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March 2, 2014 in Outdoors

Art Bookstrom, a former NCAA ski champion, breaks trail on a cross- country skiing route he marked with orange diamonds for the enjoyment of skiers who want an old-fashioned nordic skiing experience off the wide, groomed trails at Mount Spokane State Park.

March 1, 2014 in Outdoors
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Art Bookstrom, No. 17, is a regular contender in the 65 and older age group of the Spokane Langlauf 10K cross-country ski race at Mount Spokane.

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When his sister from out of town came to Spokane for a winter visit, Art Bookstrom recruited her to help him with his regular weekend effort to build and maintain mini ski jumps for the pleasure and development of the Mount Spokane Nordic Kids.

Art’s Boogie, as it’s informally named, is an ungroomed route through the Forest among the groomed nordic skiing trails at Mount Spokane State Park. It’s named for Art Bookstrom, a perennial volunteer at the cross-country trails.

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Art Bookstrom, left, and other helpers watch as a Nordic Kids skier tries out one of the jumps he designed at Mount Spokane to help kids develop balance and endurance in a fun way at Mount Spokane State Park.

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Art Bookstrom extends his tour beyond the Art’s Boogie off-trail route to climb up to the Quartz Mountain Lookout at Mount Spokane State Park.

February 28, 2014 in Outdoors
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Art Bookstrom, 75, breaks trail on a cross-country skiing route he marked with orange diamonds for the enjoyment of skiers who want an old-fashioned nordic skiing experience off the wide, groomed trails at Mount Spokane State Park.

Rich Landers photo

Art Bookstrom, 75, breaks trail on a cross-country skiing route he marked with orange diamonds for the enjoyment of skiers who want an old-fashioned nordic skiing experience off the wide, groomed trails at Mount Spokane State Park.

Rich Landers photo

Art Bookstrom, 75, breaks trail on a cross-country skiing route he marked with orange diamonds for the enjoyment of skiers who want an old-fashioned nordic skiing experience off the wide, groomed trails at Mount Spokane State Park.

Rich Landers photo

Art Bookstrom, 75, breaks trail on a cross-country skiing route he marked with orange diamonds for the enjoyment of skiers who want an old-fashioned nordic skiing experience off the wide, groomed trails at Mount Spokane State Park.

Rich Landers photo

Art Bookstrom, No. 347, is a regular participant in the Spokane Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country ski race, where he also regularly makes the awards podium even though at 75 he’s competing with youngsters 10 years younger in the 65 and older age group.

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Art Bookstrom, on the accordion, often provides background entertainment in Selkirk Lodge at Mount Spokane for the participants in the Spokane Langlauf 10K cross-country ski race.