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Getting Down to Base-Ics
Selecting a Good Base Layer
The first thing you%u2019ll want to look for when selecting a good base layer is any reference to moisture management or wicking on the package. If there's no reference, keep looking. Wicking is the process by which hydrophobic molecules next to the skin repel moisture (perspiration caused by aerobic activity) outward toward hydrophilic molecules on the exterior of the garment. Once the moisture is expressed to the outside of the garment it evaporates naturally, leaving you dryer which your body will interpret as adequately warm or cool, based on your own propensities. Some of the better base layers (formerly known as thermal underwear) are Capilene by Patagonia, Next-To-Skin by Smartwool and Omni-Heat Baselayer by Columbia. Baselayer is the latest technology. It employs space-blanket science providing 20% more warmth with less weight. A popular alternative to traditional long underwear is Under Armour's compression athletic apparel. Virtually all Under Armour comes standard with the latest in moisture management technology, but also provides a slightly denser weight and a smoother hand reducing friction between layers.
Tri-State Outfitters is the area's most complete ski shop, providing base layers as well as ski and snowboard apparel for every budget and lifestyle.
Equipment Leasing Advantages
Enjoy the benefits of having your own complete set of ski equipment at your disposal all season long!
2012/2013 Seasonal Lease Package - Pick it up now, return it May 2013!
Jr. Ski or Board Season Lease - $129
Adult Ski or Board Season Lease - $169
LOCATION N. 3220 Division
New Lift, Trails & Hundreds of Additional Acres of New Glades
We are continuing to improve and enhance the quest for the perfect turn. The new lift, trails and hundreds of additional acres of new glades turned out beyond our wildest expectations. Angel Peak will be accessible this winter with all of the new terrain now lift assisted providing freshies for days. The new lift is 1,120 vertical feet tall and 4,170 long with the ride being nine minutes bottom to top. The broad flanks of the peak have wide open trails and more of the legendary glade skiing in cedar and hemlock forests that we have become accustomed to over the years. The Angel Peak area creates a lift assisted ski area boundary that is 3.5 miles long and goes from Little Bear in the East Basin to Separate Reality on the Northeast Ridge of Angel Peak. We take great pride in providing life-long experiences for you, your family and friends. Our staff, Mountain Host's and Ski Patrol look forward to helping you explore our winter mountain resort.
LOCATION 3311 Flowery Trail Road Chewelah, WA
Popular free skiing program hits
its 15th year
by Karen Stebbins
Celebrating its 15th year is the 5th Grade Passport Program, offering free skiing and riding to all 5th graders living in the Northwest Rockies. The intent of the program is to open doors to healthy outdoor fun, and provide the opportunity to help kids and their families to enjoy the best time of the year.
In addition, the Ski the Northwest Rockies participating members are offering free or discounted lessons and rentals for 5th graders. Some areas offer parents and siblings discounted lessons, too. Fifth graders receive three free tickets at each of the four participating Ski the NW Rockies Mountains and participating Idaho Ski Areas.
And this year, it's easier than ever via the program's own dedicated website, www.5thgradeskipassport.com. If you follow the links, you can save $5 off the registration fee thanks to IDEAL, the Idaho College Savings Program. Have Fun!
Visit www.skiNWrockies.com to download an application, or for more information.
Selecting the Perfect Skis
A trip into a ski shop in the fall to pick out new skis can be an overwhelming experience. It's a daunting task selecting the perfect skis. With 19 years of experience making skis, SNEVA MFG can help you navigate the complex selection process.
The first thing to consider when selecting your next ski is WHERE you ski. This is a two part question, with both a geographic element (PNW) as well as a terrain element (Trees/Groomers/Park). Secondly would be the simple height/weight/ability part of the skier equation, and finally, personal preference.
At SNEVA MFG, all is this is part of your skier evaluation, with the goal of not selling you a ski, but hand building you YOUR perfect ski. As the only local ski maker in Spokane, you can come to the shop and see many different shapes and styles to help guide the construction of your custom skis. And to top it off, at SNEVA MFG you can create your own topsheet to highlight your new custom skis, whether you have a design or photo to work with, or a logo you'd like beautifully sublimated on to an actual wood veneer top sheet
Demo at 49 Degrees North, also for purchase at The Shop in north Spokane.
Shopping for deals%u2026
by: Brian Ellsworth
Well, ski season is just around the corner and I can say from firsthand experience that the bargain shoppers are out in force! Some of the savviest buyers know this is the time of year to get the best deals on equipment and clothing for the coming season. Whether it's going to one of our local Ski Swaps or scouring the local Ski Shops for last year's gear there are many ways to go about finding some great deals. Here are some things to consider if you're in the market for some new gear and looking for a deal.
Many people think that the swap is the cheapest place to buy, however almost all new items you see at the swaps came from a local shop and could probably be purchased at that shop for less than it is being sold at the swap.
Don't skimp on boots. Boots are the most important piece of the equation, and simply going for the cheapest pair you can find rarely turns out positive in the long run.
Always ask for a second opinion when buying at the swap. Help at the swap can range from excellent to questionable depending on who you talk to. Asking for a second opinion can keep you from buying outdated technology that the salesperson swore was current
ADDRESS South 2925 Regal
Lookout Pass is Legendary Powder
by Christopher C. Barrett
Spokane is surrounded by great ski areas, but only one has Legendary Powder.Lookout Pass Ski Area, a snowball's throw off Exit 0 on I-90 at the Idaho/Montana border, enjoys proud ownership of that title. It's no idle boast. We've got the snowfall statistics to prove it an annual average 400 inches of light, dry Northwest Rockies powder that no other local hill can match. More snow, less dough, is another way to describe Lookout Pass, because we offer skiing and riding in all that great powder at the lowest prices in the region.
Scary-low prices For a limited time the Lookout Pass Powder Experience is even more affordable with our Preseason Pass Sale. Until Oct. 31, order an adult season pass at skilookout.com for just $229. A college/military pass with a valid ID is just $199. A teen season pass is just $159; a junior, just $149. A family season pass for two adults and a junior or teen is just $577. Every type of season pass at Lookout is up to 30 percent off or more through Halloween.
The Family Favorite Lookout is the best value during the season as well. Our weekend adult lift ticket is only $38. Our low prices for all ages ensure that the joy of skiing and riding remains accessible for everyone--especially families. In fact, our low prices, excellent guest services and Famous Free Ski School for Kids earned Lookout Pass honors as the Favorite Family-Friendly Resort in the Pacific Northwest in 2011 by visitors to onthesnow.com, one of the most widely-viewed travel sites on the web.
A jackpot of powder After the candle burns out in the pumpkin, it won't be long before you're putting your Lookout season pass to work. Lookout opens first most often for a couple of reasons
meticulous off-season slope care and a unique microclimate that hits a jackpot of powder. Lookout sits in a saddle of the Bitterroot Range. Above us, moist Pacific air flows up from the Southwest and collides with cold, dry Continental air. Higher peaks rising around the ski area holds up the storms and they stall over Lookout Pass. The result is often feet, not inches. In fact, Lookout was recognized by skiinfo.com for having the most snowfall of any ski area on the planet - 6 and a half feet during a 7-day period ending March 1, 2011.
Warm welcome, cold Smoke Epic snowfall, low prices, easy access, family atmosphere and the Famous Free Ski School for Kids make Lookout Pass - a must ski and ride for winter 2012-13. Come on up and see us for a warm welcome and cold smoke. For me, skiing in the trees has always been the ultimate bond with the mountain. There's just something magical about floating through blankets of snow in the dead-silence of an old-growth forest. As a young skier, it took me a while to earn the skill-set needed ski those tight spaces. But nowadays, I'll almost always seek the lines with the thickest trees, because that's the best way I know how to lose the crowds- just me and nature.
I see many people listening to music these days, especially when they're charging the groomers or jibbing the park. When it comes to the trees though, the only way to really enjoy the experience, is to hit the mute. The therapeutic silence that comes from these places, always seems to recharge my battery. I've skied a lot of glades in my lifetime, and Cy's Glades at 49 North ranks among the top. The access, the spacing of the trees, the constant pitch, and the lack of crowds; for me, it embodies the perfect glade package. If you're a strong skier or rider, I encourage you to explore the trees during your next adventure at 49 North. You may be surprised to discover a whole new world off the groomed that you never knew existed.
PHONE (208) 744-1301