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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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Time for a Wallace, Idaho, Spring Skiing Getaway

If you’re looking for your next spring ski trip basecamp, don’t overlook Idaho’s Silver Valley. The historic mining town of Wallace, Idaho, is garnering attention as a no-frills destination for skiers and snowboarders. Located in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains a mere 15-minute drive from Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area and Silver …

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Photo of Asher Coleman at Mt. Spokane Progression Park by T. Ghezzi.

Local Resort Terrain Park Shake Down

All five of Spokane’s local resorts have multiple terrain parks that suit different levels of riders—thanks to behind-the-scenes “park crews” who hustle to make it happen. Park crews dedicate many hours to planning, building, shaping, and constant maintaining of these features. While others are off slashing fresh powder in the early mornings, the park crews …

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Photo by Judd McCaffree.

Learning from a Mountain: Grit and Resilience

Whether it’s awakening early enough to be at the mountain by 9 a.m., keeping track of and carrying one’s own gear, or standing up from a precarious fallen-down position without assistance – these types of challenges help children acquire essential skills such as responsibility and perseverance. But also much more. I’ve brainstormed more than 20 …

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Take Your Kids Skiing in Two States at Lookout Pass

Skiing or snowboarding with your children anywhere other than the bunny hill is an adventure in itself. A big mountain of new terrain awaits you on those intermediate runs and eventually black diamond ones. A great, and sometimes frustrating, aspect of skiing is that it requires continuous learning, with new challenges for every new run, …

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For The Love of The Sport: The Lookout Pass Free Ski School

At Lookout Pass, they are passionate about introducing kids to “the wonderful winter world of skiing and riding.” The greatest example of this is their Free Ski School, which is entering its 77th season and has worked with more than 60,000 kids. “If we don’t find ways to get youth involved in the sport of …

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