Back-country skier Jeff Zickler, of Spokane, applies skins to his skis before hiking up the snowy slopes at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. Zickler rides a “split board,” which is actually a snowboard that comes apart to be used as skis, then reassembled at the top to be ridden down as a snowboard.
Brad McQuarrie tries out his powder skis at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. The depth and dryness of the powder made it slower going than expected, and he said he planned to have his skis waxed before trying again.
Brad McQuarrie looks back up the run at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. The November snow couldn’t arrive soon enough, McQuarrie said. Last year’s below-average snowfall and resulting lower number of skier visits forced the resort to borrow money to complete standard summer maintenance, he said.
Mountain Operations Manager Lance Stengle unloads uninflated snow tubes at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. The tubing hill, which has a rope tow to bring sledders up the hill, was a popular attraction last year when snow was scarce.