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Archives: March 2008

March
20th

BEST OF THE WEST: Who has the best ski/snowboard slopes

Help us determine the best ski area in the Northwest by voting for your favorite resort, lodge food, ski run and more.


Click below to take the quick survey. Your favorites will featured in 2008-09 Ski preview sections in newspapers across the Northwest. Voters from around the region – Idaho, Washington, Oregon and B.C. – are participating so make sure your favorites are well represented.


2008-09 Snow Ride Guide Survey

March
19th

Body of missing hiker found at Mount Rainier

News Tribune reporter Stacey Mulick is reporting that the body of the missing Mount Rainier hiker has been found.


UPDATE

Statement from Mount Rainier National Park:


Rangers searching for a missing hiker located his body about a mile from the Kautz Creek trailhead late Wednesday morning. Rangers followed a single set of tracks in the snow to an elevation of 4200 feet. The tracks then descended east of the trail to about 3000 feet, where the body was found.


Devin Ossman, 45, of Mukilteo, is believed to have arrived in the park Monday morning

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March
19th

A busy spring in our national parks

It’s going to be a busy spring in the state’s three major national parks. That was my impression after talking with the three superintendents after a meeting Monday in Seattle.


Late this spring we can expect to see the draft environmental impact statement outlining options for the Carbon River Road at Mount Rainier National Park. Superintendent Dave Ubueruaga said it is unlikely any proposal would include rebuilding the road all the way to the Ipsut Creek Campground. Public meetings will be held to discuss the options and take public comment.


At Olympic National Park, options for reopening the

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March
19th

Les Davis Pier will be closed to fishing Friday afternoon

Fishing will be prohibited for a while Friday from Les Davis Pier as scuba divers will clean up the waters surrounding the pier.


About 20 volunteers are expected to spend six hours removing everything from broken fishing line to trash. For the safety of the volunteer crew, no fishing will be allowed from the pier between 3-9 p.m. while the clean up is underway.



"We often see people throwing cans, bottles and other garbage into the bay when we’re diving," said event organizer Amy Rhodes. "As one of the few reefs in the area created specifically

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March
18th

Rescuers search Rainier for missing hiker

A statement from Mount Rainier on the missing hiker:


Rangers searched the Kautz Creek Trail on Tuesday for 45-year old Devin Ossman of Mukilteo but without success. A ranger noticed Mr. Ossman’s car parked at the Kautz Creek trailhead late Monday and upon investigation discovered his wife had reported him missing to the Mukilteo Police Department that afternoon. With daylight dwindling there was time for only a cursory search of the area. On Tuesday eight National Park Service searchers and a dog team from Northwest Bloodhounds searched the trail for signs of Mr. Ossman but found few clues. Devin

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March
18th

Ski marathoners raise $250,000

Just got an e-mail from David Ludwig, the Tacoma man who founded Hope on the Slopes, a 24-hour ski competition/American Cancer Society fundraiser.


Here’s what he says:


Well we did it. We set records for the White Pass Hope On The Slope. We’re over $70,000 now and will probably push $75,000 when it is all said and done. We also had the most participants (220) and the most teams. This year was the most successful HOTS ever. I am grateful for all your hard work and passion. We have created a really great event that is fun,

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March
17th

Phil Mahre just misses U.S. Nationals

Just got word from the U.S. Ski Team that Phil Mahre’s bid to qualify for U.S. Alpine Nationals this year has come up just short. Mahre of Yakima is 50-years-old and won a gold in the 1984 Olympic slalom. He started his comeback last season and impressed a lot of people despite coming up short of his goal. He turned down a special invitation to ski at nationals because he wanted to qualify on his own.

March
14th

Red Bull Blade Raid gives skiers wings at Crystal Mountain

Today 42 athletes – some of whom even know how to ski – will race down one of Crystal Mountain’s steepest runs by parachute.


RED BULL BLADE RAID

Crystal Mountain, 9:30 a.m.

HOW IT WORKS: Competitors lay out a parachute behind them at the top of the double-diamond Exterminator run then ski as fast as possible down the hill. At about 40 mph their parachute will lift them off the ground. Then they must navigate the gates on the rest of the course using the chute and land in a designated area near the base lodge. Runs

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