Monthly Archives: February 2012

SKI TRAILS TEMPORARILY DISAPPEARING UNDER SNOW

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

ON MONDAY MORNING AT PARK CREEK, ALL SKI TRAILS WERE GROOMED FOR SKATE AND CLASSIC. ON TUESDAY MORNING AT ALTURAS LAKE, THE TRAIL TO THE LAKE, OVER THE HILL AND SOUTH LOOP WERE GROOMED FOR SKATE AND CLASSIC. ON WEDNESDAY MORNING  PERSISTENT HEAVY SNOWS PUSHED ALONG BY OCCASIONALLY STRONG WINDS ARE COVERING THOSE VERY SAME TRAILS. WE ARE WARNED TO EXPECT 10 TO 16 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE STANLEY BASIN WITH A POSSIBLE 12 TO 26 INCHES OVER GALENA SUMMIT DURING THE NEXT 24 HOUR PERIOD. INTENSE EMBEDDED SNOW SHOWERS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE AND COULD PUSH SNOW ACCUMULATION RATES BRIEFLY TO MORE THAN 2 INCHES AN HOUR. CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AT PARK CREEK AND ALTURAS IS THUS NOT RECOMMENDED TODAY UNLESS YOU LIKE CRAZY WHITE OUTS AND BLIZZARD LIKE CONDITIONS.

THE FORCAST STILL REMAINS EXCELLENT FOR THIS WEEKEND’S SAWTOOTH SKI FESTIVAL WITH SUNSHINE, MERRIMENT AND MUCH JOY  PREDICTED.

SKI TRAILS GROOMED SUNDAY

Monday, February 27th, 2012

On Sunday, all the ski trails at Alturas were rolled with two passes of the roller for an initilal compaction of the 6-12 inches of snow that blew in on Saturday. After that, the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill and South Loop were compacted with the Ginzu groomer with the blades up. Classic tracks were set on those trails. Over night tempertures dropped with zero degrees recorded around dawn so trails may have firmed up a bit over night but do expect soft trails especially in drifted meadows. More grooming planned at Alturas for Tuesday.

Yesterday at Park Creek, all trails were packed and rolled, some actually re-rolled due to drifting.  Lupine, camas, and shooting star were also groomed for skating.  No classic tracks set.  Today at 9 am the temperature is 6 deg at Park Creek with overcast skies.  More grooming is planned for today, Monday, as soon as the temps rise a bit.

BLIZZARD OVER, SKI GROOMING RESUMES

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

PARK CREEK  conditions at 9:30 am Sunday the 26th of February…. 13 deg, calm but overcast and snowing lightly.  The blizzard  broke for a while yesterday and  lupine, camas, sego and skyrocket were rolled .  Very difficult going with a foot of new snow. At Park Creek, pLans are to groom today, hopefully with the ginzu to lay down some tracks, snow conditions permitting.

At Alturas, no grooming took place yesterday with about a foot of new snow falling. Today, Sunday morning, rolling and grooming will take place. Expect soft snow conditions.

New storm dumps on ski trails

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

On Friday, all the ski trails at Alturas were groomed for skate and classic… at Park Creek all trails were flattened or groomed as well. However, 4 inches of new snow overnight pushed around by another dose of high winds has no doubt obscured those trails. At 8 a.m. it was 15 degrees and still snowing and blowing at both ski areas. Further grooming won’t take place unless the snow lets up some and with a winter storm warning in effect until 11 p.m. for the Stanley/Sawtooth area, this may be a bad day for a ski adventure.

Snowmobile Report for February 23rd 2012

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Sled heads, we are seeing a bluebird kind of day up here in Stanley.  We are seeing some good snow prospects in this weekends forecast.  The trails are looking good now.  The groomers have groomed from Stanley Lake to Stanley to Smiley Creek in the last week.  We are seeing some good depths.  The storm we had in the middle of this past week helped add to our total.  This morning the groomers were headed out to the Bear Valley Creek area, then back to groom the Stanley City trails.

We hope to see you up here in Stanley this weekend.  I also want to welcome all you folks with the Cougar Mountain snowmobile club!

 

Big wind drops trees on ski trails

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Friday should be a beautiful clear day in the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin with early morning temperatures starting out at about 5 below.

Wednesday’s wind storm really hammered the trails at Park Creek and Alturas.  At Park Creek there was a lot of debris, pine needles, and sticks all over the trails as well as considerable drifting.  Our diligent groomer managed to cut out the downed trees and pack all the trails on Thursday, but they were still not looking real pretty and touring only was recommended, at least until the drifts are flattened out with the compaction drag and further grooming on Friday.

At Alturas Lake, 5 downed trees were cut from the trails on Thursday and the trail was rerouted around some other big downfall. New snowfall accumulation varied from 4-6 inches at the highway to 8 inches with big drifts at the lake. The Trail to the Lake as far as the bridge junction and Over the HIll were ginzu groomed for skate and classic. All other trails were rolled flat. More ginzu grooming scheduled for Friday. Trails were looking nice but do expect soft snow.

Snow falls on groomed ski trails

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

All trails at Alturas lake except for North Cabin were groomed on Tuesday for skate and classic. However, snowfall beginning on Wednesday morning combined with unusually  high temperatures will certainly lead to less than perfect conditions. A winter storm warning is in effect until Thursday morning with possibilities for high winds sweeping through the area.

PARK CREEK SKI TRAILS GROOMED MONDAY

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

All trails at park creek were packed with the ginzu (knives up) yesterday, so they should be good for touring, and even some skating.  At 9 am on Tuesday it was 29 deg and snowing heavily at Park Creek.  A weather watch will determine the schedule for further trail  maintenance there.

The trails at Alturas were last groomed on Sunday.Unsettled changeable weather may be on the horizon there as well, however, a light snow Tuesday morning had tapered off to nothing by 10 a.m. and if this calm weather holds, the trails there will be touched up a bit this morning.

ALTURAS TRAILS GROOMED

Monday, February 20th, 2012

On Monday, the 20th of February, the 51st day of 2012, and the day set aside to honor our presidents, the temperature at 10 a.m. was still just approaching 10 degrees at the Alturas Lake ski area. On Sunday, all trails at Alturas except Wapiti were regroomed for skate and classic.

Ski Trails sunny and cooler

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

On Saturday, 4 to 6 inches of warm new snow fell at the Alturas Lake ski area. An afternoon grooming temporarily cleaned the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill, Wapiti and South Loop. However, blowing snow was reclaiming corduroy quickly At surrise on Sunday, the temperature was slightly below zero but a strong sun in a predominately blue sky, suggests that a good cross country ski afternoon is in store. Additional grooming will take place this morning so trails might be expected to be somewhat soft bul luxuriously gorgeous.

Grooming was also planned at Park Creek, weather permitting.