Monthly Archives: November 2012

63rd Annual Santa Parade in Chehalis on December 1!

Anden Hundley, a Cub Scout “Present”!

What’s more fun than a hometown parade? Add in Christmas-time and Santa and you have easily created a memorable annual family event.

Saturday, December 1, at 11:00am the 63rd annual Santa Parade will take place in historic downtown Chehalis, Washington. Lasting about an hour, the parade snakes through the streets as cheering parents, grandparents and friends line the streets. Colorful floats full of red-cheeked children wave and smile for their admirers. Local businesses toss candy to their loyal customers.

After the parade, stick around this quaint little town and check it out. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and a pastry at the Market Street Bakery and Café. Take care of some of your Christmas shopping in one of the many small, locally owned stores such as Book ‘n’ Brush or Yarn & Things. Visit the historic Lewis County Museum or admire the Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library, newly built but with a beautiful old-style architecture.

The parade is a great way for family and friends to reconnect or for visitors to meet the friendly, down-to-earth residents of the area. So come on down to the Santa Parade and start making your own family memories!

2011 Santa Parade Float

Getting there: Downtown Chehalis is located just east of I-5, taking either exit 77 or 79.

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White Pass Ski Resort

Josh getting ready for snowboarding lessons.

The snow is falling, the snow is falling! Time to head up to White Pass Ski Resort and hit the slopes. I say that like I know what I’m doing but I’m a newby. This year I will be trying to ski for the first time. Last year we bought our then 13-year-old son, Josh, snowboard lessons. It was a great deal. Three lessons with equipment rental (either snowboard or ski, you get to choose) which can be taken on non-consecutive days. This year the cost is $129.00 for ages 5-12, over age 12 is $139.00.

I have never skied before or even been to a ski resort. I was in for a bit of a shock. First was ALL the people there! I don’t think I’ve seen so many people in one spot expect during Christmas in downtown Seattle! Next was the “lodge.” It’s called the base lodge. Having only seen ski lodges on TV I was picturing a nice quite romantic room with a crackling fire and soft couches. Uh, no, it was more like a junior high cafeteria. The top two floors were jam-packed and noisy. The food is also rather expensive, but you are welcome to bring your own.

The bottom floor holds the store, equipment rental and repair, restrooms and daycare. The store actually has surprisingly affordable items. For instance, jackets were less expensive there than at the Helley Hanson factory outlet store in Centralia.

But – the lodge has great windows looking out onto the slopes. That’s where we waited while Josh had his lessons and after watching people skiing who obviously had various levels of expertise, I decided maybe I could try it so that’s my goal for this winter. Josh finished out his snowboard lessons, slowly increasing his skills. This year he will try skiing as well to compare which will work best for him. I plan on giving a couple of other family members the lessons for Christmas as well (shhh, don’t tell them!)

A new lodge up high on the ridgeline called High Camp Lodge was built when White Pass Ski Resort was able to expand an additional 767 acres last year. I hope to get up there after I learn to ski and see it so I can tell you more about what it has to offer in the way of amenities and views.

There is lodging with kitchens available on the mountain as well as nearby towns but there really aren’t any other dining options on site besides the lodge.

So check it out at skiwhitepass.com for the latest conditions and other options for lessons and we’ll see you on the slopes!

Getting there: From Interstate 5, go east on Hwy 12. From eastern Washington, go west on Hwy. 12.

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