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November 27, 2014 at 6:31 AM

San Juans welcome holidays with new art museum (and bright lights)

Need a pre-Christmas getaway to rest up after a big Thanksgiving family gathering? The San Juan Islands have a full slate of holiday events, with an added cultural bonus: opening of a shiny new art museum in Friday Harbor next week. Friday, Dec. 5, the dramatically renovated new San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Washington state, weekend getaways | Topics: friday harbor holidays, holiday events, san juan islands

November 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

At a glance: Ski areas open Thanksgiving weekend

Are slopes opening for the holiday weekend? Here’s what’s been announced as of 3 p.m. Wednesday. Click on the links for latest updates. WASHINGTON Summit at Snoqualmie: No Crystal Mountain: No Stevens Pass: No White Pass: No Mount Baker: Yes, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, and maybe on weekend Mission Ridge: Chair 1 open with manmade snow,…

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November 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Dramatic photos of rampaging waters at Mount Rainier; park reopens Wednesday

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, Nov. 26: Mount Rainier National Park’s Nisqually entrance reopened at 8 a.m. Wednesday after Tuesday’s closure and evacuation of the park’s west side due to flooding. A logjam just above the Kautz Creek culverts on the Nisqually Road, between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire, caused the creek to overflow onto the road Tuesday. A park…

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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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Comments | More in airports | Topics: best airport in America, best airports, PDX

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

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