If you love the outdoors and world-class wine, there may be no better place to visit in the Northwest to enjoy both than British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Winter is nearly in full swing and Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna B.C. is one of the earliest opening resorts close to Spokane. If you ski or snowboard and enjoy good wine, kick off the season in an epic way with a trip north for the Big Reds Wine Festival at Big White. Expect a wide selection of handcrafted wines from the Okanagan region in an energetic and informal setting that allows you to interact with winemakers while sampling a wide range of wines. Bigwhite.com. //