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 […]
“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
On Jan. 7, 2020, Annie and Abbey rode the gondola to the summit of Silver Mountain Resort—their steady brown eyes conveyed the seriousness of their search and rescue mission. Each wore a ski patrol harness, red with a white cross, matching the jacket worn by dog handler Jeff Thompson, a ski patroller from Schweitzer Mountain
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.
The Fletcher ski family–led by Poppy and Grammy, Seth and Gloria–includes three generations of skiers at Mt. Spokane.
“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
This weekend is the 45th annual Mount Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap, the largest swap in the region and a great place to get your gear – new & used – for cheap. Equipment, clothing and accessories for all winter sports are available, including Nordic and alpine skiing & snowboarding. It’s also the primary source
Saturday is the Tour de Rock, a mountain bike ride to raise funds for the 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol. Same-day registration is 9:30-10:30 am. Meet at the main lodge at 49 Degrees North. Stick around for a barbecue and live music. The ride is $35 with a long-sleeve t-shirt or $25 without. For information,