A historically strong El Niño is taking shape according to climatologists watching the Pacific Ocean. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said during a briefing Thursday that the current El Niño has the potential to develop into one of the most potent on record by late fall or early winter.

Tom Banse

There will be end-of-season parties at at least nine Northwest ski resorts this weekend. But some other Cascade ski areas will welcome skiers and snowboarders well past Easter. That's thanks to late-season snow that fell at many area resorts. Timing means everything for the bottom line of these resort companies.

A Lost Season For An Oregon Ski Area

Mar 17, 2014
Ben Haley

Southern Oregon’s Mount Ashland announced Friday that it won’t open at all this season because of a lack of snow.

This is the first canceled season in the ski area's fifty-year history.

The month of January promises to serve up lots of excitement, angst and pressure for the many Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest.

Tom Banse

Before you know it, the next Winter Olympics will be upon us. The Opening Ceremony is two short months away. The 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia will feature a new medal event - freestyle skiing in the halfpipe. A daring skier from the Northwest hopes to make his Olympic debut in the first time Olympic event.

Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The sport of skijoring sounds like an awesomely bad idea someone cooked up on a long winter's night. Picture this: You navigate an obstacle course, on skis, while being pulled by a galloping horse. Yet equestrian skijoring has taken off as a sport in the snowy climes of Switzerland, Canada, and now, parts of the Northwest. This weekend, teams will go ski-to-ski and hoof-to-hoof at a competition in Sandpoint, Idaho. Jessica Robinson visited one skijoring practice to ask: Why?

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The real estate crash triggered some big bankruptcies in the Northwest, but few are as spectacular and convoluted as the foreclosure of the unfinished Tamarack Resort in western Idaho. What was supposed to be the Northwest's newest destination resort remains in extended legal limbo, but plucky homeowners are keeping it alive until a new buyer arrives.

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A new economic study of Oregon's ski industry estimates that last season skiers and snowboarders contributed more than $480 million to the state economy.

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Warmer winters caused by climate change could make it more difficult to operate ski resorts in the Northwest. That’s according to a new study.

Ski Season Arrives In The Northwest

Nov 26, 2012
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The ski season is officially underway. Mountains in Idaho, Oregon and Washington are now open for business. Ski slopes are hoping for a better season than last year.