OLYMPIC TORCH AND WOMEN'S HOCKEY The Olympic flame goes past the Arena on its way to Salt Lake City on Jan. 24 from 5-7:30 pm. (354-7000) The U.S. National Women's Hockey Team plays China in a pre-Olympic exhibition game on Jan. 24 at 8 pm. Tickets: $8-$25. Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (325-SEAT)
U.S. SKI ASSOCIATION WESTERN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Schweitzer Masters host a Super G camp on Jan. 22-23; training day on Jan. 24; Super G competition on Jan. 25; the giant slalom on Jan. 26; and slalom races on Jan. 27. Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho www.schweitzer.com (800-831-8810)
NASTAR RACING WITH DIANN ROFFE Learn at a clinic, compete in two runs and enjoy a post-race reception on Feb. 23 from 10 am-7 pm. Cost: $60. Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho www.nastar.com (800-831-8810)
BAVARIAN ICE FEST Enjoy dog sled rides, snow sculpting, snowshoe races, sleigh rides, the famous Smooshing Race, and fireworks on Jan. 19-20. various locations, Leavenworth, Wash. www.leavenworth.org (509-548-5807)
FASCHING 2002 Revel in a mid-winter Mardi Gras-style celebration. Kids' costume party on Feb. 1 from 5-6 pm. Games and contests all day long on Feb. 2, with parade at 5:30 pm and costume ball from 8 pm-midnight. Tickets: $10. Best Western Icicle Inn, 505 State Hwy. 2, Leavenworth, Wash. (509-548-4305)
CHICKS ON STICKS Women of all ability levels can improve their downhill, snowboarding and cross-country skills on March 1 from 8 am-4:30 pm. Cost: $90. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho www.schweitzer.com/events (509-448-5731)
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