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Re: “Sacred Mt. Spokane

I'm scratching my head at all the haters/proponents of the ski hill. That Mt. Spokane is a sacred place to the local tribe is just one of many reasons not to expand the ski hill. First and foremost in my mind is the fact that Mt. Spokane is the only mountain is a state park (I believe in the nation, and certainly in Washington) where you can hike, bike, horseback ride, and snowshoe from top to bottom entirely in old growth forest. It's a magical experience to ascend for hours through the trees then be able to pop out on top and be treated to such magnificent views. And, this experience can be done all year round. Unlike skiing, which is lucky to get a 3 month season. Second, at the last public meeting on the issues, many skiers raised serious concerns. The expansion would essentially eliminate any back country skiing opportunities. The expansion would essentially be all blue and green runs, turning the mountain into one big beginner hill The expansion would only make the already atrocious parking situation worse. The expansion, and the new lift, would not make the existing older lifts any faster (which is the real issue for long lines, on the few days that they occur). It has been demonstrated that Mt. Spokane routinely shuts down a portion of the mountain because of low numbers of people skiing. Third, our city's motto is 'near nature, near perfect'. Clearcutting in 7 runs would ruin the pristine view of the mountain from the city. During the day we'd have to look at the clear cut scars/runs, and at night the mountain would be lit up. About as far away as 'near nature, near perfect' as you can get.

60 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Eric 1 on 02/15/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “New permit requirement complicates Mt. Spokane expansion

A glimmer of hope!!! The expansion should not happen. Not just to preserve the native American's historical concerns, but to save the only 'natural mountaintop' in Eastern Washington. Mt. Spokane offers the only opportunity in America to hike/bike/horseback ride/snowshoe from the bottom of the mountain all the way to the top entirely on trails within old growth forest. After ascending for hours you get the thrill of popping out at the top with incredible views. It is truly a one of a kind experience, and certainly a gem for all of Spokane. Not to mention this would preserve our 'pristine' view of the Mountain from town. Our motto is 'near nature, near perfect'. How could anyone consider scaring the view of our only mountain with 7 ski runs??? And it wouldn't just be our daytime view, as the runs would be lit at night as well. Hopefully the expansion will just go away. And perhaps the ski resort owners will actually do something that's truly needed. Like add a high speed quad from the lodge. Or fix the parking.

6 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Eric 1 on 02/15/2016 at 11:42 AM

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