If you are interested in teaching your kids how to ski, then you should really consider Lookout Pass. They have an awesome Free Ski School program that runs from January through March. It really is free - you just have to register and make it to one of the first three sessions, and then after that you can get a free lesson every Saturday during the program.
Rentals and lift tickets are not included (if you want to keep skiing after the lesson, you need to buy a ticket), but they are some of the cheapest in the region at only $37 for a full day for youths aged 7-17. If your kids are under 7, then they are free!
Lookout also has a really nice beginner hill that has an appropriate slope and is contoured to keep beginner skiers from going off into the trees. It's also off to the side, which is safer because you don't have more advanced skiers coming through at faster speeds. And while it is a little further than some other hills, the fact that it is just off I-90 means that the road there is always well maintained.
It's a great ski hill for families, so go give them a visit! Here is a link to their Facebook page as well.
We will be presenting this Wednesday at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA. This is our final presentation for the summer, so don't miss it! We'll give our best tips for creating a memorable family vacation in the parks, including some specifics for Yellowstone, Glacier, and Utah's parks, then finish up with plenty of time for Q&A. Hope to see you there!
If you are in the Spokane, WA area this Thursday and want to see our slideshow on our best tips for family vacations in the National Parks, then stop by Mountain Gear at 7pm. We'll give our presentation, which also includes specific tips for Yellowstone, Glacier, and the UT Parks, and then follow it up with plenty of time for Q&A. See you there!
They spawn in the lake and then die, providing a veritable feast for scavengers as they head into the depths of winter.
If you are familiar with this area, Higgens Point is one of the more accessible and popular viewing areas. Or, head to the Wolf Lodge exit on I-90 and take Hwy 97 south along the shore of the lake. Any of the parking areas and viewpoints in this area of the lake can provide a place to see these stunning birds, but if you are interested in a map and even a video to help you find the best spots, then the Spokesman Review's Outdoors Blog has some great information that you can find by following this link.
The huge snowpack from this winter has been slow to recede this cool spring, and so Silver Mountain if offering a unique opportunity to ski and ride their trails this Memorial Weekend, and Dave Smith motors is paying for your lift ticket if you come up on Saturday. Not bad! The weather is forecasted to be great, there is still plenty of snow, and 80% of the mountain bike trails have been cleared to provide plenty of terrain for both activities. The full bike park won’t be open but there is still 3400 feet of vertical to descend, and most of the skiing will be off of Chair 2. Check out their website here for more details.
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