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New signs mark expanded nordic trails system at Mount Spokane

WINTER SPORTS — While many skiers were enjoying the new layer of light snow and 25-degree temperatures at Mount Spokane State Park today, a group of volunteers was helping nordic skiers stay on course in the expanded cross-country trail system.

Pictured above from left, Drew Schlieder, Sam Schlieder and George Momany from Spokane Nordic Ski Association were taking down old signs on the north half of the trail system and replacing them with signs that included  more than 12 kilometers of new groom trails added this season.  The total groomed trails system at Mount Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park is more than 42 kilometers.

"I'd like to be giving my skis a workout instead of riding this snowmobile," said Momany, " but I'm glad to be doing this (to help keep skiers stay oriented).

The new trails will be added temporarily to the old signs with a laminate since this season is a test with Inland Empire Paper Company to see how the program works to expand grooming from the state park onto private timber lands.

"We don't want to invest $1,500 in new signs until we're sure the program will continue," Momany said.