49 Degrees North

Ski Racer skiing down hill.

Little Rippers of the Inland NW

Every time I’m on the mountain, witnessing the next generation of skiers and snowboarders tearing it up, I feel hopeful and excited for the future. These kids—thanks to their parents, instructors, and coaches—are daring, brave, and strong, from the bunny hill toddler snowplowing S-turns to the pre-teen blazing down a black diamond. Here are four …

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Mother teaching daughter to ski at 49 degrees north.

Advice for Teaching Your Kids to Ski

Demand this year for kids’ ski and snowboard lessons will likely be high, and many programs for younger kids who need more supervision might not be available. That doesn’t mean you should abandon your plans for skiing with your child this season, but you may consider spending more time teaching them yourself. Nate Peck, a …

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Photo taken from afar of father and daughter riding the chairlift at Mount Spokane.

Ski Programs for Kids & Families this Winter

Ski Programs for Kids & Families this Winter Local ski mountain staff are stoked for winter and to welcome guests including young skiers and riders and their parents back to the slopes. Sadly, what caused our season to abruptly end last spring has created new challenges this winter. Particularly in the Inland Northwest, where interstate …

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Schweitzer Mountain during snow-storm.

Skiing in the COVID Era

By Amy McCaffree & Derrick Knowles  The COVID-19 pandemic is picking up steam this fall like a deep-winter storm cycle, yet our regional ski and snowboard resorts are feeling positive about being able to provide a safe experience this season. From adding online, limited contact ticket sales to expanded outdoor hangout areas, mask requirements and social distancing for indoor spaces, and group size limits for lessons, …

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