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Winthrop Winter Wonderland: Ski, Bike, Snowshoe

The Methow Valley’s skiing, scenery, and extensive trail system has been getting attention in recent years well beyond the Pacific Northwest for being the nation’s largest cross-country ski area. For good reason too. 120 miles of well-groomed, peaceful Nordic trails ...

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The Wildest Winter Festival in the West: Whitefish Winter Carnival (February 6-8)

I’m dressed as a Flying Elvis. I’ve joined a troupe of Vegas-era Elvis impersonators – Whitefish Mountain Resort employees any other day – swiveling their jump suit-clad hips and windmill-strumming air guitars through a cloud of red capes as they ...

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Leavenworth Bavarian Icefest (January 17-18)

Leavenworth is your basecamp for skiing Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass, and the old-school Leavenworth Ski and Tubing Hill right on the edge of town all winter long. But on MLK weekend, the Bavarian themed mountain town of Leavenworth dresses up ...

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Whitefish on Wheels: Montana Mountain Bike Retreat

"Fast, flowing trails with wonderfully playful design through changing landscapes in a seemingly ceaseless journey around hillsides and through canyons. I could not stop smiling." Photo: Ammi Midstokke

If there is a list of greatest jobs in the world, building mountain bike trails must be at the top of it. At the very least, it must fill your karma account. This is what I am thinking as I ...

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Pend Oreille Swan Festival: Witness the Winged Migration in Your Back Yard

A tundra swan gets a running start on the surface of Calispel Lake. Photo courtesy: Porta

Pend Oreille County is a wild and beautiful corner of Washington with some of the most diverse wildlife of anywhere in the Northwest. Iconic critters like grizzly bears, wolverine, moose, wolves, and although rare, even caribou roam the scenic, rugged ...

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Red Mountain Revealed

Red Mountain in Rossland, BC has always had a cult-like following of diehard Spokane area skiers who happily drive the extra miles to worship at its prolific powder dumps. At around 2.5 hours north of Spokane, Red is definitely in ...

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Whitefish in a Weekend: One More Place I Want to Live

I’ll be honest. I didn’t even know where Whitefish was when I considered going there. Somewhere on the Montana side of the border for this geographically inept traveler. I live on a scale of forestry maps, apparently. But on a ...

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The Ultimate Whitewater Ski Trip: Resort Runs + Backcountry Turns

Well known are the incredible amenities and ski terrain offered by Whitewater Ski Resort, located just outside of Nelson, British Columbia. Less appreciated is the amazing backcountry access and unparalleled ski terrain that is offered in the out-of-bounds terrain. Experience ...

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