The upper ski trails (everything but banshee, middle fork and Joseph creek) at Chief Joseph Pass were groomed this morning.
Our volunteer grooming crew spent 5 hours on the trails at Lake Como today, and for the first time this season all the trails are groomed. The corduroy is a little rough in some sports because of rapidly warming temperatures. But the warm temperatures worked very well for filling in the many large ruts and holes in the trail. Beware there are some spots of bare on on 550.
This weekend should be great conditions for skiing and snowshoeing. Once the snow has setup overnight it should be good conditions for fat biking as long as temperatures stay bellow freezing.
Ski trails at Chief Joseph Pass were groomed today, including Banshee, Joseph Creek, and Middle fork which have not been groomed recently do to lack of snow.
The rain in the valley the last few days mostly fell as snow at Chief Joseph pass, and the snow is really stacking up. Grooming started around 10:30 this morning, all ski trails should be groomed this afternoon.
Fairgrounds were groomed this morning, including tracks.
Volunteer crew groomed Como today.
Lots of new snow, quite deep. We were able to get 550, Upper, Middle and Wolf Track/Shannon Gulch more packed down.
We ran out of day before we could get 550A packed down past the gate.
Park at the Boat Ramp and hike up the trail (follow the blue diamonds), the 550 rd. has 15″ of new snow on it from the bottom. No one had tried to get up it today and it snowed hard all day and was dumping when we left so it will be even deeper tomorrow.
The Touring will be wonderful!
Most ski trails at Chief Joseph Pass were groomed today. Saturday morning should be great skiing before the next storm moves in Saturday afternoon.
All ski trails at Chief Joseph Pass were groomed today, and saw almost no traffic so they are in great condition. But there is a reason they saw so few skiers: it’s really cold! If you come up to ski Thursday be prepared for temperatures well below zero. It will be too cold for skate skiing, but should be great classic skiing for the extra hardy among us.
Here are the results for the Rust Buster. Thanks to everyone who came out to race and watch. Thanks to Lost Trail Ski Area and ski club chief groomer Tony Neaves for the excellent trail grooming, and a big thank you to the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest for working with us to make this happen.
Last week we mentioned possibly grooming a new trail system. Well today it happened.
Chief Groomer Tony Neaves and club President Jesse Crocker headed out with USFS Stevensville District Ranger Steve Brown and Recreation Specialist Caleb George today to try out grooming trails in the Larry Creek area, near Florence. There are 2 trails groomed. Larry Creek Loop road, marked in blue at the map is a beginner level trail, groomed about 10 feet wide. The trail marked in purple on the map is narrower and steeper, more of a black diamond level trail. Both trails should be good for classic skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing. Currently they are too soft for fat biking in most places, but may set up firmer over the next few days. Since this is the first time it was groomed the trails are still a little rough, but we are hoping to continue grooming these trails at least a few more times this season, so they should get better.
Get out there and ski then let us know what you think!
Thanks to the Bitterroot National Forest Stevensville ranger district staff for coming up with the idea for this, and approaching the ski club to get this going.