snowboarding 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 Sun Valley's Farrington Says Gold Medal 'Opens A Lot Of Doors' http://kuow.org/post/sun-valleys-farrington-says-gold-medal-opens-lot-doors <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021314TB_Farrington_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Sun Valley, Idaho native <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/FA/Kaitlyn-Farrington">Kaitlyn Farrington</a> maintained her composure as the Star Spangled Banner played in front of a big, cheering crowd at the medals ceremony.<p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:15:47 +0000 Tom Banse 28820 at http://kuow.org Sun Valley's Farrington Says Gold Medal 'Opens A Lot Of Doors' 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