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Nordic skiers respond to Mount Spokane Survey

NORDIC SKIING — About 160 skiers responded to a survey posted on the Spokane Nordic Ski Education Foundation website last month.

Although the results haven't been fully compiled, club spokesman Brad Thiessen offered these observations of the trends:

What survey takers loved most about skiing at Mount Spokane:

  • The variety and length of the trails
  • Accessibility and proximity to Spokane
  • Friendliness and the sense of community on the hill
  • The beauty of the Mount Spokane trail area

The most common concerns:

  •  Desire for an improved and larger Selkirk Lodge
  • Better and more consistent grooming
  • The Sno-Park fee system
  • Toilets and a rest stop near the back of the trails

Sign up: Nordic Kids put families on skis at Mount Spokane

WINTER SPORTS —  Kids ages 5-15 are the focus of the popular Nordic Kids cross-country skiing program at Mount Spokane, but parents who need a primer don’t have to sit around.

Spokane Nordic Ski Education Foundation is taking registration for Saturday skiing lessons that start Jan. 7 and run most Saturdays through March 3. Last year, 150 kids joined groups led by volunteer instructors through the season.

“This is a family sport, so we decided last year to have a lesson for parents who needed help with nordic skiing,” said Alison Liaboe, Nordic Kids co-organizer.

“That was a real hit. So this year, we’re offering three free lessons to parents who enroll their kids in the program.”

Also new, five of the volunteer coaches will be certified instructors.

Participants must become members of SNSEF ($30 per family).

Cost for the seven weekend Nordic Kids sessions is $50.

Sign up online.