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Mt. Spokane ski area can expand, parks panel says

Skiers come down the Northwest Passage run, the main beginner-intermediate slope at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park on Friday, March11, 2011.  The runs becomes a bottleneck on busy weekend days, funneling beginners and more advanced skiers into tight quarters, which is one reason the ski area would like to open the Northwest face of the mountain in a proposed expansion, adding more terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Skiers come down the Northwest Passage run, the main beginner-intermediate slope at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park on Friday, March11, 2011. The runs becomes a bottleneck on busy weekend days, funneling beginners and more advanced skiers into tight quarters, which is one reason the ski area would like to open the Northwest face of the mountain in a proposed expansion, adding more terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

STATE PARKS — Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park will be allowed to expand into pristine terrain on the mountain’s northwest face.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission voted 4-0 Thursday afternoon to allow the expansion to move forward, after hours of discussion about recreational desires versus the need to protect old-growth forest, meadows and wetlands at Mount Spokane, the state’s largest park.

Click here to read all of SR reporter Becky Kramer's story.




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