Trail Runner Magazine just published a Q&A with Spokane high-altitude mountaineer and trail runner John Roskelley. The story is written by Don Winant, an aerospace physiologist researching the physiology and medicine of high-altitude mountaineering.
To read the story, click here and scroll to “Faces.”
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Schweitzer Mountain Resort has announced it will open for the season on Friday, aided by the resort’s snowmaking machine. Two lifts, Musical Chairs and the Basin Express, will operate from 9 am to 3:45 pm. More lifts and runs will open as conditions allow. Lift tickets will be available at reduced prices.
More information at schweitzer.com. Call 208-263-9562.
At Silver Mountain, chairs 1 & 2 will open Friday. Lifts operate from 9 am to 4 pm, and they’re offering reduced ticket prices. Although they weren’t willing to report current conditions, we did get this much from their receptionist: “They’re expecting snow tonight, so it’ll change over tomorrow.” Call 866-344-2675
Mount Spokane is also opening Friday, offering mid-week prices over the weekend. Chairs 2,3 and 5 will be open; they’ll annouce later today on their website if 1 and 4 will open. Lifts will operate from 9 am to 4 pm. Call 238-2220 for information.
As we announced earlier this week, Lookout Pass opened last weekend and 49 Degrees North will open Saturday.
A pedestrian died after being hit by a pick-up truck Thursday on busy, five-lane 5th Street in Sandpoint. Anthony J. Joerger worked with Sandpoint’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee. His death is the second 5th-Street pedestrian fatality in recent years. Although some measures were taken to make intersections safer after the 2006 fatality just a few blocks away, Joerger’s death has prompted new discussion of improving the thoroughfare’s crosswalks.
Read the Spokesman-Review story on the incident here.
On Friday, three pedestrians were injured in Spokane in separate incidents.
Read the Spokesman-Review story here. (Premium Spokesman account required.)
In the spirit of staying in shape during the season of delicious food and hibernation, make a 5-mile run or walk your first official holiday celebration. The Bloomsday Road Runners’ Club is hosting a Turkey Trot at 9 am on Thanksgiving morning, per long-time tradition. Show up with cans of food or a cash donation to Second Harvest food bank — they’re not required, but are gladly accepted.
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49° North Mountain Resort announced today that the resort will be open for operations on Saturday. They’re reporting heavy snowfall over the last two weeks, which they say has provided the mountain with great coverage, with a snow depth of 24 inches at the summit and 13 inches at the lodge.
The National Weather Service is calling for more snow throughout the weekend and into next week. On Saturday, Chairs 1,3, & 5 will be operating from 9:00am to 3:30pm, and the resort is offering daily lift tickets at Mid-Week prices.
Fore more information, visit ski49n.com or call 935-6649.
The Spokane Jingle Bell Walk/Run is Saturday morning at Riverfront Park. The 5K is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. Participant are encourageed to dress up, so dig up that Santa costume and/or tie some bells to your shoes — all the cool kids are doing it.
Day-of registration begins at 7:30 am and the run kicks off at 9 am. Visit their website for more information.
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Former Spokane Indians player and current Kansas City Royals ace Zack Greinke was named the American League Cy Young award winner after going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts for the Royals this season.
Grienke was drafted by the Royals in the first-round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft, going sixth overall. Following a brief stint with the GCL Royals (Rookie), the young pitcher was promoted to Short Season Single-A Spokane, where he started two games before being promoted again to Wilmington (High-A). He has been in the Majors since 2004 and has compiled a 50-53 career record in six seasons, with a 3.73 ERA and 750 strikeouts.
Greinke won the award with 25 of 28 first-place votes and 134 points, beating the nearest runner-up Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. The award is voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Check out this Spokesman-Review report of a local woman, Toni Sneva, who volunteer searcher rescued after she broke her ankle along the trail in Riverside State Park. It includes helpful advice on how to prepare for cold-weather hikes.
The Spokane Centennial Trail has been selected as a finalist for the Google Street View Special Collection, which would place the Centennial Trail on a Google map under the Parks & Trails category. Google’s Street View trike would film the entire length of the Trail.
Benefits from being on the Google map include national exposure for the Centennial Trail, as Street View is now in all 50 U.S. states, and route clarification, as local users would be able to easier determine the topography of the Trail.
You can cast your vote here as many times as you like by November 30, 2009.
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The Lands Council, an organization to “preserve and revitalize Inland Northwest forests, water, and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action, and community engagement,” is in search of new members. If you join by Dec. 9th, you get reduced membership rates of $25 per individual or family, and you’ll be entered to win:
- Two 1-day snowboard and ski rentals from Wintersport,
- a $50 gift certificate to Taste Cafe,
- a free weekend rental of a classic Volkswagen Vanagon Camper (from dragonflyvans.com),
- Two tickets to Interplayers’ holiday show, Underneath the Lintel
- and more.
Prizes will be given away at their holiday party on December 9th from 5 -7 pm at the Community Building. Find out more about the membership drive at landscouncil.org or call 838-4912.
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