The December 2017 issue of “Powder Magazine” recently reported that five ski resorts are “all within 70 miles [of Spokane] and the average season pass price to ski them is $421, and just $58 for an adult full-day lift ticket.” In a nutshell, the Inland Northwest is among the most affordable places to ski in America.

According to the magazine, the other emerging ski towns include Reno, Nevada; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Waterbury, Vermont. Overall, the article cited median home prices, and miles from a chairlift. The magazine also evaluated the median income, and the population density of Spokane. In addition to the Washington and Idaho resorts, “Powder Magazine” also highlighted Spokane’s proximity to Nelson, B.C. and Whitewater; RED Mountain; and hut trips north of the border. “Powder” writer John Stifter also points out, “What Spokane lacks in a bucolic mountain town vibe and 500 inches of annual snowfall, it makes up for in bigger city options. Spokane has 20-plus wineries, 45-plus breweries and distilleries, and a quickly growing culinary scene.”

Most Spokane skiers and riders are happy to be included on this list but are undecided if they want the rest of the ski and snowboard world to know how good we have it. //