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Ski lift. File photo.
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The U.S. Forest Service has approved an expansion to Lookout Pass ski area. The expansion roughly doubles the size of the permit area. The ski area plans to add about 100 acres of new ski terrain, install two new chair lifts and upgrade an existing chairlift.

Racers sprint out the gate at the start of the women's snowshoe race.
Nicky Ouellet

Special Olympians arrived at Whitefish Mountain Resort Sunday for the 22nd annual State Winter Games, which wrapped up today.

The crowd of spectators is deafening as racers in the 50-meter snowshoeing event sprint up the slight incline of the Bunny Hill. Half of the slope has been transformed into a track, with lanes lined in blue dye on the soft white snow.

Lucas Grossi helps Odi Pierce into the cat at Great Northern Powder Guides in Olney. Pierce is one of seven extreme adaptive athletes participating in DREAM Adaptive's backcountry powder camp this year.
Nicky Ouellet

It's peak ski season, and as every powder hound knows, the right equipment is everything on the slopes.

"He had a hole in his liner where he was losing suction and his leg was falling off," says Lucas Grossi, volunteer coordinator for DREAM Adaptive Recreation's backcountry powder camp.

And yeah, he said his leg keeps falling off.

DREAM Back Country Powder Camp Group Shot 2016
KAMERON BARGE

For more than three decades, DREAM Adaptive Recreation has been working to get people with physical and cognitive disabilities outside to recreate in the Flathead Valley. Participants and volunteers call it life-changing. And now, the non-profit is expanding to work with veterans.

Ski Patroller Dies In Avalanche Near Big Sky

Jan 20, 2016
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A ski patroller died yesterday in an avalanche just outside the Yellowstone Club ski resort.

David Letterman On How He Ended Up In Montana

Dec 17, 2015
Letterman image: CBS PHOTO by John Paul Fil. ©2010 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

In 2007, Whitefish writer and photographer Brian Schott had an idea. He wanted to start a print publication to feature the literature, art, and photography of mountain culture. And so, over pints of beer after a day on the ski slopes, he pitched his idea to a couple of friends: “We’ll publish some cool stories. It’ll be fun. Really!”

Ski lift. File photo.
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Another ski season is set to begin, and, after a disappointing snow year in most of the state last year, locals are itching to get on the mountain. This year, a big concern shadowing the upcoming season is the possibility of a “godzilla El Niño” pushing warmer temperatures up north.

Skiers Talk Risk And Uncertainty At Whitefish Avalanche Workshop
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During the 2013-2014 avalanche year, six people died in avalanches across Montana. At least 108 have died in the state since record keeping started in the 1950s. For the past decade and a half, these kinds of deaths have been trending upward across the country.

More than a hundred people showed up for information and to listen to speakers about risk and communication in avalanches at the Flathead Avalanche Center workshop in Whitefish last weekend.

Corin Cates-Carney

I’m Corin Cates-Carney at the tenth annual pond skip at the Whitefish Mountain Resort.

A large pool waits for skiers and snowboards at the bottom of the mountainside runway. The goal is to skip across the icy water, dressed in costume, with prizes awarded to those who make it, and those who don’t, but fail in style.

Eric Whitney

Backcountry skier Ryan Swantner is willing to work hard to get in his turns, but lately he’s had to work harder than usual.

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