From stunning bluebird days to the flowy-feel of perfect “corn snow” and random powder dumps, spring skiing is glorious. “March brings some of the best skiing and riding of the season, and with it plenty of fun events, sunshine, mild weather, and—believe it or not—we usually see some good storms bringing in more fresh powder,” says Sarah Walker, marketing director at 49 Degrees North. Don’t stow away your gear too soon. Here’s the latest scoop on the final month-and-a-half of this winter’s downhill ski and snowboard season.
Toyota Ski Free Fridays in March
Drive any Toyota vehicle to the mountain and the driver gets a free lift ticket. Event dates are: March 3 at 49 Degrees North; March 10, Silver Mountain; March 17, Mt. Spokane; and March 24, Lookout Pass.
Night Skiing at Mt. Spokane (March 1-11)
Every Wednesday-Saturday, through March 11, enjoy city lights and sunset views atop Mt. Spokane. $36/person for night-session lift ticket; night-ski included with any day-ticket/season pass. Lifts close at 9 p.m.
Doug E. Fresh Banked Slalom at Silver Mountain (March 4)
At Silver Mountain, this snowboard-only race against the clock is an annual fundraiser for the Doug Johnson Memorial Fund. Register at silvermt.com or the day-of starting at 7:30 a.m. at gondola base.
Ski Bum Prom Night Skiing at Silver Mountain (March 4)
First night ski event since 2020! Beginning after the Doug E. Fresh Banked Slalom event, this event includes live music from JamShack, local dance band, in Mogul’s Lounge in the summit Mountain House along with a drink special from Grand Teton Brewing. Wear your classiest retro ski bum attire. Ski until 6 p.m.; Mogul’s Lounge open until 8 p.m.
Boyd Hill Sorta Natural Snowskate Banked Slalom & Rail Jam (March 4-5)
Come watch or bring your snowskates and best tricks to compete in a 2-day event organized by Boyd Hill Snowskates in Coeur d’Alene. The Saturday, March 4event takes place at Lookout Pass, Rolling Thunder Terrain Park. Then on Sunday, March 5 at Silver Mountain, the Snowskate Rail Jam happens at 1-3:30 p.m. at Noah’s Terrain Park, followed by a parking lot party. Info: Boydhill.com.
Fat Bike Day at 49 Degrees North (March 5)
Fat tire bike demos in partnership with North Division Bicycle. Event also includes fat bike rentals and race. Takes place on 49’s lower Nordic trail system. $20/registration fee (on-site @ 9:30-10:30 a.m.); activities begin at 11 a.m.
Sneva MFG Demo Day at Silver Mountain (March 5)
Spokane-based ski/snowboard manufacturer will be atop Silver Mountain with their new fleet of handmade skis (learn more about Sneva at snevamfg.com).
Tele Gathering at 49 Degrees North (March 5)
“The Gathering” featuring telemark ski clinics for all abilities as well as rentals and prize giveaways.
Alpine Haus Ultimate Demo Day at Mt. Spokane (March 5)
Try the very latest models of skis and snowboards from the hottest brands; $20/person for early registration at Alpine Haus located on Spokane’s South Hill. $30/day-of registration on the mountain.
Ladies Day at Mt. Spokane (March 10)
Women-only lessons led by the ski school’s best female instructors.
Cajun Seafood Boil at 49 Degrees North (March 11)
Chow down on some Cajun-style seafood at this family-style meal with live music and brews (limited seating so purchase tickets online).
Retro Party! Last Night Ski Celebration at Mt. Spokane (March 11)
Come to Mt. Spokane wearing vintage ski gear to enjoy the last night ski session of the season. Sunset Happy Hour (weather-permitting) begins at 4 p.m. at the Burt, near the top of Parkway Express. Then head down to the lodge for karaoke in Foggy Bottom Bar.
Beer Release Party for Bale Breaker Brewing at Silver Mountain (March 11)
Festivities include a scavenger hunt with clues posted throughout the resort (first 50 finishers win prizes) and live music, free swag, and brews at in Mogul’s Lounge, at the summit Mountain House, noon-3 p.m.
Special Olympics at Silver Mountain (March 18)
In the morning, cheer on the athletes at the opening ceremony parade through the Gondola Village (morning start time TBA).
Jaeger’s Park Party at 49 Degrees North (March 18)
A special event dedicated to (and to memorialize) homegrown pro-snowboarder Jaeger Bailey.
SheJumps—Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol Day Camp at 49 Degrees North (March 18)
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 49 Degrees North. Open to all girls age 8-17 who are intermediate to advanced-level skiers/snowboarders. Work with 49’s female ski patrollers and other local skiers to learn mountain safety, first aid, and other topics, including snow science and about patrol toboggans. Register online through March 17—cost: $77 (includes lift ticket), $40 if a 49 season pass holder. Scholarships available.
Spring Freestyle Youth Camp at 49 Degrees North (March 19)
One-day camp for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, ages 10-15 (takes place 12:30-3:30 p.m.). Discounted lift tickets available for camp participants. Register at ski49n.com.
Women’s Clinic Series at 49 Degrees North (March 19)
This is the last session for the Women’s Clinic Series for female skiers and snowboarders; all ability levels welcome.
Hawaiian Daze and Slush Cup Pond Skim at 49 Degrees (March 25)
An event that includes—in addition to the always-exciting pond skim—snow golf, a poker run, scavenger hunt, silent auction, and costume contest. Special lunch menu with Hawaiian burgers/hot dogs. Proceeds support 49’s volunteer ski patrol.
Hawaiian Day & Pond Skim at Mt. Spokane (April 1)
Get in the spirit and test your pond skim skills to usher out the season.
April Fool’s Day Festivities at Lookout Pass (April 1)
Don’t miss the prize drawings (starting at 3 p.m.), snow cat ride on the groomer, private lessons, Lookout Pass swag, Hiawatha Scenic Bike Trail vouchers, and more.
Spring Break (April 3–9)
Free skiing for all youth, all week long, at Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park.
Hawaiian Luau at Lookout Pass (April 8)
Island-themed lunch and brews on the deck and Cardboard Box Derby.
Last Day at Mt. Spokane (April 9)
Free tickets for everyone! Lifts close at 1 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunts (Sunday, April 9)
Gear up and search for eggs at Silver Mountain starting as soon as lifts open. Eggs will be hidden on ski runs and only accessible by skis/boards. Golden egg earns a prize! At Lookout Pass, hunt for eggs all over the mountain. Inside the eggs will be candy as well as possible prize numbers. Meet in the lodge for the afternoon “prize reveal.”
Last Call at Lookout Pass (April 15-16)
It’s spring—time to ski! Don’t miss closing weekend.
Leadman Triathlon (April 22)
Adventure triathlon at Silver Mountain Resort. Relay teams (2- or 3-person) and individual competitors (age 16+) will race in a 1.2-mile ski, 7.5-mile bike, and 4.1-mile run tri. Course begins at Kellogg Peak, with finish line at Silver’s Gondola Village. Event hosted by Kellogg Rotary Club; 100% of proceeds are donated to local charities. Register online by April 18; limited to the first 275 competitors. Includes post-race BBQ lunch and live music. More details online include competition categories. Race is open to individual kids age 11-15 who race with a parent.
This post sponsored by Ski The Northwest Rockies, Silver Mountain Resort, Lookout Pass, Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard, and 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort
2023-2024 Season Pass and Spring Ticket Deals
Season Pass Sales and Free Spring Skiing
Invest in next year’s powder with the best deals on a season pass this spring!
- Silver Mountain: Buy a pass for next season now and ski/ride free for the rest of this season. Silver Mountain Bike Park season passes also for sale.
- Lookout Pass: Ski free during March and April when you purchase a pass for next season. Returning passholders get a special discount (see skilookout.com for pricing details).
- Mt. Spokane Spring Season Pass & ½ Sale: New passholders ski free the rest of this season. Renewing passholders receive special discount when renewing by May 31.
- 49 Degrees North: A2023-24 Season Pass provides full access to both Alpine and Nordic areas and includes bonus perks like complimentary lift tickets to other regional resorts such as Bluewood, Loup Loup, White Pass, and more. For all pricing details and discount end-dates, visit each mountain’s website.
Lift-Ticket Discount at Lookout Pass—For Other Mountain-Passholders
Any season-passholder from any other ski mountain in the world can visit Lookout Pass Monday-Thursday and get a discounted daily lift ticket, $35/person. Show your pass and photo ID.
Mt. Spokane Spring Ticket Specials
Visit mtspokane.com for the latest announcements about daily ticket specials for spring skiing.