By Whil Wheaton
Does praying for snow really help? Nobody really knows, but it can’t hurt! Don’t miss the 8th annual Pray for Snow bash at Spokane’s Perry Street Brewing (PSB), a festive kickoff to the ski and snowboard season and a Spokane tradition. Expect great beer, retro and colorful ski attire, and high-energy antics, with ski movies on the big screen, legendary ‘80s tunes blaring from the speakers, and a snow dance-off with RED Mountain and Silver Mountain lift tickets and PSB gift cards awarded to the best dancers. Electric Photoland will be back this year with its photo booth so you can capture all of that costume craziness.
The whole fabulous, festive spectacle is also a benefit for a couple of great local causes. A raffle fundraiser benefitting the South Perry Neighborhood’s T.E.A.M. Grant puts some sweet prizes up for grabs. Pony up for a chance to win one of two grand prizes, a $699-value ski package and a ski/snowboard apparel package, both donated by the South Hill’s one and only Spokane Alpine Haus.
New this year, says PSB owner Ben Lukes, the special Pray for Snow beer release will be the Haute Laps Hazy IPA. “At 6% and packed full of cryo-frozen fresh hops from Yakima, it is lush, hazy, and dank,” says Lukes. Take home a limited-edition ski-art pint glass with a one-beer fill for $15. Pint glass proceeds benefit the Silver Mountain volunteer ski patrol. More info at Perrystreetbrewing.com.