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Learning from a Mountain: Grit and Resilience

Milder temps in March mean more enjoyable time on the slopes for kids. // Photo: Judd McCaffree

Whether it’s awakening early enough to be at the mountain by 9 a.m., keeping track of and carrying one’s own gear, or standing up from a precarious fallen-down position without assistance – these types of challenges help children acquire essential ...

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Family Fun on Snowshoes

Beccie White's son and his friend snowshoeing at Mt. Spokane State Park. // Photo courtesy of Beccie White.

“Hey, kids, want to float on some deep snow?” This question should get them excited for snowshoeing, one of the easiest and least expensive winter recreation options. Beccie White, of Spokane, and her husband, Chris, started snowshoeing with their two ...

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Five Must-Have Items for Year-Round Outdoor Families


How much gear does an outdoor family need to have fun and stay comfortable outside all year long without breaking the bank and focusing too much on flashy things? These five items top our list. Dedicated play clothes: Equip children ...

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Inland NW Local Holiday Gift Guide: Family


This holiday season, OTM makes your shopping easy with our Local Holiday Gift Guide. There’s no need to search far and wide for gifts for your fellow outdoorsy folk and other loved ones who appreciate unique, locally-procured gifts. There are ...

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Make Bringing Home Your Christmas Tree an Adventure to Remember


It’s easy to stop by the big-box store to pick up a Christmas tree from a parking lot full of trees that were shipped in from elsewhere to the concrete jungle, but how much holiday spirit do you get out ...

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Take Your Kids Skiing in Two States at Lookout Pass

Family time on the mountain. // Photo courtesy of Lookout Pass.

Skiing or snowboarding with your children anywhere other than the bunny hill is an adventure in itself. A big mountain of new terrain awaits you on those intermediate runs and eventually black diamond ones. A great, and sometimes frustrating, aspect ...

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What it Means to be a Ski Racing Family

All good at the Vista House on the summit of Mount Spokane. // Photo courtesy of Teri Tucker.

Like other team sports, ski racing requires serious commitment and support from both children and their parents. Out There Monthly interviewed Teri Tucker and Paul Ainsworth, whose two sons – Hayden and Owen, both age 11 – will soon begin ...

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Three Fun Ways to Get Kids Outside This Winter

The Cy's Cafe yurt at 49 Degrees North is a great detour from the slopes for the whole family. // Photo courtesy of 49 Degrees  North Mountain Resort.

Cross-country Skiing at Mt. Spokane If you are looking for an outdoor winter activity for the entire family, then cross-country skiing might just be the thing. Spokane is blessed with very accessible groomed trails only 45 minutes away at Mt. ...

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Family Skiing Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

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Dollars add up quickly when taking multiple, always-growing children to the mountain year after year to go alpine skiing or snowboarding. While it’s not as cheap as some other outdoor activities, there are ways to save money and rein in ...

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OWL Program Invites West Central Kids Outdoors

OWL participants with Ben Baird at Riverside State Park. // Photo courtesy of Eileen McRae.

More local children are experiencing the great outdoors thanks to Ben Baird, coordinator of the Outdoor & Wilderness Learning (OWL) program for Spokane’s West Central Community Center. “From the beginning I realized the kids coming to the community center had ...

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