Cross-country skiers donating time, energy and their own grooming equipment are inspiring Sandpoint– a town of alpine skiing tradition– to get active on skinny skis. The growth is being sparked by the Sandpoint Nordic Club, whose members are grooming trails at the University of Idaho Extension tree farm in Sandpoint and helping with lessons and youth ski groups. The club’s website also has maps of ski trails at other Sandpoint-area nordic skiing venues. Schweitzer Mountain Resort nordic area is the bread and butter for Sandpoint skinny skiers with 32-kilometers of groomed trails at an altitude for reliable snow. But other groomed trail venues are providing gentle terrain close to Sandpoint that’s ideal for skating and teaching. Those areas include Tauber Angus Farms, where a couple has invested in rental skis and a snowcat groomer, and Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, which has lodge facilities and a growing trail system. Outdoors editor Rich Landers checks them out in these photos. Also, see his story here.