Mount Spokane State Park is the largest park in the state park system at approximately 14,000 acres. Within the park, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Commission) has authorized an existing alpine ski area known as the Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park that is currently operated under a concession agreement with a Spokane area non-profit known as Mount Spokane 2000 (MS 2000). The existing ski concession area encompasses 1425 acres or about 10% of the park.
In 1999, the Commission adopted land classifications for the park. However, an approximately 850-acre portion of the park, known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA), was left unclassified at that time. Staff is currently developing classification recommendations for the PASEA. The process will involve considering a range of land classification options. One land classification option for analysis will include a proposal from MS 2000 to construct a new chairlift together with seven new ski trails and accompanying infrastructure in a 279-acre portion of the PASEA. In light of the potential ski area expansion, the agency has determined that the land classification action has the potential to have a significant adverse impact on the environment. As a result, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Although the EIS will consider both the land classification non-project proposal and the ski area expansion project proposal within the same document, these are distinct and separate actions.
Additional background information on Mount Spokane State Park planning can be found at http://www.parks.wa.gov/plans/mtspokane/.
We welcome your thoughts and comments about land classification for the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).
You may reach us at:
Project lead: Randy Kline, Environmental Program Manager
Phone: (360) 902-8632
Fax: (360) 586-0207
Mail: P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650
Following are downloadable documents related to this project.