Public comment invited regarding expansion of Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park

The expansion of Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park will be the subject of a public meeting Nov. 19 in Spokane, according to a statement released today by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

The meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Spokane’s Center Place Recreation Center, will allow for the public to comment on the proposed expansion and the commission’s classification of the land.

Public comment can also be submitted via email at commission@parks.wa.gov and or by sending a letter to Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Attn: Becki Ellison, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement is available online and includes public comment received through Sept. 30.

In 2010, Mount Spokane approached the commission about expanding by 279 acres into an area that had not been classified by the commission.

On Nov. 20, the commission will consider the classification for the area and the decision will impact the ability for the ski area to expand.

According to the statement released by the commission, here are the possible classifications and associated potential development options:

NATURAL FOREST AREA: “Would allow no ski lift development and would limit recreation activity to Chair 4 Road as well as to a portion of a summit road and an existing mountain biking trail.”

RESOURCE RECREATION AND NATURAL FOREST AREA: “Would allow alpine skiing as a conditional use with no lift or formal runs constructed and limited clearing of downed or damaged trees to reduce hazards for backcountry skiers.”

RECREATION, RESOURCE RECREATION AND NATURAL FOREST AREA: “Would permit ski lift development and runs and would provide for more vegetation clearing within the area designated Recreation, while offering a higher level of resource protection in the Resource Recreation portion and no development within the Natural Forest Area.”