Court halts Mt. Spokane ski park expansion

Published On: Sep 18 2013 07:47:48 AM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A state appeals court has halted plans to expand the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park until the state Parks and Recreation Commission studies how a new chairlift would impact old-growth forest, meadows and wetlands.

The Spokesman-Review reports plans for a 279-acre expansion had been challenged by the Lands Council.

The ski resort operates on 1,450 acres in Mount Spokane State Park. It wants to add the chairlift and seven runs on the mountain's northwest side to access deeper snow to extend its season and compete with other ski resorts.

The parks commission had designated the land for recreation. The Lands Council appealed, and the appeals court said an environmental impact statement is required.