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Archives: 2007


AVALANCHE: Be prepared

Earlier today a 39-man recovery team found the body of this month’s sixth avalanche victim. This time the victim was Kirk Reiser, a 22-year-old Lynnwood resident.

With all the new snow in the mountains, we offer this friendly reminder: If you’re in the mountains this winter and planning to leave the friendly confines of your favorite ski area then there are 10 numbers you better know.


This is the number for the avalanche hotline. Two hikers and three snowboards were killed earlier this month by two separate avalanches.

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Office S’mores

Once every two years, every writer and editor at The News Tribune has to spend a week as the Reader Rep. I’m in the final hour of my stint.

This job means talking to readers by phone and e-mail and answering their questions about things I know almost nothing about. (And getting an ear full when readers are unhappy with the paper.)

It also means a week stuck indoors with no assignments in the field (i.e., no powder day at Crystal on Wednesday.)

It’s tradition for the Reader Rep to end the week by bringing a snack

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Mount Washington’s Luge Track

It’s not what you see in the Olympics, but it’s the closest you’re going to get to trying the luge in the Northwest without qualifying for the 2010 games.

Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island offers luge rentals and lessons if you call ahead for reservations.

Check out this video from my visit. The quality isn’t great, but if you look close you can see me slam into the wall at the end of the run.



Looks like a killer day on the slopes today – perhaps the best of the season so far. All of our local ski areas are reporting new snow overnight.


I’m stuck in the office all day, so take a run for me,

Here’s this morning’s ski report.

Regional Ski Report
Whistler Blackcomb

63-inch base, 3 new
Mount Baker
70-inch base, 3 new
Stevens Pass
37-inch base, 4 new
Mission Ridge
34-inch base, 2 new
Summit at Snoqualmie
41-inch base, 5 new
Crystal Mountain
44-inch base, 13 new
White Pass
31-inch base, 7 new
Hurricane Ridge
63-inch base

Click below for snow lines and pass reports.

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Rainier snowplay area to open

The snowplay area at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park will open Saturday.

It’s the first time the area will be open in two seasons, since the park was closed last winter as crews worked to repair damage from the floods of November 2006.

Because snow depths are hovering around the 5-foot level, the snowplay might be confined to an area that is smaller than normal. Park officials want at least 5 feet of snow to protect the vegetation.

Sledding and sliding are permitted only in the Paradise area. Visitors should comply with the signs, fencing and

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Crystal plans to open Northway Lift on Saturday

Crystal Mountain’s much anticipated new chairlift could open as soon as Saturday, resort officials announced today.

After a brief ceremony Saturday morning the Northway Lift will load for the first time.

The new lift will service Crystal’s North Country area and provide access to 1,000 acres of terrain. The new lift will nearly double Crystal’s current 1,300 lift-serviced acres.

The Northway Lift brings the first new lift-serviced terrain to Western Washington since Stevens Pass opened Mill Valley in 1987.

The new lift will be able to move 19,110 people per hour, fewer than the high-speed lifts

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The Year in Review

As we look back on the year, Jeff and I took a look at the places we’ve gone to bring you Adventure stories this year. Here are some of the highlights (a dozen from each of us)