skiing http://kuow.org en Intentional Avalanche Destroys Crystal Mountain Chairlift http://kuow.org/post/intentional-avalanche-destroys-crystal-mountain-chairlift <p>An avalanche destroyed a chairlift at the Crystal Mountain resort near Mount Rainier on Monday afternoon when the resort was closed. The avalanche was intentionally set off by the resort's ski patrol and no one was hurt.</p><p>Despite the destruction, patrollers say they have no regrets. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:46:23 +0000 John Ryan 30315 at http://kuow.org Intentional Avalanche Destroys Crystal Mountain Chairlift Northwest Ski Towns Stock Olympic Teams Well Beyond USA http://kuow.org/post/northwest-ski-towns-stock-olympic-teams-well-beyond-usa <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011314TB_Olympians_web_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Next month, Sochi, Russia will host athletes from more than 85 nations at the Winter Olympics. Some of those countries might surprise you. They get no snow or have no mountains.<p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:30:36 +0000 Tom Banse 27041 at http://kuow.org Northwest Ski Towns Stock Olympic Teams Well Beyond USA Cross Country Ski Duo Bring Sibling Power To Winter Olympics http://kuow.org/post/cross-country-ski-duo-bring-sibling-power-winter-olympics <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/010614TB_OlympicDuo_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Athletes headed to next month's Winter Olympics in Russia can be expected to leverage any advantage that nature or nurture provides: Experience, a bigger body, or a higher tolerance for pain.<p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:37:20 +0000 Tom Banse 26653 at http://kuow.org Cross Country Ski Duo Bring Sibling Power To Winter Olympics Deep In China, 'Cowboys' Have Skied For Thousands Of Years http://kuow.org/post/deep-china-cowboys-have-skied-thousands-years The birthplace of skis is under debate, but the ski is believed to be even older than the wheel.<p>"So they're one of the very first forms of transportation," travel writer Mark Jenkins says.<p>Jenkins recently traveled to China, which claims to have invented skis almost 10,000 years ago. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 21:59:00 +0000 editor 25520 at http://kuow.org Deep In China, 'Cowboys' Have Skied For Thousands Of Years Northwest Skier With Famous Last Name Hopes To Make Name For Himself In Olympics http://kuow.org/post/northwest-skier-famous-last-name-hopes-make-name-himself-olympics <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/120413TB_Barrymore_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A young man from the Northwest with a famous last name hopes to make his Olympic debut in a new medal event at the 2014 Games in Sochi - freestyle skiing in the halfpipe.<p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:42:08 +0000 Tom Banse 24890 at http://kuow.org Northwest Skier With Famous Last Name Hopes To Make Name For Himself In Olympics Avalanche Deaths Inspire Safety Efforts In Backcountry Skiing And Snowboarding http://kuow.org/post/avalanche-deaths-inspire-safety-efforts-backcountry-skiing-and-snowboarding <p>As the slopes open, skiers’ and snowboarders’ giddy enthusiasm is overshadowed by an accident near Stevens Pass last season.&nbsp; Three people were killed: Jim Jack, Johnny Brenan and Chris Rudolph.&nbsp; They were caught in an avalanche in the nearby backcountry — the wilderness just outside the Stevens Pass ski resort, unmonitored by ski patrol. &nbsp;Jack, Brennan and Rudolph were all well-known and experienced skiers in the Washington ski scene.</p><p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 20:55:43 +0000 Sara Lerner 3988 at http://kuow.org Avalanche Deaths Inspire Safety Efforts In Backcountry Skiing And Snowboarding