[R286R, Mt. Spokane] is a nice little operation out there in the high-desert ranges of eastern Washington.

Located just 28 miles north of its namesake city, Mt. Spokane has a little bit of everything for everybody. The 2,000-vertical-foot hill has 45 runs, with nearly half (45 percent) designated blue, that are easily reachable by the resort's five double chairs.

Mt. Spokane has a state-of-the-art progression terrain park, and one-third of the mountain is lit up for die-hards who wish to continue riding the lifts when the sun goes down.

Spokane's lift tickets are also priced nicely at $42 for adults on weekends and holidays, $36 during non-holiday mid-weeks and $21 any time after 4 p.m. Season-pass holders, who pay only $469 per adult and just $369 if they are attending college, get a nice side benefit: A 25 percent discounts on lift tickets at Red Mountain, Big White, and Whitewater resorts in neighboring British Columbia.

But skiers and snowboarders who benefit most are women because once again Mt. Spokane is holding its Ladies' Day event this specified Wednesdays this season (Jan 14, Feb. 11, and March 11). attendees get a lift ticket, rental gear if needed, a continental breakfast, four hours of instruction, lunch, video analysis, a wine and cheese après party and a massage for $99.