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‘Skiing’ Articles

Ski Vacation? Get small in Washington for a big adventure

Ski Vacation? Get small in Washington for a big adventure

Think ski vacation, and places like Sun Valley, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Park City come to mind. Think a bit more, though, and those dreams evaporate quickly as you start to add up the expenses. Airfare for the family, lodging in a resort town, lift tickets a premiere ski area, meals out morning, noon and [Continued...]

Women’s Ski Jackets blend function and fashion

Women’s Ski Jackets blend function and fashion

Times have changed in the world of winter apparel. Function and fashion are no longer mutually exclusive concepts. In response to several readers’ questions about quality women’s apparel for a day on the slopes, we had a team of female skiers and riders (ages 16 to 50) test a range of jackets designed specifically for [Continued...]

Avalanche kills 3 skiers near Stevens Pass; 1 snowboarder dies at Alpental

Avalanche kills 3 skiers near Stevens Pass; 1 snowboarder dies at Alpental

Three fatalities have been confirmed by the King County Sheriffs office as a result of an avalanche near Stevens Pass today. Another fatality occurred earlier today at Alpental when a snowboarder reportedly plunged off a cliff. Details at this time are sketchy, but early reports suggest the avalanche in the Stevens Pass area occurred on [Continued...]

Outdoors women seek snow fun

First published in the Seattle Times, NW Weekend section on November, 18,2010 Seeing Shannon Meshke blast down the slope, I marveled at the fact this was just her second time on a snowboard. Shannon, a 16-year-old skateboard enthusiast from Puyallup, embraced the opportunity to jump into the snow last winter. “I love it. There’s so [Continued...]

Betting on Vonn

Betting on Vonn

Lindsey’s back! Today, Lindsey Vonn cranked out another win – the third World Cup downhill victory of the season for the Colorado native. She took top honors in the downhill event at Haus im Ennstal, Austria. The win today returned her to the  top of the standings in the World Cup Overall Points Race. Vonn [Continued...]

Damnation! Judge says salmon more important than dams

Damnation! Judge says salmon more important than dams

“Federal defendants have spent the better part of the last decade treading water and avoiding their obligations under the Endangered Species Act.” Those words, written by U.S. District Judge James Redden  in a letter issued May 18, 2009, were addressed to various factions fighting over the recover plans for the Pacific Salmon, listed as endangered [Continued...]

Service, not sales, growing part of outdoor industry websites

Even though the outdoor industry remains relatively strong in this sluggish economy, cautious customers still need to be courted. People seeking information about specific products are always going to seek out company websites for that product-specific information. The question is, how do you get casual browsers to visit — and stay at — your site? [Continued...]

SNOW: An all-mountain ski system to ease wallet pain

SNOW: An all-mountain ski system to ease wallet pain

In a world of increasing specialization in ski gear, we found a few “do-it-all” products that work exceptionally well wherever you ski. Some hard-core powder hounds claim you need a quiver of skis in your closet so you can match the snow conditions and terrain with a specific type of ski. Given the price of [Continued...]

26. Dead.

We venture out to play in the snow for fun. This year, fun has proven fatal much too often. As of today, 26 people have died in avalanches this winter in North America – 13 in the U.S. and 13 in Canada. The latest fatalities occurred yesterday when avalanche buried five snowmobilers. Three were found [Continued...]

Avalanches Hammer the West

Slides are wrecking havoc throughout the mountain west. From an early fatality Utah to a damaged mid-mountain ski lodge at Jackson Hole, avalanches are plaguing western ski and recreation areas. Eight snowmobilers died in slides in British Columbia, just this week, a skier died while skiing in-bounds at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and several other [Continued...]

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