Ski & Snowboard Season Kickoff Events

Pray for Snow Parties

Nov. 5: REI Spokane is hosting a Pray for Snow party again this year from 5-8 p.m. Wear your best retro ski outfit for a chance to be in the fashion show to win awesome prizes from REI and other winter vendors. Food will be provided by Couple of Chefs, Tacos Camargos, and Mangia’s Wood-Fired Pizza, and while beer won’t be served this year (due to regulations,) a pre-funk party at a local brewery is in the works (check REI Spokane’s website for details).

Nov. 16: The 4th annual Pray for Snow Party at Perry Street Brewing in Spokane’s Perry District may be the most fun you’ll have all winter without your boards on. Enjoy beer specials, classic ski films, prizes for the best retro ski attire, raffle drawings (including a pair of skis), ski industry giveaways and swag, and a high-energy crowd stoked to celebrate another La Nina season. All funds raised benefit T.E.A.M. Grant. Watch Perry Street Brewing’s Facebook page for event details and updates.


Ski/Gear Swaps

Oct. 21: 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol Swap at NE Washington Fairgrounds, Colville, Wash.

Oct. 28-29: Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap at Spokane Fair & Expo Center, Spokane, Wash.

Nov. 4: Winter Swap at Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Organized by four organizations with proceeds benefitting Lookout Pass Ski Patrol as well as the mountain’s Race Team and Free Ski School, and Silver Mountain Ski Patrol.

Nov. 4-5: Nordic Ski Sale & Swap at Fitness Fanatics in Spokane Valley. Bring your old cross-country ski gear to Fitness Fanatics before Nov. 3, and then shop the biggest Nordic sale of around from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Nov. 4 and from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

Nov. 9: 43rd Annual Outdoor Equipment Sale and Swap sponsored by the University of Idaho Outdoor Program and the U of I Vandal Ski Team. Buy or sell gear with free admission for shoppers and $5 tables for gear sellers. The swap runs from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center’s MAC court in Moscow, Idaho.

Nov. 11: SARS (Schweitzer Alpine Racing School) Annual Ski Swap at Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint, Idaho.


Snowlander Expo

Spokane’s ski and snowboard expo, brew festival, and winter party put on by the Inlander is set for November 17-18 at the Spokane Convention Center. Shop for new ski and snowboard gear, drink craft beer and cider, check out the latest from regional resorts, and enjoy live music and other entertainment. //

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