On January 18th, deep new snow and bottomless off trail conditions made grooming difficult at the two Sawtooth Valley Ski Areas. At Park Creek a tough curve and soft snow left second year groomer Adam teetering at a precarious angle above the babbling creek bottom as hungry raccoons gathered menacingly in nearby trees. Legendary woodsman Rob Beck has been dispatched with his quad track snow ranger rescue unit to pull the stuck machine to safety and we are anticipating a successful effort. At Alturas Lake, new groomer Chad was cautioned to be extra vigilant and to take a conservative grooming line through similar dangerous locations. We applaud and recognize these brave and intrepid men who make our corduroy possible.