OUTDOORS: Matt Schubert’s five best bets to do this weekend

• Ski school — If Hollywood has taught me anything, it’s that people are 10 times cooler when they know how to ski.

Just watch “Aspen Extreme,” “Better off Dead,” and “Dumb and Dumber,” then get yourself enrolled in classes at Hurricane Ridge this weekend. For more details, see today’s column.

• Snowshoe walk — You don’t need a snowboard or pair of skis to enjoy a winter weekend at Hurricane Ridge.

Olympic National Park will offer free ranger-led snowshoe trips today, Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Walks last 90 minutes and are less than one mile in length.

Those interested are encouraged to show up a half hour early to register at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. A $5 donation is suggested.

• Steelhead class — Mammoth wild steelhead will soon be swimming into West End Rivers.

Brian’s Sporting Goods and More (360-683-1950) in Sequim will offer a free steelhead fishing class this Tuesday night and next (Jan. 18) to get anglers acquainted.

The classes will meet from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. both nights and will cover gear, techniques and locations pertaining to steelhead fishing on the Peninsula.

• Greywolf gathering — Joe Uhlman will talk Puget Sound sea-run cutthroat and coho at the Greywolf Fly Fishing Club monthly meeting at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Jeff Delia will also bring nearly 2,000 flies and supplies from the Bruce Ferguson collection that will be on sale for those interested.

• Hawk upset? — The Seattle Seahawks made history last Sunday, albeit a bit dubious.

So can the 10 ½-point home underdogs do it against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints?

I highly doubt it.

I wouldn’t put it past the Seahawks to cover, however. Qwest Field can be an awfully hard place to play in early January.

Especially for a dome team like the New Orleans Saints.