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Little Rippers of the Inland NW

Every time I’m on the mountain, witnessing the next generation of skiers and snowboarders tearing it up, I feel hopeful and excited for the future. These kids—thanks to their parents, instructors, and coaches—are daring, brave, and strong, from the bunny hill toddler snowplowing S-turns to the pre-teen blazing down a black diamond. Here are four …

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Spring Ski Safety Tips

“Challenging spring conditions include the rapid transition from slick snow to grabbing snow, which pushes the rider forward,” says John Batchelder, pro patrol director at Lookout Pass. “Proper stance and balance is a key to staying in control. Knee and shoulder injuries are common in this situation.”  Be mindful of the “freeze-thaw-freeze effect,” according to …

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On the Board Again: When Tragedy Strikes, Keep Riding

By Dig Chrismer There’s a good chance if you spend any time in the village at Schweitzer you’ll run into Mark and Colleen White. These two unofficial Schweitzer greeters are hard to miss with their welcoming smiles, infectious laughter, and endearing Texas drawls. Spending time with them on the mountain is delightful in any season. …

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What’s Your Gear?: Brent Emmingham, Ski Patrol

“I kinda have a love-hate relationship with the snow,” says Brent Emmingham. By day, Emmingham works as a Station Trainer at Spokane International Airport. By night, he is a volunteer for Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol. “I’m always keeping in mind the safety of the airplane passengers and resort guests,” he says. “I don’t look forward …

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