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Ski preview 2016

Our region provides an excellent variety of skiing and snowboarding all within a reasonable drive. Our preview gives you a closer look at all five area resorts — Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, Silver Mountain Resort, Schweitzer Mountain Resort and 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort.

2016 Ski Preview: Schweitzer Mountain

People have differing points of view about Schweitzer Mountain Resort. For those accustomed to the expense and crowds at North America’s world-class resorts, Schweitzer is often described as a “hidden gem.” To many locals passionate about skiing for skiing’s sake, Schweitzer is a pretentious, overpriced Sun Valley wannabe.

2016 Ski Preview: Silver Mountain the classic snow rider’s mountain

There are several things about Silver Mountain that make it unique. Instead of driving up a winding mountain road, you ride a gondola to the top. Up there, the world turns upside down – you descend from the lodge and ride a lift to get back. Plus, you can slide on snow up above all day and soak in 83-degree tropical ambiance in the water park down below at night.

2016 Ski preview: Expansion comes to ‘mom and pop vibe’ of 49 Degrees North

In the past decade 49 Degrees North has increased its skiable acreage by nearly 50 percent by expanding to Sunrise Basin to the east and Angel Peak to the west. The resort competes neck and neck with Crystal Mountain in the Cascades for the title of largest ski area in Washington state.

2016 Ski Preview: Nearby Mt. Spokane provides plenty of bang for your buck

Mount Spokane’s snow-capped peak looks close enough to touch the morning after a winter storm. The mountain’s proximity allows for powder turns in the morning and work in the afternoon – if you can get away with such things. The short drive also makes spending an entire day there with the family easier. But Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park has a lot more to offer than convenience.