Spokane Nordic WinterFest 2014
The inaugural WinterFest on January 19th was a hit! In all, over 150 people took part in some or all of the activities on a warm, sunny Sunday.
There was a warm conversational vibe out at Nova Hut, where we served about 100 bowls of soup from Women and Children's Free Clinic.
- The Cider Trail Folk Ski ... to lunch at the Nova Hut
Almost 60 people took in the free lessons, about a third of whom had never skied before! The back-country and Skijoring clinics maxed out as well.
- Free Beginner Lesson
The Donut Dash relay sprint race was a lot of fun, with participants of all ages sprinting hard, winning prizes, laughing and of course, eating plenty of donuts. It's definitely an event to repeat in the future.
- Donut Dash 2-Person Sprint Relay Race
A special note of thanks to Spokane State Park Manager Steve Christensen for his decade-plus spent working with skiers to build up the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park. Steve was given the Gary Silver Lifetime Contribution Award at WinterFest. He joins two-dozen past recipients who built the ski park up over the past 25 years from one short trail to almost 60k (36 miles) of amazing views and well-groomed snow.
- Mt. Spokane State Park Manager Steve Christensen, with past Gary Silver Award Recipients
Overall, it was a great day that we hope to make even more festive next year. It accomplished our goals of raising awareness of Nordic skiing in the community, getting people out on skis who've been interested but weren't sure how to get started, and helping people enjoy one of the best Nordic ski parks in the NW.
A big thank-you to all the sponsors who made the day possible: Numerica Credit Union, Out There Monthly, Elements Massage, Camp Spalding, BeFast Sport Gear, REI, First Choice Health, U District PT, Roast House, and Bumblebar.
See you next year!
Thanks Again to Our WinterFest Sponsors...
And our Season Sponsors