There are winter sports resorts, and then there’s Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park.
Spokane's Best Ski Area
“We’re so lucky to have so many great regional resorts, but we’re different because we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in a state park. All of our focus is community-oriented,” says Jodi Kayler, assistant general manager. “So we see ourselves as stewards of the mountain, and it’s in our mission to create lifetime adventurers and mountain enthusiasts.”
That lifelong enthusiasm and love of adventure starts with something like the Never-Ever Lesson Package, a two-hour group lesson for absolute newcomers ages 7 and up. Priced at just $109, it also includes all your ski or snowboard rental equipment and a lift ticket for the Beginner’s Luck Chair. The EZ Ski 1-2-3 Lesson Package offers an even steeper discount, giving you three two-hour group lessons on different days over the entire season, plus all the other rental and lift perks for $249. Most group lessons can be booked online via the park’s newly revamped website.
“We love getting first-time skiers up here,” Kayler says, “and we have some really affordable programs to get them on the snow. And not only do we have really good programs for those beginners, we also have 52 runs. Any level of skier can find something great here. We really don’t cater to one type; there is something for everyone.”
Accordingly, advanced skiers and snowboarders of all ages have their share of options. New this season are the Park Club and Mountain Adventure Club multi-week programs. These will give teens and preteens a chance to develop their landing skills and technique with seasoned instructors in the Terrain Park or out on the tree-lined trails. There’s even a dedicated program for parents of young children. On Friday evenings, Club Shred will keep 4- to 10-year-old skiers occupied with lessons, activities and dinner while their parents enjoy a date night on the slopes.
Mt Spokane Is Open Every Day
For the 2021-22 season, Mt. Spokane is also keeping the extended seven-day schedule that it piloted toward the end of last season.
“This is something we started during COVID. Being open Mondays and Tuesdays allows more people to enjoy the slopes. It enabled us to spread out and have more access to the mountain.”
Kayler also notes that the park will communicate this year’s COVID protocols as they take shape, although guests can be confident that they will align with whatever state mandates are in effect during the season.
And with just over 1,700 skiable acres, 16 night-skiing runs, more than 50 Terrain Park features and a good split between easy (25 percent), intermediate (62 percent) and expert (15 percent) runs, Mt. Spokane offers ample room to move safely and to grow as a skier or snowboarder.
“We really think that Mt. Spokane can be your home mountain, but you will develop skills with us that you can ski anywhere in the world after learning here,” Kayler says.