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Spokane, located in the heart of the Northwest, serves as a shopping, entertainment, and medical hub for an area that includes much of Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, Northern Idaho, Western Montana, and Southern Alberta and British Columbia. It has a great amount of terrain nearby perfect for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts to enjoy. As such, demand is high for outdoor sporting equipment and there is plenty to be found in and around the center of Spokane, Washington.

This is a veritable outdoors-lover's paradise, with plenty of accessible downhill and cross-country skiing, white-water rafting, camping areas, hiking trails, numerous lakes, and the world famous Centennial Trail incredibly close by. It’s a perfect place to experience the best that winter has to offer as well as scoring some of the greatest deals on the gear that makes winter the best time to be outside.

Two Ski Areas Just Outside of Spokane

The two closest ski areas are 49° Mountain Resort and Mt. Spokane. They are delightful resorts that offer great skiing and riding, awesome mountains, and well-appointed resort areas. Oftentimes, better deals on equipment, rentals and soft goods can be found in the metropolitan area of Spokane, as it is usually more expensive on the mountain.

49° Mountain Resort is 42 miles outside of the city. In all there is 2,325 acres of ski patrolled area, 1,851 feet of vertical and more than 300 inches of average annual snowfall. The runs are greatly varied, 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced, and 5 percent expert. The resort is extremely family-friendly, has a great ski school, and helpful, knowledgeable staff. Visitors also enjoy the great terrain and amazing snow conditions.

Mt. Spokane is only 28 miles from downtown. The ski area spans 1,425 acres and has more than 2,000 feet of vertical. Additionally, there is a mile-long terrain park, fun tree skiing, and a ski school to teach the beginners how to stop, turn, and fall. There’s also an inexpensive and convenient shuttle from Spokane, so skiers and riders don’t have to worry about traffic and driving up to the mountain. The locals absolutely love it here, so always be resprectful of their home and surround areas.

Online Shopping & Ski Shops Near Spokane

From equipment and soft goods to rentals, repairs and last minute items, the area's sports stores have everything one could need on the mountain. The prices are generally far lower than at the resorts themselves and often there are sales and coupons associated that save patrons even more money. Many of the same stores have online shopping available to help consumers save time and avoid hassle.

Top quality brands like Burton, Atomic, K2 and much more are widely available to rent and buy at shops all over the Spokane metro area. Customers will be delighted with the assortment of jackets, pants, thermal layers, helmets, gloves, goggles and equipment that can be rented or purchased. The lower costs and greater options available in the city are two of the biggest reasons to visit the variety of sports stores in Spokane.

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