Mark your calendar and join us for Spokane Nordic's 2nd annual WinterFest, a celebration of skiing, snow and (hopefully) sunshine, a day of fun events for all ages and ski abilities at the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park, Sunday January 11, 2015. Pick your favorite event, or take in the whole day.

Location: Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cost: Ski lessons $5. All other events free, but donations are welcome.

* A Sno-Park pass is required to park in the State Parks for WinterFest. Season and 1-day passes are available at REI, Mountain Gear and Fitness Fanatics in Spokane, and at the Selkirk Lodge ski rental hut. Single-day passes must be accompanied by a State Parks Discovery Pass.

Scheduled events include

  • Hot food at the Nova Hut
  • The Donut Dash relay sprint race
  • $5 beginner and intermediate ski lessons (that's right, only $5!)
  • Free demos of the Hok, a combination cross-country ski / snowshoe ideal for back-country trekking (learn more here)
  • Free ski demo day (details to follow)
  • Back-country ski clinic (a huge hit last year!)
  • Skijoring clinic
  • Waxing clinic
  • Tour of backcountry trails to Nova Hut
  • Moose Droppings scavenger hunt
  • ... and more

New to skiing or want to invite someone who is? REI is offering 20% off their member rate for Nordic skis for Winterfest!

More information, schedule and registration coming soon!

Looking to rent for the day?

As a special for Winterfest, REI is offering 20% off its member-rate for Jan 11 ski rentals. Just print off the coupon here and bring it in to the REI rental desk in Spokane!


Winterfest is a community event put on for and by skiers. You can join in the fun behind the scenes and still take part in the day. Learn more on our Volunteer Page.

2014 Recap

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 great 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.

Thanks to Our 2014-15 WinterFest Sponsors

Spokane Nordic is committed to creating, developing and delivering programs and facilities
to foster cross-country skiing within the greater Spokane community.

Spokane Nordic Ski Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 501, Spokane, WA, 99210

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