Home » Snow (page 2)

Snow

Explore Our National Parks on Snowshoes

Here in the Pacific Northwest we are fortunate to have some of the nation’s most beautiful National Parks. They are all popular – and busy – in summer but the winter season offers its own unique pleasures. If you are looking for a great outdoor experience in the Pacific Northwest, consider snowshoeing through the silent, pristine landscapes of one of …

Read More »

Finding Gold on Mt. Shuksan

Minutes are just the tick of a clock, all-encompassing and then gone forever. The accumulation of these moments defines our lives and who we are; they are the ingredients that make up our story. Wherever I stand in the world, from the streets of Berlin to the peaks of New Zealand or with the Indian Ocean washing upon my feet …

Read More »

A Quiet Night in Winter’s Embrace

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of only one thing and one thing only.  – Joseph Wood Krutch As always, the process of choosing a destination was a struggle. We had finagled a weekend where our party of five could all get away together for …

Read More »

Over the River and Through the Woods: Cross Country Ski Trails Along the Nooksack

People cross-country ski all over the country. Even in New Jersey. But few are fortunate enough to have – at their ready disposal – scenery on anything close to the magnitude that we enjoy here in the northwest corner of these United States. These blessings should be counted. The destinations that radiate from the Mount Baker Highway are sufficient to …

Read More »

Angeli VanLaanen: From Mount Baker to Sochi

Every adventurer and athlete has to deal with setbacks due to injury or illness. Whether it’s a head cold during a summit bid or an ankle sprain that sidelines you for weeks, it’s frustrating and difficult.  Freestyle skier and Olympic hopeful Angeli VanLaanen knows this all too well. She endured years of living with an undiagnosed case of Lyme disease …

Read More »

Skate Skiing the Methow

Brown’s farm vanishes from sight as you turn left along the Methow River and disappear into trees and rolling hills.  The only sound is the crunch of perfectly groomed snow under your skate skis and the air rushing from your lungs as you glide over the Twalks-Foster suspension bridge on your way to exploring 120 miles of groomed trails that …

Read More »

Snowshoeing in Paradise: A Pilgrimage to Artist Point

  Story and photos by John D’Onofrio   A blessing…and a curse. Here in the ragged northwest we are blessed with some of the most dramatic mountains in the world.  The peaks are sharp against the sky, wild fangs of rock and ice.  The weather has had its way with them and they are shaped and chiseled by its ferocity …

Read More »

Avoiding Hypothermia: Stay Warm in Winter’s Embrace

by JoAnn Roe     How often have you said, while shivering on a cold ski slope, “oh, well, I have thin skin from living in a warm place. I’ll get used to it.” True, your body does make changes to accommodate temperature and altitude, but not instantly. You need to be aware of how the body protects itself from …

Read More »

Snowshoe Season is Almost Here: Six Trips for Winter Fun

by John D’Onofrio With winter knocking on the door, it’s time to start thinking about getting the snowshoes down and planning some fun in the snow. The Mount Baker Highway (WA 542) provides convenient access to a number of wonderful and scenic adventures west of the mountain. Here are a half dozen options – all accessed from a 20-mile long …

Read More »

Cascadian Rhythms: Commitment on Glacier Peak

Story & photos by Drew Lovell Some have said that the thirtieth year can be an auspicious time in a person’s life. A time when the confidence in one’s path is either affirmed or destroyed. A year when the need for discernment can arise within one’s consciousness. For me, it was a hard year, a good year, a tumultuous year. Witnessing death …

Read More »