Bill Forrest, noted mountaineer and outdoor-equipment designer, will present a free slide show at 7 tonight at the Seattle REI store, 222 Yale Ave. N. The presentation will highlight...

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Bill Forrest, noted mountaineer and outdoor-equipment designer, will present a free slide show at 7 tonight at the Seattle REI store, 222 Yale Ave. N. The presentation will highlight his seven first ascents, from the Painted Wall in Colorado’s Black Canyon to Pakistan’s Uli Baho. Details: 206-223-1944

The British Columbia government has given the go-ahead for a ski resort at Revelstoke, which will boast one of the longest vertical drops in the world. The Mount MacKenzie plan includes lodging with more than 16,000 beds, guest-service facilities, an 18-hole golf course, a multi-use trail system, 25 lifts and 100 ski and snowboard trails on 9,880 acres. Ski runs will include a hefty vertical drop of 6,381 feet. Currently, the biggest vertical drop in the province is about 5,000 feet at Whistler Resort. Construction at the Mount MacKenzie resort, in southcentral B.C., is expected to begin next year. Initial capital investment is $221.4 million (U.S.), with an estimated investment revenue of more than $656 million based on projected real-estate sales.

A steelhead seminar is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 8 at Three Rivers Marine and Tackle, 24300 Woodinville-Snohomish Road, Woodinville. Various fishing representatives will be on hand to offer tips. Cost is $10 per person and is limited to 200 people. Details: 425-415-1575

The Patty Wagon ski bus to the Stevens Pass Ski Area will operate Jan. 6 through Feb. 24 on Thursdays only. Morning pickup points are North Seattle-Edmonds, Lake Forest Park, Bothell and Monroe. Cost for the eight-week package is $176, or skiers can sign on one week at a time for $26. Coffee and treats are served onboard. Details: 206-546-6717 or

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The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island invites the public to experience the beauty of a winter walk. The visitor center, a French chateau-style home that was the Bloedel residence, has been decorated for the holidays. Reservations are required to tour the reserve, at 7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The reserve will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission: $10, $8 for 65 and older, $6 for children 5-12, $4 to qualified school groups or clubs. Children younger than 5 are free. No credit cards. Details: 206-842-7631 or

The public is invited to apply for watershed-stewardship training through the Washington State University King County Extension service. Applications must be returned by Feb. 25. Training begins in April. Participants will be selected based on their background in natural resources and their commitment to volunteering. Sixty volunteer hours are required the year following training. Cost is $40 per person. Details: 206-205-3171 or

Bald eagles are feasting on spawned-out chum salmon along the Skagit River, which hosts one of the largest winter eagle populations in the lower 48 states. The Bald Eagle Interpretive Center is open in Rockport 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, including Monday holidays, until Feb. 21. Guest speakers offer slide presentations on eagles, salmon, habitat or the history of the Upper Skagit watershed, at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There are guided two-mile walks at the interpretive center at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 21. The Skagit Bald Eagle Festival is Feb. 5-6. Details:

Compiled by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter. He can be reached at 206-464-8780; e-mail:; fax: 206-464-3255; address: P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111.