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Competitive Bids Must For Ski Area

What sort of a ski resort will Mount Spokane be over the next 20 years? The state parks commission has heard loud and clear from the people it serves that major improvements are needed. The state cannot reasonably count on major improvements from a fine-tuning of its contract with the current operator. Especially when the state has not fostered a robust competition for the right to operate the downhill ski area. The current operator's contract expires this summer. The Mt. Spokane Skiing Corp. hopes to win the contract again. The company submitted the only bid last year when the state asked for proposals.

Miscellany

A week after Gerald McClellan suffered a knockout that left him on life support in a London hospital, Argentine super-bantamweight Sergio Liendo, who had never been knocked down, was knocked out for more than a minute in the second round of a World Boxing Association fight at Livingstone, Scotland, by the unbeaten British fighter Naseem Hamed. Natasha Zvereva upset No. 1-seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (7-5), 6-3 in an Evert Cup tennis semifinal at Indian Wells, Calif. Mary Joe Fernandez upset Naoko Sawamatsu 6-4, 7-6 in the other.

Moe Injured In Super G

Italian skier Peter Runggalder won a World Cup super giant slalom, edging out AJ Kitt on a fast track at Whistler Mountain. Runggalder started second and covered the 53-gate, 2,449-meter course in 1 minute, 35.97 seconds to beat Kitt by 13 one-hundredths of a second. Kitt had a remarkable run considering he started 54th. Course conditions held up during the 90-minute event as cooler temperatures produced an icy surface. Defending champion Tommy Moe of the United States crashed early in his run and was taken to hospital with possible broken ribs.

Tomba Bombs

Alberto Tomba, seemingly unbeatable in Europe, continued a decade of frustration in Japan today when he failed to finish a World Cup giant slalom, his second failure in 24 hours. Tomba, who came to Japan with a chance to become the third man ever to win as many as 12 races in a season, goes back home with the 10 victories with which he arrived.

Skier Falls, Dies Of Head Injuries

An Aberdeen, Wash., woman skiing at White Pass ski resort with her fiance died from head injuries after she fell and slid down a steep, icy slope. The woman, who was celebrating her 23rd birthday, was skiing an expert run Friday when she fell and slid 60 to 70 yards, the Lewis County sheriff's office said in a press release.

Basic Backcountry Gear

Following is a basic list of equipment needed to ski groomed trails into backcountry huts. Wear synthetic polypropylene-type socks, underwear and clothing. Avoid wearing cotton anywhere in your layering system. Clothing Synthetic briefs and long underwear Wool or pile sweater Pile jacket Shell jacket Wind pants Wool or pile hat Extra synthetic socks Extra mittens Gear for trail Skis, poles, boots Day pack Sunglasses Sunscreen and lip balm Bandanna or muff Ski wax Map Compass Lunch Water bottles First aid kit Waterproof matches Fire starter Knife Headlamp Gear for hut Towel Booties Sleeping bag Toiletry items Extra batteries Dinner and breakfast Games, cards, books

Outback Skiing Babes In The Woods A Methow Valley Hut-To-Hut Ski Trail System Paves The Way For Novices And Families To Explore The Backcountry

1. Not even bitter cold temperatures could chill the enthusiasm of two families gliding up a groomed trail toward a cozy cabin and their first backcountry skiing overnighter in the Methow Valley. Photos by Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review 2. Days end at the Gardner Hut, a popular destination for skiers six miles from cililation. 3. (Photo of family sitting indoors around a lantern)

Sports People

Stanford University agreed to an employment discrimination settlement that would keep Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green's name out of a sexual harassment claim by a former school employee, according to a copyrighted story in the Star Tribune. ... Trace Worthington of Park City, Utah, nailed two jumps in Altenmarkt, Austria, to win his third World Cup aerials meet in four weeks. ... Raul Bey, who pleaded no contest to failing to register as an agent in Florida and bankrolled a shopping spree for Florida State football players in late 1993, faces a year in prison, $2,000 fine and $10,000 in restitution under a plea bargain agreement with the state. ... Former 1988 Olympic boxing flyweight silver medalist Michael Carbajal was ordered to do 300 hours of community service and placed on two years probation after pleading guilty to recklessly shooting a gun outside a party in Phoenix.

Snow Sport Report

Alpine skiing A Freestyle Snowboardfest featuring halfpipe and slope-style events will be held this weekend at Schweitzer. Info: (208)263-9555. The U.S. and Canadian Ski Teams are competing this weekend in the downhill and Super G races at Big Mountain in Whitefish.

New Bill Limits Use Of Jet Skis

Jet skiers on Lake Coeur d'Alene and around the state could face new rules under a bill introduced Wednesday by Sen. Mary Lou Reed, D-Coeur d'Alene. The bill restricts the use of the popular water machines to those 16 and older unless someone 18 or older is riding on the jet ski with them, Reed said. Jet skiers would be able to travel at no wake speed - about 5 mph - when within 100 feet of a boat or dock under the bill.

Four Spokane Skiers Make Jr. Olympics

Four Spokane-area teenagers were among 23 skiers who qualified in Spokane on Sunday for the U.S. Junior Olympics. The Intergalactic Hyperski freestyle race and the Spokane Langlauf classic race were the last of eight events in which skiers from Oregon, Washington and North Idaho competed for points to make the Pacific Northwest team.

Women-Only Ski Instruction Available At Most Area Resorts

Former Olympic ski racer Tamara McKinney never had any trouble keeping up with the boys. But now that she conducts ski clinics across the country, she's found that sometimes the most effective way to teach women to ski is without the boys around.

Tomba The Terrific: Italy’s Superstar Skier Slaloms To 10th Victory

Alberto Tomba continues to be almost invincible. The Italian superstar skied to his 10th victory in 12 tries this season, winning a giant slalom on Saturday to move closer to his first World Cup overall title. The 28-year-old - perfect in seven slaloms and 3-for-5 in the giant slalom - was clocked in a composite 2 minutes, 21.96 seconds. He used a dramatic late surge to finish just ahead of Jure Kosir of Slovenia.

Miller, Bauer Win Warm-Up To Langlauf

Brett Miller of Bend, Ore., and Debbie Bauer of Spokane were light years ahead of their competition Saturday in the Intergalactic Hyperski freestyle cross country ski races at Mount Spokane. Miller skated the 15-kilometer men's course in 43:27 to win the male 17-18-year-old category as well as overall honors. Bauer skied the women's 10K in 31:24.

Wachter’s A Winner

Anita Wachter skied to an easy victory in the World Cup giant slalom. The 27-year-old Austrian, whose time was 2 minutes, 34.41 seconds, didn't win by that much, but the margin of 89-hundredths of a second devastated the field. Wachter's season got off to a poor start, but she has gradually gained momentum by winning a World Cup super-G and finishing second in a giant slalom earlier in the month.