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Category: snow sports
April 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Should boarders be forbidden at ski slope?

The winter-sports season is winding down, but the debate over a Utah ski resort that forbids snowboarders is heating up. A lawsuit against the Alta ski resort has ended up in federal court, with snowboarders saying they’re being discriminated against on public lands (Alta has a permit to use U.S. Forest Service land, like many ski areas). Alta says it has the right,…


Comments | More in snow sports | Topics: Alta ski resort, boarders, skiers

March 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Long Beach Peninsula to Paradise

So there hasn’t been a lot of “lamb” about this March around Seattle. It’s been mostly a really cranky lion — with almost 5 inches more rain than normal for the month. Need a change of scene? Here are three quick ideas to get you out of town:


Comments | More in List, national parks, Northwest, Parks, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: kite flying, kite museum, Long Beach

March 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Snow, snow and more snow in the mountains

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…


Comments | More in highways, Northwest, Outdoors, road travel, snow sports | Topics: crystal mountain, I-90 closure, Mount Baker

February 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Yee-ha, skiers, snow is dumping – but avalanche danger high

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…


Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors, snow sports | Topics: avalanche, avalanche danger, Larry Schick

February 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

5 great places to see NW winter wildlife

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…


Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Creek Wildlife Area, Padilla Bay

January 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

More Northwest ski deals on Super Bowl Sunday

Stevens Pass has some going-fast $12 lift tickets for skiing and boarding on Super Bowl Sunday.  But there are discounts at other Pacific Northwest ski areas for the Feb. 2 game day The  discounts, available through Liftopia, include: –At Mt. Spokane, a 1-day  lift ticket starts at $40 (save 21 percent) – Washington’s 49 Degrees North has 1-day lift tickets starting…


Comments | More in snow sports, Super Bowl, Tips & deals | Topics: lift tickets, Lifttopia

January 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Ski for $12 on Super Bowl Sunday

Stevens Pass wants to get skiers to the slopes on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2) and is offering some $12 lift tickets. The  discounted  tickets are available only through the Stevens Pass Facebook page, and will  be valid for four hours of skiing or snowboarding on game day. 1,200 tickets  were made available but are going fast…. Stevens also will…


Comments | More in snow sports, Super Bowl, Tips & deals | Topics: skiing, Stevens Pass

January 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Snow-light Leavenworth throws a January luau

The Chelan County town of Leavenworth, with no snow for this weekend’s annual Bavarian Icefest,  is “making lemonade” with “our first, and perhaps last, Bavarian Ice Luau,” announced Jessica Robinson of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Temperatures around 50 degrees late this week in the Cascade Mountains town have helped scuttle plans to truck in lots…


Comments | More in North Cascades, Northwest, snow sports, Washington state | Topics: Bavarian Icefest, Leavenworth, snow shortage

January 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Mount Rainier’s snow-play area opens this weekend

Holiday-weekend revelers, rejoice. It’s time for tubing and sliding at Paradise. The snow-play hill at the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park finally has enough snow to open this Saturday, Jan. 18, according to the park’s Twitter feed. And there’s a bonus: Entry to the park is free on Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of…


Comments | More in national parks, Parks, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: mount rainier national park, paradise, sledding area

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