Skalkaho pass was groomed today.
Groomed Lost Horse yesterday, slowly getting better down low, skiable from the berm at South Fork now.
The road is rough but passable from the Lick creek turn off to the berm, just need good tires.
Snowmobiles can unload at the campground and have snow and ice to run on to the berm.
It was snowing hard when I left last night, snotel site at 12 mile shows nearly a foot of new snow since then.
The Bitterroot ridge runners snowmobile club, in partnership with Bitterroot National Forest and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks groom 3 areas around the valley, Skalkaho pass, Skalkaho Rye road, and Lost Horse Canyon. Lost horse was groomed for the first time this season on Monday and Skalkaho on Wednesday, these roads are scheduled to be groomed every week on these days, though that can change due to weather. The schedule for Skalkaho Rye is to be determined. We will be posting additional information about these areas, including maps and where to park soon.
Lake Como received 1-3 inches of new snow today, still not enough to groom but it’s getting closer. The lake is still in good condition for skiing, either skate or classic. There are also 2 areas cleared for ice skating near the boat ramp(these are not affiliated with the ski club).
There is not enough snow at Lake Como for trail grooming yet, but the whole lake is perfect condition for skiing, classic or skate, and the single track trails are in good shape for fat biking.
Almost all trails at Chief Joe were groomed this morning and the weather is just about perfect.
The snowcat from Lost Trail was out yesterday and groomed most of the ski trails, there has been 3 inches of snow since then, but the skiing is still great. Our volunteer snowmobile grooming crew was out today and groomed the first mile of Timber, Banshee, Joseph Creek, Middle Fork and Lower Loop.
As of December 1 our season at Chief Joseph Pass has officially started. Most ski trails were groomed with the snowcat yesterday, and will be getting groomed regularly going forward. Moose, Sunny meadows loop, Banshee, Middle Fork, and Joseph Creek do not yet have enough snow for grooming, but they will be groomed as soon as we get some more snow.
The cabin has been unlocked, and is available as a warming hut. The cabin is managed by the USFS, so please direct any questions related to the cabin to the USFS Wisdom ranger district.
As of December 1 dogs are no longer allowed on the ski trails, but are still allowed on the multi use trails. That means if you are skiing with a dog, start at the Gibbons Pass Trailhead, across the highway from Lost Trail ski area.