Mount Spokane today flashback to old days of nordic skiing

Backcountry skiers break trail through deep powder. (Rich Landers)
Backcountry skiers break trail through deep powder. (Rich Landers)

WINTER SPORTS — Last night's storm dumped about 10 inches of new powder on the Mount Spokane cross-country ski trails, so much so fast the groomer couldn't keep up with it.

Deja vu.  It was like heading up to the mountain 30 years ago before big groomers.

A backcountry skiing Mecca.

People venturing out and breaking trail for others to follow.

I heard one guy grousing that the trails weren't groomed to perfection as he tried to plow through five inches of powder that had fallen after the groomer has passed.

He simply had the wrong tools on his feet for the conditions.  Skiers on classic or touring skis had big smiles on their faces.

It was a great day to step out in the winter woods and back in time.

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Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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