Today the State Parks board approved Mt Spokane's expansion request to add a 7 or 8 named runs and a new lift to the backside (aka PASEA) in Mt Spokane State Park. This has been about 20 years in the making, finally approved!
They selected from 4 different options for the PASEA area moving forward. Ranging from no recreation allowed at all, to the approved option:
Option 3: Land Classification: Recreation and Resource Recreation with Conditional Use of Alpine Skiing in a Portion of the PASEA with the Remainder Designated Natural Forest Area The designation of multiple land classifications would allow the greatest expansion of alpine skiing and therefore the most environmental impact. This option includes three land classifications within the PASEA:
The Recreation classification in the 279 acre portion of developed ski area with one lift and seven runs; The Resource Recreation classification in an area which buffers the developed ski area; and The Natural Forest Area classification in the area below the Chair 4 Road.
Within the 279-acre area designated as Recreation, the ski lift and runs would be permitted and managed in the same manner as the area designated as Recreation on the front side of the mountain. More vegetation could be cleared within the area designated Recreation, opening up greater access to all areas within the 279 acres of developed ski area. The area designated as Resource Recreation would offer a higher level of resource conservation due to the forest management practices required in the Resource Recreation classification. The area below the Chair 4 Road is not being considered by MS 2000 or staff for alpine skiing due to its habitat and terrain and would be classified as Natural Forest Area.
I've heard rumors glading will begin for the 11/12 season and the new lift and runs will go in starting in 2012/13.
Hope it's not too busy out there next year, when everyone checks it out:
Hanging out in the southern side of the PASEA, looking towards Mt Kit Carson on January 30, 2011