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Shadle Park defeats Mt. Spokane 63-42

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Shadle's win over Mt. Spokane.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Mt. Spokane wins 10-0 against Mead

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Mt. Spokane vs. Mead game.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Mt. Spokane defeats Central Valley 35-16

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GSL game between Mt. Spokane and Central Valley.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

 

Mt. Spokane defeats North Central 28-19

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered Mt. Spokane's win against North Central.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

10 reasons to stay on your skis, snowboards

WINTER SPORTS — Thar's white gold in them thar hills, and plenty of snowpack for getting in a few more runs on skis and snowboards before spring creeps up into the the mountains.

Inland Northwest ski resorts are taking different approaches ending or extending their ski seasons this week.

Meantime, Craig Hill of the Tacoma News Tribune offers a West Side perspective on 10 top reasons you don't want to put your skis away too early in April … and, yes, bikini's are on the list.  Click “continue reading.”

Ski areas winding down; some extending season

WINTER SPORTS — Good spring skiing is in the forecast for skiers and snowboarders as Inland Northwest resorts post various schedules, events and season extensions.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort  announced today the extension of the ski season through April 14, noting the snowpack remains excellent. The annual Tropical Daze celebration is this weekend (April 6-7).

49 Degrees North has announced free lift tickets for skiers and snowboarders for the rest of the week before the resort shuts down for the season after Sunday (April 7).

Silver Mountain will be open Thursday-Sunday this week, with the end of the regular season festival and Splashdown Rail Jam this weekend. Thereafter, lifts will reopen for “Silver Saturdays” through April.

Lookout Pass  is open Thursday through Sunday this week. The annual Slush Cup is set for  Saturday (April 6). Next week the plan is to be open only on April 13 for the last day of the season.

Mt. Spokane is open for spring break, closing for the season on Sunday (April 7).

Stevens Pass  is open this week through Sunday, then reopening April 8-14 to close the season.

Gonzaga Prep girls defeat Mt. Spokane 65-46

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the Gonzaga Prep vs. Mt. Spokane game.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Mt. Spokane downhill ski area expansion moves forward

WINTER SPORTS — Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has moved up another administrative step toward developing a new ski lift and seven new ski runs on the west side of the mountain, on an 850-acre area known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has signed an amendment to the existing concession lease with Mt. Spokane 2000, allowing the non-profit concessionaire to proceed with the permitting process toward ski area expansion.

The newly signed amendment is on condition that the ski concessionaire provide plans for timber harvest and vegetation management and accommodate a State Parks archaeological survey.

The project then moves to the Spokane County permitting process, subject to review under the Land Use Petition Act. All necessary permits need to be obtained before actual work begins, possibly as early as late winter.

The proposal was submitted in 2010, and the Commission considered technical data and public comment.

In May 2011, the Commission allowed for potential expansion pending completion of environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act.

See background information related to the land-classification decision.

See the lease amendment signed this week, which includes a plan of development for the ski area expansion.

See background information on Mount Spokane State Park planning.

Lodge addition debuts at Mt. Spokane open house

WINTER SPORTS — The main lodge at Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is about a third larger after a $320,000 expansion project complete with a large deck for winter and summer activities.

The most significant improvement at the ski area in decades, as Brad McQuarrie general manager put it, will be revealed Saturday (Nov. 10) during an open house celebration. 4 p.m. to 6. p.m.

Skiing update: Some areas open Thursday

SKIING — As ski areas scramble to respond to the sudden onslaught of winter and more than a foot of fresh powder, some are revising their previously annouced schedules.

49 Degrees North and Lookout Pass will reopen on Thursday.

Mt. Spokane and Silver Mountain will open Friday.

Schweitzer Mountain will open its downhill and nordic ski areas on Friday.

All five areas say they will be open through the weekend.

  • Mount Spokane’s cross-country ski trails received more than a foot of wind-blown snow last night, and the temperture was minus 10 degrees this morning. Park Manager Steve Christensen said he was doing the best he could to groom the trails with the snowmobile until the big groomer can be put into action on Dec. 1.

Rain pushes back softball

University softball coach Jon Schuh enjoys coaching girls for many reasons. One of those reasons was quite evident Friday when the State 4A softball tournament in Tacoma was postponed.

Click here for the story and here for the revised 4A bracket and revised 3A bracket.