Don’t start longing for the end of winter just yet. 20 percent of your best skiing and riding happens in this unruly month, and local resorts are gearing up with all kind of shenanigans to celebrate that perfect time of year when the sun starts to warm us AND we get to have fun on the slopes. Here’s a run down of the March events around the Inland Northwest to be psyched about.

March 2 Last chance for night skiing @ Mt. Spokane.

March 2 Snowshoes Tour @ 49 Degrees North. Beautiful scenery and healthful exercise followed by a tasty lunch in the yurt.

March 2 Annual Season Pass Holder Spaghetti Feast @ Lookout Pass.

March 2 Boyd Hill Snowskate Banked Slalom @ Lookout Pass.

March 3 Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol @ Schweitzer. Young girls will learn mountain safety and first aid with ski patrol.

March 9 Paw and Pole @ 49 Degrees North. Race on the snow with your dog and raise money for a good cause.

March 9 Marchi Gras @ Silver Mountain. Enjoy night skiing with $15 lift tickets starting and a loaded balloon drop with prizes plus live music.

March 10 5th Grade Passport Family Weekend @ 49 Degrees North.

March 13 KREM TV Free Ski Food Drive @ Lookout Pass. Bring 4 cans of food and receive a free lift ticket.

March 16-17 Family Nordic Weekend @ 49 Degrees North. Kids under 18 receive free trail pass and equipment rental.

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day @ Silver Mountain. Irish-themed drink and food specials like $4 Guinness cans and corned beef.

March 23-30 Hawaiian Days @ Mt. Spokane. Prizes and live music. Includes Family Fun Day on March 23. Bring your sunscreen!

March 23 Family Fun Day @ Mt. Spokane with obstacle course and fun prizes for kiddos.

March 23 2400 Feet of Schweitzer. Ski 2400 feet for Cystonosis research. Also, Women’s Cat Skiing with Selkirk Powder Guides.

March 24 Gone to the Dogs and Skijor Day @ 49 Degrees North. Dogs allowed on lower trail system all day when accompanied by their human with a pass.

March 30 Spring Carnival @ Silver Mountain with pond skim, toboggan relay, BBQ, and outdoor music. //

Summer Hess is the managing editor for Out There Outdoors. She wrote about ski touring in the Wallowas in the Jan./Feb. double issue.