Women's Souper Bowl at Mount Spokane

Ladies took advantage of free snowshoe rentals -- and sunshine -- today during the Women's Souper Bowl fundraiser at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)
Ladies took advantage of free snowshoe rentals -- and sunshine -- today during the Women's Souper Bowl fundraiser at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

WINTER SPORTS — Women and girls can earn an advantage in winning prizes by signing up early for the 6th Annual Women's Souper’ Bowl snowshoe and cross-country Ski event at Mount Spokane.

Use the handy new online registration option.
The event runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 6, but if ladies who sign up before this Sunday get an extra ticket for the prize raffles.  Also, the first 100 to sign up get a free cloth shopping bag from REI.
The best part is the event itself, which includes snowshoeing lessons and treks (free rentals provided), a cross-country ski race and other activities, along with a  SoUPER lunch and prize drawings.
The event, designed for women of all abilities, supports the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant.
Minimum $25 donation requested.
Special Souper Bowl bus transportation to the mountain is available (saves the cost of a  Sno-Park permit).
Last year the event had SOUPER results. Tthe 245 participants skied, snowshoed, dined and raised $9,300 for the charity, organizers said.
Read on for more details.

Come for snowshoeing – New this year, Mount Spokane State Park has agreed to let ‘Souper’ Bowl participants snowshoe on designated cross country trails. Enjoy the Valley View, Larch, and Silver trails marked off for snowshoers only. The Flamingo Stations will be set up at Junction 2, which is 1.4 miles in.

From there, the adventurous can head to the NOVA Hut, another .8 miles. You burn 45 percent more calories snowshoeing than you do walking at the same speed – so be ready for the Souper lunch!

 Come for the ONLY All-Women Cross Country Ski Race in our area –At 10:00 a.m. the racers will start at Junction 1 for a 10 km race. It will be two laps of a 5 km course. All skill levels are welcome. If you have only thought about racing before, this is a good way to try it out. You can skate or classic. There will be prizes in each age category.
 Come for leisurely cross country skiing, too,with old  friends or meet new ones.
 And of course, come for lunch.  The Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant will be serving hot, tasty soups; rolls from Great Harvest, and yummy cookies from the restaurant. All of this is topped off by prizes.

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