MBE Winter 2013 / 2014

MBE Winter 2013 / 2014

Among ski areas, Mt. Baker has led the way in backcountry safety, with a responsible approach to out-of-bounds skiing and riding.

In theory, these airbags will keep the skier’s body near the surface of a moving avalanche, allowing for an easier rescue. Before making any purchasing decisions, you must look at the advantages and disadvantages of three main aspects of this system.

I contemplate the sick day option One that I must use with caution What I really want to say is, “Please! Please won’t you let me ski the trees?”

Awesome gear to maximize your safety and comfort in the outdoors, and the local vendors who stock it.

Bellingham is known for its mountain biking and its races, but until very recently the town wasn’t known for its mountain bike races. Following the success of the Chuckanut Enduro race in October, that’s probably about to change.

Hundreds of bald eagles from Alaska and northern Canada migrate to the Skagit River every winter to prey on the thousands of salmon that swim upriver to spawn. People flock to the Skagit River valley to catch a sight of this yearly display.

Of course there is – it seems these days that there’s an app for everything. Following are a few that will be useful for a day on the slopes. What you won’t find in this list is one of the new avalanche apps being marketed as alternatives to avy transceivers.

Skijoring refers to the sport of running dogs (or horses) ahead of a musher on skis. The skier skis, assisting with poles, and the dog(s) pull. Simple? Not on your life.

Costing about as much as dinner for two, a sno-park permit is a small price to pay for access to more than 45 Washington state sno-parks designated for non-motorized winter recreation.