Washington’s Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park opened over Thanksgiving weekend to the delight of local skiers and snowboarders. Opening day brought seven inches of dry powder accompanied by blue skies.

The park ran Chairs 2, 3, 4, and 5 on opening day and added the tubing hill for the weekend. Jibbers were able to hit eight features in the terrain park.

This week, the ski and snowboard park resumes its normal operating schedule. The park will run its lifts Wednesdays through Sundays with daily operations kicking into high gear for the two weeks around Christmas.

This season, skiers and riders will find scanners at the lifts to record lift tickets and season passes. A new point-of-sale software system will add high-tech checkouts to other mountain services.

Mt Spokane

Mt. Spokane operates Wednesdays through Sundays and daily for two weeks around Christmas. Photo by Junaid Duwad/Flickr.

Night skiing and riding will kick off for the season Dec. 16. Night skiing tickets have been reduced to $19. They are valid 4 to 9:30 p.m. The park is planning to offer 48 nights of skiing this winter.

Skiers and riders can once again save $2 on lift tickets by stopping at Yoke's Fresh Market stores on the way to Mt. Spokane to buy lift tickets. The direct-to-lift tickets also save time by letting purchasers bypass the ticket windows.

Mt. Spokane plans to run three-day Holiday Camps. The lesson sessions for kids run Dec. 21-23 or Dec. 28-30. Holiday camp participants receive a free season pass for the remainder of the season. Call the Mt. Spokane Snow Sports Center at 509-238-2220 for more information.