Join Mountain Gear on January 9th & 10th for WinterFest weekend at 49º North Resort and Nordic area. During the day, take advantage of free classes, a winter safety course, demonstrations, and Nordic and Telemark ski races.
Stick around for live music, a bonfire, BBQ and night-time ski and snowshoe tours. Stay on the Mountain Saturday night for $15 per bed.
For information, call 935-6649 or visit mountaingear.com.
Kids' ski lessons at Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Ski the Northwest Rockies has jumped on board with nation-wide “Learn A Snow Sport Month”. They’ve compiled a list of snow sports lessons available through its five member resorts:
- Lookout Pass: Lookout’s famous free ski school is in its 70th year. This 10-week program helps 6-17-year-olds develop the skills to ski or board.
- Schweitzer Mountain Resort: Lessons with certified instructors are available for children of all ages. Lessons are divided by age group and experience to maximize learning potential.
* 49º North: Mommy/Daddy & Me ski lessons offer a lesson for beginning skiers with helpful tips for parents so that proper technique can be coached when the lesson is over.
* Silver Mountain Resort: Silver Mountain offers a full suite of lessons for beginning skiers. Visit the ski school for details.
- Mt. Spokane: In the “Never Ever” package, beginning skiers or snowboarders are invited to take a lesson with a certified instructor. Participants also receive a bonus lift ticket for another day on the mountain.
Check out skinwrockies.com for more information on lessons.
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Join the Northwest Whitewater Association on January 1st for their 17th annual Fools Float on the Spokane River.
Here are the basics for this year’s float:
• Optional breakfast 9:30 to 10:30 at the Swinging Doors.
• Meet and unload at TJ Meenach launch 11-11:30 a.m. (If you have to rig a boat, be there earlier.)
• Shuttle at 11:30 a.m.
• Launch at NOON.
• Post-float meeting at Stadium Pizza.
Bring your best boating skills and cold weather gear (drysuit preferred, min. protection of a wetsuit required). For information, email Larry Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Delaney at email@example.com.
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A 15-year-old boy died after skiing into a tree and falling into a tree yesterday at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Read the Bonner County Daily Bee‘s reporting on the incident here.
Three climbers are presumed to have died on Mt. Hood on December 12, reports this story from the Seattle Times, re-kindling an ongoing debate in Oregon about whether locator beacons should be required for all climbers. Is it an unnecessary encumbrance for experienced climbers? An infringement of liberties? Do beacons give novice climbers a false sense of safety? Or would requiring climbers to carry them save lives — and taxpayer money spent on Search & Rescue operations?
One last gift idea: Legendary Lake Pend Orielle guidebook, written by longtime Sandpoint resident and avid outdoor recreationist Jane Fritz.
Published by Keokee Books of Sandpoint, “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille” sells for $24 at select retailers and booksellers. To learn more about the book, visit keokeebooks.com or call 208-263-3573.
Cover art auction
Artist Karen Robinson is auctioning off the original watercolor painting featured on the cover of the new book “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille.” All proceeds will go to the Tri-State Water Quality Council. Bids will be accepted via the Internet at sandpointonline.com, where bids are updated daily, as well as at the offices of Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc., 405 Church St. in Sandpoint. Bids close Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. The painting, titled “Reflections on Lake Pend Oreille,” measures 13.5 inches x 21 inches, and the finished, framed size is 19.5 inches x 27 inches.
Upcoming book-signing events with author Jane Fritz
Dec. 19 – Vanderford’s, 201 Cedar St., Sandpoint – noon to 2 p.m.
Dec. 20 – Foster’s Crossing, 504 Oak St., Sandpoint – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 2, 2010 – Hastings, 101 E. Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 17, 2010 – Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main St., Spokane – 12:30 p.m.
Check out this Spokesman-Review video/photo essay showing eagle-watchers in Coeur d’Alene.
On December 19, 20, 26 and 27, you can go on an eagle cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene from 1-3 pm, leaving from the Coeur d’Alene Lake Boardwalk Marina. $12-19, Free under 6. Boarding time is 12:30 pm.
For information, call 625-6200 or visit www.spokaneparks.org.
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Going snowboarding or skiing this weekend? Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced today that it will open its chair lift Stella in the Outback Bowl this weekend, as well as the Lakeview Triple on the front side of the mountain. If you’re on a budget, take advantage of half-priced lift tickets from 12:30 pm to closing time on Sunday.
So there’s this beaver (isn’t he cute?) and he wants your money. If you give him some before the end of the year, that money will be doubled. This summer, we introduced you to The Lands Council’s Beaver Solution campaign, which is all about advocating for enlisting the help of beavers to help store Spring runoff water naturally. Through December 31st, a group of The Lands Council’s donors will match all donations up to $3,000.
A detailed explanation of the Beaver Solution can be found at landscouncil.org. Make donations here.
Gold was recently discovered just ten miles outside of Glacier National Park in Montana. This Backpacker.com blog post explains why that has conservation groups, the state’s U.S. senators and others concerned, and the hurdles the Canada-based mining group Max Resource Corp will have to overcome to mine in the area.
For background on the issue, read The Missoulian’s reporting on the topic.