Grooming FAQ

Effective February 2018, grooming comments are to go State Parks via the email address or web form on the main Grooming Page.  Here are answers to some of the most frequent inquires receives by Spokane Nordic's Grooming Advisory Committee:

General Grooming Questions

 

  • Is Spokane Nordic responsible for grooming? No. Mt. Spokane State Parks provides the grooming for the Nordic and snowmobile trail systems. 

 

  • What affects where and when trails are groomed?  State Parks rules require grooming to be done at night to avoid conflicts with skiers. Extreme weather conditions such as wind (falling trees), heavy snow and ice can be deciding factors when the groomer operator is evaluating safety for himself and the equipment. There is only one grooming machine operator and it is not feasible for him to wait until the snow stops in the morning to begin grooming. There are occasions where the small snowmobile groomer can be taken out to do limited grooming during the day, but this is done by volunteers.

 

  • What does the Spokane Nordic Grooming Advisory Committee do? This operational committee functions under the umbrella of the Spokane Nordic board. The committee works with the Parks staff, Inland Empire Paper Company and Idaho Department of Lands to facilitate the planning, building and maintenance of our trail system. In addition, the committee has been instrumental in obtaining the largest grooming machine in the state park system, the SNSA snowmobile, and its grooming attachments, and has helped organize trail clearing days in the summer months. The Grooming Advisory Committee is not responsible for nor is in charge of the equipment or staff.

 

  • Can the Mt. Spokane alpine resort groomers help? The committee has discussed ideas with the resort. The alpine grooming machines are too wide to fit on the majority of the Nordic trails. In addition, no tracks can be set with their equipment. 

 

  • Would it be possible for the snow report rangers to walk a few meters up Brian’s Hill or some similar single groomer pass trail and make some judgement about how conditions are? The level of Nordic skiing experience of most of the limited Mt. Spokane parks staff makes this problematic. We are looking at ways to improve the information about trail conditions.

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