Eight Regional Ski Resorts to Check Out this Winter

The Inland Northwest is great for a lot of reasons, and one of them is the variety of great spots to ski and snowboard. Whether in Spokane's own backyard, or a short drive into Idaho, Montana or Canada, you'll find a number of great resorts.

Here are eight of them. Find more here.

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Big Sky
Big Sky, Montana • bigskyresort.com
4,350 vertical feet • 300 runs

Big Sky Resort sprawls about the base of southwest Montana's Lone Peak like an endless web of chutes, groomers, open bowls and ridge runs. Endless is the key word here, too, considering Big Sky boasts a jaw-dropping 5,850 skiable acres across four mountains, accessible from 24 chairlifts and 12 surface chairs. An annual average of 400 inches of snow makes every descent decision the right one, and a town teeming with après-ski activity just down the road guarantees that the party will continue even after the lifts shut down.