Meet Little Rippers Of the Inland NW – 2021

Perhaps you’ve seen the hashtag #mykidskisbetterthanme. Is that true for you? I’ll admit it—my son skis faster than me, and I’m okay with that. (Falling hurts more when you’re in your 40s.)

Which is why I like watching the next generation tear it up at local mountains. They motivate older skiers and riders to get (and stay) in better shape and to push ourselves.

This winter, you might catch a glimpse of one of these four little rippers sending it and swooshing past you on the mountain.

Winter Sneva, Age 7 (Skier)

Home Mountain: 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort.

Winter Sneva skiing at 49 Degrees North.
Winter Sneva at 49 Degrees North. // Photo courtesy of dad, TJ Sneva.

Penelope Picabo & Olivia Lokkee White (twin sisters), Age 9 (Skiers)

Home mountain: Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area.

Brighton Turcotte, Age 10 (Skier/Snowboarder)

Home Mountain: Silver Mountain Resort.

Brighton Turcotte at Silver Mountain. // Photo courtesy of his dad, Mike Turcotte.
Little Ripper: Brighton Turcotte at Silver Mountain. // Photo courtesy of his dad, Mike Turcotte.

Jaxson Hamm, Age 6 (Snowboarder)

Home Mountain: Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park.

Jaxon Hamm snowboarding at Mt. Spokane.
Little Ripper: Jaxson Hamm, snowboarder at Mt Spokane. // Photo courtesy of his dad, Mike Hamm.

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Photo collages of young skiers and snowboarders.
Little Rippers of the Inland Northwest (left to right): Brighton Turcotte (skier & snowboarder, Silver Mountain), Jaxson Hamm (snowboarder, Mt. Spokane), Olivia Lokkee & Penelope Picabo White (skiers & twin sisters, Lookout Pass), and Winter Sneva (skier, 49 Degrees North). // Photos courtesy of the families.

Read more stories from the Family Winter Sports Guide 2021.

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