Posts tagged: Spokane Nordic Ski Association
WINTER SPORTS — While many skiers were enjoying the new layer of light snow and 25-degree temperatures at Mount Spokane State Park today, a group of volunteers was helping nordic skiers stay on course in the expanded cross-country trail system.
Pictured above from left, Drew Schlieder, Sam Schlieder and George Momany from Spokane Nordic Ski Association were taking down old signs on the north half of the trail system and replacing them with signs that included more than 12 kilometers of new groom trails added this season. The total groomed trails system at Mount Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park is more than 42 kilometers.
“I'd like to be giving my skis a workout instead of riding this snowmobile,” said Momany, ” but I'm glad to be doing this (to help keep skiers stay oriented).
The new trails will be added temporarily to the old signs with a laminate since this season is a test with Inland Empire Paper Company to see how the program works to expand grooming from the state park onto private timber lands.
“We don't want to invest $1,500 in new signs until we're sure the program will continue,” Momany said.
WINTER SPORTS — Nordic skiers have plenty of options for special events or competition in the Inland Northwest.
The 35th annual Langlauf 10-kilmeter classic citizens race, set for Feb. 10 at Mount Spokane, is among the largest and all participants qualify for thousands of dollars in prizes.
Langlauf is one of four events – two classic and two freestyle – in the Selkirk Nordic Series. Participants are eligible for prizes, while the top skiers compete for bragging rights as the region’s fastest overall skier. Racers must combine scores on at least one classic and one freestyle race.
“The goal of the series is to increase participation in Nordic racing as a recreational activity for adults,” said Spokane Nordic Ski Association member Al Pokorny, who helped link the events.
The other three events are the Cougar Gulch race at Schweitzer Jan. 15, Chewelah Peak Challenge at 49 Degrees North on Feb. 2 and the series event to be held in the bustling atmosphere of the Group Health/ Providence Health Care Challenge Junior Nordic Qualifier races at Mount Spokane on Feb. 23.
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) and other groups around Winthrop have the most ambitious schedule of events in the region.
Read on for a long list of notable regional 2012-2013 nordic skiing events.