What is the Women’s Souper Bowl X-Country Ski and Snowshoe Sunday?
The event happens annually on Super Bowl Sunday. It is a great opportunity for women to have fun in the snow, try a new activity, or play with friends doing something they enjoy. It is also a fundraiser for the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant.
I haven’t snowshoed before, is that okay?
Yes. We have snowshoes for you to borrow at the event. Snowshoeing is easy and fun. We have been given special permission from the State Park staff and Spokane Nordic to snowshoe on a few select cross country ski trails for this one day only. The route will be well marked for the Souperbowl event.
(*no snowshoes are allowed on cross country trails at any other time)
New snowshoe route this year: With snowshoes in hand, board the bus at 9:45 am and ride back down to the Hairpin Turn where the guided snowshoe hike will start. This is a more challenging 3 mile route that will end back at the Selkirk Lodge
Are there skis for rent on site?
No, but our sponsors Mountain Gear, Fitness Fanatics and REI provide reduced priced rentals for the Souper Bowl. Please call and reserve your pair early.
What is the poker ski?
The 10K poker ski, using either your skate or classic skis, starts on Linder Ridge Rd by Junction 1. Start time is 10:00 am. You need to be finished by 12:00 pm. Dealers will sweep back starting at 11:30 am and turn around anyone still out in order to be back in time for soup and prizes. Participants ski the course and pick up 5 cards along the way. Turn around at Star Junction. The best poker hand wins!
What is for lunch?
Soup! Our lunch is prepared by the expert hands of the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant staff. They prepare some of the scrumptious soup recipes they serve to their diners. There are usually three different soups to choose from, including a vegetarian option. They also serve a side salad, fruit, bread, and cookies for dessert.
Will there be other food?
Yes! When you arrive in the morning there will be coffee, hot cocoa, tea, and an assortment of pastries. Food is available whenever you want to come in and get warm.
Where does the Souper Bowl take place?
The "Souper"Bowl takes place at the Mount Spokane Nordic Ski Area. You will find a map to the area in the "Getting There" section of the website.
What should I wear?
To stay warm while you are active, you should layer your clothing. How much you need will depend on the temperature and the wind. Your first layer should be a fabric that wicks moisture away from your body. Do NOT wear cotton! The next layer should be of medium weight and provide some warmth. This could be a wool sweater or fleece layer. If it is cold out, you may want another layer of the same type or something a little warmer. The outer layer should block the wind, but also let moisture escape. Depending on the temperature and the wind you may choose a light wind breaker or a jacket made of a material that stops the wind.
Be sure to bring a hat, mittens or gloves. Mittens are warmer than gloves. The amount of warmth people need on their hands varies. If you are not sure, bring a few pairs so you can try different ones.
Wear comfortable boots you can walk in if you are snowshoeing.
Bring a fanny pack or a backpack to put clothing in if you find you get warmer than you thought you might.
We hope you will have to bring sunglasses and sunscreen!
Should I bring water?
You should bring a water bottle or other hydration system. There is water at the lodge. Be sure to take water with you on the trail so you can keep hydrated. Even though it is cold, it is very important to drink water when you are active. Putting your water in a thermos or wrapping the bottle in clothing or a protective sleeve will help prevent it from freezing.
Do I have to pay for parking?
Yes. Day Sno-Park permits are $20.00. Annual Sno-Park permits are $40 and the grooming sticker is $40. Remember, the income from this pass pays for all parking lot snow removal as well as grooming; no other state funds support your Nordic area. In addition, there will be no more warnings for no Sno-park permits, just a ticket of $87. That’s more than a season pass, and those funds don’t go into the Sno-park system. Still, at less than the price of 2 alpine day tickets, an $80 season pass for a family is still a good bargain.
What if I don’t want to drive alone or I just want to decrease my carbon foot print?
Two chartered buses are available for $5 roundtrip. Here is the schedule of bus pick up spots and departure times:
NOTE: These are departure times. Please arrive 15 min early to load and board the bus.
*7:45 am Downtown Spokane Global Credit Union (3rd and Maple)
*8:00 am Spokane Valley Global Credit Union (Montgomery off Argonne)
*8:15 am Mt Spokane High School
The buses will leave the Selkirk Lodge at 1:00 pm and stop at Mt Spokane HS, downtown and Spokane Valley Global Credit Unions
You can carpool with friends. Parking is limited, so carpooling is a good idea. Remember to have your Sno Park permit and grooming sticker. See question: “Do I have to pay for parking.”
What about bathrooms?
The Selkirk Lodge, where registration will be, has flush bathrooms and warm running water. There are also outhouses near the lodge and along the cross country ski trails.
What if I miss the registration deadline?
Please register online or mail in, by Friday, Jan 24, 2014, so we know how many there will be for lunch. When you register early you also receive 2 chances to win in the door prize drawings. Late online registration continues until Friday Jan 31st ($10.00 late fee applies) If space is available, there is late registration during packet pickup at Mountain Gear on Friday, Jan 31st from 4-6:30 pm and late onsite registration at the Selkirk Lodge from 8:30 – 10:30am.
Are dogs allowed?
Sorry, No. Please leave your pups at home!!