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Northwest Ski Resorts
10:03 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce

Many Northwest mountain resorts could operate longer if skier interest were there.
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.

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Mout Ashland Closure
7:17 am
Mon March 17, 2014

A Lost Season For An Oregon Ski Area

Mount Ashland has four chairlifts that typically run through their normal December thru mid-April season.
Credit 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.

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2014 Olympics
4:15 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

January Full Of Excitement, Stress For Northwest Olympic Hopefuls

Slalom specialist Hailey Duke of Sun Valley
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:15 pm

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

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Winter Olympics
7:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Circle of Life: Winter Olympics Inspires Generations Of Sun Valley Family

Wing Tai Barrymore in front of his home mountain, Sun Valley's Baldy.
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.

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World Of Skijoring
6:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Two Cultures Collide -- In More Ways Than One -- In Skijoring

Dylan DeCrow and Jessica Spring prepare to compete at Sandpoint’s skijoring competition.
Credit 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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Tamarack Resort
5:26 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Western Idaho Resort Muddles Through Extended Limbo

Tamarack's unfinished Village Plaza is southwest of Donnelly, Idaho.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

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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Oregon Ski Industry
4:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Oregon's Skiers And Boarders Contribute Big To State Economy

Last season, skiers and snowboarders contributed more than $480 million to Oregon's economy.
Credit Sharr Rezniqi / Wikimedia Commons

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
4:39 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Study: Climate Changes Hurts Winter Tourism

In years with less snow, roughly one-third fewer skiers visited resorts in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Goleh / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Northwest Ski Season Opens
6:43 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Ski Season Arrives In The Northwest

Ski lifts across the Northwest start up with the beginning of the Ski season.
Credit By Guimir (Own work) / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Skiing Safety
6:35 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country

Stevens Pass was the site of a fatal accident earlier last February.
Credit Photo by Derek Ramsey / Wikimedia Commons

The holiday season is upon us. And along with that comes ski season. Snow is falling in the Cascades. Wednesday is opening day at Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker. Tuesday Stevens Pass opened.

But giddy enthusiasm from skiers and snowboarders’ throughout the region is overshadowed by an accident at Stevens Pass last February. It was big.

News Report: “We’re gonna begin with those deadly avalanches. A deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass /We are gonna begin with the breaking news: that deadly avalanche in Washington state.”

Three people were killed that day.

Now, as KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports, ski industry veterans are trying to come up with new ways to keep people safe in the back country.

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