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The Mt. Spokane expansion project will move forward after a 5-2 vote by the Washington Parks Commission on Thursday The Mt. Spokane expansion project will move forward after a 5-2 vote by the Washington Parks Commission on Thursday
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Managers and avid skiers of Mount Spokane are also celebrating a lift tonight after the Park Commission approved expansion there.

It's a project that's been on thin ice for years, with opponents worried the expansion would destroy the mountain's habitat.

Commissioners were divided on the issue, and ultimately, the vote was 5 to 2 to allow skiing on the northwest side of the mountain.

Cindy Whaley, the Parks Commission Chair, described Thursday's vote as "a grand compromise."

The project will expand the ski area by about 279 acres.

The plan to add a new lift and seven runs was also approved in a separate vote.

Managers at the Ski and Snowboard Park now have to apply for permits so they can start construction.

"At the mountain there's a very short construction window so it's usually the summer and so I'd like to get going on thepermittingg right now with the hopes of doing the work this summer or even this spring," said Manager Brad McQuarrie.

McQuarrie is hoping for a possible “White Friday,” November 28th Opening Day.

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