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Sat., Dec. 4, 2010, 7:31 p.m.

Mount Spokane nordic groomer finally up and running

Brian and Ann Grow leave the groomed trails behind to enjoy some old-style skiing on skier-made tracks around Shadow Mountain on a brilliant Saturday at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)
Brian and Ann Grow leave the groomed trails behind to enjoy some old-style skiing on skier-made tracks around Shadow Mountain on a brilliant Saturday at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

NORDIC SKIING -- Whether on groomed trails or on the tracks skiers made themselves, the cross-country skiing at Mount Spokane State Park was stunning today.

The large Bombardier snowcat grooming was finally running well enough to smooth the snow on cross-country ski trails at Mount Spokane State Park. Park staff was slowed by numerous blowdown trees that had to be removed, but they were progressing fast.

Meantime, some skiers went beyond the groomed trails to take turns making their own tracks through the powder around Quartz and Shadow mountains. 

The snow-ghost trees were caked with white and the views stretched far to north to the white peaks in the Idaho Selkirks. 




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.