Winter is fast approaching here in the Inland Northwest, and for many of our students, it may be the first time they’ve lived somewhere during a winter season, or maybe even seen snow! The winter season here can bring a variety of weather phenomena, everything from rain and snow, sleet and hail and everything in between. While the weather isn’t always pleasant, it brings along a variety of activities for our students to take part in. At Northwest College Support, our staff works to put together fun and engaging activities that allow our students to experience everything winter has to offer.

Skiing and snowboarding are huge in our area, with five mountain resorts within an hour’s drive from Coeur d’Alene. Every Friday we take advantage of this by organizing a trip up to Lookout Pass, where the students can try their hand at these winter sports with the help of experienced staff guiding them. The students have the ability to use the season passes whenever they would like (granted they don’t have class of course) which serves as a great opportunity to have some fun with their friends or get to know their fellow students up on the mountain.

On the weekends our staff organizes daily activities, which range from sledding, snowball fights and snowman building, hot chocolate socials, holiday baking and Christmas movie marathons. The students are able to suggest weekend activities, and even organize them themselves! Many of the students enjoy the opportunity to take a position of leadership and share a special talent or skill they have with the other students.

Of course these are just a few of the many activities NWCS students have available to them, others include –

  • Snowshoeing
  • Eagle Watching Lake Cruises
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Ice Skating
  • Spokane Chiefs Hockey Games
  • Ice Fishing
  • Holiday Cruises at the CDA resort
  • Snow Tubing
  • Theatre Productions and Concerts
  • Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Parade
  • Winter Driving Safety Course
  • Volunteering at Soup Kitchens and Donation Centers