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Best Of: Recreation

Inlander readers weigh in on where they like to stay active

Downriver Golf Course
  • Downriver Golf Course

Best Golf Course

Downriver

The Spokane/North Idaho region has some of the best public and private golf courses in the Northwest. Downriver is no exception; it's a true gem in the city of Spokane's assortment of outstanding (and affordable, and not overcrowded) municipal golf courses. Located just off the Spokane River near Riverside State Park, the long, narrow fairways and towering pines are a signature of Spokane golf.

2nd PLACE: The Creek at Qualchan

3rd PLACE: Kalispel Golf & Country Club

NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Circling Raven, Worley (pictured)

Mt. Spokane
  • Mt. Spokane

Best Place to Ski & Snowboard

Mt. Spokane

Being so close to Spokane, the "Kan," as the locals call it, is an ideal place for a family of snow-sports lovers. Or if you prefer to stay in the lodge and drink schnapps-infused hot chocolate, Mt. Spokane's main lodge is big and comfy enough for that. The Wednesday-through-Saturday night skiing offers some of the most frequent, wide-open, after-dark skiing and boarding in the Northwest. And the sunsets from Vista House are, well, something you have to experience for yourself.

Best Place to Ski:

2nd PLACE: Schweitzer

3rd PLACE: 49 Degrees North

Best Place to Snowboard:

2nd PLACE: Schweitzer

3rd PLACE: 49 Degrees North

Best Ski/Snowboard Shop

1st Place: Sports Creel

2nd Place: Spokane Alpine Haus

3rd Place: Ski Shack (Hayden, Idaho)

Best Bike Shop

Wheel Sport

There's an unfortunate stereotype about some bike shops; that they can be, shall we say, a little "holier than thou" if you're not wearing the right gear, or know enough cycling lingo. Wheel Sport isn't one of those shops. The three Spokane-area locations are as approachable for newbies looking for a recreational bike as they are for Lycra ninjas with dreams of being in the Tour de France's peloton. If you don't know what that means, don't worry. Just ask the Wheel Sport folks.

Best Outdoor Recreation Supplies

1st Place: REI

2nd Place: Mountain Gear

3rd Place: The General Store

North Idaho's Best: Cabela's (Post Falls)

Best Martial Arts Studio

1st Place: Warhorse Martial Arts

2nd Place: Jung Kim's Martial Arts

3rd Place: Warrior Camp

North Idaho's Best: Trevor

Prangley's AKA (Coeur d'Alene)