Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and even being pulled by your dog on skis — an activity called skijoring — have seen significant rises in interest the last several years. Locals can learn all about these winter-rec opportunities from friendly members of the Spokane Nordic Ski Association, who share their passion for being active throughout the cold months at the nonprofit’s annual Winterfest celebration. The day of demos and affordable introductory lessons is open to all ages and skills. Cross-country skiing lessons are only $5, and are offered in 45-minute sessions throughout the day. If you don’t have skis of your own, rentals are available on site, or plan ahead and rent equipment from REI, Mountain Gear or Fitness Fanatics. Other clinics planned for the festival include backcountry skiing ($10) and skijoring ($25).
Sun, Jan. 13 from 9 am-3:30 pm • Free to attend; some events require fee • Selkirk Lodge, Mt. Spokane State Park • 26107 N. Mt. Spokane State Park Dr. • spokanenordic.org
— Chey Scott