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Mission Ridge: The Sun Valley of Washington

A signature sunny day at Mission Ridge. // Photo: Brad Northrup

The question came up while I was attending a party with my saner, better half not too long ago. The conversation revolved around skiing, and someone asked where I spent my formative years on skis. “Mission Ridge,” I said. Their ...

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5 Winter Adventures in Whitefish, Montana

Downtown Whitefish with views of Whitefish Mountain Resort in the distance.   © ChuckHaney.com (Sponsored Post)

Located in Northwest Montana, Whitefish is a winter getaway paradise. Downhill skiing or snowboarding? Check. Snowshoe in Glacier National Park? Check. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride followed by a home-cooked chili dinner? Yummy check! Whatever your adventure style, Whitefish has ...

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Pend Oreille County Celebrates Return of Tundra Swans at Annual Festival (March 4)

Swan spotting in Pend Oreille County. Don't miss the Tundra Swan Festival March 4. (Sponsored Post)

The Winter Solstice has past, and Old Sol returns. The bitter cold temperatures of January and February have been endured. Thankfully, colorful seed catalogues once again choke the post office boxes. And the tundra swans are coming!  The Pend Oreille County Tundra Swan Festival ...

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Off the Beaten Path: The Quirky Charm of Scottish Lakes High Camp

Scottish High Lakes Camp = Awesome! // Photo: Larry Mishkar

This was a curious dogsled. Our 75-pound dog wiggled in my lap as we sat behind our driver. Behind us, my husband hung on upright to the rear of the snowmobile, dogsled-style. Behind him was an attached sled that held ...

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Evolution of a Mountain Sports Town: From Cross-country and Alpine Skiing to Snowshoeing and Fat Biking, Winthrop Caters to Active Winter Travelers

Photo: Aaron Theisen.

The Methow Valley, on the sunny east slope of the North Cascades, grew up in relative isolation—the paved North Cascades Highway was only completed in 1972—and seems to have developed its own pace of life. It could have been different. ...

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Stoked on Revelstoke: Head North Now for Early-Season Powder

Steep, deep and untracked. // Photo: Ian Houghton. Photo courtesy of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

In some corners of the modern snow sports world, the hype, unfortunately, seems to outweigh the powder on the ground. This thought crossed my mind as we drove in darkness on slick winter roads from Kelowna, B.C., north towards the ...

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A Close Getaway to Lake Pend Oreille

Paddling on the Pend Oreille can be at its best come fall. // Photo courtesy Sandpoint Magazine.

A short drive north from Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, but far enough away to feel like you are actually on vacation, Sandpoint and the Pend Oreille area have everything during every season for the outdoor enthusiast, the casual recreationist, and ...

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Fall in the Flathead

Coming down from Mt. Aneas Peak. // Photo: Katie LeBlanc.

Say good-bye to summer tourists and embrace a peaceful autumn in northwest Montana. Post-Labor Day travel in the Flathead Valley area is an extension of summer, minus the crowds. Sport a bikini by day and a beanie by dusk; pack ...

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