In 1960, Sally Strand, a Northshore District High School science teacher, had a dream of sharing her love of skiing with her students. This led her to start the program that would eventually become Mohan Skiing & Boarding. Today, the non-profit ski school services six school districts with lessons, leadership training, and scholarships for any youngsters hoping to learn to ski. Led by veteran skiing gurus Rob Stimmel and John Mohan, the academy’s staff leads instructional expeditions on the snow-swathed slopes of Snoqualmie Summit Central, teaching students of all ages how to carve through powder, zoom down steeps, and use giant icicles as makeshift ski poles. Guests can schedule a private lesson for one-on-one instruction or register for one of their weekly group sessions, which range from weekend lessons for tykes ages 3–5 and Thursday executive ski sessions for adult alpinists.
Desiree has a passion for yoga. She's such a fan of the practice, in fact, that she became a yoga teacher herself, and continues to expand on her education every year. She shares that enthusiasm at Twisted Bliss Studio—opened with her sister Brynja, also a yoga practitioner—where she and her fellow instructors lead classes in a variety of yoga styles. Yang vinyasa, for example, sets guided arm balances and inversions to upbeat music, while yin yoga focuses on lengthening and contracting muscles. Some sessions are also heated to temperatures of up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit—the heat encourages deeper stretches and triggers detoxifying sweats.
We offer classes designed to serve people of all ages and individual circumstances on thier path toward well being. Our instructors, highly skilled in the art of adaptation make each class a unique and inspiring practice, combining breath, movement and meditation