We were moved to the "YURT" a couple Wednesdays later due to racers. After the move to the "Powderhound" yurt, we were spoiled. So that is where home base became the rest of the year, (with the exception of one time in LODGE 2 when chair one was non-operational). We ended our season with the annual brat lunch in LODGE 1.
Many of the Prime Timer Wednesdays were sunny! Besides good skiing and superb grooming, we had great after ski gatherings. We were able to be in & outside the yurt and on lodge 1 deck to gather.
The lunch coupon ticket drawing was a big hit! The Prime Timers purchased 100 coupons from the mountain and Gail held the weekly drawings in the Yurt! Kevin Pryor graciously donated 4 x $25 gift certificates for our on-line drawing. Other skiers on the mountain heard about the fun and we ended up with some new members! We are kinda fun!
About 40 of us headed to McCall February 15 - 19 for our ski trip. We hit it right for the snow conditions. We enjoyed powder and a few sunny, super groomer days. Many of us that hadn't gotten to ski together, connected up for most of the days and skied some fantastic runs.
Larry Vandendberg organized an impromptu Gonzaga game night at the hotel. Joey cooked up some brats & burgers & we had us a great pot luck!
For our last day, Gabe was happy to make the Brat lunch happen. With luck, the seating capacity was raised to 50% a week before our lunch, so we could increase the attendees. We had 150 happy Prime Timers enjoy the lunch, friends and sun. What a fantastic way to end our season!
We will begin to workout details and dues for next year in the next couple months. Everyone who was on the email list from 2019 - 2021 will be given information as soon as we have it figured out. We also may be sending out a survey for your input. For instance, I know there was some requests for us to be in lodge 1 next year. It is up to the mountain, but we may have input.
Thank you to Gail for being in the YURT every week! And thank you to all our 256 members and 21 new members for making this fantastic season!
Photo by Wende Barker
Happy St Paddy's day! Even though it may not seem to festive right now, we sure pulled off a fantastic party last week and we'll survive these challenging & historic times. We had a fantastic season, it just ended quicker than we would have liked.
We all want to stay healthy and we appreciate the decision made by Mt Spokane.
Please stayed tuned for Dave Whipple's cycling opportunities. You'll received an email when it kicks off, probably not until May or June.
We may also be doing some hiking (skinning) to ski Mt Spokane.
The best place to be right now is outside enjoying the beautiful spring weather.
If there's anything we can do for any of our members during this difficult time , please let me know.
It just takes a request from you and I can send out an email. Our members are willing to help.
As Prime Timers, many of us are the "vulnerable population", and some should not be going out at all and may need groceries - hopefully not Toilet Paper (sorry had to say that).
Please let me know
IF YOU NEED A PASS
SPECIAL FOR PRIME TIMERS WHO DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A PASS!!
YOU MUST CONTACT THE TICKET SALES ON THE PHONE AND REQUEST THE PRIME TIMER RENEWAL DEAL. Please call 509.238.2220 press 0. Not available online.
PHOTO of TAMARACK taken by Ron Andrews. Jim Pflepsen (front) & Anne Irmer. Can you see the smiles? This is in-bounds & a short side-hill from the top chair.
As you know, we checked out McCall as an option for our Annual Ski Trip. All 6 of us agreed this could be a great area to visit. We skied at Brundage and Tamarack mountains.
It is awesome Galen is willing to put his credit card on the line to reserve room blocks as he's done for our Whitefish trips.
We could do both trips, but we would need to ask someone else to help with accommodations as we can't ask Galen to do both.
THE DATES WOULD BE
McCall FEB 15 - 19
Whitefish FEB 7 - 10
Please CLICK HERE to see an overview and vote.
A little more info:
Brundage is 15 minutes from McCall and there is a shuttle service. Tamarack is 30 minutes from McCall and would be self drive to the mountain.
Brundage has a Mt Spokane feel only bigger, a high speed quad, great runs & very good grooming. https://brundage.com/ Tamarack (pictured above) https://tamarackidaho.com/ has a relaxed upscale feel with all high speed lifts, a base village, hotels, condos & homes. There's long cruiser runs and steep terrain as well. We loved both mountains and all agreed this would be a great option since there are two mountains so close together.
McCall is a quaint small town about 5 hours drive from Spokane. Most things are within walking distance or short drive from the hotel we've chosen. We checked out a number of hotels and found The Holiday Inn Express to be perfect for us. It has a similar feel to the Lodge at Whitefish, about the same cost, PLUS you get a free breakfast. There's restaurants within walking distance or a few block's drive. There's lots to do including X-country skiing & snow shoeing options at Tamarack and a sleigh ride to see elk herds.
If Mccall is the preferred choice, Galen would be securing a block of 20 rooms and and additional 20 if needed.
THE DATES WOULD BE FEB 15 - 19. Four nights KING $524 and double QUEEN $570 ($35 off their regular prices)
Please check your preference below. Whitefish would remain the same dates: FEB 7 - 10
Anne, Jonnie & Max love their Sneva skis! We all picked our designs and had the skis made to order.
MANY OF YOU WERE ABLE TO DEMO SNEVA SKIS ON MARCH 11.
TJ IS OFFERING US $150 DISCOUNT IF AT LEAST 5 OF OUR MEMBERS ORDER SKIS. The regular price is $850 and would be $700.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU'RE INTERESTED.
Sneva website http://www.snevamfg.com/
Please join us Wednesday, March 11 for a day of skiing & socializing.
Meet in lodge 2, “Garage” (main level) area before heading out to ski.
Our Prime Timers & Mountain hosts will welcome you and are available to “ski” you around.
In the afternoon, between 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Lodge 2 “Garage”, join the fun at our annual St Paddy's Day Theme party for a wonderful array of Hors d'oeuvres, beverages & lots of prizes.
Wednesday lift ticket prices are $25 (tax included) for Prime Timers with Prime Timer ID & Friends (55+) of Prime Timers.
PURCHASE WEDNESDAY AT THE LODGE
Thursday is Mt Spokane’s “Throwback Thursday” and on-line tickets are $19.80 ($22.19 W/Tax & fees) if purchased 24hrs in advance.
THURSDAY TICKETS ON-LINE ONLY Click Here
Our chef will have a special luncheon taco salad available for $10 by ordering at the counter.
****** SOCIAL PARTY *******
Please RSVP by MARCH 8
Please invite your friends!
This years regional event begins Monday,
March 2nd at 9 a.m. At 2 p.m. we will host an appetizer hour for $4 per person in the Boom Town bar. Happy hour bar discounts will start at 1:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, March 3rd, we will be hosting a lunch in the Boom Town Bar starting at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be $8 per person and includes a sandwich, salad and soup bar. Bar discounts will start at noon. During lunch, we will have a drawing for some fabulous gifts so be sure to stick around.
Lift tickets For Prime Timers will be half price for each day. If you are in need of lodging accommodations you can visit our website at www.ski49n.com for a list of hotels in the Chewelah area.
2019-20 Season Passes and Prime Timer Passes will be for sale as well, see more on our website.
Please RSVP us at If you plan to attend our Regional Primetimer Event on March 2nd & 3rd
Please let us know if you plan to have lunch with us on Tuesday so we can give our chef a head count.
Come ski with us on March 2nd and 3rd, we look forward to seeing you all again so
Summer Biking by Dave Whipple
If you are interested in hearing about the bike rides…
I will be using the mailing list from last year about the bike rides. If you want to be included in these mailings, you must OPT IN. In other words, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on the list. This group is separate from the Prime Timers, so feel free to ask friends to join and get on the mailing list. This will be the only mailing about bike riding to the Prime Timers mailing list this year.I’ve had lots of questions about Prime Timer bike rides this summer. Yes, I plan on organizing these rides but will need some help.
I will be glad to publicize the rides; I just won’t be able to lead many of them. Some of the favorite rides from the last year include the following:
· Centennial Trail in the valley – From the west end of the off road trail near Argonne to Barker and back, often starting in the middle at Mirabeau Park.
· Fish Lake Trail
· Kendall Yards to seven mile – out on the trail, home on Audrey White Parkway
· Children of the Sun Trail
· Green Bluff loop
· Centennial Trail Idaho, Rest stop to C d’A and back
· West Coeur d’Alene/East Post Falls neighborhood ride
· Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes start at the Snake Pit, head toward Harrison for 45 minutes, return
· Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes Plummer to Harrison and back. Optional start at Heyburn State Park, doing the long, gradual uphill first instead of last
· Hiawatha Trail
If you would like to lead a ride, let me know and I will schedule it. It doesn’t have to be on this list.
CYCLING EMAIL: PRIMERSRBIKERS@GMAIL.COM
ORGANIZER: Dave Whipple
We had a GREAT DAY! And so much fun! Thank you to Linda & Cheryl for making it a special event!
Roy and Donna Larson (pictured above) attended. They were Prime Timer founders in 1999.
I have a lot of history and pictures from the 20 years to load into our history page. This will probably be a summer project and will let you all know when it's done.
Below is a list of the 45 original members. The stars next to the names indicate those who are in the club today!
PRIME TIMERS 2018 – 2019 HAD A GREAT YEAR!
The highlights were:
WHITEFISH SKI TRIP
ALL MOUNTAIN PRIME TIMER EVENT HOSTED BY MT SPOKANE
20TH PRIME TIMER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
THREE DELICIOUS LUNCHES SERVED BY GABE AND HIS TEAM.
.... And then there were THE SOCIAL HOURS!!!! All of our socials were so GREAT! Debbie and Jim Allen did an amazing job providing us with enhanced snacks, really they were Hors d'oeuvres! Nachos, quesadillas, homemade sausage, cheese trays, vege trays & more!
WHEN YOU MISS SKIING THIS SUMMER!
Below are two ski videos by Eddie Cairns. The first link is AFTER the new chair, the 2nd link is BEFORE the new chair skiing run #3. ENJOY!
FAN OF THE KAN 2019 - SKIING THE TREES AFTER NEW CHAIR
BEFORE CHAIR 6 SKIING RUN #3
Our 3rd annual party was a big success! It was really fun to see everyone and get exctied for the upcoming ski season. The buffet was excellent, followed by the prize giveaways.
.....And we sure had great prizes!
Generous donations from Alpine Haus ($25 gift card & $160 in services), Mountain Gear (3 - three day rentals), Sports Creel (Boot & glove warmer) , wine, candles, coffee cards, hand warmers, handmade boot horns, ski socks and more gifts donated by members made it extra special!
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 PRIME TIMERS SKI VIDEO! Click here or on picture
"The Mt. Spokane Ski Prime Timers are all about having FUN! Anyone 55 and older who enjoys Alpine and X-Country skiing can join.
The prime timers start Skiing the first Wednesday in January and then every Wednesday thereafter until the mountain closes. Their informal social gathering with refreshments at the end of the ski day is held in the balcony above the bar where they enjoy each other's company and share ski experiences."
Video Music Credit-Stephen Arnold Project-The Vault
Photos in the gallery are by Phil Lopez, Bill Anderson, Anne Irmer, Eddie Cairnes.
By Bill Anderson
10-21-18 afternoon update. I have it on good authority that a) load test on chair 6 will be on 11-10-18 b) ski school building will be ready for this season c) the building will serve the ski school and facilities (equipment, signage, etc in basement) d) magic carpet will be up and running for this season. It'll run from the end of ditch (right of that truck) to the orange post in the pic and is roughly inline with uphill side of lodge 2. e) there will be a temporary fence along the retaining wall with a permanent one being installed next year. Sorry, it's not a terrain park feature. f) road to top of mtn was and is closed for the season. Enjoy! 🎿
Video by Eddie Cairnes -
Last year skiing the new run. This is to the skier's left of the chair line run.