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MT. Spokane Ski Snowboard Park

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Nestled along the eastern edge of one of Washington state's largest state parks, Mount Spokane boasts a wide array of terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Close proximity to downtown Spokane (a mere 28 miles) and free shuttles between the resort's two lodges make for a short and relatively hike-free commute to the slopes. Once there, a tubing hill, Snoplay Daycare and three terrain parks guarantee that every member of the family will find something to do. If the adrenaline is still pumping when the sun goes down, capitalize on the mountain's night skiing offerings — six extra hours of riding, every Wednesday through Saturday night, for $22.

What's new: The 2018-19 season marks the debut of Mount Spokane's first new lift since 1974. Completion of the resort's long-awaited expansion will open access to 279 more acres and seven new runs. According to marketing and guest services manager Brenda McQuarrie, it's the first professionally designed area on the entire mountain. "Mount Spokane's been around since '32 and it's been pieced together over the years," McQuarrie says, "but this area was designed by a consultant and the fall lines are perfect." She adds that the more north-facing nature of that terrain will translate to better snow retention off the new Chair 6.

Making the most of it: When it comes to maximizing your experience at Mount Spokane, McQuarrie's advice is simple: Show up early. Getting to the mountain by 8:30 am can relieve a lot of heartache, she says, "especially on weekends." It ensures not only a good parking spot, but a shot at first tracks on those occasions when the lift starts turning a little ahead of schedule. Regulars can also save up to $200 if they purchase a season pass before Nov. 10.

Lift passes: Adult midweek full day (18-61), $45; midweek half day, $41; weekend full day, $59; weekend half day, $49. Youth (7-17) and senior (62-69) midweek full day, $38; midweek half day, $32; weekend full day, $49; weekend half day, $39. Discounts for college students and active military with valid ID.

The original print version of this article was headlined "MT. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park"

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