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Snowshoeing, skijoring boosted by events, services

Suzie Strickler of Spokane looked good in her Woolies Division outfit for the 35th annual Spokane Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country ski race at Mount Spokane State Park on Feb. 10, 2013. (Rich Landers)
Suzie Strickler of Spokane looked good in her Woolies Division outfit for the 35th annual Spokane Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country ski race at Mount Spokane State Park on Feb. 10, 2013. (Rich Landers)

Updated to include events at 49 Degrees North.

WINTERSPORTS --Support is on its way for getting into the growing winter sports of snowshoeing and skijoring.

Following is a list of services and upcoming clinics geared to getting you out on the snow in the Spokane area.

-- Mount Spokane rentals – Through the winter season, a new snowshoe and nordic ski rental service is available at Mount Spokane State Park nordic ski area next to Selkirk Lodge and the Mount Spokane nordic ski trails.

Fitness Fanatics has a trailer full of gear to rent, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursdays-Mondays during the winter season. Washington Sno-Park permits also are available as well as skijoring harnesses.

Rent gear in advance by calling the Spokane Valley store, (509) 922-6080.

Best Hand Fun Ski and Snowshoe

On Jan. 3, the 24th annual fun event at Fourth of July Pass sponsored by the Panhandle Nordic Club in conjunction with Idaho's Free Ski Day, when the state Park N Ski vehicle sticker requirement is waived. Check in starting at 10 a.m., and then take off at your own pace at 11:30 a.m.  Prizes and refreshments provided. The event is a fundraiser for the club, which maintains the winter trails at the pass.

-- REI Snowshoeing Basics  – Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m., free primer on snowshoeing, covering gear selection and where to go, at the Spokane REI store. Pre-register a rei.com/spokane.

-- REI Skijoring Basics  – Thursday, Jan 8 at 7 p.m., learn about skijoring, a winter sport in which a person wearing skis is drawn dog-sled style over snow by one or more dogs.  Pre-register a rei.com/spokane.

-- Spokane Nordic Winterfest,  Jan. 11, Spokane Nordic is celebrating cross-country skiing, skijoring and other winter sports at Mount Spokane's Cross-Country Ski Park. Sign up for activities at spokanenordic.org.

-- WinterSportsFest, Jan. 10-11, at 49 Degrees North, includes free xc and snowshoe demos, free ex mini clinics and ski and snowshoe tours.

--Snowshoeing 101 clinic – Jan. 16, 6 p.m. at Mountain Gear retail store, 2002 N. Division. Info: 325-9000.

--Snowshoe rental deal – Jan.17-19, Mountain Gear is offering a 50-pecent discount on snowshoe rentals during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. 

--Women's snowshoe Tour -- Jan 17, at 49 Degrees North, guided tour of routes through old growth followed by catered lunch. Register through Spokane Parks & Recreation, (509) 625-6200.

Gone to the Dogs and Skijor Day -- Jan 24, at 49 Degrees North. Dogs allowed on lower nordic trails all day when accompanied by skier with a pass. Skijoring clinic planned.

-- Women's Souper Bowl – Feb. 1, the 10th annual snowshoeing or nordic skiing event at Mount Spokane State Park will benefit the Women and Children's Free Restaurant. Snow-shoes, guided treks, prizes and a fabulous lunch provided. Pre-register: souperbowlspokane.org.

Spokane Langlauf – The 37th annual 10-kilometer cross-country skiing event for skiers of all ages and levels at Mount Spokane State Park. Langlauf is the largest citizens race in the region and offers food and thousands of dollars worth of prizes in post-race drawings. Sign-up: spokanelanglauf.org.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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