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New Trails Being Blazed In Whitefish

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With the recent completion of five new trails at the Whitefish Mountain Resort, a ten year project--the fifty-five mile loop around Whitefish Lake--is closer to opening.

The recent rain has made biking the trails at the Whitefish Mountain Resort an even better experience. Five miles of new trails just opened. The Resort set to work on these newest paths in 2008, spending over $100,000.

"I've been on Cashmere a couple times and I have to tell you, I like to ride uphill as well as downhill and I gotta say it's like riding a dirt roller coaster," said Riley Polumbus, the Public Relations Manager for the Resort, "It's a lot of fun."

However, the job is not over yet. This addition is part of a larger picture.

"The Whitefish Trail is a regional, multi-partner project to create a fifty-five mile recreational trail system through state, federal, and private lands," explained Carla Belski with Whitefish Legacy Partners, "We're hoping to create a unique amenity to Whitefish to attract mountain bikers, hikers, and all kinds of users to enjoy the trail."

The goal is to finish the fifty-five mile loop around Whitefish Lake in ten years. The opening of four and a half miles of trails in the Beaver lake region on September fourteenth represents another step forward in this group effort.

"That's a combination of many private land owners, federal land agencies including the US Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. We're working with different land trusts. We're working with private timber companies and it's really a community-wide effort to make this project happen," said Belski.

Whitefish is working to create a haven for mountain bikers, attracting local and non local dollars to the Flathead Valley. For those with a little less experience, however, remember what the sign says at the resort: "there are no easy trails."

Whitefish Legacy Partners also plans to approach the Whitefish city council on Monday, September 19, to license another set of trails in the Spencer Mountain area.

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