Saturday, January 30
Mostly cloudy, with a little snow in the forcast,
we could use some! Both Ginzugroomers are up
and running one at Alturas and one at Park Creek
Park Creek all trails are goomed and classic track
is set on all trails. Happy Skiing! I’m heading out
there later today, hope to see you there.
On Saturday, the 30th of January, as the full wolf moon dropped behind the Sawtooths Mountains and the golden sun rose over the Boulders, a new era in Sawtooth Ski Trail grooming dawned as well… With the arrival of our new ginzu grooming equipment at both Alturas Lake and Park Creek ski areas, purchased with your donations to the Sawtooth Ski Club, the ski trails are reaching new levels of beauty, harmony and a feng shui orientation that allows favorable flows of energy for skater and classic skier alike. At 10 a.m. the temperature was around 17 degrees at the lake and rising under a mix of blue sky and high clouds. The trails are well groomed and rated “most excellent”.
Thursday, the 28th of January, dawned gloriously in the Sawtooth Valley with bright blue skies and sparkling snow promising a most excellent day for skiing at the Alturas Lake Ski Area. All trails were rolled for skating on Wednesday with new classic tracks set on Sheep Thrills, Over the Hill, South Loop and the Trail to the Lake. Yesterday’s warm temperatures have been replaced by somewhat cooler conditions… at 8:30 a.m. the temperature was only a few degrees above zero.
Well, it appears that the road (Highway 21) has been reopened to traffic. Apparently it occurred around Noon today. At least it was early in the week. We’d hate to have a road closure keep people from visiting all of us here in Stanley! Drive on!
Happy Tuesday morning! It’s dark and cloudy here in Stanley with temps around 25. Hopefully these clouds will bring us some much needed snow in the next couple of days. Today I hear we have a 100% chance of snow with that percentage tapering off toward the middle and end of the week. We have only received about an inch here in town, but there is around a foot of new snow out west, so the riding should be great with all the trails having been groomed last week, finishing up with Kelly Creek on Saturday. Smiley Creek to Stanley trail was groomed yesterday. Even with our lack of snow, the trail riding is fabulous, so come on up and see us! Don’t forget about the 1st Annual Winter Festival happening here in Stanley on February 20th and 21st. Get your relay team together (snowmobile, ski, snowshoe), run in our “drag race,” come play some hockey, or belly up to the bars for warm drinks and live music. Should be a great time for all ages! As we speak the snow begins to fall, so once again keep those fingers crossed for some accumulation. Happy trails!
Good Morning All! It’s a dark, cloudy morning here in Stanley with temps around 25. Highway 21 is CLOSED between Grandjean and Banner Summit due to avalanche danger. No word yet as to how long the closure may last, but I will be sure to update this post as soon as I hear otherwise. If traveling to Stanley from the Magic Valley, taking the route through Hailey and Ketchum on Highway 75 will be necessary to reach Stanley. Highwa y 75 conditions from Ketchum will most likely have packed snow on the road with some wind, so drive with caution. Highway 75 to Challis looks clear. Happy and safe travels!
On Monday, January 25th, at 11 a.m., the temperature in the Alturas Lake ski area was about 21 degrees. The sky was a blotched grey with one streak of bird’s egg blue above the Sawtooth Mountains. All of the ski trails were buffed out over the weekend and should still be in excellent condition. The skating base is firm but dreamy on all trails and the classic tracks are skiing well although looking a bit fuzzy on South Loop, Sheep Thrills, Over the Hill and the Trail to the Lake.
On Friday, the 22nd of January a steady snow descends quietly on the Sawtooth valley. Thursday’s grading of the trails at Alturas Lake is no doubt covered over and disappearing under a soft white blanketing of 2 to 6 inches of new snow. We will groom again on Saturday morning weather permitting or at the first good break in this latest storm, rolling lost skate lanes and setting classic tracks for the weekend. At 1:30 Friday afternoon the temperature was 27 degrees under a luminous grey sky.
All ski trails at Park Creek are groomed and the ski surface is packed powder. Skiing is great! All trails are groomed for skate skiing and Lupine, Shooting Star, Camas, Sego and most of Skyrocket are groomed for classic skiing.
A few inches of new snow has fallen in the last couple of days with a string of storms on their way! Keep your fingers crossed for snow! Bear Valley/Lowman trail was groomed yesterday with plans to groom Elk Creek and Stanley Lake trails today. The Kelly Creek Loop may be groomed today or tomorrow depending on operator’s schedules. We currently have no plans to groom the trail to Smiley Creek until more snow falls, but it is still perfectly rideable! Thanks to our hard-working operators, the trails have been in good shape. We haven’t seen much wind yet this year, which has also helped the conditions. Friday’s storm could bring with it a significant amount of snow and wind, so be cautious. Low visibility can definitely become a problem on the flats. Also be prepared for wet conditions. Give the Stanley City Clerk a call at 774-2286 for more up to date reports. Happy trails!