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Bluebird days and goggle tans: Enjoy winter while it lasts 

click to enlarge The clock is ticking before spring's big melt. - DEREK HARRISON PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
  • Derek Harrison photo illustration
  • The clock is ticking before spring's big melt.

This time of the ski season is bittersweet. Coverage is just getting to the point where you can let the skis or snowboard let loose without worry about what might be underneath, but then the sporadic warm and sunny day rears its beautiful head and has us dreaming of flips flops, shorts and carefree lake days.

But before those days have a chance to come in a frequent fruition, we still have the most lively part of the season with bluebird days, some that come with a fresh blanket of 6 to 8 inches of snow, goggle tans, spring skiing and plenty of reasons to pull out those retro skis and one pieces to celebrate the season as it starts to come to a close.

With every passing high-elevation snow storm, there is promise of elongating the season, but then we are brought back to reality with 50-degree days and the budding of flowers in the yard.

The end of the season brings the final bell and the realization that it is time for the next season. While it is sad saying goodbye to winter friends, there are many positives for the transition.

The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer, our lawns are turning green, flowers are blooming, lake levels are rising and the summer activities that disperse outdoor enthusiasts into the mountains, onto the lakes and down rivers are in full swing within moments of the closing bell.

As outdoor enthusiasts in the Inland Northwest, this is the best part of living here. The transition of each and every season gives us more appreciation for the season ahead. ♦

The original print version of this article was headlined "The Last Runs of the Season"

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