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March 14, 2011
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Skiers come down the Northwest Passage run, the main beginner-intermediate slope at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park on Friday, March11, 2011. The runs becomes a bottleneck on busy weekend days, funneling beginners and more advanced skiers into tight quarters, which is one reason the ski area would like to open the Northwest face of the mountain in a proposed expansion, adding more terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers.

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Brad McQuarrie, right, manager of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, skis down a road on the undeveloped Northwest side of the mountain on Friday, March 11, 2011. The area is only used by advanced skiers who leave the patrolled boundaries of the park, but the ski area would like to open the Northwest face of the mountain in a proposed expansion by adding runs through timber and some open glades.

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Brad McQuarrie, right, manager of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, stands at the edge of the patrolled runs at the ski area on Friday, March 11, 2011. The ski area would like to open the area behind him, which is a semi-open glade, as well as some runs that would need to be cut through some timbered stand in a proposed expansion.

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Brad McQuarrie, right, manager of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, watches skiers pass him on the slope just above the main lodge on Friday, March 11, 2011. The area above the lodge is a bottleneck on busy weekend days, funneling beginners and more advanced skiers into tight quarters, which is one reason the ski area would like to open the Northwest face of the mountain in a proposed expansion.