Outdoor Family

Kids and moms hiking along the trails at High Drive Bluff Park in Spokane.

5 Tips for Spring Hikes with Kids

Whether it’s one child or a small group of siblings, cousins, or friends, use these 5 tips to prepare for your next hiking adventure. Happy hikers want to go out again.

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Woman hiking with her dog on a forested trail at Slavin Conservation Area.

8 Spirit-Boosting Spring Hikes for Kids

Spending time in a forest or exploring a lake shoreline are stress-reducing, morale-boosting activities for kids, helping to stabilize emotions and provide mental clarity. Explore a new trail and find some unplugged, wild serenity this spring with these 8 Inland Northwest hikes, which can be tailored for different hiking abilities.

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Boy jumping on a mini trampoline close-up.

Virtual Learning Recess Activities

Pandemic-induced virtual learning has reduced physical activity. Here are five ways for kids to get exercise during short class breaks on virtual schooldays.

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A group of kid skiers on top of a mountain.

Ski Idaho: Youth Passport & Programs

The Ski Idaho association’s 5th/6th Grade Passport program provides free lift tickets at Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, and other Idaho ski areas.

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Ski racer turning around a slalom gate on race course.

Local Youth Ski Racing Programs

Is ski racing a good fit for your child? If they already have basic ski skills and can get their skis off and on, ride …

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Father and daughter snow tubing.

Tips for Keeping Kids Warm Outside

Expert advice from Mt. Spokane Ski School Director and ski instructor Katrin Pardue–what to wear (and not wear) to stay warm, what to eat, and how to prepare kids for cold weather recreation.

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Child playing in the snow.

5 Ways For Kids To Play In the Snow

Ideas for outdoor winter fun in the snow — get kids accustomed to having fun in cold, wet conditions prepares them for learning to ski/snowboard next season.

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Family skiing down Mount spokane.

COVID Safety Tips: 7 P’s For the Ski Mountain

Ways to be safe and responsible on the mountain during the age of COVID, based on CDC and regional mountains’ COVID-19 policies and safety protocols.

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Little Ripper: Libby Collins at Silver Mountain

Skier – Age: 12 Home mountain: Silver Mountain; also trains at Mt. Spokane and Mt. Hood (Oregon). Favorite runs at Silver: Tall Paul, SOB, the race …

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Little Ripper: Kendal Brumet at Lookout Pass

Skier – Age: 11 Home mountain: Lookout Pass; dual-pass holder this season at Lookout and Silver Mountain. Favorite runs at Lookout: Montana Face, Lucky Friday. …

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