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Sun., Jan. 8, 2012, 2:06 p.m.

Ferry County Rail Trail skiers make do

Ski tracks on the thin snow cover on the Ferry County Rail Trail on Jan.8, 2012. (Ferry County Rail Trail Partners)
Ski tracks on the thin snow cover on the Ferry County Rail Trail on Jan.8, 2012. (Ferry County Rail Trail Partners)

WINTER SPORTS -- The mountains are in need of new snow for skiers an the hopes of river runners.

But at the valley level north of Republic, Wash., there's boundless optimism for the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners Ski Day on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the old rail car loading area at the north end of Curlew. In the event of inadequate snow they plan on leading a walk along the Kettle River to the old railroad tunnel.

But for now, they're waxing poetic.  

Here's the Curlew Trailhead snow report from noon today, Jan. 8th:

2 inches of new and someone already skied it today!

Fingers crossed for 2 more inches over next 48 hours...

National Weather Service Forecast - Okanogan Highlands

REST OF TODAY
MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGHS IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S.

TONIGHT
MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. LOWS IN THE 20S.

MONDAY
CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN OR SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 30S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT!!

MONDAY NIGHT
MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. LOWS IN THE 20S.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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