Month: December 2020

Person skiing down mountain.

Ski NW Rockies 5th Grade Ski Free Passport

This popular program helps get 5th graders out on the slopes for free. There will be a few COVID-related changes this year, including blackout dates on Saturdays, holidays, and possibly ski race days. Even with those changes it’s still an extraordinary deal for 5th graders. To participate, parents need to submit an application with a …

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Photo taken from afar of father and daughter riding the chairlift at Mount Spokane.

Ski Programs for Kids & Families this Winter

Ski Programs for Kids & Families this Winter Local ski mountain staff are stoked for winter and to welcome guests including young skiers and riders and their parents back to the slopes. Sadly, what caused our season to abruptly end last spring has created new challenges this winter. Particularly in the Inland Northwest, where interstate …

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Schweitzer Mountain during snow-storm.

Skiing in the COVID Era

By Amy McCaffree & Derrick Knowles  The COVID-19 pandemic is picking up steam this fall like a deep-winter storm cycle, yet our regional ski and snowboard resorts are feeling positive about being able to provide a safe experience this season. From adding online, limited contact ticket sales to expanded outdoor hangout areas, mask requirements and social distancing for indoor spaces, and group size limits for lessons, …

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inside Rambleraven Gear Trader store.

Gearing Up on a Budget

If you’re like my family, once you learned that regional ski swaps were canceled because of COVID-19, you felt a twinge of panic. How to find a set of bigger used skis and boots for a growing kid? What to do with old gear that you were hoping to sell at the swap?   Thankfully, three local small businesses that specialize in used gear have a mountain of snow sports gear available. These shops are like mini de …

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