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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.