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Thursday, June 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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It’s Nordic Nirvana at area xc ski areas

Sun & snow: While Spokane has been mostly smothered in low clouds and fog for more than a week, skiers at Mount Spokane have been above it all on most days. This skate skier was basking in sunshine last Sunday. The cross-country trails and parking area will be busy today for the annual Langlauf 10K citizens race, starting at 11 a.m. (Rich Landers)
Sun & snow: While Spokane has been mostly smothered in low clouds and fog for more than a week, skiers at Mount Spokane have been above it all on most days. This skate skier was basking in sunshine last Sunday. The cross-country trails and parking area will be busy today for the annual Langlauf 10K citizens race, starting at 11 a.m. (Rich Landers)

Put away that garden seed catalog. Cross-country ski areas are enjoying the season’s best snow conditions.

Mount Spokane: New snow has accumulated every day this week with temperatures largely in the teens and 20s. XCers in most of the world would die for these conditions.

Tauber Angus Ranch: “We had 14 inches of new snow earlier this week and I’m wondering how to get word out to people that the skiing is fantastic,” said Cassie Tauber, operations manager of the working cattle ranch. Family members who love to ski groom miles of trails about 12 miles north of Sandpoint.

“Our trails are more gentle than a lot of areas, great for families, and we have a yurt,” she said.

Info: (208) 263-6400.

4th of July Pass: Enough snow has accumulated for gates to be closed, barring vehicles, and for groomers to pack miles of trails.

“I welcome a good late winter and early spring ski season, if only to make up for the deficit we suffered in December and most of January,” said Geoff Harvey, Panhandle Nordic Club.

Methow Valley: “So much snow, so much fun,” says the email from the Methow Valley Sports Trail Association. The area near Winthrop is bustling this weekend with a winter triathlon hot-air balloon festival.




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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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