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The Slice meets the Mount Spokane nordic trails

Lisa Sunderman of Spokane Nordic, left, starts a cross-country skiing lesson with The Spokesman-Review Slice columnist, Paul Turner, and his partner, Carol. (Rich Landers)
Lisa Sunderman of Spokane Nordic, left, starts a cross-country skiing lesson with The Spokesman-Review Slice columnist, Paul Turner, and his partner, Carol. (Rich Landers)

WINTERSPORTS -- The Mount Spokane cross-country ski trails were a happy place to be on Saturday, as snow dumped onto the sprawling 60K trail system -- finally -- and The Spokesman-Review's beloved columnist Paul Turner turned out for his first cross-country skiing lesson.

Lisa Sunderman, one of several capable Spokane Nordic volunteers who are offering cross-country skiing lessons this season, took Paul and his partner Carol under her wing.

Even though Sunderman is an expert skier, not to mention a triathlete, she made Turner comfortable on snow in no time.

I suspect we'll read more about it.

Meantime, check out Spokane Nordic, the lessons the local club offers in classic and skating technique, and the special Jan. 11 Winterfest with a long list of events and activities, including clinics on backcountry skiing and skijoring.




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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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