Hindsight is always 20-20, especially when youre talking about teaching kids to ski. Like a lot of parents who love to ski, I figured I could teach my children myself. And I tried. But looking back now, I wish Id put them in group lessons much sooner, when they were 6 or 7, blank slates waiting to be written on.
Let’s face it, we don’t really get away anymore when we go skiing. We bring along phones with enough computer power to run the entire ski resort so we can spend our chairlift rides listening to music, texting friends, playing “Candy Crush,” shooting video or maybe even making calls.
Seventy-five years ago, when rope tows were the cutting edge of ski technology, it was unlikely anybody envisioned the sport evolving into what transpired Sunday afternoon.
The same storm thats set to bring heavy winds to Western Washington this week will also dump up to two feet of snow in the mountains, forecasters said.
When you ski every day like Whistler marketing VP Stuart Rempel, covering all 8,171 acres is doable as long as you have expert skills. But what about the typical visitor from Washington, who looks up at the two massive peaks with only a weekend to take them on? With a good plan you can get a pretty good sample of Whistler's runs.
Whitewate Ski Resort, in Nelson, B.C., combines deep, dry snow with lots of runs through the trees.
The Summit at Snoqualmie will open its 2012/2013 ski season Saturday, ski area officials just announced. This latest winter storm has delivered 14 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, all that was needed to get the Summit West base area ready to operate.
Let’s face it, the closest you’ll probably ever get to making the Olympics will be when the Winter Games come to Vancouver, B.C., in February.
A lift ticket this year will set you back as much as $63.
The economy seems to be thawing a bit, but few skiers and snowboarders are feeling rich these days.
The Big Six – Washington’s Cascade Range ski areas – have almost everything a skier or snowboarder needs for a lifetime of winters.
Snowfall stats, lift ticket prices for Washington ski areas.
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Contrary to popular belief, El Niño is not Spanish for “bad ski season.”
KELLOGG, Idaho – It’s not even lunchtime and Christopher Bess has a problem.
For a while it looked like snowboarding would take over the skiing world.
CHICAGO – A ballroom in a four-star Windy City hotel – or any place in Illinois for that matter – hardly seems like the spot for a lesson on skiing moguls.
You won’t find much new around the Northwest ski scene this season, but the blame shouldn’t be placed solely at the feet of the struggling economy.
When Lisa Lawrence lived in Moab, Utah, you’d have had to tie her to a snowplow to get her to Washington state for a ski vacation.
Even if you ski or snowboard all winter for the rest of your life, odds are you probably won't do everything the Northwest has to offer.
Even Tiger Woods would have been impressed with the golf score Kendall Dreher put up in March.
Unless you plan on holding down seat cushions in the lodge this season, it probably will pay for you to do a few exercises to get in shape before you hit the slopes.
Lift tickets at Washington’s six major resorts are up 5.2 percent from last year on weekdays and 4.9 percent on weekends this season, costing skiers and snowboarders an extra $2.16 a day.
SANTIAM PASS, Ore. – There’s more to Oregon skiing than Mount Bachelor, and there’s no better way to figure this out than a trip to Mount Bachelor.
If you spent a day at each of Washington’s ski areas, you’d be on the road for 21/2 weeks.
Perhaps nobody has experienced more of Crystal Mountain than Keith Rollins.
T.R. Revere skied at Stevens Pass for the first time in 1962 when he was 2 years old.
Martin Volken gets a kick out of seeing adults coming into his North Bend ski shop to buy Alpental stickers.
Lori Sanwall knows she has it good.
If you ski or snowboard, you don’t need to speak Spanish to understand an El Niño is “muy malo.”
The first time Torin Koos tried cross-country skiing, he remembers screaming and crying.
Temple Cummins has done just about everything there is to do on a snowboard.
Washington has no destination ski resorts like its neighbors, so it can be a considerably cheaper place for a family vacation.
You know you are giving your demo skis a good test run when you end up on your face with a mouthful of snow.
Each season it seems like it’ll get more difficult for manufacturers to come up with new gear. But each season, with a tweak here and a gimmick there, they find ways to get you to open your wallet. With the arrival of earphone beanies and wavy-edged snowboards, 2006-07 is no exception.
One of the things Dave Bliss likes best about White Pass is that he’s been skiing there since 1978 and it hasn’t changed much.
Crystal Mountain general manager John Kircher wasn’t upset when he picked up the October issue of Ski magazine.
In a bit of a surprise, readers picked Queens Run, an easy-rated cruiser run, as their favorite run in the state.
News Tribune readers voted the White Pass Winter Carnival the state’s best event.
The Summit at Snoqualmie has the reputation of having the best freestyle terrain in the state.
The pros voted Stevens Pass the best base lodge in the state.
Last season’s tropical winter might have kept you from using your ski poles, but it couldn’t stop our ski poll. In pursuit of the best – and occasionally the worst – Washington has to offer, we conducted a survey that’s about as scientific as your horoscope. We circulated informal questionnaires to our readers and polled a couple dozen skiing and boarding experts from ski shops and the pro ranks around the state. Some responded with insightful answers, others with too much information (two Olympia readers say they like to ski naked) and some just asked us to leave them alone. Check and see how your favorites compare.
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