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This annual event is the only day all year that SNSA offers its lessons to non-members, so it’s a great opportunity for new skiers to get a taste of what SNSA has to offer while learning a few of the basics.



Adult Lessons

Ages 16 and up

45-minute classes start at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $20.00 each

Skate and Classic options at Beginner and Intermediate levels

One lesson reservation per person 

(check at sign in table to be added if additional class does not fill up)


Kids Clinic

Ages 6-15

45-minute classes start at 9:00 & 11:00  a.m.

Cost: $20.00 each

Classic style lessons at beginner level

One lesson only per child, please

Not intended for those currently enrolled in the Nordic Kids program

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Skijoring Clinic

Bring your furry friend!



Cost: $25

Skijoring gear available for those that need it at no additional cost

1:00 - Dog harness fitting

1:20 - Clinic in Selkirk Lodge

1:50 - Retrieve dogs from car; put on gear; meet at the start of Linder

2:00 - On snow portion of clinic

Don't forget to get your parking pass and reserve rental skis a week or more in advance! 

Fitness Fanatics will be on hand, but reservations are required.

Be sure to get the appropriate ski type for your lesson.

Daily Sno-Park Permit  (1 Day only) $25

Seasonal Non-Motorized Permit/Special Groomed Sticker (All Season) $120

Youth 1 Day Rental $25

Adult Classic 1 Day Rental $30

Adult Skate 1 Day Rental $50



Treasure Hunt

Ages 4 and up

10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

Meet in the Selkirk Lodge


A fun treasure hunt on skis.

Parents, grandparents and older siblings are invited to join


Length: 30-45 minutes - depending on temperature and weather conditions


Waxing Clinic

By Rambleraven

9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

The event’s title sponsor, Rambleraven Gear Trader, will be on-site offering FREE waxing services and snacks to all participants.


Adaptive Demos
Try out equipment!

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sign up in the Selkirk Lodge


Test equipment and learn about the adaptive program.


Partake in a blind ski simulation to learn how a blind skier navigates over snow.

Sign up (in person) to be a blind guide!

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13 Ski Essentials

By Spokane Mountaineers

9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Spokane Mountaineers will be joining us this year to demonstrate their 13 Essentials for Nordic Skiing.


Talk to the Ginge!

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Say hello to our groomer, the infamous Ginge!

Thank him for his hard work and candor, and ask him questions about grooming on the mountain at night.


MT Spokane Info Booth

By Friends of Mount Spokane

9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Friends of Mt Spokane will be handing out free stickers & answering questions about their work and the mountain itself.

Need help deciding if you're beginner or intermediate?
Pro tip: if you have never skied before, classic beginner is your category!
Beginner Classic
You have either never or only a few times have you ever cross-country skied. You would like a lesson to go over basic balance, body position, basic coordination of gliding and poling, and kick and glide technique.

Intermediate Classic
You feel confident on your classic cross-country skis and would like to improve skills such as efficient kick and glide, body position, double poling power, and/or ability to control speed and corner.
Beginner Skate
You have done some sort of skiing before and have basic fitness to try the skate technique. You would like a lesson to learn basic balance, body position, coordination of gliding and poling, and controlling speed in order to get down the trail.

Intermediate Skate
You feel confident on your skate cross-country skis and would like to improve skills such as efficiency uphill, timing of your gliding and poling, and confidence skiing downhill and cornering.
Want to Help Make Winterfest a Success?

We need your help setting up, serving food and cleaning up after! Head over to the volunteer sign up page to see the volunteer opportunities now.

Check out what the event looked like in the past!

This event wouldn't be possible without our partners.

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