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Silver Mountain Resort to open Nov. 29 and 30

Silver Mountain Resort to open Nov. 29 and 30

Silver Mountain Resort will open for skiing, boarding, tubing, snowshoeing and scenic rides Saturday, November 29th and Sunday, November 30th. The first gondola will load at 8:15 a.m., skiing and tubing will start at 9:00 a.m. and go until 4:00 p.m. The resort is currently evaluating a possible opening for Friday, November 28th and will have an update on that plan in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day, pending weather conditions.

This will be a limited opening for skiing and boarding with select runs open along with chairs 1, 2 and the carpet lift. We will be offering reduced price lift tickets for skiers and boarders with adult tickets at $29.95 and youth tickets at $27.95.

According to Silver Mountain there is currently a 16 inch base at the Mountain House and 24 inches at Kellogg Peak. They also noted that NOAA is forecasting another storm system for Friday, the 28th and they will be opening more terrain as conditions permit.

For more information visit their website http://www.silvermt.com/.

Lookout Pass Ski Area to open Friday

Opening day at Lookout Pass is scheduled for Friday, November 28th.  The majority of the front side of the mountain will be open with top to bottom skiing and riding off Chair #1.


The beginner triple chairlift, Chair #4, will also operate.  Lodge and rental shop open at 8:00 a.m.  Lifts will operate from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PST.  Ski School ski, snowboard, and telemark lessons will be offered every day beginning at 9:00 a.m.


Lookout Pass received 7 inches of new snow overnight, and 15 inches since Saturday.  The base currently has 14-22 inches, and according to the pass it’s still snowing.


Reduced ticket rates will be in effect and will be announced later this week, as more terrain openings are probable. Lookout Pass says they will operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this week,  then reopen on Thursday, December 4 and resume their regular December operations, of Thursdays through Mondays.  


Updated information can be found at www.skilookout.com.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to open November 22

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to open November 22

Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open for the season this Saturday, November 22 at 9am. The resort will operate Saturday and Sunday with 150 acres of open terrain.

Limited terrain will be available on Midway, with the Basin Express chair lift open. The Basin Express is scheduled to operate from 9am to 3:30pm during opening weekend.

“Even though we’re only opening with limited operations, we’re very excited to get the season started in the Inland Northwest,” said President/CEO Tom Chasse.  “The fact that we have anything to offer is a direct result of pre-season brush cutting, our snowmaking capability, and our dedication to the skiers/boarders of the region.” Schweitzer will close down mid-week and then re-open on Friday, November 28th for the weekend.  With new snow in the forecast over the weekend, they hope to expand the terrain and add the Musical Chairs lift for Thanksgiving weekend.

Bike MS Northwest kicks off Saturday

Bike MS Northwest kicks off Saturday

One of the premier cycling events in the Northwest is kicking off in north Idaho this Saturday.

Bike MS Inland Northwest features multiple route options for all levels of experience along with a festival atmosphere, great food, music, a beer garden and a Saturday evening rally.

Participants must be at least 12 years old and commit to raising a minimum of $200, not including the $65 registration fee.

This year's goal is to raise more than $151,000 to be used for research, programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter for the nearly 15,000 people living with multiple sclerosis across Idaho, Washington, Montana and Alaska.

So far over 200 cyclists have have signed up to cruise courses ranging from 20 to 150 miles through the Idaho panhandle on a “Rails to Trails” path that's nearly all off roadways. Full meals, generous amenities, fully stocked rest stops and spirited festivities are all included.

Fire restrictions lifted in Colville Nat'l Forest

Fire restrictions lifted in Colville Nat'l Forest

Just in time for the holiday weekend, fire restrictions have been lifted for the Colville National Forest.

“With the wetting rains and cooler daytime temperatures we have been experiencing in the Colville National Forest, the anticipated fire danger is reduced enough to allow visitors to once again enjoy campfires in the forest,” said Fire Management Officer Tim Sampson. “Firewood cutters are also able to run chainsaws after 1 pm.”

Forest visitors must still use caution and exercise sound fire precautions, however, on National forest System Lands. Good fire building and extinguishing practices are advised such as:

  • Keeping campfires small
  • Using existing fire rings
  • Have a bucket, shovel, water and fire extinguisher readily available
  • Attend and fully extinguish all fires

Leave the firewood at home to keep forests safe

Leave the firewood at home to keep forests safe

The Idaho Department of Lands is reminding outdoor enthusiasts who are planning to camp this Labor Day weekend to leave the firewood at home!

As millions of Americans head into the wilderness for a weekend of fun, many bring their own firewood, not realizing that they put the nation's forests at risk by potentially spreading tree-killing pests. While most of these pests can't travel far on their own, many can hitchhike undetected on firewood, later emerging and starting infestations in new locations hundreds of miles away.

The Don't Move Firewood campaign began in 2007 as a response to the rapid spread of the emerald ash borer, an Asian beetle brought to the US in pre-packaged wood and responsible for killing 100 million ash trees since the early 1990's.

More than 450 other non-native forest insects and diseases are also established in the United States, many spread the same way.

ATV rolls down ravine, seriously injures teen driver

ATV rolls down ravine, seriously injures teen driver

A 16-year-old boy had to be airlifted after crashing his ATV in Coeur d'Alene National Forest Monday afternoon.

Around 3:00 pm the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Kootenai County Fire Rescue responded to the call on Forest Road 612 near Five Fingers Saddle where the teen had lost control. The ATV rolled over and went down a steep embankment, taking the teen with it.

Kootenai County Fire Rescue personnel conducted a technical rescue to retrieve the teen from the ravine. He was airlifted to Kootenai Health via Life Flight helicopter with serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Kootenai County Traffic Investigation Team is looking into the cause of the crash.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office would like to remind individuals recreating in the back county to operate their vehicles within their ability and to wear proper protective equipment.