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On the cover: Vintage snowboard enthusiast Seal Morgan with a classic 1960s Snurfer board near his home in Springdale, WA December 2010. // Photo by Jeff Ferguson.
FromtheEditor: A Century of Snow What’s up with snow? Five years ago I set out to address that in an OTM editorial with help from Ronald Miller, local expert from the National Weather Service. Were winters getting stronger or weaker in the Spokane area? Were anecdotal tales of “lots more snow when I was a kid” really true? Mr. Miller hipped me to the fact that our most common measure of winter, Total Inches of Snowfall, is just one of four important ways to measure. The other three are; Average Snow Depth, Snow Depth Total (cumulative daily snow depth), Number of Days with Snow Depth Greater Than One Inch. When I examined all
of these stats for the past 100 years all four were trending down in 2005. Five years and some record snowfall later I wondered if this was still true. Mr. Miller gave me updated stats and I graphed them out. Reliable information in the Spokane area for all four measurements starts in 1892. The granddaddy of all Snow Depth Average years was the winter of 68’-69’ where the average day had a whopping 10.1 inches of snow on the ground. For comparison the recent record-setting winter of 08’-09’, which had more total snow, also had more total melting because it’s Snow Depth
Average was only 3.4 inches a day. The winter of 68’-69’ also holds the record for Snow Depth Total at 1,529 inches. While the winter with the most days of Snow Depth Greater Than One Inch is surprisingly 2000-2001 with 117 such days. By comparison the record-setting winter of 08’-09’ only had 76 days with one inch or more, making it only the 19th most severe winter in this regard. One of the most unusual aspects of the 08’-09’ winter is not it’s record snowfall, but the fact that it occurred on the heels of another very strong winter, that of 07’-08.’ In the past 120 years, with
only a handful of exceptions, very strong winters have been followed by weak winters. The winter of 08’-09’ is still the champ for Total Snowfall at 93.8 inches. And Total Snowfall is the only trend—according to my layman analysis—that could be considered possibly trending up since 2005. All three other measurements peaked by the end of the last century and are now trending down. My conclusion is still the same as before; if you love snow get out and enjoy it while it’s here. JON SNYDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF firstname.lastname@example.org
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Starting January 8th, snowboarders and skiers are invited to participate in the annual USASA Inland Northwest Regional Snowboard Series. Resorts from Whitefish to Mt. Spokane will host events between January and March to determine who will advance to the USASA Nationals. Snowboarders can compete in slalom, giant slalom, slopestyle and boarder cross events. Skiers can participate in slopestyle and ski cross. Other USASA regional series also include halfpipe competitions, but no Northwest series resorts have a halfpipe, so the series excludes that event. Athletes from age eight to adults compete in age brackets that usually draw four to eight participants per event, says series director Nick Morgan, although last year’s ski cross drew 22 competitors for one event. “It’s very competitive in some fields,” he says, but anyone who has paid the $75 USASA membership fee and the $20 per-event participant fee may compete. First-timers are welcome and the membership fee is waived for a person’s first competition. So the only initial costs are the per-event fee and personal lift ticket. Morgan, who stepped in as series director on December 15, 2010, says the Inland Northwest
series underwent a transformation three years ago thanks to Dave Sandborn who was director at that time. The year before Sandborn became director, Morgan says the series “pretty much faltered. Kids were looking for a venue. Dave took it over—he’d seen the need for it.” Sandborn and his family now plan to move from the region, so he asked Morgan to step in as director. “This year will be a little bit smaller,” says Morgan, “but we hope to keep it going.” Morgan, whose own kids participate in the series, says competing in the Inland Northwest Series helps put young athletes on a path for later success in the sport. “It just gives them the right avenue.” Athletes have the opportunity to train with six certified coaches, including Morgan, who work with a small group of athletes each weekend during the season. Members of competitive teams in the region, like the Schweitzer Mountain Alpine School, also compete in the series. The top performers in each event receive points that are then totaled at the end of the series to determine which athletes will advance to nationals. //
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Symphony musician Luke Bakken bought studded tires for the first time this winter. “I went when it was just sheer ice and it was fine,” he says. He suggests taking main roads, avoiding car tire tracks and reducing tire pressure to 25-30 psi. “It’s more work, but they get better traction.” Studded tires cost between $120-180 per set. Mountain bikes usually require 26” tires and road bikes fit the 700c size—check the side of your tire for the specific size. Most studded tires come with steel studs, but the Nokian Hakkapeliitta features carbide studs. “Carbide [studs] will last you about six seasons,” says Fitness Fanatics mechanic Morgan Johnson. Tomas Lynch, merchandising coordinator at
Two Wheel Transit, has used his steel-studded tires for three years. When those wear out, he says, he’ll switch to carbide. For riding in the snow, Lynch recommends heavy gloves, wind-resistant booties, rain pants and a rain jacket over warm layers. “Do not wear cotton under any circumstances!” he adds. Bakken also picked up a balaclava to keep his face and neck warm. You can find studded tires at most of the major bike shops in Spokane, as well as at REI. Brands you’ll find locally include Innova, Sunlite, Nokian Hakkapeliitta, and Kenda Klondike, ranging in price from $60 to $86 per tire. //
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THE INLAND NW
Skijoring near sandpoint, ID. // photo jim ford
The 37th Annual Sandpoint Winter Carnival comes around January 12-17, with a whole new take on winter fun – this one combining cowboys and girls with skiers and snowboarders. For the first time ever, the thrilling sport of skijoring will be joining the already packed schedule of carnival events. Skijoring, which involves horses and riders pulling skiers around a course of jumps and gates at high speeds, may be new to Sandpoint but has been around for hundreds of years. It originated in Scandinavia as a method of transport during the winter months, and arrived in North America in the 1950s as a recreational pastime. Skijoring is now a competitive sport practiced in at least five different states and several countries worldwide. The Sandpoint skijoring event is the brainchild of Matt Smart, owner of the local trail ride company Mountain Horse Adventures and a keen follower of skijoring, which brings together two of his own passions – skiing and horses. Smart believes that Sandpoint, and in particular the town’s Winter Carnival, is the perfect place and time for skijoring. He set about organizing the event about a year ago. “Sandpoint has a great culture; a good mix of horse people and a great ski mountain, and this time of year most people aren’t doing much with their horses and many skiers are looking for a new challenge,” says Smart, whose hard work has paid off: the two-day skijoring event will take place at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, two miles north of downtown Sandpoint, on Saturday and Sunday, January 15-16, with a party-style registration check-in on Friday evening, January 14, during the main downtown Sandpoint carnival events. Sandpoint’s first skijoring event will be sanctioned by the North American Ski Joring Association (NASJA), founded in 1999 to allow skijoring competitors from around the country to earn points towards a national champion sward, and participants will be able to compete in three different divisions – Open, Sport and Style – for a total of $2,000 in prizes. Anyone with a horse or a pair of skis can take part – there will be divisions for both novices and professionals – and those who need a horse and rider or a skier to team up with can be paired up with suitable partners ahead of the big day.
“Anyone can do skijoring, but it does take some practice,” says Smart, who has recently held two skijoring practices at his ranch just outside Sandpoint for potential competitors to try it out. “This is a fast sport, so skiers need to be used to carving at fast speed and taking jumps. Horse riders need to take the time to get their horses used to someone stomping around on skis behind them, too.” Smart will be holding two more practices on January 2 and 9 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, and urges anyone thinking of giving skijoring a go to come along. Skijoring makes a super exciting spectator sport, too, and all carnival-goers can come and be part of the action in January, watching as skiers maneuver around a course set with jumps and gates at breakneck speeds. In the Style division, the skiers and boarders add tricks and flashy moves as they negotiate the course. The event will be almost totally free for those coming to watch – they’ll just need a few dollars for parking, which will go to a pair of local charities, the Panhandle Animal Shelter and the Bonner Community Food Bank. Kids are welcome at the family-friendly event, where there will also be booths, drawings, great food and other fun surprises. Skijoring will be just one of many fun activities going on in Sandpoint during the Winter Carnival, which has been held in the town every year for 37 years with the aim of bringing relief from winter cabin fever. The 2011 carnival line-up includes the third annual rail jam downtown plus a return of the Bio-Luminesce Firedancers, and the perennially popular K-9 keg pull with dogs of all shapes and sizes pulling “kegs” down a snow-covered course behind Eichardt’s Pub. At Schweitzer, Winter Carnival includes the ever-popular Schweitzer torchlight parade and fireworks. With the addition of skijoring to the Sandpoint Winter Carnival this January, it promises to be the most exciting one yet – so be sure to come along and join the fun. // For more info about the Sandpoint skijoring event, and to register, go to www.sandpointskijoring. For Sandpoint Winter Carnival events, go to www.sandpointwintercarnival.com.
What’sYourGear: Rich Bennet (Ice Climbing)
Rich on the balfour wall. //
Rich Bennett is immune to his own awesomeness. An ice climber for more than 20 years, he talks about scaling frozen waterfalls as if it’s no big deal—and to him it’s not. He has the experience and knowledge it takes to make this death defying act a hobby. “People think ice climbers are risk takers but when you’re up there you’re really trying to manage the risk,” Bennett says. “As a long time ice climber I look at the ice. I look at the temperature and talk to locals. And if it just doesn’t feel right I’ll go home. There’s nothing wrong with walking away and climbing another day.” Bennett started alpine and ice climbing in the Midwest where a thirst for big mountains led him to the sport. He moved to the Spokane area in the mid-1990s and got involved with the
Spokane Mountaineers. For the last five years, he has chaired the organization’s climbing committee that holds seminars in rock, alpine, glacier and ice climbing. “Climbing is kind of like being a triathlete,” he says. “Everybody gets addicted. It can be a bit crazy but unlike rock climbing, ice climbing is an advanced thing you progress to. Most people don’t just go right to ice climbing.” The Spokane Mountaineers offer top rope climbing courses for beginners and intermediate ice climbers. Their annual ice climbing seminar takes place President’s Day weekend in February and teaches the basics on top roping, crampons, ice safety and ice reading techniques. “If you want to climb big mountains or snow there are going to be sections of ice, and you need to hone your alpine skills,” Bennett says. “Even if you don’t want to climb waterfalls, the most important thing you can do is find a climbing mentor.” Much like rock climbing, ice climbing is measured by WI (water ice) grades with WI 1 being the smallest incline and WI 7 being the steepest. Climbers use crampons (iron spikes attached to shoes) and ice tools (a combination hammer/ pick or axe). They can screw anchors into the ice, which are attached to their ropes and harnesses, or they can climb freely. Despite appearances, ice climbing isn’t really about upper body strength; it’s about feet positioning. Expert climbers make the sport look easy with efficient movements and without a whole lot of kicking. It’s what climbers call quiet feet. Bennett says the sport peaked in 2005 but has
lost the attention span of some climbers, himself not included. “I don’t even do that much rock climbing anymore because it doesn’t really do it for me,” he says. “I like big mountains and the adrenaline rush of ice climbing. When you get to the top it’s a nice accomplishment to look down.”
“ice climbing is an advanced thing you progress to. Most people don’t just go right to ice climbing. “ Here’s the gear you’ll see him in this season while teaching classes and scaling waterfalls. ------------------------------------------------------Socks: “I tend to buy my boots a little bit smaller because I like the tighter feel to it,” he says. “I wear thin, SmartWool socks.” ------------------------------------------------------Boots: He wears La Sportiva rock climbing boots. “They are really modern,” he says. “They have a built in gaiter with a big zipper in the front. They’re super lightweight and warm, and the sole actually curves a little bit like the shape of a foot.” ------------------------------------------------------Crampons: Grivel brand ------------------------------------------------------Top: “Everything is going to a soft shell, versus triple layer GORE-TEX that doesn’t breath like
By Jordy Byrd they say it does,” he says. “I wear a super thin polypropylene top and then a SmartWool top.” Depending on the weather, he will wear a soft shell Patagonia jacket. ------------------------------------------------------Pants: Patagonia guide pants that are a laminate soft shell. “They breathe, dry quick and are really flexible for moving your legs around,” he says. ------------------------------------------------------Gloves: Bennett brings four to five pairs of gloves when out climbing. His gloves need to be thin and tight for optimal dexterity, but warm and waterproof when it is 20 degrees below zero and the water is still running. Marmot and Black Diamond have some great gloves, he says. ------------------------------------------------------Helmet: Black Diamond climbing helmet ------------------------------------------------------Backpack: Bennett carries a little 30-liter Black Diamond pack. ------------------------------------------------------Tools: “I’m always trying to get the pack lighter and smaller and I’m a Black Diamond fan,” he says. “From the early days the company put the research and development into their products to work out the bugs and advance the sport.” Bennett’s ice tool, screws and accessories come from the company. ------------------------------------------------------Harness and ropes: Bennett uses an alpine harness with adjustable leg loops for his thick winter clothes. He prefers to use Edelweiss or bamboo ropes. //
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Bring in the New Year on a bike
TrainingTips Get Into Winter Shape Fast
Top 5 Exercises To Get You There / By Ben Greenfield When you need to whip your body into winter sports shape, there’s no point doing single joint exercises such as biceps curls or calf raises. Instead, utilize full body exercises that incorporate multi-joint movement. Here are five exercises that fall into this category: 1. Clean and Jerk: Using a barbell or dumbbell, explosively lift the weight from the floor and up to your shoulders, while splitting your legs into a lunge.
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5. Woodchopper: Begin by holding a medicine ball or dumbbell diagonally across your shoulder, then with relatively straight arms, chop across you body until the weight is outside the knee area. Perform 3-4 sets of the exercises above, using 8-12 repetitions and only enough weight to allow you to maintain good form. Videos of these exercises and more are available at www.pacificfit.net/ exercises.php. //
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My friend Elissa nicknamed my bike the Rock—the perfect name for my Specialized HardRock. My bike is steady and dependable like a mountain. It’s always there for me, rain or shine. This winter my Rock has been parked, but usually it’s the cornerstone of my commuting and errand-running. Never have 10
4. Swing Squats: Holding a dumbbell or kettlebell, swing the weight with a straight arm halfway up, drop down into a squat, then explode and extend the weight above your head.
I had to worry about this bike being stolen or failing me. It’s the kind of bike that I can loan to people and know that they will love riding it because it’s easy to handle and comfy. My rock: you rule. //
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Cool City Bikes With Agressive Design / By John Speare Over the last few years, bike manufacturers have released a handful of bikes that are designed around internal-geared hubs. Internalgeared hubs use planetary gears inside the rear hub instead of an exposed derailleur system to provide a useful gear range on a bike. T h e benefits of internal-geared hubs over a traditional derailleur system are suited to commuterstyle bikes: they are lower maintenance. Due to the fixed chain line, it’s easy to cover them with a chain guard, or better, a chain case, and they can be shifted without pedaling (e.g., while stopped at a light). There are two drawbacks, however.
The bike comes with an 8-speed Shimano internal-geared hub that is shifted with a triggerstyle thumb shifter. The frame has a sloping top tube, which allows a range of fit and provides lots of crotch clearance. This bike seems like a good candidate for cyclists that are more comfortable with mountain bike riding position and are looking for a relatively low cost entry into urban commute bikes. Civia Kingfield: costs about $1250 - In the opinion of this cyclist, the Civia Kingfield is the most interesting urban/commute bike in the 2011 line up. There are a couple features that make this bike special. First and foremost is the belt drive. Instead of using a chain, the Kingfield
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First, changing out a flat tire on an internalgear hub takes some practice to do quickly and efficiently. Secondly, the hubs weigh a lot. But if you compare the weight to a typical derailleur bike, the internal gear hub replaces one shifter, two derailleurs, at least one chain ring, and some chain, so the overall weight difference is not really huge. It’s just that more of the gear-related weight is localized around the rear hub, instead of spread across the bike. In most cases, the big bike makers have historically designed a certain style of bike around internal-gear hubs. These bikes have been more relaxed in their design, encouraging a more upright riding position. There are plenty of people and scenarios where such a relaxed bike makes a lot of sense. But it’s exciting to see a few internal-geared bikes in the 2011 line up with a more aggressive design. Here are two interesting internal-geared bikes that are new this year. Trek Waubesa: costs about $770 - The basic design of the Waubesa is often referred to as a “flat bar road bike.” Flat bars are typically associated with mountain bikes, but the elements that make this bike more of a road bike are the 700c wheels, a steeper front-end, and a design that encourages a bit more aero riding position. While the geometry tends toward a road bike, the Waubesa has some features that make it more useful as a daily commuter than most road bikes offer. It comes with 32mm tires, which by road bike standards are pretty fat, but make a lot of sense for riding over the cobble of Spokane’s streets every day.
has a polyurethane belt drive that engages the internal-geared hub. A belt drive does not require oil, which means you’ll never get a grease stain on your right pant leg again. Coupled with an internal-geared hub, you’re looking at a very lowmaintenance bike. According to Gates, the manufacturer of the belt drive system, the belts last more than twice as long as a standard chain, which are replaced when they stretch too much. A belt drive does not stretch. A typical replacement belt costs about $60. Assuming the claims of durability are true, the belt drive makes a lot of sense for a commuter bike. Last year, Specialized introduced the Globe Live3, which includes a belt drive. But the Live3 is aimed more at a relaxed commuter. The Kingsfield, however, has a more traditional “sport touring” geometry and set up. And that’s the second special feature of this bike: it appears to be optimized for faster commuting, rougher riding, and longer hauls than many other commute bikes. The build kit includes drop bars, with a barend shifter. Rack, fenders and a chain/belt guard are also included. The bike comes with 32mm tires, but can take tires all the way up to 42mm wide! By designing a bike that can take such fat tires, the Kingsfield can be used for a wide range of conditions in addition to your daily commute: dirt road exploring, snow and ice riding, trail riding, camping. This is a versatile bike. The Civia brand is a house brand of Quality Bike Products (Surly is another), which is the largest bike-stuff-related distributer in America, so any bike shop can order one. Hopefully, we’ll see a few stocked around town this spring so potential buyers can test ride them before taking the leap. //
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John Speare grew up and lives in Spokane. He rides his bike everywhere. Check out his blog at http://cyclingspokane.blogspot.com.
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Kahuna Downhill on March 27, and the Annual Slush Cup Pond Skimming Events on April 2. The mountain is sponsoring a freerider team this year, and is conducting a four-day training camp for riders age 10 and older on Dec. 20 - 23. The Big Air Contest on Feb. 6 and the Battle on the Border Slopestyle Invitational on Feb. 20 are opportunities for any of Lookout’s customers to get a taste of competition. Perhaps the most anticipated event at Lookout is the family Christmas Buffet. About 150 patrons typically march through the seemingly endless food line which is available in the food court from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And to the delight of the kids, Santa always visits the lodge at noon sharp. SEASON PASS RATES Our 2010/2011 Season Pass rates are the most affordable in the region. Season pass rate for adults is $309, $159 for Juniors (7-12 yrs), $179 for Teens (13-17 yrs), $179 for Seniors (62-69 yrs), $149 for Super Seniors (70 yrs+), and $757 for a Family of two adults and one junior or teen. Additional dependents may be added for as little as $149 each. College/Military passes are just $269. A new mid-week season pass valid Monday, Thursday and Friday is available for only $179. // ABOVE: Great family Fun. BELOW: WIFE CARRYING CONTEST Will be at winterfest jan. 16. // Photo courtesy Lookout mountain.
POWDER WEDNESDAYS proved to be a very popular addition last season and will continue this year. Thursday has traditionally been Powder Day at Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area. Almost without fail, skiers and snowboarders could expect the mountain to be blessed with lots of fluffy, feather-light snow on Tuesday and Wednesday when the chairlifts were idle and the runs untouched. Lookout, which averages 400 inches of snow a year, is widely known for its powder. The thought of making first tracks in kneedeep powder is too much for hard core downhillers. Consequently, the lodge typically has been jammed on Thursday morning with skiers and boarders booting up and gazing out the windows with anticipation. That changed in January last season when Powder Day moved to Wednesday. Lookout experimented during the 2008-09 season with a six-day week by closing only on Tuesday. The decision last season to make the six-day week permanent, turned out to be very successful. As Lookout Pass gears up to celebrate its 75th year of operations, predictions from the National Weather Service for a La Nina this winter is music to ears of skiers and riders. The timing for a big winter couldn’t be better. This fall Lookout finished preparing new glades in the Lucky Friday, Last Chance, Buffalo Gulch and Gold Run areas, which will open up some incredible new terrain for “powder hounds”. So circle Wednesdays again on your calendar beginning Jan. 5. Wednesdays will be an opportunity to hone your skills if you are a veteran powder hound or to learn the tricks of floating effortlessly if you are new to powder. Despite the change in schedule, lift tickets at Lookout will remain the most reasonable in the region with adult weekend passes at $35 and weekday passes at $32. Junior tickets (age 7 to 12
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17) are $25 on weekends and $23 on weekdays. Children age 6 and younger are still free. Adult season passes sell for only $309 until the Early Bird Special begins in early March. Boomer Fridays remains one of the most popular features at Lookout, with a $22 lift ticket to skiers and snowboarders age 40 and older (excluding Dec. 24 & 31). The Toyota Free Ski Day for anyone driving a Toyota into Lookout’s parking lot is scheduled for Feb. 18 this season. Members of the media ski and board free on Jan. 23, while firefighters, police officers and members of the military get free lift on March 26. Lookout’s Snowsports School also remains the best bargain in the region. Ski and snowboard group lessons are only $29, while beginner packages (lesson, rentals and lift) are $45. Private lessons for all abilities are also $45. The Downhill Divas women’s program will be held every Thursday beginning Jan. 6 for $45. And the new Senior Workshop program for anyone age 55 and older meets on Mondays, beginning Dec. 13 for only $20 a session or $100 for the entire season. The Mini-Moose Club introduces kids age 3 through 6 to the fundamentals of skiing during the two-hour sessions on weekends as well as weekdays during Christmas break. Lookout’s famous Free Ski School begins its 10-week progression of Saturday lessons for skiers and boarders of all abilities on Jan. 8. More than 400 children age 6 through 17 participated in the 70-year-old program last season. Some of Lookout’s more popular special events include the Winter Carnival featuring the National Wife Carrying Contest on Jan. 16, the Bavarian, Brews and BBQ celebration on Jan. 30, Mardi Gras Festival & Live Music on Feb. 12-13, Moose Drool Scavenger Hunt and Crazy Costume Day on March 5, Beach Party Luau Festival and Big
For more info or to find out when you can purchase a season pass at your local ski shop, call Lookout’s business office at 208-744-1301, ext. 0. You can also visit our website at www.skilookout.com and order on-line. //
Dec. 25 Christmas Day opening delayed until 10:00 am. Annual Christmas Buffet from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Ski with Santa!
January 2011 Open Wednesdays through Mondays in January Jan. 1 Happy New Year! Good cheer and allday football in the lounge (between runs of course!). Jan. 3 Prime Timers Club meets every Monday. Club membership and info at www. skilookout.com Jan. 6 “Downhill Divas” Women’s ski or snowboard program. 9:30 to 2:30 every Thursday thru March 24. Ski with a Pro in a relaxed atmosphere. Demos, boot fitting tips, fun and lunch included. Jan. 8 Lookout’s famous FREE Ski School Program (ages 6 to 17). Every Saturday from Jan. 8 thru Mar. 12. Beginners: 10:00 am to 11:15 am. Intermediate & Advanced: 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. Ronald McDonald Day. Jan. 16 Winter Carnival - Family Fun Day - Pacific Northwest National Wife Carrying Contest. Fill out the registration form. Jan. 17 Open Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 23 Media Team Races & Appreciation Day Jan. 30 “Bavarian” Brews/Brats & Music Fest
February 2011 Open Wednesdays through Mondays in February Feb. 06 Lookout “BIG AIR” Contest. Fill out the registration form Feb. 12/13 Mardi Gras Festival & Live Music Feb. 18 Toyota Free Ski Day Feb. 19 NIC Outdoor Pursuits Up & Down Ski Race Feb. 20 Battle on the Border Slopestyle Contest Feb. 26 Season Pass holder Spaghetti Fest from 2 till 4 pm. Foods on us! Get your 20112012 Season Passes at the best rates of the year!
LOOKOUT ‘11 EVENTS CALENDAR December 2010 Dec. 03 Boomers’ Fridays - $22 lift ticket every Friday for those 40 yrs and over (excluding 12/24 & 12/31). Dec. 18 Lookout Race Team Starts Training 14 week program 9:30 am. Dec. 18 Christmas Holiday Begins. Open every day thru Monday, Jan 3. Dec. 20-23 Freeriders Camp. A 4-day training camp for ages 10 and over. Register at the Ski School desk or call 208-744-1301 x 15. Dec. 24 Santa Claus arrives at ski area (noon).
Open Thursdays through Mondays in March. Mar. 05 Moosedrool Scavenger Hunt & Crazy Costume Day Mar. 12 Lookout Pass Free Ski School Graduation Awards & BBQ Mar. 12/13 PNSA Division Masters Alpine GS & SL Race Events Mar. 19/20 EEYSL Alpine GS and Kombi Finals Mar. 26 Military, Firefighter and Police Appreciation Day Mar. 27 Lookout Beach Party Luau - Season Pass Holder Appreciation Day - Big Kahuna Downhill
April 2011 Apr. 02 Annual Slush Cup! - Pond Skimming Events. Apr. 03 Projected last day of season. Apr. 09/16 Possible Saturday operations depending on conditions. //
WINTERMountainGuide‘11 Sponsored by SKi the northwest rockies SILVER MOUNTAIN resort: your own private idaho Voted by Ski Magazine as the area’s “Best Kept Secret” //
Take the gondola up to the top or jump into silver rapids // Photos courtesy silver mountain resort.
The mother lode of powder is waiting for you to strike at Silver Mountain Resort – the only Inland Northwest ski destination where snow seasons sometimes run into June. More than 300 inches of annual snowfall on north-facing slopes sustain Silver’s season to outlast all other area resorts year after year. Voted by Ski Magazine as the regions “Best Kept Secret,” Silver Mountain’s terrain spans two mountains, 73 trails, 1,600 acres and 2,200 vertical feet. Whatever your ability level, challenge yourself at Silver. Hidden gems like secret gladed areas make it possible to find fresh powder days after the last storm. Skiers and boarders alike will find an assortment of groomed and ungroomed runs, bumps, steeps, glades and a large terrain park that will please the free riders. This is Idaho skiing at its finest. ATMOSPHERE Visitors will quickly take note of the welcomehome culture at Silver Mountain Resort. Morning Star Lodge is base camp to visitors who return year after year, because they are self-proclaimed powder pigs, and love the people and quaintness of the Silver Valley. “We have a guest and her daughter who travels from South Africa to Silver Mountain Resort nearly every year for week long stays,” said John Williams, Silver Mountain’s director of marketing. Erica Inches and her 11-year-old daughter, Tamika, lauded last year’s visit for the bluebird skies and fresh powder. “I had fresh tracks all day,” Erica said. The quality of snow, non-existent lift lines, and still fresh tracks at 4:00 in the afternoon is what she enjoys most about the hidden gem. “That’s unheard of at other resorts,” she beamed. Inches is no novice, either. She scouts resort webcams and travels to ski the best mountains during every North American tour. Last year, she and Tamika were introduced to the snow tubing hill and water park. “I think Silver Mountain is just perfect,” Tamika said in her South African accent.
“You can swim, snowboard and sleep!” While Tamika is busy doing absolutely everything, Erica catches up with skiing buddies she has made over the years and makes new ones on the lifts. “The people here just have certain warmth that you don’t get anywhere else. It’s genuine.” SILVER MOUNTAIN TURNS TWENTY Before Silver was Silver it was Jackass Ski Bowl when the mountain first opened in 1968. The name was changed to Silver Horn Ski Area a few years later. In 1990, the world’s longest single stage gondola was constructed and Silver Mountain began its journey of becoming what it is today. Silver Mountain Resort is celebrating its twentieth birthday this year and in doing so installed a brand new gondola haul rope. The new haul rope is more than 6.2 miles in length and weighs over 130,000 pounds! Silver Mountain guests will enjoy various birthday celebrations throughout the season which kicks off with the annual “Pray for Snow” party in November, special discount days throughout the season, “Jackass Day” in early January (when the prices are rolled back to a retro cool $9.45) and culminates during Spring Carnival and Silver Saturdays in April. SILVER RAPIDS INDOOR WATERPARK Again this year, Silver is offering the nations only “Snow and Splash” season pass providing pass holders “funlimited” access to Silver Rapids, Idaho’s largest indoor waterpark. The massive indoor water park is open yearround and is an exclusive amenity for guests staying at the Morning Star Lodge and Silver Mountain season pass holders. Silver Rapids offers snow riders a cross-training experience with the FlowRider® continuous surf wave. Snow lovers will enjoy the 84-degree water park, while revving up for another encounter with powder on the mountain. PROSPECTOR ADVENTURE ZONE Silver Mountain Resort recently expanded the snow sports learning area and installed a moving
carpet surface lift and a six-lane snow tubing park. The moving carpet sweeps beginner riders and snow tubers back to the top for lap after lap of fun. Snow tubing is a great family activity that will keep you and your kids completely entertained, with the Mountain Haus day lodge close by for hot cocoa and snacks. Simply said, snow tubing is big fun. WINTER SPORTS SCHOOL Silver’s professional staff offers a variety of programs to help snow riders of all ages and abilities get to the next level of progression quickly and safely. The “Free Rider” program is designed for skiers and boarders to learn safe riding in the terrain park and to improve their all-mountain skills. The Free Rider program is open to ages 8 through 18, and is available on Saturdays from mid- December through mid-March. SMART (Silver Mountain Alpine Race Team), Silver’s youth race team welcomes children from 5 to 18 to enjoy the snow together under the tutelage of a devoted coaching staff. SILVER HAS IT ALL. Silver is the only resort around where you can
be on the slopes one minute, and splashing and surfing in a huge indoor water park the next— making this the coolest AND hottest Inland Northwest destination resort around. Families and friends get more at Silver Mountain. More altitude, less attitude. More slope time, less time driving sketchy mountain roads. And more winter fun for a lot less cash. Silver Mountain Resort is extremely easy to get to – located directly off Interstate 90 just 30 minutes east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Gondola Village is the base camp to Idaho’s largest indoor water park and limitless outdoor adventures. Guests enjoy the luxury accommodations at the Morning Star Lodge. Grab a latte and breakfast burrito and enjoy the panoramic view as the gondola whisks you up the mountain to explore the 1,600-acre ski area blanketed by over 300 inches of light, fluffy snow each year. // For more info, please log on to Silver’s website www.silvermt.com or call (866) 344-2675
SILVER MOUNTAIN ‘11 EVENT CALENDAR December Dec 13 &16 20th Anniversary Specials $20 off all day lift tickets, 20% off rentals and lessons Dec 18 Quest for the Holy Rail 3 Rail Jam Dec 19 Mervin Mgr Snowboard Demo Day Dec 31 Night Skiing and Holiday Torch Light Parade Dec 31 New Years Party
January All Learn a Snow Sport Month Jan 7 Jack Ass Day It’s our 43rd birthday and we’re having a party. Ski and ride for only $9.45 Jan 8 USASA Boarder/Skier Cross Jan 22 Pirate Festival Themed party with food and drink specials. Jan 29 & 30 West Coast Collegiate Races
February Feb 4 Toyota Ski Free Friday Feb 5 Special Olympics Nordic and Alpine Skiing event. Feb 6 Super Bowl XLV Party Feb 26 Tubin’ in TuTus Break out the tutus, tiaras and boas for some slippery fun at the snow tube park.
Mar 5 Retro Days Dust off the straight sticks, grab the uni-suit and hit the slopes. It’s disco fever at Silver! Mar 12 Mardi Gras Who dat says the best party is in New Orleans? Mar 19 St. Patrick’s Day Party The party continues with green beer, four leaf clovers and a pot of silver at the end of the rainbow.
Apr 2 Spring Carnival The Silver Slush Pond is back as is the Splash Down Rail Jam. Join us for a day of fun and games in the spring sun. Apr 2 & 3 Silver Cup Races 15th annual J3-J7 alpine race event hosted by Silver Mountain Alpine Race Team. A great weekend for youth racers. Apr 9 Spring Carnival - Part II Join us for MORE fun in the spring sun. Apr 9 Last Day of Mountain Operations Thanks for a great winter! Stay tuned for Silver Saturdays! Silver Saturdays (conditions permitting) Skiing and boarding continues on Silver Mountain. Apr 24 7th Annual LEADMAN Triathlon A uniquely awesome triathlon featuring snow riding, downhill mountain biking and running.// * Events and activities are subject to change.
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49 degrees north: Angel Peak Three Massive Basins And Minimal Lift Lines //
Change has come rapidly for Washington State’s 2nd largest ski and snowboard resort. In 2006, 49° North unveiled the massive East Basin expansion project. Three years later, the resort added 7 new runs and 170 acres of glades on Angel Peak, a mile-high peak located on the northwest rim of the legendary West Basin. The upper half of Angel Peak will once again be hike-to terrain, giving side-country skiers and riders an opportunity to grab fresh tracks when other sections of the mountain are tracked out. The lower section can be accessed from Chair 4 and the run “Lost Dutchman” that traverses across the middle of Angel Peak. The 2010-11 season may be the last year to hike for turns on upper Angel Peak, though. Planning for the installation of a new chair lift during the summer of 2011 is currently underway. Ever since Cy Lavigne first pioneered skiing on Chewelah Peak in the late 1920’s, the area has rapidly gained notoriety as one of the premier glade skiing and riding resorts in the Northwest. This legendary reputation has only grown stronger in recent years, thanks in large part to the multiple expansion projects that have been completed. With over 2300 acres, 3 massive basins, and virtually non-existent lift lines, 49° North Mountain Resort continues to be the choice for many skiers and riders who quest for epic powder days and perfect solitude. Popular Ski and Snowboard School Offerings Two private lesson programs proved to be 14
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incredibly popular last season, and will likely be more so this year. The first, the Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me Lesson, focuses on showing kids a good time while they learn, but Mom and Dad get involved as well. Parents will pick up tips on skiing or riding with their kids, so when it comes time to get out and play as a family, everyone will have the tools they need to enjoy a day on the mountain! The second popular lesson package, the Private Lesson Sessions, provides a free one hour lesson with the purchase of 4 Private one hour lessons. For those skiers or riders that need a little more coaching, 49° North is offering the same discount for 2 hour lesson packages as well.
49 DEGREES NORTH ‘11 EVENT CALENDAR // January 1 Public Night Skiing 8 Demo Day 8-9 Winterfest w/ Mountain Gear 15 Public Night Skiing 15 49° North Rail Jam 17 Martin Luther King (Holiday Operation) 22 Demo Day 22-23 USSA Masters Race – Super G 29 EEYSL Race – Super G 29 Nordic Race 30 EEYSL Race – Kombi
February 19 Public Night Skiing 19 Sheimo Cup
19 49° North Rail Jam 19 Demo Day 21 President’s Day (Holiday Operation) 25 Toyota Ski Free Friday 26 USASA Slope Style 27 USASA Rider X
March 5 FAST Ski-A-Thon 12 Hawaiian Daze (Slush Cup) 19 Bavarian Race 26 Oyster Feed
April 4-10 Toyota Ski Free Week 10 Last Day of Operations //
Website & Social Media 49° North’s website (www.ski49n.com) continues to be an easy tool for customers to use. Folks can purchase a variety of products online, including discounted Lift Tickets, Season Passes, Six Packs, and the ever-popular Gift Cards. For those skiers and riders that want more frequent condition updates or access to all things happening at the resort, 49° North has joined the ranks of both Twitter (twitter.com/49DegreesNorth), and Facebook (49 Degrees North). The resort has also released a new version of its newsletter (49 News), which features weekly resort news, the Photo of the Week, upcoming events, the popular column The Perfect Turn, and more. // you don’t have to drive far for FACE FULL OF POWDER. // IMAGES courtesy of 49 degrees north.
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MT. SPOKANE: New Low Prices on Mid-week Lift Tickets Get Great Value At A Mountain Close to Home //
ABOVE: Snowboarding at MT. Spokane. Upper Right: Top of the mountain. Lower Right: Mt. Spokane youth racers. // PHOTO courtesy of Mt. Spokane.
ACCESSIBILITY Mt. Spokane is 28 miles from downtown, less than a gallon of gas away for most folks. This summer, crews resurfaced Highway 206 from the Bruce Rd roundabout, all the way to the State Park entrance, making the commute up to the mountain smoother and safer. AFFORDABILITY Although Mt. Spokane already provides the best value in the neighborhood, considering proximity to town, availability of skiing to the general public, frequency of night skiing, we’ve lowered the lift ticket prices on all of our midweek and night skiing tickets. You can now ski any of our 48 nights of night skiing (every Wednesday through Saturday, from December 17th through March 12th, minus Dec 24th & 25th) for just $19 plus tax. That’s five and a half hours, from 4pm to 9:30pm of skiing under the lights. Locals know that night skiing at Mt. Spokane is quite the experience – even though the slopes are regularly uncrowded, skiing at night is like having the mountain all to yourself. In addition, the food is warm, the drinks are cold (unless you prefer the hot cocoa!) and check out the Concert Series practically every Saturday night in the Foggy Bottom Lounge. We’ve also reduced all midweek lift tickets, adding even more value to skiing & riding during the week. Not only is it less crowded (read, less folks tracking up the fresh pow!), you can do it for less cash. Now an Adult midweek ticket is $32, Youth $25, and College $28 (down from $36, $29, and $32 respectively). College Students save even more at Mt. Spokane. Lift ticket rates are available for college
students, simply present Student ID at the ticket window. Every Thursday night (from Dec 30 to March 10) is College Night – students with current Student ID receive $15 lift tickets, along with food & drink specials, and a live DJ in the bar. To get the MOST savings, students can purchase lift ticket vouchers at their campus bookstores or Outdoor Centers. Multi-Ticket Packages have also been reduced this season! Get a Stocking Stuffer multi-ticket pack for just $99. That gets you 4 visits for an Adult, 5 visits for College students, or 6 visits for Youth, a savings of near 50% off regular lift ticket rates, across the board. These packages are only for the person named on the package, and are nontransferable. $99 until Jan 1. Family Fun Packs, our only fully-transferable ticket package, offers users 20 transferable tickets that anyone can use. Invite family, friends, employees, and fellow Yeti-spotters to make some turns, on you. Receive an extra ticket upon redemption of the 20th. Price is currently $449 until Jan 1. There’s never been a better time to learn to ski or ride, or get your little ones out on the slopes! We’ve added three extra weeks to our most popular lesson program, the Mini-Mites and MightyMites multiweek lessons for ages 4-6. In addition to three-week sessions, there are now two six-week sessions to choose from. These programs include three hours of lessons, daycare (Mini-Mites), tickets, and rental gear. The six-week sessions allow great chance learn the basics and more. These programs book early, so call to inquire – save $20 by reserving before December 10th. Proud to announce a new Food & Beverage menu, including the addition of Monster Energy drinks, available in Lodge 1 & 2. //
MT. SPOKANE 2011 EVENT CALENDAR // December Dec 17th, Night Skiing Kickoff Party feat. The Other White Meat (Mt. Spokane Concert Series) Dec 18th-Jan 2nd, Holiday Stretch 7-daysa-wk & Drink Promos every day in the Foggy Bottom Lounge
January Jan 5th, 95.3 KPND Winter Ski Party Jan 12th, Ladies Day Jan 16th, Christian Ski Night
Feb 11th, Toyota Ski Free Friday Feb 12th & 13th, INBC Weekend (proceeds from lift tickets benefit INBC Blood Center) Feb 16th, 95.3 KPND Winter Ski Party
March March 5th, Spring Pass Sale Starts March 12th, Last Night of Night Skiing March 18-20, 25-27, April 1-3, Daylight Savings Hours, open 9am to 6pm March 30-April 10, Spring Break 7-days-aweek operation //
February Feb 4th – 6th, Kan Jam Freestyle Festival
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OutdoorCalendar AVALANCHE SAFETY
(January 7 - 8) Avalanche Awareness and the Art of Snow Safety. When: 6-8 PM (F), 9 AM-1 PM
(Ongoing) Spokane Bicycle Club. Spokane Bike Buddy Program matches you with a trained mentor to show you the safest route to work. Can include bike check and ride along. Info: SpokaneikeBuddy@ aol.com. www.spokanebicycleclub.org.
(Sa). Where: 49 Degrees North. Strong/intermediate skiiers, stay safe in the backcountry with great tips from the leading experts in snow science. Free. Info: 509-625-6200, spokaneparks.org.
(January 28-29) Avalanche Awareness Class. When:
TBA. Where: REI. An evening class and a day in the snow to learn the basics of avalanche safety. For skiers, boarders, snowshoers, and climbers. Info: 509998-3015, email@example.com.
CLIMBING (Ongoing Mondays) Women’s Climb Night. When:
6 PM – 10 PM. Where: Wild Walls, 202 W. 2nd Ave. Please call ahead. Come climb and learn to climb with other women in the Spokane area every Monday Night. Cost is $12. Join the Fun at Wild Walls! Info: 509-455-9596.
(Ongoing Wednesdays) Spider Monkey Climbing Club. When: 5 – 7PM. Where: Wild Walls, 202 W.
(Ongoing) Belles and Baskets. Various times and
locations. Whatever style your cycle, join other Spokane women for no-drop rides, treats, and friendship. Find us on facebook at Belles and Baskets. Info: (509) 951-4090. firstname.lastname@example.org.
(January 2) Elk Drug Drop-Outs Vintage & Cruiser Bicycle Ride. When: 3PM. Where: Starts at the Elk
in Browne’s Addition biking to David’s Pizza (near GU) and back again. Family-friendly (though we do like our beer!). Info: 509-326-6949.
(January 19) Full Moon Fiasco. When: 8 PM. Where:
The Swamp Tavern. A relaxed bike ride through Spokane during the full moon. Any bike. Any level of rider. Any level of beverage enjoyer. Info: fbcspokane.blogspot.com.
2nd Ave. For kids ages 4 – 10 years. Please call ahead. Come climb with friends! Cost $12 (single visit), $74 (8 punch pass). Info: 509-455-9596.
(January 15, 22, 29 & February 5) Saturday Climbing. When: 1 - 4 PM. Where: REI, 1125 N Monroe. Looking for a family activity on Saturdays? Don’t have any climbing gear? We have harnesses & shoes. REI members climb for free. Info: 509-328-9900, www.rei.com/spokane.
PM. Where: U-District Physical Therapy, 730 N. Hamilton. Our annual Ski and Snowboard conditioning class focuses on dynamic flexibility, agility, lower body strength, and balance training. Improve performance and reduce injuries. Info: 509- 4587686, udistrictpt.com.
(January 3 & 18) Discover Rock Class. When: 6-8
(January 7) Starlight Junior Race Series. When:
PM. Where: Mountain Gear. Everything you need to harness up, tie in and belay with confidence. This class is for those who wish to get into climbing, as well as for parents wishing to get their young ones climbing safely. $20. Info: www.mountaingear.com/ pages/retailstore/retail.asp.
(January 11) Climbing Vertical Rock Intro. When: 6 8 PM. Wild Walls, 202 W. 2nd. Learn knot tying & belaying, proper use and terminology for equipment and technique. Free week of climbing included! Equipment provided for class only. Ages 12+. $35. Info: 509-625-6200, www.spokaneparks.org. (January 24-February 28) Climbing Technique Course. When: 6 - 8 PM. Where: Wild Walls, 202 W.
2nd. Learn different climbing techniques each week to improve your skills at a rapid pace! Course covers technique, body movement, efficiency and strength. $30/week. Info: 509-625-6200, www.spokaneparks. org.
CYCLING (Ongoing) Pedals 2 People Open Shop. When: Thursdays through Saturdays, 2pm -6pm T-F, 11am6pm Sat. Where: Pedals 2 People, 1802 E Sprague. The Pedals2People Community bike shop provides a place where you can learn to work on your bike and affordably rent tool space. Info: 509-842-6597, pedals2people.org/. (Ongoing) WOW Cycling Club for Women. Ladies,
there is still good cycling to be had this season! Check out the forum at www.wowcycling.com. See you on the road! Info: www.wowcycling.com, (509)
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(November-January) Ski and Snowboard Conditioning Class. When: Tue-Thurs 7-8 AM, 12-1 PM, 6-7
5 – 7 PM. Where: Schweitzer Mountain Resort. This race series will provide a low-cost ski racing opportunity for both experienced and new racers. Additionally, it will give kids a chance to meet others with the same interests. The emphasis is on introducing the fun of ski racing to our youth. Info: schweitzer.com/things-to-do.
(January 8) Demo Day at 49 Degrees North. When:
All day. Where: 49 Degrees North. Looking for that perfect snowboard or pair of skis, but want to try before you buy? Local shops such as Wintersport, Spokane Alpine Haus, Mountain Gear, and The Shop will be here with the gear to test drive. Info: ski49n.com.
(January 13) Ski / Board Wax Class. When: 6 – 6:30
pm. Where: Mountainer Gear. We will cover the basics to get you moving faster down the slopes. Learn how to prep and hot wax your skis/board from our certified technician. All boards should be waxed on a regular basis, including no-wax skis – this class will teach you how to keep those bases in incredible shape. Bring questions and get answers. $10. Info: www.mountaingear.com/pages/retailstore/retail.asp.
NORDIC/CROSS COUNTRY SKIING (January 5) Backcountry Ski School. When: TBA.
Where: REI. An evening class and a day on the snow to learn all it takes to “Earn Your Turns.” Info: 509-998-3015, email@example.com. (January 7) Cross Country/Skate Ski Instructor Clinic with Dick Kendall. When: 10 AM - 2 PM. Where: 49 Degrees North. Ski more efficiently with less effort, or become a better ski instructor your-
Submit your event at www.outtheremonthly.com self with help from one of the Northwest’s premier instructors. Free. Info: 509-625-6200, spokaneparks. org.
(January 12 - February 5) Cross Country Ski Progressive Series. When: W 1/12 6:30 - 8 PM, Sa 1 - 3 PM. Where: Mt. Gear and Mt. Spokane. Go from a novice to intermediate skier with certified PSIA instructors, plus get an intro to skate skiing! Equipment provided- $99. Info: 509-625-6200, www. spokaneparks.org
(January 15) Cross Country Moonlight Ski & Dinner. When: 6-9 PM. Where: Mt. Spokane. Discover the beauty of moonlight on snow as you ski through the woods, then enjoy an Italian dinner by the fire. $41equipment & dinner included. Info: 509-625-6200, spokaneparks.org
(January 7-9) WinterFest. When: All-day. Where:
49 Degrees North. Come join us for a wonderful, winter-filled weekend at 49º North Resort and Nordic area. There will be exciting events for everyone – demonstrations, events, and races for Nordic and telemark. We’ll offer free classes and tours along with a winter safety course. In the evening enjoy a band, bonfire, BBQ and night-time ski and snowshoe tours. Info: www.mountaingear.com/ pages/retailstore/retail.asp
(January 20) Intro to Nordic Skiing. When: 7 - 8:30
PM. Where: REI, 1125 N Monroe. Free your heel, free your mind! Learn the basics of nordic skiing at this free class. Register to win a pair of Leki ski poles. Info: 509-328-9900, rei.com/Spokane.
(January 22) Women’s Cross Country Ski Tour. When: 10AM - 2PM. Where: 49 Degrees North. Enjoy beautiful scenery, healthful exercise, a tasty lunch in the yurt, and tips for better control and more fun on your skis! $39. Info: 509-625-6200, www.spokaneparks.org.
(January 22) Cougar Gulch 5K & 10K. The first of the three part Selkirk Nordic Series this race is being held at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Info: schweitzer. com/mountain/nordic_center.
(January 29) Chewelah Peak Challenge 7K Freestyle. The second of the three part Selkirk Nordic Series, this race is being held at 49 Degrees North. Info: ski49.com.
the Merkel Complex to Riverside State Park. $10. Info: 509-625-6200, spokaneparks.org.
(January 13) Intro to Snowshoeing. When: 7 - 8:30 PM. Where: REI, 1125 N Monroe. Learn how to get involved in this great activity at our beginner-friendly class. Register to win a free pair of Leki snowshoe poles! Info: 509-328-9900, rei.com/Spokane. (Janaury 16,23,30) Snowshoe Class. When:10 am
or 1 pm. Where: Mt. Spokane. Learn the basics of snowshoeing – you’ll learn about clothing, equipment, and snowshoe technique. Enjoy traveling through the snow-covered trees and hills around Mt Spokane. Ages 14+, Selkirk Lodge - For info, go to spokaneparks.org or call 625-6200. $29. Info: www. mountaingear.com/pages/retailstore/retail.asp
(January 22) Snowshoe Three Rocks with Transportation. When: 9AM - 4PM. Where: Northeast
Youth Center, 3004 E. Queen. Be one of the few to explore the splendor and beauty of the back side of Mt. Spokane. Snowshoes provided. Ages 15+. $43. Info: 509-625-6200, spokaneparks.org.
(Winter) Backcountry Winter Trip. When: tbd. Where: tbd. FLOW Adventures will be offering a two day overnight backcountry adventures for the upcoming 2010/2011 winter. This is an introduction to winter camping. A class like this is great for all winter recreation enthusiasts. Winter is an amazing time for backpacking into areas that are typically littered with fellow recreation enthusiasts. Info: flowadventures.com.
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(January 29) Cross Country Ski Frater Lake with Transportation. When: 8am-5pm. Where: Frater
Lake. Explore this beautiful glacial lake that is part of the eight lake of the Pend Oreille Lake Chain. Includes roundtrip transportation and ski area fees. Programs are operated in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. Bring your own lunch and water. All ski equipment provided! Pre trip information emailed with registration. Ages 15 & Over. $43. Info: www.mountaingear.com/pages/retailstore/retail. asp(February 13) Mt. Spokane 10K Classic Race. The Langlauf is the third and final part of the Selkirk Nordic Series. This race is held at Mt. Spokane. Info: spokanelanglauf.org.
SNOWSHOE/HIKING/BACKPACKING (January 9) Snowshoe Tour- Dwight Merkel Trail. When: 1 - 3 PM. Where: 5701 N. Assembly - Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. Enjoy a day of snowshoeing on the new Dwight Merkel Trail System connecting
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OutdoorCalendar Submit your event at www.outtheremonthly.com (January 15) 32nd Annual Nookachamps Winter Runs. When: 10 AM. Where: Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA. The Northwest’s Premier Winter Runs. All races certified: 1/2 Marathon, 10K, and 5K . Finisher Medals for 1/2 Marathon. Finisher Ribbons for 5K and 10K. Hot chili & snacks in warm and cozy college gymnasium. Hot showers available for use. Info: active.com
PADDLING (January) Flow Adventures Kayak Roll Clinic. When:
TBD. Our roll clinics cover the concepts and fundamentals of rolling a kayak, with plenty of time for practice and one-on-one instruction. Info: flowadventures.com.
YOGA (January 6 - February 10) Pilates Yoga Blend. When:
5:45 - 6:45 PM. Where: Audubon Park Masonic Lodge, 2821 NW Blvd. Improve strength, flexibility, grace and stamina in this powerful blend using flowing music, focused breathing and synchronized movements. Look online for more class dates. $23. Info: 509-625-6200, spokaneparks.org.
SUSTAINABILITY (Ongoing Thursdays) Community Building Farmers Market. When: 11 AM – 5 PM. Where: Community
Building Lobby, 35 W. Main. Sample the best from Spokane’s local food producers and crafts people.
(January 6) Intro to Weatherization, Renewable Energy, and Sustainability. When: 6 – 8 PM. Where: Sun People Dry Goods 32 W. 2nd Ave. In this workshop, David Hales, Building Systems Specialist with WSU’s Energy Program, will introduce basic concepts of weatherization, leading building energy efficiency techniques, renewable energy and energy sustainability to help homeowners and business owners pursue greater levels of energy efficiency. $15. Info: 509-368-
SIXMONTHTRAININGCALENDAR CLIMBING (March 18-20) Red Rock Rendezvous. Las Vegas NV.
CYCLING (April) Frozen Flatlands. Baddlands Cycling’s multi-
(February) Partners in Pain 5K. Winter run put on by the Bloomsday Road Runners Club. Info: brrc.net
(April 2) 11th Annual Yakima River Canyon Marathon.
(May 1) Bloomsday. Info: bloomsdayrun.org
staged, multi-day event. Info: Baddlands.org.
(May 14) Windermere Marathon. Spokane Post Falls to Spokane. Info: WindermereMarathon.com
(April 19) Devil’s Slide Mtn Bike Race. Info: twinrivercyclists.org./events/devil%27%slide/devil.htm
(May 29) Coeur D’Alene Marathon. Spend Memorial
(April 26) Lilac Century. Info: northdivision.com/
Day Weekend in C’d’A Info: cdamarathon.com
(May 21) Inland Empire Century, Richland, WA Info: http://www.inlandempirecentury.org/
(March 5) Methow Valley Winter Triathlon in Winthrop, WA. Info: 509-996-3287
(May 23 – 24) 24 hrs Round and Round Mt. Bike race
(June 26) Ironman, C’dA. Info: ironmancda.com
at Riverside Park Info: roundandround.com
(June 4) CHaFE 150 Sandpoint, ID. Beautiful ride
(July 1-4) Northwest Tandem Rally. Spokane is the host for this years rally, join riders from all over the northwest.
(February 6) Women’s Souper Bowl. When: 10 AM - 1 PM. Where: Mt Spokane - Selkirk Lodge. 6th Annual Snowshoe and Nordic Ski Event for Women. Lots of fun and delicious soup! Benefits the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant. (509) 869-4136, souperbowlspokane.org
(February 12) Washington Romp to Stomp. Stevens
in Idaho & Montana Info: 208-290-7148 www. chafe150.org
(May 14) Windermere Marathon, Spokane, WA. Info: windermeremarathon.com/site3.aspx.
(May 29) Coeur d’Alene Marathon. Info: 509-979-
Pass, WA. 3k or 5k Snowshoe Walk or 3k Snowshoe Race. Info: tubbsromptostomp.com/event/wa.
(February 13) Langlauf 10K Ski Race, Mt. Spokane. Info: spokanelanglauf.org.
(March 20,21) Northern Division Masters Alpine GS & SL Race. Lookout Pass. Info: skilookout.com. //
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(January 22) Green Cleaning 101. When: 10 - 11:30 AM. Where: Sun People Dry Goods Workshop Room, 32 West Second Ave. Argyle Baukol, local Living Green Specialist, will discuss the many benefits of using and making your own green cleaning products. Topics will include discussion on toxics vs. environmentally friendly and biodegradable ingredients; comparison of conventional vs. alternative cleaners; and cost breakdown benefits of making your own products. Recipes, demonstration on creating cleaners, and take-home green cleaning products included. $12. Info: 509-368-9378, firstname.lastname@example.org. (January 31) Bread: Knead it! Bake it!. When: 6 – 9 PM.
Where: Corbin Art Center. Instructor Sue Bockelman will help you try your hand at making yeast breads. Discussion includes ingredients and what they do - including different ingredients you can add to make it your own. Learn some tricks to create delicious loaves. Bring your apron! You’ll take home samples and recipes including her Grandma’s Anadama. 18+. $27. Info: 509-625-6200, spokaneparks. org.
EVENTS/MOVIES/MISC… (January 1) Spokane NetFest. When: 10 AM. Where: the Warehouse - 800 N Hamilton St, Spokane. Spokane NetFest is officially billed as fun for the entire family, an indoor basketball Free Throw contest and/or a 3-Point shooting contest. Info: email@example.com, spokanenetfest.com. (January 7, 8, 9) WinterFest. When: Various times. Where: 49º North. Come join us for a wonderful, winter-filled weekend at 49º North Resort and Nordic area. There will be exciting events for everyone – Avalanche Class starts Friday at 6 pm, demonstrations, events, demos and races for Nordic and Telemark. We’ll offer free classes and tours along with a winter safety course. In the evening enjoy a band, bonfire, BBQ and night-time ski and snowshoe tours. Stay on the Mountain Saturday night at the Learning Center for $15 a bed. Check out a full list of events at moutaingear.com/retail. (January 7 – February) The Inland Northwest Peace Corps Association Showcase of Folk Art and Cultures From Latin America and the Caribbean. When: Opening on 7th 5 – 8
PM, then Mon-Fri 8 AM – 5 PM. Where: 331 W. Main St. Not only displaying folk art, this exhibit includes items that illustrate the will of people to survive under difficult circumstances. Volunteers, invited to these countries by their governments, provide hope and inspiration for people who have been struggling through violence from civil wars and political unrest along with their impoverished living conditions. Info: inpca.net.
(January 8) Skate Free Day. When: 11 AM – 5 PM. Where: Riverfront Park’s Ice Palace. Sponsored by Rockwood, Skate rentals extra. Info: 509-625-6200, spokaneparks.org. (January 20-23) Inland Northwest RV Show & Sale. When: Th noon-8p, Fri-Sat 10a-8p, Sun 10a-4p. Where: Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. 23rd Annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sell Jan 20-23. Brouse through millions of dollars of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, campers and accessories. Info: 509-466-4256, spokanervshow.com.
(February 3–13) Spokane International Film Festival. When:
Various Times. Where: Various Venues. The Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF) brings world-class, award-winning independent and foreign films to Spokane audiences. Recipient, 2009 City of Spokane Arts Award. Info: www.spokanefilmfestival.org. // January 2011 / Out There Monthly
Seal morgan outside his shop in springdale, wa. // Photo Jeff Ferguson
G N OARDI B F S N OW O Y HISTOR A O N E-MA N F e r g u s o n
by J e ff s o t o h P // rd B y J o r dy B y
Seal Morgan’s dad promised to buy him a new surfboard if he cut off his ponytail. The year was 1969. Morgan was 15 years old and obliged the compromise. But he hasn’t cut his hair since then. A self-proclaimed “old guy,” Morgan was a skater, surfer and snowboarder long before the collective conscience fell in love with alternative sports. His house is full of memorabilia and looks like a hybrid skate shop. Vintage skateboarding magazines from the 1970s pile on tabletops. Along the walls of his home in Springdale, Washington, hang vintage snowboards, skateboards and surfboards. His excitable eyes and memories of the glory days makes him part historian, part surf bum. It’s only his Yosemite Sam mustache and long silver hair that reveal his age. “I’m an old surfer to the end,” Morgan says. 20
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“Back then, we were doing cutting edge stuff. There wasn’t a whole lot of us doing it in the 1970s, and I never thought something like snowboarding would get this big. But we were in the middle of it. We didn’t realize the ramifications. We were just riding.” SURFING THE SNOW ----------------------------------------------Morgan grew up in Mission Beach San Diego, just 50 feet away from the ocean. By 1963, he picked up a skateboard, and soon after took to the waves on a surfboard. “I was pretty much rat packing with all the rest of the local beach kids,” he says. “The beach and the boardwalk were our focus. Our whole world was the ocean.” But in 1972 his rat pack was introduced to a new toy called a Snurfer in Surfer Magazine. The
idea was too good to pass up and as surfers will readily admit, they’ll try anything. “Surfing on the snow? Bang—that grabbed us right there,” Morgan says. “Surfer Magazine was kinda like our Bible and here it was advertising a new sport.” That same year, Morgan bought the Snurfer Super Racing Model. The snowboard cost him about $35, but it didn’t work. The wood snowboard slid downhill but was impossible to maneuver with a rope leash for steering and no bindings for his five-pound pair of Sorel Pac Boots. “Back then it was all experimental, we didn’t know what we were doing,” he says. Like a mad scientist, Morgan was addicted to perfecting the experiment. His passion fueled a lifelong love of the sport, and he has spent the last 38 years shredding on the latest and greatest
models, helping carve out the history of snowboarding. His impressive snowboard collection consists of more than 60 different boards from every era until the early 1990s. “I have a museum basically,” Morgan says. That’s almost true, but his collection pales in comparison to the Utah Snowboard Museum (see sidebar), which is home to the world’s largest collection of vintage snowboards. Its owners have unsuccessfully tried to buy a few of Morgan’s boards. “I don’t collect them for money, you know,” he says. Here are a dozen of his most unique, vintage snowboards with comments from Morgan. SNURFING ----------------------------------------------Snowboarding was called snurfing in the mid-
White Bear Lakes Snookie
The Poppen’s Snurfer was the first snowboard to be commercially produced in 1965. The wood board was shaped like a miniature water ski and included a rope leash used to steer riders down the mountain. “You could go straight downhill really fast but you didn’t want to hit a bump,” Morgan says. “You constantly fell off and people lost a lot of boards back then. There are probably tons of them still up in Tahoe rotting against some tree because they were never found.”
The Snookie came out in 1970 and was the first snowboard to mimic surfboards by mounting a wooden fin on the bottom of the board. The backside of the board is painted with skateboard-like grip tape and is leash led.
Skifer The Skifer snowboard was made to compete with the Poppen’s Snurfer in 1969. Skifer was a skateboard company that modeled after the Poppen’s Snurfer with staples at the tail of the board for boot traction, a pointed nose and a rope leash. “You really couldn’t turn, but if you managed to stay on you could go real fast,” Morgan says. “There was no edge control.”
Sims “I bought this for seven dollars at a yard sale,” Morgan says, laughing. The Sims snowboard was made in 1977 and features a Sims skate deck mounted to a plastic sled. The industrial looking board uses bungee cords for bindings and is leash led.
Snow Skimmer The Snow Skimmer was produced in 1971. The model is one of the first to have a metal fin on the bottom of the board. The board was leash led, used grip tape for traction, and worked best in hard pack snow.
Winterstick “The Winterstick was the first real production board coming out of a factory, unlike Burton who was still making them in his garage at that point,” says Morgan. The 1979 powder rider is shaped like the sole of a boot, has soft strap bindings, a long split tale, and a miniature metal fin.
The 1979 wood model is Morgan’s oldest Burton board. The snowboard has an original Jake Burton signature, gum rubber traction and a plastic pocket to slide a boot into. The double-leash led board and water ski handle gave riders more pull control on the slopes. “We did pretty good for what we were riding, but you couldn’t get air in the early days,” he says. “If you did, you’d fall.”
Burton Split Tail The Split Tail was made in 1980. “You fell off like crazy,” says Morgan. The snowboard featured gum rubber strips for traction and a split tail for powder surfing. Morgan purchased it for $50 in 1998.
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Red Slicker Morgan says this 1981 model is the first board riders didn’t fall off of. A stretchy plastic sleeve for boots and a concave channel bottom kept riders in place and broke up the surface friction on the bottom of the board. “This was the first one that got control speed rather than having that straight downhill ‘oh god don’t hit the tree’ feeling,” Morgan says. “This one you could turn.” His snowboard includes miniature skis, which snowboarders were required to wear off the ramp of the chair lift. He says, “We weren’t allowed to ride off the ramps like we do now.”
Sims Modern Board The Modern Board was produced in 1985 and was a tail stomping snowboard. Modeled after surfing, the bindings were placed at the back of the board to give riders tail turning ability. The board had tiny metal fins and narrow side cuts. “The shape was right, they just didn’t have the stance yet,” says Morgan.
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The 1988 model was Morgan’s first modern board. “This came out and suddenly, oh my goodness, it worked!” Morgan says. “This is when we really started dropping cliffs.” Sims was the first company to move the bindings to the center of the board. The board used baler bindings, had a longer nose for powder, and was one of the first to be made with Ptex.
1960s. The sport stemmed from surfer junkies who built wooden boards, or used chopped up surfboards, to surf the snow. The 1960’s pioneers fought long and hard to claim their piece of fame and history within the sport, but snowboarding actually originated in the early 1900s. “People were building the first Snurfers around 1912 in the Midwest,” Morgan says. “These bunker boards were made from the curved staves of whiskey barrels. People rode standing sideways with a rope on the front.” Morgan describes imagery of men in top hats and smoking pipes propelling themselves across the mild slopes of the Midwest. Film footage from as early as 1939 shows people riding similar boards, but it wasn’t until 1965 that a man named Sherman Poppen built the Poppen’s Snurfer and founded the industry. “Poppen built the first commercial snowboard for his daughter and then sold the patent to the Brunswick Company,” Morgan says. “Then suddenly they were doing advertising, which wasn’t happening before. Suddenly the board was in Surfer Magazine and it was in all the surf shops. You gotta find your market, and they knew it had to be skaters and surfers.” A string of competitive Snurfers hit the market throughout the late 1960s and into the early 1970s. Then a man named Dimitrije Milovich dropped out of Cornell University in 1972 and started Winterstick, the first modern snowboard company. This Salt Lake City company dominated the mid-1970s market with their powder riders. “The Snurfers were obsolete when Winterstick came around,” Morgan says. “Their boards worked so much better.” While Winterstick boards dominated the powder and pushed their way into international markets, a man named Jake Burton was busy making wooden snowboards in his garage in Vermont.
Barfoot This 1989 model came out about the same time as the Switchblade and had similar binding placement. The snowboard is super narrow, has a squared-off nose, and kept a slight v-shape in the tail with a flat rocker bottom. “These were fun boards,” Morgan says.
A successful marketer, he established a line of wooden boards in the late 1970s and early 1980s around the same time that skateboard icon Tom Sims started mounting skate decks to sleds. Both men persevered all the way through the 1990s and emerged as snowboarding’s leading forces on the East and West Coasts. STICKING ----------------------------------------------The young Morgan and his motley crew of snowboarders didn’t call it snurfing. They thought the name was too hokey so they called the sport “sticking,” because the boards were made of wood. Morgan left his beloved ocean when he was 19 years old and moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1973. “I had a 1962 Ford Galaxy that could get me back and forth up the mountains of San Diego,” he says. “I worked at IHOP as a dishwasher at night and played in the snow all day.” The skiers hated him. Resorts and ski patrollers hated him even more. But Morgan’s crew was not only determined, they were clever. The ski hills and resorts were built on Forest Service land, which meant they couldn’t use the lifts but the mountain was open to the public. So they hiked the backcountry to the top of the runs, sometimes in waist deep snow, with not only their snowboards but also avalanche and emergency gear. “They couldn’t keep us off the mountain,” Morgan says. “I didn’t buy a ticket so I didn’t have to play by their rules.” Morgan and his friends hiked the mountains from 1972 to 1987 before they were legally allowed on a chair lift. For the first few years, snowboarders were required to pass a skills test and essentially get an operator’s license to be on the slopes. But equal access didn’t mean equal opportu-
Morgan shows off his collection. // Photo Jeff Ferguson
nity. Snowboarders fought—sometimes with their fists—to be on the mountain. They were punched in the back of the head coming down the slopes and were hit with ski poles. “They hated us because we were different,” Morgan says. “We were out bonking off the trees and jumping boulders. We were outcasts and we were sidelined until resorts started realizing they could make money off of us.” SNOWBOARDING EVOLVES ----------------------------------------------Surfers were the early adopters because the snowboards and riding style mimicked surfing. But by the 1990s, innovative twin tip technology made
the snowboards more symmetrical. The boards were shaped like skateboards and a new era of snowboarders ushered in the modern sport that it has become. “Bindings, boards and boots went under cataclysmic changes in the 1990s,” Morgan says. “Suddenly you could ride both ways, switch feet and spin around. Kids started riding picnic tables and rails and were doing skate moves.” The shift in the sport was amplified by increased numbers on the slopes. Snowboarding magazines and competitions grew popular and attracted more and more people away from skis. “People saw that you could slide a tree and that seemed way more fun than doing pretty, little
figure eights down the hill,” Morgan says. The resorts were forced to embrace the new clientele, and by 1995 snowboarding had exploded across the country. Snowboarding continues to be the fastest growing winter sport, according to Gary Deaver, longtime ski patrol director at 49° North. This claim is echoed by all the other local resorts. As for Morgan, he is still an avid snowboarder—visiting 49° North three times a week, bombing just as fast and hard as he did nearly 40 years ago. Martial arts and a hot tub keep him limber and ready to face the slopes. His company, Mtn. Threads-Boardwarm Hats & Clothing (http:// mtnthreads.com) , keeps him busy sewing micro fleece base layers and hats so that his snowboard collection will slowly but surely continue to grow. And despite the skateboard influence, Morgan is still an old surfer. “I’ll always be a surfer,” he says. “I surf mountains. I don’t ride snowboards on the hills like the kids do. I don’t skate hills; I surf hills.” //
Utah Snowboard Museum
----------------------------------------------The Utah Snowboard Museum was founded in 1981 in Salt Lake City. Housed by the Salty Peaks Snowboard Shop, it features the world’s largest collection—more than 1,000 vintage snowboards and skateboards. The self-funded museum aims to document and preserve the early history of snowboarding and its crossover sports. The space is stacked ceiling high with vintage snowboards including a “snurfer room” and one-of-a-kind prototypes from around the world. Unique finds include the world’s longest snowboard and models dating back to the 1940s. Museum curator Dennis Nazari does appraisals and purchases. In January 2010, the top snowboard price was set at an unprecedented $12,225. According to its website, select boards are worth $25,000 and as much as $50,000. For more information, visit www.utahsnowboardmuseum. com or call (877) 937-4733.
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----------------------------------------------1986 // Mt. Spokane and 49° North give snowboarders full access to their ski areas. At 49° North, riders are required to pass a safety and etiquette class for the first two seasons before the program becomes obsolete.
----------------------------------------------1990 // Silver Mountain and Lookout Pass finally grant access to snowboarders. (When contacted for this story, Schweitzer Mountain Resort was unable to provide accurate dates.) Less than 15 riders are on the local mountains on any given day.
----------------------------------------------1992 // All five local ski areas now offer some type of formal or informal snowboarding lessons. Rental shops provide the boards but in quantities of 20 or less.
----------------------------------------------1997 // Mt. Spokane develops the Inland Northwest’s first terrain park due to high demand— evident by unruly snowboarders who were building jumps and features on their own, according to Kristin Whitaker, marketing director.
----------------------------------------------2000 // The sport of snowboarding is popular everywhere now, and the momentum, terrain parks and features haven’t slowed down since.
----------------------------------------------2010 // Local resorts estimate a 50-50 ratio of skiers and snowboarders on the slopes for any given day.
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It’s December 6, 2010, and as I go over this review, I catch a media report reminding me that on this date in 1960 the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was created. Back then, during the closing weeks of the Eisenhower administration, the Refuge was established by executive order. Over the years, photographers and writers have shared their impressions of the wonders of the refuge. Subhankar Banerjee’s 2003 book, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land piqued interest in and raised awareness of threats to the Refuge from oil and gas drilling. Now, in time for the Refuge’s 50th anniversary, a new book celebrating the beauty and mystique of this fabled landscape is available to rekindle concern for this magical part of America’s wilderness heritage. Jeff Jones’s 150plus high definition images coupled with Laurie Hoyle’s essays aptly achieve one of the books primary goals: “to encourage contemplation of the value of wilderness in our modern society.” Photo captions identifying the ecozone depicted in the images greatly enhances the volume as an educational tool. (There are five ecozones in the Refuge: coastal, tundra, mountain, taiga and boreal forest.) Similarly, Hoyle’s essays present ideas and ask questions that enhance the reader’s understanding of the arctic environment and stimulate thinking about the value of wilderness. Though an important part of the book, the essays are a small fraction of the volume; the book is mostly a book of images. And fantastic images they are. Jones uses the arctic light to produce stunning color that conveys the surreal beauty of the landscape; the panoramas in many of the images create an uncanny sense of the vastness of the place. Just as Banarjee’s work was a rallying point earlier in this decade for the fight to fend off oil and gas drilling and keep the Refuge wild, Arctic Sanctuary is sure to serve the same function in the continuing battle to preserve the wildness that is the Refuge. // Stan Miller
The debate concerning global warming should have been resolved in 2007 when the leading international network of climate scientists stated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that global warming is “unequivocal” and that human activity is very likely causing most of the rise in temperatures since the mid20th century. Eric Pooley’s book The Climate War offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of “the story of a group of people who set out to save the planet—or, more precisely, to preserve the planet’s habitability—through political action, and the story of those who stood against them.” In addition to exploring some of the major players in climate politics, the book is extremely insightful in explaining some of the significant issues concerning global warming. It makes the argument that fighting climate change requires political action at both the local and the national level. In addition, it offers an excellent explanation of cap and trade, which many people find confusing. The advantage of a well-designed carbon cap, as opposed to a carbon tax, is that it would guarantee a specific level of carbon emissions reduction. It effectively turns global warming pollution into a commodity with a value. “Over the years, as the cap was lowered and fewer allowances were distributed, the commodity would become scarcer, and the price would go up, giving companies and consumers incentive to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency,” writes Pooley. I recommend this book. It clearly explains the intense ongoing battle concerning climate legislation and politics, including why the federal government is so reluctant to seriously tackle what is arguably the most important issue of the day. For example, in 2009 the U.S. Senate was intent on passing a climate bill that achieves its goal without increasing gasoline or energy prices. Pooley states, “[I]n other words, the Senate was only in favor of a climate bill that didn’t do anything.” This book is a heavy, detailed read, but it successfully examines the forces on both sides of a critical issue. The public needs to understand climate politics so that individuals can successfully engage themselves in local and national advocacy. // Peter G. Williams
“The Senate was only in favor of a climate bill that didn’t do anything.”
HealthandFitness New Year’s Resolution HElp Foolproof Goal-Setting Ideas / By Dr. Bob Lutz
With the commencement of 2011, how many of you committed yourself to a New Year’s resolution? Well, you may find yourself wondering why you did, as more than 80 percent of resolutions have failed by January 20th, and only 8 percent are actually successful. It’s not that resolutions are not a great idea, but few people actually set themselves up for success by creating a plan. Maybe you have seen the acronym SMART? It has been out there for many years and has been suggested to be a good way to approach goal setting. The acronym stands for: S – specific M – measurable (or meaningful) A – attainable (or achievable) R – realistic (or relevant) T – timely Interestingly, a Harvard business study found that 83 percent of respondents had no goals; 14 percent had goals without a written plan; and
Goals needed to be specific and challenging—“Do your best” wasn’t as effective as “Look to drop your PR by 10 seconds.” . only 3 percent had written goals. This three percent were significantly more likely to achieve their financial goals. So it would seem that “SMART” goals are only as good as writing them down. What does it take to be successful with goal setting? Let’s look a little more closely and maybe it will apply to your New Year’s resolution. Being a bit of a science geek, I wanted to find out if there was any research behind goal setting. I learned that more than 40 years ago, Dr. Edwin Locke found employees were motivated and performed better with clearly defined goals and ongoing feedback. Goals needed to be specific and challenging—“Do your best” wasn’t as effective as “Look to drop your PR by 10 seconds.” Locke and colleagues later added to the research by finding that goals also needed to be challenging and complex, and people needed to be committed to achievement. More specifically, how do goals improve performance? It seems they serve to:
• direct attention and efforts towards relevant activities and away from irrelevant ones (i.e., focus) • energize people to action • positively affect persistence • indirectly affect action through arousal, discovery and relevant knowledge use So now that we know that goal setting works and why, how might you effectively and SMARTly create goals that work? It seems as if a couple more pieces will be needed. You are more likely to succeed with your goals if you: • Write them down positively • Identify why they’re important • Create deadlines • Identify obstacles that need to be overcome • Draft a list of available resources • Share the goal(s) with someone else to hold you accountable and to provide assistance and support when needed • Keep working towards achieving your goal(s) and stay motivated • Define rewards, both for accomplishment as well as reaching milestones • Don’t let fear of failure or success get to you • Don’t think too much • Keep your goals to less than three Based upon what I found, successful goal setting takes some work, but the achievement is well worth it. So does the research behind goal setting apply to behaviors, like changing your diet or exercising regularly? It does not seem as if it is necessarily the case, and a review article I read found it “promising.” When successful, goal setting was part of a comprehensive approach (e.g., education, counseling, support, etc.). This is not surprising, as changing behaviors is complex and dependent upon a lot more than simply dollars and cents. What you choose to do depends on any number of factors coming together, such as external and internal motivation, a sense of mastery and achievement, and environmental supports and barriers. This is not to say it cannot or does not work, but that to date, the science is lagging behind the practice. Returning to the New Year’s resolution conundrum, maybe it’s better not to make one, as failure is a lousy way to start the year. But if you want to succeed this time, commit to putting a little work into it, keep it simple, write it down and find a buddy to keep you from getting derailed along the way. //
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ANATOMY of a search and rescue operation A Tense 24 Hours For The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol / By Amy Silbernagel McCaffree
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patrollers on a different channel. With DEM involved, the cell tower information could be reviewed. But only one tower was pinged by the lost skier’s cell phone, indicating that he was about 19 miles away from it. “So we got a map to locate the tower, and it was way up north,” says Schultz. “We verified the tower with 911, plotted it on a map, and found the circumference. But the circle intersected on a different side of the mountain than we were searching.” This was key new information. It could be possible that Wayne was far enough west that he was actually in a different drainage area than he had reported to his friend, and this would lead him away from the mountain. “It was now snowing like crazy, so any tracks that were made at 10:00 in the morning were long gone,” says Schultz. Wayne’s family told MSSP that he is a hardy man and experienced hunter. “Since he is winter savvy, we thought he might hunker down and wait. Maybe he’d have his skis out as a sign, but we could
“We help people, save people, and work tirelessly to achieve that task. But we were running out of resources and exhausted.” still ski right past him,” says Schultz. In the dark forest with headlamps, patrollers were yelling and blowing whistles in the wind. Anyone on the other side of the trees would have difficulty hearing them. “We were really worried about the situation. Most lost skiers are found within a few hours,” says Schultz. “It’s very physically draining but also emotionally draining when you don’t find any sign of that person. You know he’s out there and it’s not good. And you know if you were lost, you’d want to get found. The last thing we want to do is a ‘recovery’.” Now it had started to rain. Patrollers weren’t giv-
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ing up, but the search was suspended and would resume in daylight. Around 1:00 am, everyone had returned to the patrol building to rest. Some felt rescuer’s guilt, a feeling of frustration and hopelessness. “We help people, save people, and work tirelessly to achieve that task. But we were running out of resources and exhausted,” says MSSP Director Jill Hoff. “The decision to pull back, re-group, make a plan, and start again in the morning was a very difficult one. But we have to make sure that our patrollers are safe. We’re all equipped to deal with the gravity of the situation.” Schultz and seven others from DEM and INSAR pulled an all-nighter to review information and devise a new plan. “We decided it was possible that Wayne had gone over more to the west,” he says. They plotted on a map where searchers would go in the morning, which included 16 ski patrollers on the west side and six INSAR people on snowshoes searching the southeast section of the mountain. Searchers were out the door by dawn. And then around 8:30 am, they received a call that the lost skier was at a home off Blanchard Creek Road, in Idaho. Happy ending—Wayne was alive and uninjured, only wet, cold and exhausted after hiking in waistdeep snow. Over the course of 20 hours, nearly 50 Mt. Spokane ski patrollers had taken part in the search.
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Twenty members of Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol (MSSP) with headlamps were skiing in pairs down the southwest side of the mountain close to midnight on Saturday, December 11. It was snowing and windy. They were climbing over logs and limbs while blowing their whistles and yelling out for a lost skier who had been missing for over 12 hours. The search officially started shortly after 1:30 pm, when the MSSP received word that a 66-yearold skier named Wayne Schuh was lost outside the ski boundary on the south side of the mountain. Actually, he had become lost not long after 10:00AM but thought he could find his way. Instead of calling 911, he called a friend, who then notified mountain management three hours later. Keith Schultz, MSSP Search and Rescue Leader and Incident Command Officer (ICO) for this search, says the skier reported himself as working his way towards the switchback on State Route 206. As ICO, Schultz coordinated search logistics—a complex process managing people and specific search locations, shuttle transportation for patrollers, post-sweep debriefs and rescue equipment. After conducting an initial hasty search of the resort facilities, including the bar and restaurant, and verifying Wayne’s vehicle was still in the parking lot, a mountain manager on a snowmobile was sent out to search for tracks in the missing skier’s reported location. Then three patrollers on skis, equipped with rescue packs, and two more patrollers on snowshoes searched to see where those tracks led. A state park ranger on a MSSP Nordic snowmobile also searched a perimeter loop. Ultimately, those tracks were determined not be from an alpine skier. Two hours later, with no obvious evidence that anyone had exited this section of the mountain, the search area was now confined. Meanwhile, Schultz had contacted the Department of Emergency Management (DEM). “Our rule of thumb is that if someone is lost outside the ski area—while ‘side-country’ skiing, not really backcountry since it’s by the resort—that’s when we get DEM involved. For two reasons: we get more resources, and we get a mission number so that we have coverage if volunteers get hurt or break equipment,” he says. It was now dark and snowing. After the call to DEM, the resources came in the form of county deputies and volunteer members of Inland Northwest Search and Research (INSAR) and the Winter Knights Search and Rescue, a snowmobile club. A county sheriff ’s helicopter or one from Fairchild Air Force Base would be on standby, but weather conditions prevented it from being used that night. INSAR volunteers on snowshoes searched drainage areas with terrain too difficult to ski, and Winter Knight volunteers and resort employees spent hours searching on snowmobiles. Off-duty patrollers were called to assist. The MSSP Christmas party that was supposed to be that evening essentially turned into a massive search team with catered food. With no radio coverage on the south and southwest sides of the mountain, resort General Manager Brad McQuarrie was the relay person at the top of chair two—acting as a “repeater” for
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As one of the longest searches that MSSP ever conducted, it wouldn’t be declared officially over until 10:10 am, December 12, when the last patrollers were accounted for at the patrol building. “Wayne is lucky,” says Schultz. “He’s a strong guy, but if he had gotten injured and couldn’t move, he might have frozen down there.” “We put our patrollers out there in hazardous conditions,” says Hoff. “We put ourselves at risk trying to save somebody. This was a prime example of why we spend so many hours training.” All Mt. Spokane patrollers are certified in Outdoor Emergency Care and CPR and are members of the National Ski Patrol. According to Hoff, MSSP is the “largest all volunteer patrol organization, if not the only one left, in the nation.” Here is what MSSP suggests you do if you ever get lost on a mountain: Step 1: Call 911 if you have cell service, so your location can be determined. Step 2: If you can move, go back the direction you came even if it’s uphill because that is where you know people are. “It’s going to be slow and hard, but there’s a much better chance of getting found, especially when it’s snowing and your tracks are getting covered up,” says Schultz. Step 3: If you can stay warm, hold your position and mark your location. Try to make it as easy as possible for rescuers to find you from any direction. “When people are lost, they don’t think straight. That’s why it’s good to sit tight or head back the direction you came,” he says. Cross skis planted in the snow, and if that’s not possible make it apparent that something is out of place so rescuers will notice. Moreover, to help yourself survive such an ordeal, Schultz says everyone “should carry a pack with the ‘thirteen essentials’ for the backcountry, such as matches, a map of the area, a compass—and know how to use it—and other supplies. If you’re not savvy enough to do this, then don’t ski out of the [resort boundary] area.” //
(Author disclosure: My husband is a MSSP member and participated in the late night search.)
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