All highways leading to Stanley are OPEN! We received little new snow in the last few days, so the roads are clear with fair conditions. On Highway 21 between Bear Valley and Cape Horn, there is black ice to be cautious of as well as a surface water hazard across the road. Travel on this small section is listed as “difficult.” Remember to check Idaho Transporation Department’s website at www.511.idaho.gov for frequent updates on the highway conditions. There is a good chance of snow today through tomorrow morning with things clearing up later in the week. Come on up!
On Super Sunday Sawtooth ski trails are a mixed bag… just before 10 a.m. the temperature in the Sawtooth Valley was around 14 degrees and light snow was falling from a misty grey sky. Yesterday, a cold wind from out of the north swept the surface of the snowpack drifting in exposed sections of trail even as they were being groomed. At Alturas, the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill and South Loop were all groomed for skate and classic and Sheep Thrills had just been flattened out for skating when mechanical difficulties sidelined the groomer. Stretches of trail not exposed to the to the wind were generally looking very nice. In what seems to be a revolt of the machines, a mechanical machination, the Park Creek groomer is also out of action with a blown coolant hose. With parts on the way, both snowmobiles should be back on the trails early this week. In the meantime, Super Sunday skiers will probably find pretty nice trails in the woods and areas of drifting snow in the meadows.
On Friday, the temperature at dawn was around 25 degrees, a fifty degree warm up from the frigid cold of just a few days ago. Trails at Park Creek and Alturas are firm and reportedly providing excellent glide and a most enjoyable ski experience. The skate lanes were touched up on Wednesday and Thursday to scratch up a little soft snow but old classic tracks were left as is, they look hard and fast…. so Casey Jones you better watch your speed. Don’t miss the apres ski party at the Sawtooth Hotel in downtown Stanley today with food and drink specials to celebrate the SV Nordic Ski festival.
Very sunny but extremely cold conditions in the Sawtooth Valley on Tuesday make skiing a rather dicey affair. While one may be rewarded with visions of frigid beauty along the trail, don’t expect to find much in the way of glide or creature comfort. An afternoon ski should be your best bet, but even at 11 a.m. the temperature in Stanley had only warmed to 11 degrees below zero. Trails have seen some use but are still firm and flat… Grooming will probably resume tomorrow when temperatures are expected to moderate.
Wow, it is a beautiful sunny day in the Sawtooths! Wish you all could be here………..but wait! You can because all the highways leading to Stanley are clear and OPEN! No blockages or adverse conditions to speak of. I myself just traveled up from Boise on Sunday and the roads were great. With sunny days and chilly nights you do need to be cautious of icy corners, but otherwise it’s smooth sailing. Make the quick trip up here for a break from the valley inversion – enjoy the mountain views and steamy river mornings. Your relaxing winter escape awaits you!
Good Morning sledding enthusiasts! Stanley is clear as a bell and beautiful this morning! All the area trails have been groomed – with only a skiff of new snow lately, they are in great shape. Yesterday the groomer headed out to Smiley Creek and will continue with all the local trails (Kelly Creek, Nip n Tuck, Stanley Lake) today through Thursday. Unfortunately, we will not be making the trek out to Lowman or Deadwood Lodge this week. There has been little traffic coming from that direction, so in an effort to conserve much needed funds we are cutting back until the snowmobile traffic from the Lowman area picks up. If you are part of a large group that plans to utilize that trail, please give us a call and we will make sure that the trail is as good as it can be for you and your pals! The office number is 774-2286 and we are here Monday through Thursday from 8 to 5. The weather this week looks to stay sunny and cold with a chance of snow towards the weekend. Come on up to one of the most majestic places in Idaho! We’d love to have you…………