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Out and About

Published: 01:30PM February 21st, 2013

Ski/board White Pass

Feb. 23: $50. Spend the day at White Pass. Rent cross-country skis or snowshoes as well. You’ll be fitted for your gear when you sign up for the trip, so specify what gear you need. Lift tickets aren’t provided (except for lessons package) but may be purchased at JBLMmwr.com (look for the “Lift Tickets & Military Deals” button) or at the mountain. (Transportation only is $30; lessons package includes gear, lesson and lift ticket and is $100).

Gold Creek Pond at night

Feb. 23: $40. Snowshoe on the trails of Snoqualmie Pass by the light of the moon. Gear, guide and instruction are provided. Difficulty: beginner; distance: one-and-a-half miles; elevation gain: 50 feet; time: 2 hours. Minimum age: 12. Popular family trip.

Ski Keechelus Lake

Feb. 24: $40. Spend a great day in the snow-filled Cascades skiing along Keechelus Lake near Snoqualmie Pass. Gear and basic instruction are included. You should go to the Northwest Adventure Center before trip-day to be fitted for gear. Difficulty: easy; distance: five miles; time: 3 hours. Minimum age: 12.

Explore Victoria, B.C.

Feb. 24: $100. Hop on a ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C. by foot. The downtown area has everything from antique shops to artisan chocolate shops. Plus, you can stop in at the Royal B.C. Museum or watch an IMAX film. Trip fee includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket and transportation to and from Port Angeles. A passport is required. (Ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–4: $55) Popular family trip; reasonable accommodations made for special needs.

Ski/board Mission Ridge

March 2: $50. Travel across the mountains to central Washington for a day of skiing at the beautiful Mission Ridge Ski Resort. Gear is provided; go to the NAC to be fitted. Transportation only: $30.

Westport crabbing

March 2: $35. Join us for a day of fun at Westport. Learn to catch, identify and cook crabs. Gear and bait included. You’ll need to purchase your fishing license. Popular family trip; reasonable accommodations made for special needs.

Try snowtubing

March 3: $35. Looking for a way to get the entire family out in the snow having fun together? Look no further than snowtubing. Travel to one of Washington’s greatest tubing hills for a great day in the snow. Dress warmly, and get ready to go for a wild ride. (Ages 6–12: $25; ages 0–5: $5). Popular family trip; reasonable accommodations made for special needs.

Snowmobile the Cascades

March 3: $160: For those seeking the most fun-filled winter experience out there, check out this snowmobiling trip through the Cascade Mountains. You’ll have a day of fun and snow-covered action. Snowmobile, helmet, boots, gloves and snowsuit are provided. Dress in layers. Minimum age to drive: 16 (Adult passenger: $125; passenger 15 and younger: $75). Popular family trip; reasonable accommodations made for special needs.

Military day at Crystal

March 8: $40. Don’t miss the chance to ski or ride Crystal for half-price. Transportation and gear are provided (go to the NAC to be fitted for gear). Lift tickets aren’t included but should be purchased at the mountain. Transportation only: $25.

Snowshoe Olympics

March 9: $60. Discover the beauty of the Olympic Mountain Range from snowshoeing trails that offer something for everyone. Gear and instruction are provided for the trip. Minimum age: 12.

Survival camping trip

March 9-10: $75. Head to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park for an overnight trip to learn survival basics, backcountry cooking and leave-no-trace camping. There is a mandatory pre-trip class March 6, 5 to 6 p.m. Fee includes winter camping class, group gear (not sleeping bag), park entrance and two camp meals. Minimum age: 18.

ATV RiderCourse

March 10: $30. Ride on an all-terrain vehicle for the first time or work on your riding skills. ATV Safety Institute-certified instructors guide you. We’ll ride rain or shine. Trip fee includes ATV, helmet and goggles. ASI ATV RiderCourse Certification will be awarded at completion. Minimum age: 16.