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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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

La Niña Hints of Good Winter for Pacific Northwest

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

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