Grooming report 12/10

Grooming Crew put in a full day Yesterday! First groom of the season, 18″ of really dry snow, still does not have much of a base under it.

We were able to get almost all of the upper trails packed yesterday, bounced off of quite a few stumps in the process, but we have a nice level, firm base to work off of now.

Early season Conditions, still quite a few stumps, logs and rocks just under the surface. Beginners or folks taking less skilled skiers out should avoid the steeper downhills and stay on the upper more levels trails. Falling down into the powder risks hitting stuff that’s just hiding under the snow. Be careful, more snow on the way and conditions will just keep getting better. Tony

Trail Report 12/2/16

Still not enough snow to ski on, the 6″ we had has settled down to roughly 4″. Not nearly enough to cover all of the stumps, rocks, dirt and beargrass. We did a test roll today, not pretty, hit many stumps, rocks and dirt just going out to the cabin and back. There were some ski tracks, but if you value your skis and body it’s not worth even trying yet.
The last couple of storms have tracked further north and not left more than an 1″ of snow so far this week. This next series of storms might give us enough to at least get a base packed on some of the smoother roads and trails, stay tuned. – Tony

Looking forward to winter

The Chief Joseph Ski Trail System will officially open this winter on Thursday, December 1, 2016, assuming that enough snow has fallen. If snow begins to accumulate after mid-November, our grooming crew will use snowmobile-drawn equipment to begin compacting a solid base for the trails.

Again this winter, a PistenBully owned by Lost Trail Powder Mountain will be grooming the trails and setting track where appropriate.

This winter there will be an additional sign-in box in the parking lot at the corner of Highways 93 and 43 for those who wish to recreate with their dogs on the multi-use trails.

We’re looking forward to another wonderful season of skiing and hope you will join us.

6th Annual Continental Divide Race – 12/14/2013

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See more race pictures in the Picture Gallery

This year’s race was again sponsored by The Trailhead in Missoula.  We would not have managed without their help.  Thank you.

Additional support was provided by Valley Bicycles and Ski in Hamilton.  They also supplied a pair of Classic and a pair of Skate skis which were given as prizes to 2 lucky participants (skis awarded by random drawing of all racers).

Race Bibs were provided by the Missoula Nordic Ski Club.

Trail grooming was performed by the Como Trails Club and Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club.  Great job, guys.  The course was perfect and the snow even faster than last year!

Tony Neaves of the Como Trails Club was the race director and did all the time-consuming work required to put on the race.

Plans are already underway to make this race, The Continental Divide Classic, an even better event next year.   We hope to see you there.

Without the help of each of the above businesses, organizations, and a host of volunteers, such events are not possible.  Give them your thanks.



10K Race

# Name Time
5 Jeff Kern M 46:47
2 Brian Battaglia M 50:24
7 Jenny West F 54:00
3 Terry Davenport M 54:26
10 Russ Lawrence M 59:31
6 Ross Damrow M 1:01:39
9 George Corn M 1:.1:53
4 Jessica Randazzo F 1:04:08
12 Chris Maul Smith M 1:080:46
54 Don MacLean M 1:18:13
1 Danica Loucks F 1:21:18


20k Race

# Name Time
60 Michael Lessard M 1:18:35
68 Elizabeth Paddock F 1:23:44
67 Tim Caramore M 1:25:09
65 Heidi Hittner F 1:28:40
63 Kellie Carim F 1:29:36
57 Nick Littman M 1:30:52
52 Annie Creighton F 1:31:39
59 Marisa Sowles F 1:34:18
61 Cory Soulliard M 1:39:39
58 Carey Downey M 1:45:02
66 Larissa Swain F 1:46:21
64 Amilia Amish F 1:50:54
53 Ted Etter M 1:54:02
51 Annie Lucas F 1:56:14
50 Alden Wright M 2:01:18
55 Jeremy Smith M 2:33:30
62 Shaura Milne-Price F 2:34:25
56 Tod Bachman M 2:35:30