Monthly Archives: February 2012

Snowmobile Report for February 17th, 2012

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Our groomer has been on the trail from Deadwood to Stanley to Smiley Creek.  In the last few days he has been on the trail from Stanley Lake to Smiley Creek.  We are seeing some great trail conditions in the Sawtooth Valley!

Remember that Saturday February 18th is the night of the Snowmobilers Ball.  It will be held at the Mountain Village Resort Bar.  Join us for raffles and lots of fun starting at 9PM!

The forecast for this weekend is saying we should see a few inches of new snow.  Join us up in Stanley for the President’s Day Weekend!


Friday, February 17th, 2012

At 9 a.m. on Friday, the 17th of February, the temperature was around 15 degrees at the Alturas Lake ski area. The skating lanes on all trails  were touched up on Thursday and looked really really good. Classic tracks course along all the Alturas trails at this time and while a bit old, shaky in spots and punctuated by paw prints. they do appear to be “good to go”.  All trails at Park Creek, out in the picturesque Stanley Basin, were groomed on Wednesday for skate and classic and were reportedly looking very nice.

Ski trails cold and flat

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The ski trails of the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin are undergoing improvement through compaction drag makeovers. Somewhat wider, flatter, firmer, and in excellent shape, the ski trails at Park Creek now await your pleasure. All trails were groomed for skate and classic on Wednesday and will be touched up again before the weekend.

At Alturas Lake, the Trail to the Lake as far as the bridge, Over the Hill and South Loop were graded and groomed for skating on Wednesday.  The bridge over Alturas Lake Creek was skirted with plywood on the melting sunny side and snow packed for for your comfort, safety and level transit. Classic tracks are pretty good on all trails except North Cabin. Further trail grooming is scheduled for Thursday once it warms up. The temperature at 10 a.m. was reported to be 10 degrees below zero and climbing.


Monday, February 13th, 2012

On Sunday morning at Park Creek, almost everything got groomed before the temperature rose to prohibitive levels.  Lupine, camas, shooting star, sego and skyrocket are looking good, although soft (4” of new snow), with fresh skate and classic tracks.  Larkspur is half groomed with classic tracks, but as the temps shot up, the groomer was forced to abandon the ginzu and motor the snowmobile back to the trailhead, so actually part of skyrocket and all of larkspur are a bit ugly. He will try again early Monday, hopefully it will be colder out.

At Alturas Lake, the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill, and South Loop were groomed on Sunday for skate and classic. North Cabin Creek was rolled for skate and touring. Wapiti and Sheep Thrills will be groomed on Monday.

Snow flurries dump on ski trails…

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

All the ski trails at Alturas, except for North Cabin, were groomed for skate and classic on Saturday. Snow flurries during the day shifted from medium heavy to blizzard like white outs with accumulations of 6-8 inches of new snow. So even freshly groomed trails soon  lost their corduroy and classic grooves as they merged  back into the snowscape. More grooming is scheduled for Sunday there to clean up and restore some geometric order

Good ski trails reported…

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

On Friday all trails at Park Creek were groomed for skate and classic. At Alturas Lake, the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill, South Loop and North Cabin Creek trails were groomed for skate and classic on Friday. Saturday morning grooming will hit Wapiti and Sheep Thrills. expect warm afternoons and light snow flurries.

Grooming friday morning at alturas lake ski trails

Friday, February 10th, 2012

On Friday morning whispy cloud strands materialized from the ether and moved slowly though the tree studded glacial moraines of the upper Sawtooth Valley. A single red wing blackbird clung to a bare aspen branch, surveying the scene, waiting for his mates to arrive. At 9:30 a.m. the temperature was  around 20 degrees at the Alturas lake ski area where a morning grooming session was scheduled.

Snowmobile Report for February 7th, 2012

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

We are having some great weather here in Stanley.  We have been seeing sunny days with cold nights.  Today we are seeing some snow in the valley to cover up old tracks.

Trails are groomed from Deadwood to Stanley to Smiley Creek.  With the recent good weather, trails have been well maintained.

Come on up to Stanley to experience some great snow and beautiful scenery!

UPDATE:  Groomer is leaving February 9th, in the a.m. to groom to Lowman and back.



Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

On Wednesday, the 8th of Febrtuary a light snow is falling on the Sawtooth Valley ski areas with about a quarter of an inch accumulation building up over night. The trails at Park Creek and Alturas were looking great on Tuesday with classic and skate lanes everywhere. The temperature at 9 a.m. was around 9 degrees above 0.

Clear blue skies, nice ski trails

Monday, February 6th, 2012

With continuing clear blue skies and sunshine, expect temperatures to remain below freezing for the whole day at the Alturas Lake and Park Creek ski areas. Trails at both areas have firmed up for the most part with some soft shoulders and squeeky cold snow in the  morning.

At Alturas lake on Sunday, the skate lanes on the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill and North Cabin Creek were all touched up. Classic grooves were reported to be good.