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Category: Skiing/Snowboarding

Nov.
19th

Ski Season starts Tuesday at Stevens Pass, Wednesday at Crystal Mountain and perhaps Mt. Baker

UPDATE, Nov. 21, 9:50 a.m. Crystal Mountain has opened, as seen by the eager skiers in the photo above.

UPDATE, Nov. 20, 12:37 p.m.: More ski areas have announced opening days.  49 Degrees North, north Of Spokane, will open Friday at 9 a.m. and Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood is currently operating. Timberline remains open year round.

UPDATE: Stevens Pass has just announced it will open Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. It will open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Crystal Mountain ski area plans to launch the 2012-13 ski season with a partial opening at

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Nov.
11th

Get fit for ski season: Some exercises to get you ready

In addition to 20 to 60 minutes of varied cardiovascular activities at least three times a week try these exercises to get fit for ski season:

PUSH-UP WITH EXTENSION

Keeping your body straight, do a push-up. At the top of the push-up, extend your right arm out to your side, then twist your body until your right hand is pointing to the ceiling. Return to the push-up position and repeat on the left side. This will strengthen your chest, arms and core. Do three sets, each time doing five extensions on each side.

CRUNCH

Place your lower spine on a

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Nov.
6th

Skier, snowboarders thrilled to hear predictions of weak El Nino

As far as Northwest skiers and snowboarders are concerned it would be OK if they never saw La Nina’s brother.

They might not have a choice this winter, but forecasters say El Nino might not have the energy to live up to its dry personality anyway.

While the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center forecasted an El Nino weather system for this winter, NWS meteorologist Johnny Burg says that forecast now calls for a weak El Nino or perhaps a neutral winter.

In La Nina winters, the Northwest tends to experience colder and wetter weather, typically meaning plenty of snow

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Oct.
22nd

SkiFever and Snowboard Show starts Friday at Washington State Convention Center

The SkiFever and Snowboard Show starts Friday at the Washington State Convention Center. The event is a good place to get deals on gear, get info on local and destination resorts and see what’s new in the ski industry.

Here are the specifics:

WHERE:  Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA

WHEN: Friday 1-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

ADMISSION:  Adults $12, kids 6-12 $3, Kids 6 and younger free with paid adult. $2 discount coupons at available at SkiFever.org. Two-for-1 lift ticket coupon book with paid admission

 

Oct.
22nd

University of Puget Sound grad, Crystal Mountain ski patrol member to row across Atlantic Ocean

OAR Northwest is returning to its roots to complete its crew for a transatlantic row later this year.

Captain Jordan Hanssen said the team added former University of Puget Sound rower Pat Fleming for the Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to the Americas expedition.

Hanssen is a former UPS graduate who formed OAR Northwest with three college friends to row in a race from New York to the United Kingdom in 2006. The 2006 team won the race and earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Hanssen’s book on the expedition, “Rowing into the Son” (The

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Oct.
16th

Ski season growing closer as resorts report first dusting of snow; snow at Paradise as well

The skiing and snowboarding season is still likely more at least a month away, but this morning resorts started reporting their first dustings of snow.  Stevens Pass and White Pass are both reporting snow this morning.  Some other ski areas around the Northwest reported snow last week.

It might just be time to start tuning skis.

Here’s a picture from White Pass:

There was a dusting of snow at Mount Rainier National Park as well this morning. The parking lot and walkways at Paradise had a light layer of snow, according to webcam images.

Aug.
31st

Stevens Pass begins fall pass sale on Saturday

Stevens Pass, which is celebrating is 75th anniversary, announced its 2012-13 season pass fall sale gets under way Saturday. Season passes will be available to purchase online with current pricing valid through Oct. 31.

An Everyday Pass for pepople ages 16-69, which grants unlimited access through the 2012-13 winter season, will be $479 plus tax, a 67 percent savings if purchased by Oct. 31.

A Weekday Pass for ages 7-69, valid Mondays-Fridays as well as seven days a week from opening day through Dec. 16 and March 1 through the scheduled closing, will be $259 plus tax, a 93 percent

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