Posts tagged: Steve Christensen
WINTER SPORTS — Washington's Winter Recreation Advisory Committee today approved $300,000 to purchase an larger snowcat groomer for the 30-kilometers of nordic trails at Mount Spokane State Park, reports George Momany, the Spokane-region representative on the panel.
The appropriation should allow the state park staff to begin widening trails this summer to accommodate the new groomer.
Steve Christensen, Mount Spokane State Park manager, has been campaigning for a larger groomer for years.
“It will cost more in the beginning, but it will save money in the long run,” he said.
“The smaller groomers we've been using are underpowered for the amount and type of snow we get at Mount Spokane, and that results in more breakdowns,” he said.
“Once we get the trails to the right width, a bigger groomer will be able to work a trail in one pass. That will allow us to groom more miles of trail faster without leaving the rough berm in the middle that you get from double-pass grooming. Skaters will love that.”
The Spokane Nordic Ski Education Foundation will be calling on volunteers to help trim trails this summer.
Coming Sunday: The parking lot at Mount Spokane Nordic area will be jammed on Sunday (Feb. 12) for the annual Spokane Langlauf 10K cross-country ski race.
TRAILS – A trail that plummets down from the summit of Mount Spokane has been closed for re-routing and erosion control.
Steve Christensen, state park manager, said Trail 135 is especially popular with mountain bikers, but it’s poorly designed and seriously eroding.
Plans to re-route the trail will make it safer, he said, but the bulk of the work may not get underway until September. The new version of the trail will be renumbered 140 and connect with another reconstructed trail that descends to the Mount Kit Carson Lower Loop Road trailhead.
Another priority project, Christensen said, is widening the nordic skiing trails to accommodate a larger groomer the state park may be able to purchase.