A skier heads downhill at Stevens Pass Ski Resort.
Skiing is an expensive sport, but I've been told by some in the industry it's not necessarily the biggest obstacle keeping skiers off the slopes. The other biggie: Not having somebody to ski with you.
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, NOV. 14-15- In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2015, shows the geyser that gives Flaming Geyser State Park its' name near Auburn, Wash. The geyser was fueled by a methane pocket discovered by miners in the early 1900s. When they first discovered the methane pocket while drilling a test hole, a more impressive fountain of fire burst forth. Today, however, the flaming geyser has been extinguished because the methane source is depleted. (Craig Hill/The News Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Today, however, the flaming geyser has been extinguished, according to the state parks website. The methane source is depleted.
Kristi Mergenthaler looks for birds on the Oredson-Todd Woods trail in Ashland, Ore., in this undated photo. the Oregon-Todd Woods trail snakes along a portion of Clay Creek in Ashland and ties into Ashland's Siskiyou Mountain Park, connecting with a miles-long network of trails that lead high up Mount Ashland. (Jamie Lusch/The Mail Tribune via AP)
he oak leaves are now popping neon splashes of browns and rusty reds on ridge after ridge after ridge all the way to the Red Buttes of Northern California.
This photo taken Sept. 8, 2015, shows an island and the blue expanse of Summit Lake with Diamond Peak in the background, in the Deschutes National Forest near Oakride, Ore. Summit Lake is one of the great secret places in the Cascade Mountains not just because of its islands, but also because of the clear water and views of Diamond Peak. (Zach Urness/Statesman-Journal via AP)
There's something unique about camping on an island. The solitude is deeper and more satisfying.
In this May 9, 2008 file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of female southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. (Jerret Raffety/Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)
The U.S. Interior Department says the greater sage grouse does not need federal protections across Oregon and 10 other Western states after some limits were put on energy development and other activities.
»Play Video From BLM Oregon: Crack in the Ground is a volcanic fissure over two miles long and up to 70 feet deep in Lake County Oregon. The length of the fissure can be hiked as there is an established trail along the fissure's bottom. (Photo courtesy BLM Oregon)
Crack in the Ground is a volcanic fissure over two miles long and up to 70 feet deep in Lake County Oregon. The length of the fissure can be hiked.
John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, displays a beta version of an early warning system for earthquakes, in Seattle.
University of Washington researchers are testing an earthquake alert system as the Pacific Northwest prepares for the day when a 600-mile-long fault line looming off the coast unleashes a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.
Photo: Holly Davison Photography
What a lucky night to have some reasonably clear skies! A solar storm brought a round of the Northern Lights early Wednesday morning, and several local photographers were at the ready.
Photo courtesy uoregon.edu
A group of jellyfish may have just shown us the future of submarine design.
In this photo taken July 30, 2015, Daniel Dundon peers across a swimming hole and waterfall in the off-trail area of the Opal Creek Wilderness east of Salem, Ore. Hot summer weekends bring overflowing crowds of hikers and backpackers onto the wilderness trails. (Zach Urness/The Statesman Journal via AP)
Michael Donnelly's legs were laced with cuts and bleeding, Daniel Dundon had been attacked by a swarm of hornets and I had hiked through enough devil's club to make my backside feel like a pincushion.
In this undated photo people walk on the Tioga Bridge that divides the Swiftwater and Tioga trail segments near the popular Susan Creek day-use area in Oregon. Hike the entire length of the North Umpqua Trail, lovingly called “the NUT” by some, and you could have traveled on foot across the widest part of Vermont. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard via AP)
Hike the entire length of the North Umpqua Trail, lovingly called "the NUT" by some, and you could have traveled on foot across the widest part of Vermont.
In this Aug. 7, 2015, photo a team of scientists climb Sholes Glacier in Mount Baker, Wash. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice.
The Northern Lights as seen from Artist Point near Mt. Baker on Aug. 22, 2015. (Photo courtesy: Jack Nichols)
Jack Nichols and his friend Nate had a plan under what should have been a starry night Saturday night - wait until midnight when the quarter moon sets and it's totally black, then head up to Artist Point and get some amazing shots of the Milky Way galaxy over a majestic Mt. Baker.
Perseid meteor streaks across the sky on Aug. 12, 2013. (Photo: Toby Smith)
Living in the cloudy Pacific Norhtwest, Oregonians frequently miss out on the annual celestial events, but there's one big event that coincides with the clearest time of the year: The Perseid Meteor Shower.
This Feb. 19, 2011 photo, shows High Lake in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness in Oregon. The best way to experience these wild and beautiful mountains is with a backpacking trip. (Zach Urness/Statesman Journal via AP)
Eastern Oregon is home to a colorful collection of mountains with names such as Wallowa, Blue, Strawberry and Steens — places of sweeping alpine topography and oddball geology — that are visited far less than their brethren on the west side.