'Worth the trek:' November snow means early skiing, snowboarding

Joshua Murdock

A snowboarder takes advantage of Lookout Pass Ski Area’s unusually early opening day Nov. 12.

JOSHUA MURDOCK Missoulian

With 17-year-old Joe Showalter behind the wheel, brothers Dakota, 18, and Dalton Taylor, 17, packed into a four-door sedan alongside three snowboards and braved an icy Interstate 90 from Spokane to Lookout Pass on Saturday for a special mission. 

The three teens were headed to Lookout Pass Ski Area on the Idaho-Montana state line for its opening day of the 2022–23 ski season on Nov. 12 — weeks earlier than it usually opens, and among the earliest ski area openings in the United States this winter. The three snowboarders usually go to their local Mount Spokane, particularly for the terrain park, Showalter said, but “we figured nowhere else is going to open this early so it was worth the trek.” 

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The snow at Lookout, which opened

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