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November 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Dramatic photos of rampaging waters at Mount Rainier

November is once again being a tough month at Mount Rainier National Park, which closed Tuesday and evacuated visitors because of flooding caused by heavy rains and melting snow. Rain is predicted to continue in the Cascades through Thursday, and the National Weather Service has declared a flood warning for the Nisqually River,…

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Comments | Topics: flooding, mount rainier closure, Mount Rainier flooding

November 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Here’s a new list of 10 best and worst airports in America

Love an airport? Hate an airport? See if you agree with Condé Nast Traveler’s new list of “The 10 Best & 10 Worst Airports in America,” as selected by more than 77,000 readers in the magazine’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. Some of the busiest airports, not surprisingly, made the “worst” list. The “best” list includes one…

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November 24, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Snow close, but Crystal can’t quite open yet for skiing, boarding

Crystal Mountain, Washington’s biggest ski and snowboarding area,  can’t set an opening day yet because of  warmer temperatures, howling winds and rain forecast for this week. The slopes got some nice snow on the weekend, but Tuesday and Wednesday weather, with winds expected to be 50 mph, have prevented ski managers from saying they can open…

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November 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

New Warren Miller ski film this weekend in Seattle

Need inspiration for the slopes? Not only do the region’s ski areas have their first opening day this Saturday, the annual Warren Miller Entertainment ski film for 2014, “No Turning Back,” screens Friday and Saturday at Seattle’s McCaw Hall. Warren Miller’s annual films are known for sharp cinematography and black-diamond thrills around the world. This year’s…

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November 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Where the New York Times wants you to eat, play in Seattle weekend

The New York Times is telling its world of readers where to eat and play in a weekend in Seattle. The article and video, one of the newspaper’s popular 36-hours-in-a-city travel series, highlights Pioneer Square restaurants (hello Matt Dillon)  and Lake Union’s wildly popular Westward, among others. Beyond eating, “36 hours in Seattle” steers visitors to the…

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November 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Webcams say it all: Pray for snow, skiers and boarders

Hoping for a Thanksgiving Day outing to your favorite ski hill in the Washington Cascades? Um, you might want to have a Plan B. With a week to go, here are webcam photos from around the region: The good news: Mission Ridge ski area, near Wenatchee, is opening this Saturday and Sunday thanks to snow-making…

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Comments | More in skiing, snow sports | Topics: Alpental, crystal mountain, Stevens Pass

November 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

How to cope with Thanksgiving crowds at Sea-Tac (and get a parking deal)

Flying out of Sea-Tac Airport for Thanksgiving? You’ll join more than 600,000 passengers who will be going through the airport during the Thanksgiving holiday week, says the Port of Seattle which runs the airport. Here’s how to cope with the crowds and get a parking deal at Sea-Tac. The busiest days at Sea-Tac will be Wednesday, Nov….

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Comments | More in Sea-Tac Airport | Topics: holiday travel, Sea-Tac parking coupon

November 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Heads up, ski fiends: Whistler and Mission Ridge open Saturday

Anxious ski fiends, ski bunnies and boarder buddies: The “open” sign goes up at one of the region’s most popular mountain resorts this Saturday, Nov. 22. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.’s mega-resort four hours north of Seattle, is firing up lifts five days ahead of its scheduled Thanksgiving Day opening. Natural snowfall at higher elevations was followed…

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November 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  Olympic National Park’s Olympic Hot Springs Road, in the Elwha River Valley, has reopened following a three-year closure while contractors removed the Glines Canyon Dam. Visitors may now reach the Boulder Creek Trailhead, which provides hiker and stock-user access to the Olympic Hot Springs Trail, a 2.5-mile hike from the trailhead. Park officials urge visitors to consult…

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