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The Van Gogh Ski Crash

Travis Nichols all smiles on an injury-free day in the backcountry. // Photo: Jon Jonckers

The look on Mat’s face told me everything I didn’t want to know. I could feel the blood running down my neck into my shirt, and when I turned my head to look down at my skis, the blood in ...

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Rogers Pass Splitboarding : Touring Legendary Terrain Near Revelstoke, B.C.

Splitboarders heading up into the Rogers Pass wilds. // Photo: Larry Banks

Mike Meru’s flight into Spokane was late as the snow fell hard. Concern about the flight quickly faded during the drive to Revelstoke, B.C., which is a seven-hour drive in the best conditions. Meru, a splitboarder from Salt Lake City, ...

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New Chairlift Coming to Whitewater Ski Resort

Photo: Phil Best. Photo courtesy of Whitewater Ski Resort.

Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, B.C., has announced a new upgrade for the 2017/2018 ski season. This summer the resort will be replacing the original chairlift, the Summit Chair, with a new Leitner-Poma fixed grip quad chairlift. The new ride ...

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Cross-Country Skiing: A Beginner’s Tale

Snow curls can be enjoyed when on the XC sticks. // Photo: Nick Thomas

Since high school I had been a snowboarder, but until recently, I had never skied. Snowboarding just came easily, and my friends were ditching their skis for boards. Mostly, I liked that my legs couldn’t go in opposite directions. But ...

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Mountain Mugs: Diehard Silver Skier Willy Bartlett Has a Local’s Passion for Powder Stashes and His Silver Valley Home

Willy Bartlett bombs the trees at Silver Mountain. // Photo courtesy of Silver Mountain.

There are few things that Willy Bartlett enjoys as much as stepping into a pair of skis and exploring the slopes in and around Silver Mountain. “I really love that there’s so much terrain out there,” says Bartlett. “There are ...

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Piste Off Liftie: Naughty and Nice

Photo: Shallan Knowles

Man, am I thankful for the season so far. The hill has been open since right after Turkey Day with decent coverage, and I somehow survived the crazy holiday season without totally blowing a gasket after working 30 days in ...

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Backcountry Booty: Coldsmoke Powder Fest & Great Outdoors & Bike Expo Ticket Package (Hidden 1.29.17; Found 2.8.17)


This Booty Has Been Found! Play the OTM Backcountry Booty treasure hunt contest and you get to explore different trails around the region and possibly win gift certificates for cool outdoor gear and other prizes. Here’s how it works along ...

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Ski Bum Advice: Three People You Never Want to Carpool With

Pick your people wisely. This one, Kari, is not a farter arounder. // Photo: Shallan Knowles.

Whether you have been on skis since you were in the womb or you just took up the sport as part of your midlife crisis, chances are good that getting to the mountain has occasionally involved sharing a ride. Could ...

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Artifacts: 49 Degrees North

Ringer chairs in action. // Photo courtesy of 49 Degrees North.

  The Mystery of the Ringer Chairlift Carrier In 1938, a young German ski racer named Karl Ringer was touring the United States with a youth group when he learned about the world’s first chair lifts that had been installed ...

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Signature Ski Runs: A Guide to Local Resort Must-Ski Trails

Jamie Etten at Mt. Spokane. // Photo: Gary Peterson. Photo courtesy of Ski The Northwest Rockies.

The four Ski the Northwest Rockies-affiliated ski resorts within 90 minutes of Spokane all possess their own character and champions: Silver Mountain Resort, with deep Silver Valley powder at the end of a scenic thirty-minute gondola ride; laid-back Lookout Pass ...

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