Season Preview: Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

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Last season brought a lot of hype to Mt. Spokane as the resort unveiled a new lift and seven new north-facing runs. The expansion upped the mountain's skiable acreage to 1,704, ensuring skiers and snowboarders even more of a shot at the kind of thrilling terrain Mt. Spokane has become regionally renowned for. With the summit-situated Vista House, late-week night skiing and three terrain parks, there's no shortage of options for riders at all skill levels. When those ski boots finally start feeling too tight, Mt. Spokane's two base lodges boast ample space to kick back and reflect on the day's gnarlier moments.

What's new: The 2019-20 season marks the return of the resort's Saturday shuttle service from Spokane. From Dec. 28 to March 7, riders can hop a 55-passenger bus from multiple in-town locations straight to the Mt. Spokane parking lot. "We've had lots of people ask about it, so we're excited to offer that," says marketing and guest services manager Brenda McQuarrie. She adds that off-season brush cutting in the new expansion area has opened the door for easier grooming, and should make Chair 6 a can't-miss experience once the snow starts falling.

Making the most of it: According to McQuarrie, most of the crowds at Mt. Spokane tend to show up between 9:30 and 10 am. So for those wanting to float right through the lift line, she recommends getting to the base area by 8:30. "You won't have the hassles in the parking lot," McQuarrie says, "and you'll have first tracks, which are usually awesome."

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