Backcountry skiing the Idaho Panhandle

20150228-DSC_5216Larry from Panhandle Backcountry┬ámaking the best of challenging conditions–and gorgeous weather–on the Idaho/Montana border on Saturday.

Red, white and blue: winter in SW Montana’s Pioneer Mountains

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Maverick Mountain Ski Area – 2

A couple more shots from my powder day at southwest Montana’s mom-and-pop ┬áMaverick Mountain Ski Area.

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Maverick Mountain Ski Area

Last week I took a roadtrip with my family through Southwest Montana on assignment for a ski-and-hot springs story. I fell in love with the area and its residents. Special thanks to Dillon skier Cory Birkenbuel for taking the time to shoot with me at Maverick Mountain Ski Area. Below is the first of several shots from that trip.

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Audubon Lake

20150214-DSC_4617Dusk at Audubon Lake in Reardan, which has some of eastern Washington’s best birding.

Dusk at Turnbull

20150212-DSC_4559Dusk at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge yesterday. Incidentally, it’s officially tick season.

Rossland Winter Carnival

There was another party going on over Super Bowl weekend: the Rossland Winter Carnival in the West Kootenays of southern British Columbia. Family-friendly and packed with events on and off the snow, Canada’s oldest Winter Carnival is also one of the region’s best.

A towering marionette honors Olaus Jeldness, the Norwegian miner who began Canada's oldest winter carnival in 1898.

A towering marionette honors Olaus Jeldness, the Norwegian miner who began Canada’s oldest winter carnival in 1898.

A snowboarder admires the aerial view of Rossland's historic downtown during the Rail Jam finals.

A snowboarder admires the aerial view of Rossland’s historic downtown during the Rail Jam finals.

The balmy weather was perfect for a snow volleyball tournament.

The balmy weather was perfect for a snow volleyball tournament.

More Rail Jam action.

More Rail Jam action.

 A snowboarder catches air--and some sun--at the Rail Jam.


A snowboarder catches air–and some sun–at the Rail Jam.

Bobsled teams raced down Spokane Street at speeds nearing 50 mph.

Bobsled teams raced down Spokane Street at speeds nearing 50 mph.

...and in their own post-parade show.

…and in their own post-parade show.

The artists of Pyrophoria spun fire in the streets during the parade..

The artists of Pyrophoria spun fire in the streets during the parade..