Snow Sports

Two young girls smiling at the camera while cross-country skiing at Mt. Spokane.

Cross-Country Ski Beginner Guide for Families

Families with young children can plan a first-time cross-country ski outing using these 4 easy steps, including gear rentals and where to go.

Man climbing Mt. Hood during winter.

Surviving An Avalanche: Mount Hood, 1977

Bob Degroot shares his story about surviving an avalanche on Mount Hood in 1977 while climbing with friends Mike Burr and Pete Lambach.

Illustration of a person fatbiking on a snow covered trail.

Winter Fatbike Racing: The Pursuit of Ultra Fatness

Long-distance winter fatbike racing is grueling, but that’s why some riders say they do it. Meet Inland NW bikers who embrace the challenge.

Mineral Ridge above Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Trailhead News: Improvements & Upcoming Events – Winter 2022

The Trailhead: Latest updates, for Jan.-Feb. 2022, about trails and outdoor recreation around the Inland Northwest. Column by Holly Weiler.

Snowy slope with trees at Sitzmark ski area.

15 Alpine Ski Areas in Washington State

A brief overview of Washington State’s 15 public downhill ski areas by Ryan Murray who skied them all during a 34-year personal odyssey.

Person skiing powder through the trees at 49 Degrees North.

3 Ski & Snowboard Films You Can Watch at Home

Vicariously enjoy skiing and snowboarding with these three films — all free — from the cozy comfort of home (or the ski lodge).

Sunrise peeking over a ridge above a chairlift at Fernie Alpine Resort.

Return to the Kootenays: Ski & Ride Again in Canada

Tips for planning a ski vacation to British Columbia mountain resorts during winter 2022, including border-crossing COVID requirements.

Wooden sign atop a run at Mission Ridge ski area..

A Quest to Shred Washington’s 15 Ski Mountains

Ryan Murray shares about his 34-year odyssey to achieve his goal of skiing at every ski resort in Washington State.

weather graphic of La Nina snow predictions for winter 2021-22 courtesy of

La Niña Hints of Good Winter for Pacific Northwest

A breakdown of official prediction options, from NOAA to, for Winter 2021-22 to help you plan your ski days and trips.

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