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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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Comments | More in skiing, snow sports | Topics: ski film, Warren Miller, Warren Miller ski film

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 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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Comments | More in snow sports | Topics: Cypress Mountain, ski area, ski areas open

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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Comments | Topics: Boulder Creek Trail, hot springs, Olympic Hot Springs

November 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Better forecasts are Seattle avalanche victim’s legacy, thanks to crowdfunding

Winter backcountry visitors to the mountains of northeast Oregon will have access to expanded safety advisories, services and training thanks to a crowdfunding drive memorializing a Seattle skier killed last February in an avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains. Wallowa Avalanche Center, of Joseph, Ore., an information source for winter visitors to the region’s…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: avalanche forecasts, avalanches, crowdfunding

November 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Olympic National Park opens new viewpoint on dam-free Elwha

Both dams are gone from the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula, and in Olympic National Park a new accessible parking area and viewpoint opened Friday to give the public a better look at the free-flowing river. The 10-space parking area and viewpoint can be reached by following the gravel Whiskey Bend Road about one mile…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: Elwha River, elwha valley, Glines Canyon Dam

October 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Crack down on Washington beach driving? Take our poll

The sun had just set below the Pacific Ocean’s indigo horizon. Our Long Beach bonfire was blazing merrily in the windbreak of a drift log, and a glass of cabernet washed down some sticky s’mores rather nicely. It was the kind of moment the local visitor bureau likes people to talk about. Then the peaceful moment…

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Comments | More in beaches, Northwest, Outdoors, Scenic drive | Topics: ban beach driving, beach driving, Long Beach

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