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Northwest Traveler

Travel news, consumer advice and trip reports for the Northwest and beyond.

Category: snow sports
February 12, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Summit at Snoqualmie ski area closes for lack of snow

It’s been a horrible, snow-light winter for Washington skiers, and the Summit at Snoqualmie has given up — at least temporarily. Just before a holiday weekend, it’s tough timing for the low-elevation ski area at 3,022-foot Snoqualmie Pass. As of Thursday, all lifts at Alpental — the multi-slope resort’s highest hill, and the only one…

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Comments | More in ski areas, skiing, snow sports | Topics: Alpental, ski area closures, summit at snoqualmie

February 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Need a skiing fix? Head for the Methow Valley

Heartbroken over lack of snow at your favorite downhill resort? Aghast at webcam views of what should be pristine, snowy slopes but are showing more dark spots than a Dalmatian? If cross-country skiing will fill your winter schussing deficit, the Methow Valley might provide your salvation. While just about everywhere else in the Northwest ski world…

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Comments | Topics: cross-country skiing, Methow cross-country skiing, Methow Trails

February 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Washington ski areas struggling, closing in the rain

Rain, rain go away is the fervent prayer of Washington’s Cascade ski areas, which have closed lifts (or shut down completely) and canceled lessons as the warm, wet weather washes out skiing and boarding. Crystal Mountain will run only a few lifts as of this weekend and has canceled all ski/boarding lessons until further notice…

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Comments | Topics: crystal mountain, Mount Baker, summit at snoqualmie

February 3, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Trial allows dogs with skiers on easy trails at Chelan’s Echo Ridge

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 7, you may cross-country ski with your dog on some of the easier Forest Service trails near Lake Chelan. The Chelan Ranger District is staging a pilot program called “Pups on the Pops” on three trails locally known as the “Pops” at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area. From the Lower Echo parking lot,…

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Comments | More in Outdoors, ski areas, skiing, snow sports, U.S. Forest Service | Topics: Chelan ski trails, dogs with skiers, Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area

January 27, 2015 at 5:05 PM

$12 Super Bowl Sunday lift tickets at Stevens Pass (don’t wait long)

Don’t have the thousands of dollars to go watch the Super Bowl in Arizona? Then spend $12 — yes, it’s a 12th Man thing — for a ski lift ticket on Super Bowl Sunday at Stevens Pass. Starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, you can go online and try to nab one of the 1,200 available…

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Comments | More in ski areas, skiing, snow sports | Topics: $12 lift tickets, cheap lift tickets, Stevens Pass

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 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

September 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

5th graders ski for free this winter at Stevens Pass

Got a 5th grader in the family? He or she can ski or snowboard for free this winter. Keeping kids involved and interested in outdoor sports can be a challenge, but it’s a lot easier with programs such as this at Stevens Pass ski area. Through a partnership between the ski area and Carter Subaru, any 5th…

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