Monthly Archives: February 2011


Saturday, February 26th, 2011

On Saturday morning the sun crested Galena Summit at 8 a.m. and jumped exuberantly into a clear blue sky over the Sawtooth valley. The ski trails at Alturas were all groomed for skating on Friday with some nice looking classic tracks on the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill, Sheep Thrills and South Loop. Skiing should be great there today and the picnic table at the lake has been shovelled. After all that recent snow the trails may be a bit soft but that’s just how a lot of people like it. The trails at Park Creek were rolled on Thursday and are scheduled to be rolled again today once things warm up a bit. The temperature at 9 a.m. was around zero degrees and rising.


Thursday, February 24th, 2011

All the ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas Lake were rolled on Wednesday. No classic tracks were set. We have been more or less just trying to keep up by beating down the 4-8 inches of new and blown snow that has been deposited on the trails each day for the past week. Of course it is snowing once again… so our groomers would like to remind you that this COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL MAKE SNOW CONTROL EFFORTS DIFFICULT DUE TO HEAVY DRIFTING OF SNOW. However it is still our hope to have the trails back under control for the weekend with rows of straight packed corduroy and geometrically precise classic grooves instead of these mounds of soft shifting drifting snow that have been our recent nemesis.

Highway Report for February 24, 2011

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

All highways leading to Stanley are OPEN!  It’s currently snowing and has been for the past few hours.  The driving conditions on Highway 21 and Highway 75 are listed as “difficult,” which most likely means snow on the road.  Just use caution and enjoy the beauty of the sparkling snow blanketing the forests.  Also be on the lookout for deer and elk.  After driving up Banks/Lowman Highway and Highway 21 from Boise last weekend, I know personally that there is quite a bit of wildlife coming down from the hills, especially around dusk.   Drive safe and we’ll see you here!

Snowmobile Report for February 24, 2011

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Mornin’ powder hounds!  It’s snowing in Stanley!  That’s great news for ridin’ this weekend.  The groomer is out and about getting those trails in prime shape for the weekend.  Last I heard it was headed out west to groom the trails to Lowman and Deadwood.  All the local trails will also be groomed and ready for the weekend, including the trail out to Smiley Creek, Kelly Creek Loop, and Nip & Tuck.  The forecast is 90% chance of snow today, which we’re seeing right now followed by a 60% chance tomorrow.  The weekend looks to be clearing up and should be beautiful!  Come on up and spend some time in the Sawtooths!


Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Saturday morning in the Sawtooths and another soft grey snowy day begins. The temperature at 9 a.m. was around 10 degrees. At Alturas Lake the last two storms left 8 to 16 inches of new snow on the ski trails. All the trails there were rolled for skating on Thursday and Friday. A few kilometers of classic track were set on the east side of the bridge on Friday as well and will be added to today. Starting around 10:30 a.m. we are hoping to give all the trails a further GInzu treatment and the resulting corduroy and classic grooves should be fab. If you don’t mind a little snow filtering down from above, kick and glide your way through the serene Sawtooth snowscape at Alturas Lake this presidents’ day weekend. The Park Creek trails were groomed on Thursday but are now covered in several inches of snow. The Park Creek snowmobile and the back up grooming snowmobile both had to be sent to Twin for emergency repairs and will not be back until next week. We may be able to roll the trails with the back up back up machine on Sunday or Monday but for the best Sawtooth ski trails this weekend and the immediate future head to Alturas Lake for your cross country ski adventure.


Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

On Wednesday morning the temperature in the Sawtooth Valley was around 27 degrees at 9 a.m.. A steady snow was falling and about an inch of new snow had accumulated.  The bright light sky had merged effortlessly with the white snowscape below, erasing the valley’s surrounding mountains and blurring all horizons. The great grey dome was broken only by the silhouetted pine trees and a swooping, flashing flock of just returned redwings. At Alturas Lake all the trails were groomed on Tuesday for both skating and classic and looked great. At Park Creek, Camas, Shooting Star and Lupine were groomed on Tuesday for skate and classic as well. At times when the snowfall lightens there could be some nice skiing yet to be had today, especially on the treed trails, but if snow continues to blow watch out for drifting in open meadows.  There is a winter storm warning in effect until 11 p.m. Grooming will resume when the storm breaks and as always we hope to have great trails ready for the weekend.

Snowmobile Trail Report for February 16

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hey-Hey all you Sled Heads!  I hope everyone is gearing up for Stanley’s Annual Snowmobiler’s Ball happening this Saturday the 19th at the Rod n Gun Whitewater Saloon.  We are currently getting a bit of snow, so hopefully there will be a little powder on the trails for ya’ll.  The local trails were groomed last week, although the groomer did not make it all the way into Deadwood or to the Lowman parking area.  We groomed as far as Bear Valley and based on the good condition of the trails, we decided to turn it around.  Since we have not been receiving much snow lately, the trails are pretty packed and hard, but smooth sailing for sure.  Grab your gear and head on up to Stanley this weekend for what is sure to be a rockin’ good time!

Highway Report for February 16

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Good Morning travelers!  It is a snowy blustery day here in Stanley.  All the highways leading to Stanley are OPEN!  Although we are expecting snow the next couple of days, we are not anticipating any road closures associated with Highway 21.  Always be cautious when driving in adverse weather conditions.  There is snow on the roadways and winds can cause visibility issues with blowing snow.  The warmer temperatures lately have also been causing some rock falls along the stepper sections of Highway 75 north and Highway 21 between Banner Summit and Grandjean as well as the Banks/Lowman Highway.  Keep a look out!  This Saturday is our annual fun-filled Snowmobiler’s Ball at the Rod n Gun Saloon!  Take a break from the hustle and bustle and drive on up to see us!


Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Although a golden glow radiated round the sunrise this morning, the gold mutated quickly to a silver tone mix of blue sky and white cloud. The temperature was somewhere around 15 degrees in Stanley at 9:30 a.m. All the trails at Park Creek and Alturas have been given the ginzu treatment to scrape up a bit of corduroy and should be excellent for skating. At Park Creek, no classic had been set as of this morning but they may come later today. At Alturas find groovy classic tracks on the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill, Sheep thrills, South Loop and part of Wapiti.


Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The Alturas Lake grooming equipment is back on the trail after a brief breakdown… skating lanes have already been combed and classic tracks and additional clean up are scheduled for this afternoon.  Parts for the sidelined Park Creek groomer are on the way and we hope to have the machine running for either a Thursday afternoon or Friday grooming. At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the temperature was only 6 degrees, but the sun climbing ever higher in the clear blue sky offered the promise of a lovely afternoon.