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Category: Nordic Skiing


Leavenworth’s 11th “Chicks on Sticks” cancer fundraiser scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday

Feb. 3 is the date for Leavenworth’s annual Chicks on Sticks cross-country breast cancer fundraiser according to an email I received today from Rebecca Darley of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club announcing. I’ve heard this event has been growing since it started 11 years ago, but I didn’t realize it was big enough to go toe-to-toe with the Super Bowl. Might be a good way to keep your mind off the fact that the Seahawks aren’t playing.

Here’s the club’s announcement:

For the 11th year Leavenworth Winter Sports Club is producing a women’s only winter event to promote breast cancer awareness

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Special avalanche alert issued for Cascades, Olympics

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center released a “special avalanche forecast” this morning warning back country travelers in the Cascades and Olympics that the risk of avalanche is currently very high. From the NWAC forecast:

Increasingly warm and mostly fair weather Friday through Monday along with light winds should allow for warming, melt and weakening to affect progressively deeper layers of the snowpack at increasingly high elevations.

As a result, a spring slide cycle involving much of the past season’s snowpack is probable..and should increase in intensity and severity through Monday. Increasing large wet loose or wet slab slides

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Registration open for Mountaineers basic sea kayak course

Registration has opened for the Tacoma Mountaineers basic sea kayak course that is scheduled for April 7–29.

The course is loaded with practical information, hands-on education, introduction to kayak gear and an emphasis on paddling safety, said a news release. Participants will learn the basic paddling strokes, how to get back in your boat if you go over, basic trip planning and navigation and how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations.

No prior kayaking knowledge or experience is required to participate in this course.

The course consists of one classroom session, one pool session, two open water sessions and two

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Washington State Parks, Department of Natural Resources launch new winter recreation pass requirements

From the Washington Department of Natural Resources:

Washington State Parks and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announce changes in requirements to visiting winter recreation areas in Washington state. The changes affect whether a Sno-Park permit or a Discover Pass will be required to access state-managed winter recreation areas and Sno-Parks.


Visitors who have a current seasonal Sno-Park permit will not need to purchase a Discover Pass to visit a designated Sno-Park area between November 1 and March 31 for winter recreation activities. The seasonalSno-Park permit is $40. A one-day Sno-Park permit is $20. Some non-motorized Sno-Parks require a Special Groomed Trail sticker

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White Pass to open on Sunday

After announcing Thursday that it would not open this weekend, officials at White Pass ski area have changed their mind. Or the snow changed it for them.

A short time ago it was announced White Pass will open on Sunday. The area has received more than 10 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.

While details are still being worked out, the plan is to run only the original area only with Quad, Triple, Platter and Carpet lifts. Lift tickets will be discounted, but a price has not yet been decided.

The Nordic Center also will open Sunday.



Snow continues to fall in Cascades as ski areas open

Here is an update on all things snow-sports releated, well almost all things:

Crystal Mountain: The lifts are running, at least the gondola and Green Valley left. The area opened at 9 this morning. The ski area has received 19-21 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Area officials announced Chinook Express, Discovery and Forest Queen lifts will open Saturday. This will allow access to beginner and more intermediate runs.

Paradise: The popular winter fun spot at Mount Rainier National Park has received 19 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Weather station data indicates there

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State Parks officials vote to double Sno-park pass rate

Washington State Parks voted Thursday night to double the price of Sno-Park day passes.

Sno-Park passes will be $20 this season and will be required for each vehicle.

A season pass will be $40 and the special groomed trail permit will be an additional $40. Each of these passes were $30 last season.

On Sept. 3, state parks spokeswoman Linda Burnett said, "The reason for the increase is to encourage people to buy an annual pass."

Passes go on sale Nov. 1.


Sno-Park pass price could double this winter

Nordic skiers, snow machine drivers, sledders and others will see the price for a day pass at Sno-Parks double this winter if Washington State Parks has its way.

At its Oct. 1 meeting, State park officials will vote on a proposal for various fee increases including raising the $10 per vehicle day rate to $20, parks spokeswoman Linda Burnett said.

"The reason for the increase is to encourage people to buy an annual pass," Burnett said.

The proposal calls for increasing the price for a season pass from $30 to $35. Special grooming permits (required at some

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