Everyone loves a cozy winter day curled up with hot coco and a Christmas movie, but one too many days on the couch and cozy can feel cramped. This is a one stop guide to kicking the pajamas off and getting outside in Spokane. And you don’t have to be a hot shot skier or crazy ice climber to enjoy yourself. From majestic bald eagles to sleigh rides, here are five activities that people of all ages and abilities can do to cure the winter doldrums.
Spokane Parks and Recreation’s cross country skiing and snow shoeing trips immerse participants in the scenic beauty of the region’s renown local mountains and trails. The outings are geared towards the beginner or introductory level with equipment and instruction included. Trip offerings feature moonlight treks with Italian catering, snowshoe hikes followed by wine tastings and youth adventure camps. Participants can journey to mountain summits, remote lakes, panoramic views, historic artifacts and more. Private trips and lessons are available as well. To view all trips and register, visit Spokane Parks and Recreation.
Each winter migrating bald eagles descend on Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed on spawning Kokanee salmon. The majestic birds can be found in peak numbers from mid to late December but can still be seen through January. The eagles can be spotted perched on tree branches, soaring through the sky or even diving to snatch a meal. As you search for birds, here are some fun facts to think about:
- Bald eagles remain with their mate until one dies
- Incubation duties are shared by both male and female eagles
- Bald eagles migrate to Wolf Lodge Bay from Interior Alaska and Canada
Visit the Idaho Bureau for Land Management site for more information on eagles, viewing areas and directions. Please note that during the peak viewing times parking may be crowded. Drive carefully and make sure to keep an eye out for pedestrians.
What better way to experience a white winter than gliding through the snow on a sleigh pulled by mighty Clydesdales? At Rocking K Ranch groups and families can book an outing in the beautiful countryside and do just that. Afterwards warm up with a delicious cup of hot cocoa, coffee or cider.
With five area resorts all within two hours, skiing is an obvious choice for Spokane. The region’s famous for vast terrain, fresh powder and short lift lines. In addition, non-skiers may be surprised at the fun activities available at the resorts. Tubers can enjoy their own hill and a fully-accommodated lodge at Mt. Spokane. Non-skiers can also opt to take a ride on the world’s longest gondola to Silver Mountain Resort, which features a four-lane tubing hill, shopping, dining and an indoor waterpark.
Right downtown in the heart of Riverfront Park, patrons can enjoy one of the nation’s premier outdoor skating rinks. This is a can’t-beat-deal. Adult admission is $5, youth admission is $3.50 and skate rentals are $3.50.