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THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

Brian and Anne Grow leave the groomed trails behind to enjoy some old-style cross-country gliding on skier-made tracks at Mount Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Nordic skiing isn't everyone's cup of tea

WINTERSPORTS -- Cross-country skiing is an active way to glide through winter, as S-R columnists explored in the paper this week. But several readers pointed out that they prefer other less athletic ways to endure the snowy months. Among them, Gary Polser, who writes: My...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2014

FRIDAY, FEB. 28, 2014

Most nordic routes groomed at 4th of July Pass

WINTER SPORTS -- Here's today's grooming report for Fourth of July Pass cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails from Geoff Harvey of the Panhandle Nordic Club: The last warm system that passed through condensed the dryer snow from Sunday and Monday and dropped a little new...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2013


Van Bennett drives the groomer at Fourth of July Pass for the Panhandle Nordic club while Geoff Harvey is helping to plan new trails. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

All ski trails groomed at Fourth of July Pass

WINTER SPORTS -- Skiing conditions are great at Fourth of July Pass sport trails for the holiday weekend. All nordic trails have been groomed and are in especially prime condition for skaters. Here's today's report from Panhandle Nordic Club president Geoff Harvey: Skip Truscortt and...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

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)

It's Nordic Nirvana at area xc ski areas

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....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2012

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2011

Snowshoeing is another popular activity in the West Glacier area. (Darrin Schreder / Courtesy Glacier Country Tourism)

Activities abound for nordic skiers, snowshoers 

WINTER SPORTS -- Free-heel skiers and snowshoers have plenty of events to sample in the next two weeks. Among them: Snowshoeing activites organized by Spokane Parks and Recreation include: Winter survival youth camp, Dec. 28-29, to learn snowshoeing and snow shelter building skills. Mount Spokane...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011


MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011


Van Bennett drives the groomer at Fourth of July Pass for the Panhandle Nordic club while Geoff Harvey is helping to plan new trails. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Fourth of July Pass ski trail holding snow

WINTER SPORTS -- The Panhandle Nordic Club's annual Rock Soup event is set for Saturday at Fourth of July Pass nordic trails Panhandle Hut. Although the snow is thin on the trails, there's plenty for skiing. "The ski up Skywalker from Skateway to Twisted Klister...

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

A simple dome tent structure - a work in progress -  serves as a snowshoer's shelter on the Twisted Klister trail systemat Fourth of July Pass. It's maintained by the Panhandle Nordic Club

 (Panhandle Nordic Club)

Simple shelters go up for snowshoers

WINTER SPORTS -- You have to love the spirit of the Panhandle Nordic Club and the volunteers who have helped develop the Fourth of July Pass ski and snowshoe trails.They help maintain the trails. They bake cookies to give to the I-90 snowplow drivers as...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.