For sure, the skiers had an easier time making it then the boarders. There were about 15 boarders and 5 skiers and almost all the skiers made it at least once but only 4 boarders made it all the way to the end. It seemed the boarders had a harder time with edge catching. I made it the 2 times I went and it seemed pretty easy, you just had to be hauling butt!
Yes, Mt Spokane is only 45min. north of Spokane.