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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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Ski to Sea

Ski to Sea is the original multisport relay race, from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay. Organize your team of 3-8 racers and join us on Memorial Day weekend! Teammates and spectators await finishing racers in Bellingham’s scenic Marine Park and can experience the Historic Fairhaven Festival, the all-day street party just up the hill. Returning …

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Photo by Jon Jonckers.

Mountain Safety – Avalanche Awareness

While there have always been news stories about avalanches, some incidents more sad and deadly than others, this Silver Mountain avalanche is a home heart-break story. Mountains will still be our happy place, and powder days will still bring us joy. But now we do so with the knowledge of this cautionary chapter in our regional history. We would be remiss to not learn lessons from our sorrow.

Remembering Off-Piste Magazine

Off-Piste is no longer available in the classic and often collected black and white newsprint version, but during its run was issued four times a year. Yet the essential elements of the magazine remain on the website at Offpistemag.com, which hosts gear reviews, beta on where to ski, soulful narratives about winter backcountry travel, trailers for independent ski films, and avalanche safety resources.

Snow-blowing machine shooting out new snow on a ski run.

The Science and Art of Snowmaking

By Chris Gabrielli 100 percent coverage, knee-deep powder, and face shots for days—wake up, you’re dreaming. Although almost every ski hill in the Pacific Northwest, and even the interior Northwest, receives more than 200 inches of snow annually, Mother Nature can still be a fickle beast. Seasons start slowly and some years Lady Winter never …

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Winter Adventures in British Columbia

Traveling north of the border for skiing, snowboarding, hot springs soaking, snowshoeing, or other winter adventures is incredibly easy and worth every kilometer of extra driving. One of the best yet often under-appreciated things about living in Spokane and North Idaho, in fact, is the proximity to interior British Columbia. This lightly-populated, vast expanse of wild mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers; enchanting yet authentic mountain towns; and destination-worthy resorts, parks, and trails is a wonderland right next door.

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