Mt. Spokane Trail Grooming and Power Outage Update
(Jan 22, 2020)
The following is compiled from current reports from State Parks:
We recognize that there are concerns about what the grooming will look like for the rest of the season, when the trails will be groomed, and whether grooming will be done by someone with experience.
Kyle (Nordic grooming machine operator) is no longer with State Parks as of late last week. We were able to bring over a Nordic groomer from the Easton area to groom for the holiday weekend and JNQ so that there wasn’t a break in the grooming to date. Moving forward we are fortunate that Nathan, the former Nordic groomer at Mt. Spokane, has agreed to come back and help us with grooming until we can identify and train someone to help finish off the season. He plans to start grooming tomorrow night.
Grooming will continue per the usual schedule. He will also record updates on the grooming line. He will continue to use the 180 (small grooming machine) until the 350 (large grooming machine) has been repaired by the manufacturer. At this point we are on the waitlist and hopeful that the repairman will be able to help us with the 350 in the near future. The 350 is still under warranty so it is important that the repairs be completed by the manufacturer so as not to void any aspects of the warranty moving forward.
The heavy snows have caused multiple power outages in the park including the Selkirk Lodge. Inland Power has been doing their best to restore power when that occurs but there is only one main line to the park. The Alpine area and Snow Blaze condos have a separate power source which appears to be more reliable. We cannot control or easily report the status of power in the Selkirk Lodge.
We hope people will understand that many factors have contributed to the grooming issues as Parks staff work overtime to get our trails back to the quality many have come to expect.
Lisa Sunderman Receives 2019 Gary Silver Award
(Nov 5, 2019)
Lisa Sunderman received the 2019 Gary Silver Lifetime Service Award at Spokane Nordic's Celebrate the Champions Among Us dinner and auction on November 3.
Lisa’s dedication to Spokane Nordic and Nordic skiing in the Inland NW began when her children started in the Nordic Kid program (her oldest is now in college). She has served on countless positions within the organization, from Board President to volunteer instructor. She has long been an advocate of finding ways to introduce Nordic skiing to the Inland Northwest, and at the same time she has improved the level of skiing within our community by bringing PSIA certification and training to Mt. Spokane. She is quick to provide a friendly tip on the trail, yet at the same time she is just as quick to provide executive assistance to current board members. As tirelessly as she has served, Lisa shows no sign of letting up.
Lisa Sunderman (center) with past Gary Silver award recipients.