have come across Fred at some point—whether it was in one of the various shops that he worked at over the years or perhaps at one of the local ski resorts.
The allure of books from the 70s and 80s that cover a range of skiing topics — from ski racing, ski maintenance, and ski technique — is the historic glimpse they offer into ski culture from another era.
With the international border closed for non-essential travel, we asked self-proclaimed ski bum “Powder Matt,” from Kimberley, B.C., to share about the pandemic skiing life along B.C.’s Powder Highway.
If you’ve been missing runs or rides with other humans this past year, things are looking up for 2021. While many races, fun runs, and rides are still only offering virtual events (that can still be completed with your own friends or family), there are quite a few live events with some level of COVID safety mitigation planned this year. Sign up for one or more and get outside, be safe, and run, walk, and ride together!
This year marks the 18th anniversary of the Spokane River Run at Riverside State Park. 2021 virtual Spokane River Run is set for anytime between April 16 and April 25. This grassroots, community race for a good cause is one of the oldest trail runs in the Northwest and is staffed by volunteers. Kick off spring with the Spokane River Run’s different run lengths, ranging from 5K to 50K.