Schweitzer Mountain during snow-storm.

Skiing in the COVID Era

By Amy McCaffree & Derrick Knowles  The COVID-19 pandemic is picking up steam this fall like a deep-winter storm cycle, yet our regional ski and snowboard resorts are feeling positive about being able to provide a safe experience this season. From adding online, limited contact ticket sales to expanded outdoor hangout areas, mask requirements and social distancing for indoor spaces, and group size limits for lessons, …

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Person overlooking a forested cliff while on a hike.

Winter Is Coming

Our small group of long-time friends arrived one-by-one at our remote, Idaho rendezvous spot. There was good food, cold beers, and socially-distanced catching up around the campfire late into the night. That was the last time I felt well for weeks.   The next morning, I loaded my backpack slower than normal, fighting off crippling fatigue that even a second cup of coffee couldn’t cut through. Shortly after we started hiking, the chills …

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