Famous FREE SKI SCHOOL @ Lookout / by David Lawrence

ON THE IDAHO/MONTANA BORDER—The Famous Free Ski School at Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area embarks upon its 72nd season Saturday, Jan. 7. Nearly 500 children age 6-17 have registered for the 10-week program in 2012. Lookout Pass is launching its Famous Free Ski School in conjunction with National Learn a Snow Sport Month, an annual ski industry promotion conducted in January by national, regional and state associations.

The Famous Free Ski School at Lookout Pass is a charitable, non-profit organization that draws students from across the Spokane area, north Idaho and western Montana. Since 1940, volunteer instructors have introduced nearly 40,000 children to skiing and snowboarding.

Famous Free Ski School sessions run every Saturday until March 10. Classes for beginners start at 10 a.m. Intermediate lessons begin at 11:30 a.m. Registration closes on Saturday, Jan. 7. Equipment and lift tickets aren’t included. The Lookout Pass Rental Shop is stocked with all the equipment students need. Lift tickets are free for children six and under and $26 for ages 7-17 plus Idaho sales tax. Rope tow tickets are $10 plus tax. The program concludes with a barbecue and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 10.

The Lookout Pass Snow Bus operates every Saturday while the Famous Free Ski School is in session. Buses make round trips to Lookout Pass and back throughout the I-90 corridor from Liberty Lake, WA to Superior, MT. Fare is $13 for busses making round trips from Liberty Lake to Coeur d’Alene, ID. Busses running through Idaho’s Silver Valley and western Montana are free. The Snow Bus schedule is posted on www.skilookout.com under Mountain Info.

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