Over volunteer grooming crew was out in force today and packed down the 2+ feet of snow that has fallen in the last 4 days. All the ski trails were groomed, except banshee, middle fork, and Joseph creek. The multi use trails have not been groomed yet. The snow is still fairly soft and many trails are only 5 feet wide so it is not ideal skate skiing conditions, but should be great for classic skiing or snowshoeing.
Chief Joseph Pass received another 6+ inches of snow today. It’s starting to really look like winter up there. Our volunteer grooming crew will be out grooming the trails with snowmobiles tomorrow.
Our volunteer grooming crew started packing down the trails at Chief Joe today. All of the upper trails have been groomed, but not the lower trails or the multi use trails. Some trails have good coverage and are decent skiing, others are stump fields, so keep it slow and pay attention.
Chief Joseph Pass has received several more inches of snow this week.
Our volunteer grooming crew will be out on Friday packing the trails down with snowmobiles. This is NOT going to produce a nice groomed trail like we are used to having this time of year, but it should give us a nice base to work on after the next storm.
Chief Joseph pass received 3 inches of snow this weekend. Unfortunately that’s about the same amount that melted during last weeks warm weather, so we are no closer to being able to start grooming, but there is snow in the forecast.
There is no snow at Lake Como.
Chief Joseph Pass received another 2 inches of snow on Monday. There is still not enough snow for grooming, but it’s getting close. It is now possible to ski most trails without hitting rocks or logs. Beware of skiing on Gibbons Pass Road, it looks good, but there are lots of rocks just under the surface.
There is currently 3-6 inches of snow on the ground at Chief Joseph Pass. Not enough to ski, unless you really don’t like your skis. There are also mud puddles under the snow in many places. We need another 1-2 feet of snow before we can start grooming, but as soon as that happens our volunteer snowmobile grooming crew will start getting the snow packed down in preparation for snowcat grooming starting sometime in December.
Last night’s wind storm brought down a decent number of trees, I cleared a few trails today, but there are probably still a bunch down. If you see any downed trees please let us know so we can get them cleared.
Please join us to help get the ski trails at Chief Joseph Pass ready to go for ski season. We will be having 2 work days, Saturday October 30, and Saturday November 6.
We will meet at 9 am at the Chief Joseph Pass parking lot, then split into groups to work on several different projects.
We will likely be working until 4:00 pm, but will have opportunities for people who would like to stay for half the day.
Bring lunch, water, warm clothing and work gloves. If you have a pruning saw or loppers feel free to bring them, but we will also supply tools.
Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club is participating in a fundraiser for Non-Profits in the Bitterroot Valley (Missoula Gives/Bitterroot Gives). Join us and help us raise enough money for the Equipment Trailer we need to replace. We will need $12,000.
- Starts May 6th at 5pm and goes all day May 7th until 8pm.
- Help us Spread the Word–share with friends on Facebook, Instagram, e-mail.
- Access our site at: http://www.bitterrootgives.org and click on our Logo to DONATE!
Or you can send a check to:
Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club
P.O. Box 431
Corvallis, MT. 59828