Special Moments with Bob: Lookout Pass Ski and Resort | Snowlander | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest

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“If you want to do a sequence, you better do it on the Hollywood Line.”

Odo special things for me about LOOKOUT PASS is the mood. That ski resort feel at home, mom and dad – I love it. Every winter I spend several days skiing at Lookout Pass with a group of seasoned skiers called the Red Dog Squad. This tight-knit group of friends loves to ski. Josh, Tom, Kelli, Todd, Gez and Matt are after it. Going around the mountain with this group of highly trained ski technicians definitely elevates my skiing game. Whether we’re tearing up trails on Red Dog, Lucky Friday, or skiing through the trees to Cat Track, I always have a great time at Lookout Pass.

I have a fun and memorable moment that is really close to my heart. In the early 90s, after a huge winter, Lookout Pass reopened for a day of skiing on a Saturday in June. All of my yard work was done and there was still plenty of snow on the mountain, so me and my ski buddy Brandon Moon – aka the MoonDog – went to Lookout for this beautiful sunny day of skiing.

We were rolling around in the chair in the morning, and I made an off-the-cuff remark to the MoonDog, “So, are we going to do a sequence today?”

MoonDog replied, “Why wouldn’t we?”

We both laughed and had a fun day skiing over slush bumps. It was around noon and the snow was getting soft and sticky so we decided to stop. We got to the car, and MoonDog said, “Well, I thought we were running off.”

Not one to back down on a promise or a challenge, I replied somewhat reluctantly, “Well, yes, we are.”

We both looked at each other and thought, “What is this!”

We prepared for this feat as best we could by stripping down to shorts and t-shirts. We walked through the parking lot and back up the chairlift shaking our heads and laughing the whole way. We unloaded and headed for the trees next to the Montana Face, where we clicked on our skis and put on our shorts and t-shirts. We threw everything in the backpack, then screamed out of the trees and fell into the sticky, sticky bumps directly under the chairlift.

If you want to do a series, you better do it on Hollywood Line.

MoonDog and I both ripped through the bumps catching a few tunes here and there. The people riding the chairlift went wild with their screams and laughter. Halfway through, I was laughing so hard and the snow was so sticky that when I went Daffy on a bump, I barely got my ski back under me to land.

We both skied close to the lodge as fast as the sticky snow allowed, and continued to ski dirt from the parking lot to our escape platform. We made it about halfway through the parking lot before we ran out of speed.

Oh, that poor lady who must have seen us bend over to pick up our skis.

—BOB LEGASA


Click to enlarge Cross the Idaho-Montana border all day at Lookout.  - PHOTO OF THE PASS OF VIEW

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Cross the Idaho-Montana border all day at Lookout.

“LIFE IS LIVED BETTER AT THE BORDER”

Hhaving trouble deciding whether Montana or Idaho have the best skiing conditions? Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area saves you from having to make those tough choices. According to marketing manager Matt Sawyer, Lookout is one of four ski areas in the United States that straddle two state lines and one of only two that operate in two different time zones.

“If you want to drive your smartphone or smartwatch crazy, come on,” he jokes. “You’ll find yourself in Montana for a moment, then after another turn, you’ll be in Idaho. As we like to say, life is best lived on the frontier.”

This unique distinction gives Lookout the advantages of both geographies. The 540-acre resort sees the most snowfall in Idaho, averaging 400 inches of natural snowfall per year. It also receives snow earlier in the season than most resorts, making it a top destination for people who can’t wait for the onset of winter. And yet, it is one of the most accessible ski spots, with its main parking lot just 200 meters from exit 0 of I-90.

“Of course, quality snow is a key ingredient,” says Sawyer. “But they are skilled and experienced snow groomers who really make the mountain shine, and we have impeccable grooming. A lot of people like the idea of ​​skiing in deep powder, and they have that opportunity here, but they can also fall back on groomers where they can just have fun.”

Even as Lookout pushes further upwards with its massive Eagle Peak expansion, which will see the resort nearly double in size to 1,023 skiable acres and reach a height of 1,650 vertical feet, Sawyer says its prices have remained “family friendly” and represent some of the best values ​​in the area.

“In this era of mega resorts, we still offer free parking, affordable lift tickets, amazing deals on season passes, and even our food is reasonably priced,” he says.

LEARN AT THE LOOKOUT

Over more than 80 seasons, the Lookout Free Ski School has introduced tens of thousands of children to the sport at no upfront cost. Spots for it are filling up fast, so be sure to check the Lookout Pass website to find out when the registration window opens for the 2021-22 season.

Beginners can also take advantage of Lookout’s three-day learner program for skiers and snowboarders. Fees will include lift tickets, lessons and three-day rentals during the season. The beginner hill is equipped with a dedicated chairlift and maintained daily to make the experience more relaxed.

Lookout is still determining its COVID-19 protocols for the current season, but the resort will take guidance from state and local agencies like the Shoshone County Board of Health. COVID guidelines for customers will be posted on the website ahead of the season and updated throughout.

“Our main goal is to make it safe and fun for both employees and guests,” says Sawyer, not least because Lookout wants guests to see first-hand its recent modernization efforts and facility upgrades.

“We now have a quad chair on the front of the mountain. We have a triple chair on the hill for beginners, and we’re putting a new triple chair on the back. It’s a different aspect of the mountain than it doesn’t. was Years ago We want to encourage people to get out, ski, have fun.

—EJ IANNELLI

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