Roadtrips

Whitefish, Montana, Winter Wonderland

Come January, winter stoke is soaring—but so is the treacherousness of mountain passes and the increase of carbon footprints as winter sports enthusiasts chase fun-hog status. Fortunately, Amtrak’s Empire Builder offers daily service to Whitefish, Mont. from Seattle, Wenatchee, Spokane, and Sandpoint. Board the train in the afternoon or late evening and wake up in …

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Uncorked Outdoors: A Guide to Outdoor Recreation in Washington Wine Country

Explore Washington’s Wine Country in the heart of spring, when wineries debut new releases and celebrate the journey from grape-vine to barrel and bottle. This wine and outdoor recreation guide features two major AVA (American Viticultural Area) wine grape-growing regions in Eastern Washington, plus a section for Spokane County. Recreation destinations and outdoor highlights are …

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Wine, Wheels, and Wanderlust: Exploring British Columbia’s Lake Country

“Discovering” a new place so close to home that you immediately love is an uncommon delight when you’ve lived in the same place your whole life. My wife Shallan and I had skied the B.C. Okanagan region’s snowy peaks, Big White (near Kelowna) and Silver Star (a short drive from Vernon), and had heard several …

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SilverStar Serves Up Winter Adventure: B.C.’s 3rd Largest Resort is Only Five Hours Away

The Spokane area is ringed by enough destination ski resorts (not to mention the dozens of cool, out-of-the-way mom and pop ski hills) to keep local skiers and snowboarders busy exploring new places for years. SilverStar Ski Resort, a few hours north of the border near Vernon, British Columbia, is one of those amazing destinations …

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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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Roadtrip: The Sleeping Lady In Leavenworth WA

SOME VACATIONS FEEL SO busy and exhausting that once you return home you need another vacation just to rejuvenate. Staying at a resort—and focusing your recreation and other activities around that focal point—is one way to ensure a relaxing getaway. Located outside of Leavenworth along Icicle Creek is Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, whose namesake peak …

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