Monthly Archives: December 2011

1 foot of new snow on ski trails

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

On Friday evening one foot of snow fell in the Sawtooth Valley as what started out as a very wet storm cooled down and dried out a bit. The last Saturday of 2011 has started out sunny and cold with the temperature around 15 degrees in Stanley at 10 a.m. Good news… grooming has begun at Park Creek where rolling and packing of trails took place this morning. And we are hoping to roll at Alturas Lake later this afternoon. Expect trails to be very very soft until a night or two of freezing sets them up for some great skiing in the new year.

Sawtooth Ski Trails not good!

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Sorry, but during this ongoing storm cycle, temperatures ranging from 32 to 38 degrees have made trail grooming impossible at the Alturas Lake and Park Creek ski areas.  Until we get some sustained low temperatures to freeze things solid again,  expect to find 3 to 10 inches of ungroomed wet glommy snow on top of a totally rotten base. Sadly, this is no joke… we do not recommend skiing at either Sawtooth Valley ski area at this time….

Wind, rain, sun and snow hit Sawtooth Ski Trails

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

On Wedneday, the Trail to the Lake, Wapiti and Over the Hill were rolled at the Alruras Lake Ski Area. However, as snow-rain drizzled down and the snowpack warmed to a mushy consistancy, even the most avid skier’s enthusiasm seemed bedraggled and a bit soggy. Over night several inches of heavy glommy snow fell accompanied by strong gusty winds. Before dawn the temperature was well above freezing but as the morning progressed the sky cleared and temperatures dropped. In this lull between waves of wet the sun has come out and we are going to try to reroll some trails but can’t really recommend or promise anything. Because of extremely variable conditions with wild temperature swings, high gusty winds and blowing snow, trail conditions may rapidly change.

Road Closure 12/28/2011

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

ID 21, between Grandjean Road and The Custer – Boise County Line.
Road closed, avalanche danger.

Road Conditions 12/28/2011

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

ID 75, between The South Ketchum City Limits and ID 21.
Wet pavement. Slush. Light snow.

ID 75, between ID 21 and Thompson Creek Road.
Icy patches. Packed snow. Rain and snow mixed. Light snow.

ID 21, between The Custer – Boise County Line and ID 75.
Icy patches. Packed snow. Rain and snow mixed. Light snow.

ID 21, between Grandjean Road and The Custer – Boise County Line.
Packed snow. Light snow. Rock fall.

January Events

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 7, 8, AIARE LEVEL 1 – DECISION-MAKING FOR BC SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS

Hosted by Sawtooth Mountain Guides, this avalanche awareness course will take place at the Williams Peak Hut, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.  For more info:  contact Kirk Bachman, Winter Director, at getaway@sawtoothguides.com or 208-774-3324.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 - SALMON RIVER SNOWMOBILE CLUB FUN RUN
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 14, 15, AIARE LEVEL 1 – DECISION-MAKING FOR BC SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS

Hosted by Sawtooth Mountain Guides, this avalanche awareness course will take place at the Williams Peak Hut, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.  For more info:  contact Kirk Bachman, Winter Director, at getaway@sawtoothguides.com or 208-774-3324.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012, ERASING HATE

In honor of Human Rights Day, the Stanley Community Library will be showing the documentary “Erasing Hate“.  Bryon Widner was a violent skinhead for 16 years before he decided to turn his life around.  (The program is not appropriate for children)

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 28, 29, AIARE LEVEL 1 – DECISION-MAKING FOR BC SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS

Hosted by Sawtooth Mountain Guides, this avalanche awareness course will take place at the Williams Peak Hut, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.  For more info:  contact Kirk Bachman, Winter Director, at getaway@sawtoothguides.com or 208-774-3324.

SNOW FALLING IN SAWTOOTHS

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Temperatures were around the freezing mark and a light snow was falling in the Sawtooth Valley on Wednesday, the 28th of December at 10 a.m.. On Tuesday,, all ski trails on the east side of Alturas Lake Creek were groomed for skate and classic. Today the trail to the lake will be groomed and marked with willow branches in anticipation ot the 12 to 20 inches of snow forcast for the next 48 hours.

SKATE LANES GROOMED – HALF INCH NEW SNOW

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

One half inch of new snow fell on the ski trails at Alturas lake in the early morning  hours of Tuesday, December 27th. On Monday, all of the skating lanes were groomed there after a busy Christmas weekend.  North Cabin is open but in parts thin and overly brushy so be careful on those downhill curves.  All the other skating lanes look great but are littered with a smattering of saplings, stumps, sage and stones so look out! Classic tracks are old and presemtly rated about halfway decent. But more snow is in the forcast and should it actually fall, woud make possible some fresh set classic grooviness.

Alturas Lake ski trails EXCELLENT!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

On Saturday morning, the 24th of December, 2011, the temperature at the Alturas Lake Ski Area was around 5 below 0 at 8 a.m. The soft blue sky was empty save for a thin pink cloud on the horizon announcing to the world the sun’s immanent arrival. Expect temperatures to be great for skiing by noon. Grooming on Friday brought the North Cabin Creek trail up to acceptable standards for skating for the first time this year. The Trail to the still singing Alturas Lake is totally awesome and has veteran skiers oooooing and aaaahhing with reports that it does not get much better than it is right now… wide and firm with a velvety surface. Wapiti, South Loop, and Over the Hill were also groomed. At Park Creek, the Ginzu groomer was used for the first time this year on Thursday in an attempt to even things out there a bit.  But conditions are still not the best there with low snow, no classic tracks set, skating lanes that are sage brushy and Skyrocket and Larkspur trails still closed.

Low snow and real cold ski trails

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

In the Sawtooth Valley, the shortest day of 2011 started out as the coldest as well. Morning temperatures at the Alturas lake ski area were around minus 20 degrees at daybreak. On Tuesday and Wednesday, fallen logs and sprouting saplings were cleared from some trail sections. However many stumps, logs, rocks, boulders and shrubs are still either sticking up through or lurking just below the surface of each and every trail, so please ski with extra caution, especially on the hilly sections. North Cabin Creek trail is now navigable for the adventure skier but very rough with a lot of sage brush marring the trail’s high meadow crossings. Some light grooming took place on all skating lanes and they look pretty good… classic tracks are old but hanging in there. 1/8th inch of new snow fell on Wednesday morning.