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Tag: John Gifford


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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Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association picks former Stevens Pass general manger John Gifford as new president

Former Stevens Pass Ski Area general manager John Gifford was announced this morning as the new president of the Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association.  Gifford takes office Aug. 15 replacing Scott Kaden.

Here is the announcement from the PNSAA:

The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of John Gifford as its new president.  Gifford will assume his duties on August 15.

“I am very pleased to announce John Gifford’s return to the PNSAA, where he served as a PNSAA board member for the past eight years,” said Dave Rathbun, chairman of

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Three killed in backcountry avalanche on Stevens Pass, snowboarder killed at Alpental

Three people were killed by an avalanche while skiing out of bounds near the Stevens Pass Ski Area today. According to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center the risk of avalanche today was  ”high,” it’s second highest risk classification.

From the Associated Press:

All those who were missing after an avalanche Sunday near a popular ski resort in Washington state have been accounted for, and the total number of people killed remains at three, a resort official said.

John Gifford, general manager at the Stevens Pass ski area, says he’s unsure how many people were caught up in the slide,

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