Do you remember something about a shortage of snow in Washington’s mountains? Naw. Snow was coming down so fast on Snoqualmie Pass that Interstate 90 was closed in both directions Monday morning. (Get updates here.) Here are some Monday morning snow statistics for Cascade ski areas: Crystal Mountain: About 10 inches fell overnight in Campbell…More
The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club just can’t get a break this winter. Earlier, lack of snow hindered its operations and canceled some annual festival events. Now, the glut of snow and resulting avalanche danger has canceled one of its big events of the year, this weekend’s Hog Loppet ski trek. This would have been the 26th…More
Not enough snow at ski areas this winter? The Northwest is making up for that, scary fast. Crystal Mountain picked up two feet of new snow this week, and Mount Baker got 40 inches. Now, former KING-TV meteorologist Larry Schick, who issues Powder Alerts for the Ski Washington website (and is affectionately known as the Grand…More
Celebrate this Presidents Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, with a free visit to a national park, national forest or wildlife refuge. All three days are included as fee-free days for 2014 for parks, museums, trails and other facilities operated by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. In Washington, that includes Mount…More
If you enjoy seeing wildlife in the wild, midwinter offers some special treats around the state of Washington. Here are five of my favorite wildlife viewing spots for the colder months, most within a day’s drive of Seattle. And with migratory bird-hunting season just concluded, February is a good time to take your binoculars and…More
If you’re hoping for an outdoorsy vacation around Washington this year, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife has a new online guide that might help in the planning. The agency has launched “Great Washington Getaways,” an interactive web guide to 14 areas across the state that offer scenic wonders and finned lunkers. Good places to…More
Washington’s light-snow winter is taking its toll on snow-dependent recreation across the state, and now it’s starting to infringe on some popular winter festivals as well.
Community festivals in Chelan, this weekend and next, and Leavenworth, Jan. 18-19, have been forced to cancel some ski and snowshoe events because of insufficient snow, though other entertainment is going ahead as planned.
Leavenworth is considering trucking in snow from Stevens Pass, or borrowing a large snow-making gun from Mission Ridge Ski Area, to provide some snow for its Bavarian Icefest.
“We need some nice, good, clean snow” for a snow sculpture event and a Downtown Rail Jam snowboard and ski demonstration,More
After a few false starts and final construction delays, a new 1.6-mile segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail opened Thursday, making it possible for cyclists to travel a scenic 34 miles of the Columbia River Gorge without using Interstate 84. The new trail segment, which was dedicated in September, is complete except for…More
The Whistler Mountain half of British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb ski resort will open this Saturday, Nov. 16, the resort announced Tuesday. The opening comes 13 days earlier than originally planned, thanks to cold temperatures, natural snowfall and productive snowmaking equipment, resort officials said.
British Columbia’s Big White ski resort, near Kelowna, has also announced a Saturday opening.
With five lifts running at Whistler, skiers and snowboarders will have the option to upload from eitherMore
Take a look at the webcam for Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise and you’ll see that snow is starting to pile up at Mount Rainier National Park. As visions of snowshoes dance in park lover’s heads, park staffers are preparing for winter operations and visitors.
“Mount Rainier provides outstanding winter recreation opportunities and has been doing so for over 100 years,” Park Superintendent Randy King said in an email. “It’s a wonderful time to visit the park and area, provided visitors come well-prepared for the snow and road conditions. Safe backcountry travel in winter requires an especially high level of preparation, caution, and knowledge.”
The park will transition to winter hours of operation and service on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Here’s a roundup of what to expect all winter:More