Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park

November 26, 2010 11:05 a.m.  •  0 comments

Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park opened the day after Thanksgiving. Photographer Jesse Tinsley visited the slopes of Mount Spokane Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, to check out preparations.

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Back-country skier Jeff Zickler, of Spokane, applies skins to his skis before hiking up the snowy slopes at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. Zickler rides a “split board,” which is actually a snowboard that comes apart to be used as skis, then reassembled at the top to be ridden down as a snowboard.

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Jeff Zickler of Spokane begins walking up the snowy slopes of Mount Spokane in anticipation of a fun return trip, at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.

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General Manager Brad McQuarrie looks around the slopes at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. The resort opened Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, along with many other ski areas in the region.

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Brad McQuarrie tries out his powder skis at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. The depth and dryness of the powder made it slower going than expected, and he said he planned to have his skis waxed before trying again.

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Brad McQuarrie cuts a turn on his new powder skis at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.

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Brad McQuarrie looks back up the run at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. The November snow couldn’t arrive soon enough, McQuarrie said. Last year’s below-average snowfall and resulting lower number of skier visits forced the resort to borrow money to complete standard summer maintenance, he said.

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Blue sky peeks through the clouds over the slopes of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.

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Richard Calvin, center, along with George Humphries, left, knocks ice off the chairs on lift number two before installing cushioned pads at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.

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Richard Calvin gathers ice in his beard while installing cushioned pads on lift chairs at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park in single-digit temperatures.

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Darrin Van Bebber, left, and Joe Brennan install cushioned pads on lift chairs at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.

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Mountain Operations Manager Lance Stengle unloads uninflated snow tubes at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. The tubing hill, which has a rope tow to bring sledders up the hill, was a popular attraction last year when snow was scarce.

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A grooming machine drives across the snowy slopes at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, packing down the light, powdery snow in preparation for actual grooming of the runs.

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