January 23rd, the birthday of Édouard Manet, was a lovely day at the Alturas Lake Ski Area, perfect for a trip to the lake or a leisurely picnic. The skating lanes were regroomed but the classic tracks were not. The same grooming touch up is once again scheduled there on Monday, the 24th.
On Saturday, all trails at Park Creek and Alturas were groomed. More grooming to touch things up at Alturas scheduled for Sunday.
On the 22nd at 9 a.m. the sun illuminated a quiet, clear blue sky over the Sawtooth Valley. At Park Creek, Lupine, Camas and Shooting Star were nicely groomed for both skating and classic.At Alturas Lake, all trails were rolled with added ginzu corduroy and classic tracks on the trail to the lake, over the hill and sheep thrills. More grooming scheduled for today to continue packing the 1 to 6 inches of new snow that fell overnight on Thursday.
Over the long weekend, the trails at Park Creek, Alturas Lake and the Stanley City Park were all groomed. With the return of sunny skies, skier numbers were up and parking areas overflowing. There is a dearth of new soft snow for easy snowmobile regrooming, but on the positive side, trails are firm so skating conditions have improved and classic tracks still look good. And with the return of sunshine and beautiful vistas, one might say that trails are in their overall best shape so far this year. At Alturas,lake grooming of the skate lanes from the bridge to the lake is scheduled for Tuesday.
On January 15th, the temperature in the Sawtooth Valley at 9 a.m. hovered around a chilly minus 5 degrees. Trails at Park Creek are getting better every day… thank you for your patience and thank you to our volunteers and groomers who are working hard overcome a tough and snowy Winter’s start. At Alturas lake, all trails are beginning to look first rate. More grooming is scheduled there today to add classic tracks from the bridge to the lake and to firm up North Cabin.