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February 25, 2015 at 12:57 PM

The Northwest Traveler blog has moved

With the launch of our website redesign, our blogs have moved. We’ll still be posting Northwest rravel news and analysis, but now you’ll find it all in the Travel channel. Same content as always, just a different home for it. You can leave feedback about the site changes here.

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February 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Need a skiing fix? Head for the Methow Valley

Skiers and dogs head up the Gunn Ranch trail recently in the Methow Trails system. (Methow Trails photo) 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…

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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

It’s looking bad at the White Pass ski area in this view from its webcam Friday afternoon. 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…

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

January 29, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Sold at Sea-Tac Airport: $24,000 bottle of cognac and 84,000 massages

Sea-Tac Airport had record passenger numbers in 2014.  And some of those  nearly 37.5 million passengers made some eye-popping purchases, including a $24,000 bottle of Remy Martin cognac, said the Port of Seattle. Among the other offbeat statistics from a year in the life of Sea-Tac: – Relax:  The airport’s Massage Bar performed 84,000 different massages…

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January 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Free in-flight movies, TV shows extended for Alaska passengers

There’s no free lunch for most air travelers, but Alaska Airlines passengers will keep getting free  in-flight entertainment for their electronic devices for two more months, the carrier said Tuesday . “All content, including premium movies and TV shows, will be complimentary through March 31, 2015,”  Alaska said (its  free trial began in December). Beginning April…

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January 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Who’s spending what on Super Bowl tickets

The Seahawks will play in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl at this stadium at the University of Phoenix, seen here in a game between the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns. (AP file photo) Seahawk fans are flying high and spending big for Super Bowl tickets. Here’s a statistical look at ticket sales from the NFL Ticket Exchange…

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Comments | Topics: NFL Ticket Exchange, Super Bowl tickets, University of Phoenix stadium

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 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  With dam removal, many changes have come to the Elwha River Valley. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) 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…

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