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Ski Racer skiing down hill.

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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Avalanche Awareness workshop with Northwest Avalanche Center

The NWAC Avalanche Awareness Workshop target is for the winter backcountry traveler. Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard or snowmobile in the backcountry, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Learn …

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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.

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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