Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area

Location: Mullan, ID (Bitterroot Mountains)

Summit: 5,650’

Base: 4,500’

Terrain: 540 skiable acres/4 lifts/34 runs/3 terrain parks

Tickets: $28-45/free for 6 and under/free on your birthday

Lodge: Historic lodge straddles the Idaho/Montana border

Nordic skiing: 25k of cross-country trails starting from base area

Celebrity sightings: Actress Patty Duke

Strangest thing left on the slopes: One K2 ski with a Lange boot still in the binding, and ultralight plane parts from an unreported crash. The tail section from the plane is on display in the Loft Pub.

Best day last season: Bavarian Fest—live Bavarian music, brews, brats, and lots of fresh powder covering the mountain.

Most fun event: The Pond Skim Slush Cup (March 31, 2018)

 

Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

Location: Spokane, WA (Selkirk Mountains)

Summit: 5,889’

Base: 4,200’

Terrain: 1,425 acres/5 chairlifts/45 designated runs/terrain park & progression park

Tickets: $20-55/free for 6 and younger

Lodges: Main lodge (Lodge 2) near bunny hill/Lodge 1 near base of Chair 1

Night skiing: Wednesday-Saturday evenings, 4-9 p.m., starting mid-December (check website for exact schedule)

Tubing: 90-minute session, $6-16 depending on age (reservations recommended)

Nordic: Over 60 k of trails within Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park (Discover Pass, seasonal SnoPark permit, and seasonal Groomed Area permit required).

Snowshoeing: Trail descriptions and map are available from Friends of Mt. Spokane (Discover Pass and seasonal SnoPark permit required).

Celebrity Sightings: U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame freestyle skier Glen Plake

Strangest thing left on the slopes: Underwear

Best day last season: According to Mt. Spokane ski instructor Payton Williams, there was a day with so much snow falling that she skied Geronimo six times and every time she got back to the top of the run her tracks were covered.

Most fun event: Friday Night Rail Jam during Kan Jam weekend. “We light a bonfire and you get to watch from the deck with a beer and listen to the DJ spin while riders entertain,” says guest services and marketing manager Brenda McQuarrie. “It’s super festive.”

 

Photo courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort.

Photo courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort.

Silver Mountain Resort

Location: Kellogg, ID (Bitterroot Mountains)

Summit: Kellogg Peak 6,300’ /Wardner Peak 6,200’

Base: Gondola Village, 2,300’/Base of Chair 4 4,100’

Terrain: 1,600 acres/gondola & 5 chairlifts/moving carpet/77 named runs/terrain park

Tickets: $33-53/free for 6 and younger

Lodges: Gondola Village/Morning Star Lodge (condos)/mountain lodge near top of gondola

Tubing: 2-hour session, $18-22/free for 3 and younger

Snowshoeing: 3-mile trail

Celebrity sightings: Shaquille O’Neal came up and did some snow tubing last winter.  “He was super cool to all of our staff and guests, and did his best to fly under the radar while he was here, which isn’t easy for someone of his stature,” says marketing & event coordinator Willy Bartlett.

Strangest thing left on the slopes: Skis, phones, goggles, and vintage, unopened cans of soda and beer turn up from time to time.

Best day last season: Feb. 28, 2017 – “We got pounded with fresh snow the night before, and the snow was piled up deep!” recalls Bartlett. “It started out overcast, and then it just totally cleared up near the end of the day. That was a full first chair to last chair day, followed by riding some backcountry to town. It was so good we barely stopped for lunch!”

Most fun event: Doug E. Fresh Weekend – “Live music, an old school trick contest in the terrain park, and we stay open late for night skiing and a bar party in Moguls,” says Bartlett. “The main event is the banked slalom race on a hand-built course; riders from all over the region get together and race against the clock on this unique course. Our friends at the Hayden Ski Shack dreamed this whole thing up as a fundraiser and memorial for the family of a local legend and longtime employee, Doug E. Fresh. It’s an event that pulls together the local ski and snowboard community, and every year it grows.”

 

49° North Mountain Resort

Location: Chewelah, WA (Selkirk Mountains)

Summit: Chewelah Peak 5,774’/ Angel Peak 5,295’

Base: 3,923’

Terrain: 2,235 acres/7 chairlifts/3 terrain parks

Tickets: $29-58/free for 6 and younger

Lodges: Little Calispell Lodge/Cy’s Café Yurt/Nordic Center Lodge

Night skiing: Limited dates (info online)

Tubing: $18-22, 2-hour session/free for 3 and younger

Nordic: 10 miles of trails (day pass required)

Snowshoeing: 6k of marked trails

Celebrity sightings: Dave Mustaine, lead singer of Megadeth

Strangest thing left on the slopes: Lingerie

Best day last season: February 28, 2017. “Overnight temperatures were in the mid-teens and a fortuitous low pressure system brought us 24” of fresh, dry, light powder in 48 hours,” says mountain manager Eric Bakken. “That is usually enough to make a day special. What we were not expecting, and what blew our collective minds, is that the sun came out, and stayed out all day, and the temperatures stayed in the mid-20s.”

Most fun event: Hawaiian Day with pond skim benefitting 49’s award-winning ski patrol

 

Resorts Around the Region

Big White Ski Resort

Location: Kelowna, B.C.

Summit: 7,606 ft.

Lifts: 15

Patrolled area: 2,765 acres

Vertical: 2,550 ft.

Annual Snowfall: 24.5 ft.

Opening Day Last Season: Nov. 30

 

Bluewood

Location: Dayton, WA

Base Elevation (4,545 ft., 2nd highest in Wash.)

Trails: 24

Skiable Acres: 400+

Vertical: 1,125 ft.

Annual Snowfall: 300+ inches

 

Brundage Mountain

Location: McCall, ID

Summit: 7,803 ft.

Lifts: 5

Lift-Accessed Terrain: 1,920 acres

Vertical: 1,921 ft.

Snowfall: 320 inches

 

Fernie Alpine Resort

Location: Fernie, B.C.

Summit: 7,000 ft.

Lifts: 10

Skiable acres: 2,500

Vertical: 3,550 ft.

Snowfall: 30 ft.

 

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Location: Golden, B.C.

Summit: 8,033 ft.

Lifts: 5

Resort acres: 2,800

Vertical: 4,133 ft.

Snowfall: 24 ft.

Inbounds chutes: 85+

 

Kimberley Alpine Resort

Location: Kimberley, B.C.

Summit: 6,500 ft.

Lifts: 5

Resort acres: 1,800+

Vertical: 2,465 ft.

Snowfall: 13 ft.

 

Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Location: Twisp, WA

Summit: 5,260

Lifts: 3

Cut Runs: 10

Vertical: 1,240

Snowfall: 12.5 ft.

 

Mission Ridge

Location: Wenatchee, WA

Summit: 6,820 ft.

Lifts: 6

Terrain: 2,000 acres

Vertical: 2,250 ft.

Sunny Days: 300

 

Photo courtesy of Big White Ski Resort.

Photo courtesy of Big White Ski Resort.

RED Mountain Resort

Location: Rossland, B.C.

Summit: 6,807 ft.

Longest Run: 4.3 miles

Lifts: 7

Skiable Acres: 4,200

Vertical: 2,919

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches

 

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Location: Revelstoke, B.C.

Lift-top Elevation: 7,300 ft.

Skiable Acres: 3,121

Longest Run: 9.5 miles

Vertical: 5,620 (North America’s greatest vert)

Annual Snowfall: 30-45 ft.

 

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Location: Sandpoint, ID

Summit: 6,400 ft.

Lifts: 9 (including Stella, Idaho’s only six-person, high-speed lift)

Skiable Acres: 2,900 (largest resort in Idaho/Wash.)

Vertical: 2,400 ft.

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches

 

SilverStar Mountain Resort

Location: Vernon, B.C.

Summit: 6,280 ft.

Lifts: 11

Runs: 132

Skiable Acres: 3,282 (B.C.’s 3rd largest resort)

Vertical: 2,500 ft.

Annual Snowfall: 275 inches

 

Stevens Pass

Location: Leavenworth, WA

Summit: 5,845 ft.

Lifts: 10

Skiable Acres: 1,125

Vertical: 1,800 ft.

Annual Snowfall: 460 inches

 

Tamarack Resort

Location: Donnelly, ID

Summit: 7,700 ft.

Lifts: 6

Lift-accessed Terrain: 1,000

Vertical: 2,800 ft.

 

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Location: Whitefish, MT

Summit: 6,817

Lifts: 14

Terrain: 3,000

Vertical: 2,353

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches

Terrain Parks: 5 (and a skier/boarder cross course)

 

Whitewater Ski Resort

Location: Nelson, B.C.

Summit: 6,700 ft.

Lifts: 4

Skiable Acres: 2,367

Vertical: 2,044

Annual Snowfall: 40 ft.

Lodge Food: Epic!