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  • December 04, 2022 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    Pahaska received 12-14" of new snow over the last few days. The Grooming crew was busy packing down trails yesterday.

    Trails Groomed:

    Moose Flats, Barn Road, Crow Creek, Race Park, Middle Fork, Penny's, Becker Trail, Haul Road to SG, SG East.

    Trails Not Groomed:

    Outlaw Trail

    The Dog trail was groomed and is in good shape and ready to ski. There are some early-season conditions on it but overall is in very good and ready for you to explore. There is no track yet, only a packed surface. Simply walk East, (Back downriver long the highway) across the river bridge to the end of the guard rail, where you'll see a red sign post. The trail is a loop, or can be skied out and back.

    The weather looks like we will have cool temps and sun/dry conditions for a few days, and then get back into a storm cycle, so keep  doing your snow dances!.

    The Groomers

  • December 02, 2022 7:29 AM | Thomas & Tiffin Etter (Administrator)

    Well looks like we might sell out in record time this year!! We still have spots available:


    Session 1&2 , 12:00 and 12:30 Starts are sold out!

    Session 3, 1:00 start has 3 spaces left!

    Session 4, 1:30 start has 68 spaces left!


  • December 02, 2022 7:26 AM | Thomas & Tiffin Etter (Administrator)

    Pahaska received 12 inches of snow yesterday. Trails were rolled. No tracks. Soft surface. Still snowing when groomers left. No grooming today . May get out in the very early morning tomorrow to continue to pack and possibly track, depends on how much snow comes today.

  • November 20, 2022 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    The groomers touched up all the trails and worked to put out signage on gthe trails. Tracks were removed in some areas to preserve snow conditions and flatten the surface.

    Trails groomed with Track and skate lane:

    Moose Flats, Crow Creek, Barn Road, Race Park, Middle Fork, Haul Road to 3-mile hill, Penny's., Becker Trail

    Intermittent track: Middle Fork, Haul Road to SG,

    SG East should be good skating. No track set.

    As temps warm over the week, be aware of thin, early season conditions.

    The Porta-potties are behind the Old Pahaksa Lodge.

    The Highway barricades are up, but no skiing on the highway yet.

    The dog trail has been improved from last year and packing has started but its pretty thin.

    Lots of wildlife still frequenting the area, use caution.

    No more grooming will be done until the next storm brings more snow.

    Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving,

    The Groomers


  • November 14, 2022 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    Well, just like that... It's ski season! Last week, Pahaska received around 14-15" of high-moisture snow, which was rolled and packed on all the trails. Cold nightly temps set the trails up nicely and allowed the Groomers to use the snow cat to begin shaving trails and actually set track.  This is the earliest that the trails have ever been groomed! Compared to last year, when trails were not groomed until the second week of December, so this is allowing another month of skiing!

    Despite very good snow, there are many early-season obstacles that exist.  A few bare spots (Low on Middle Fork Trail), and the occasional stick or rock poking out of the snow. Also, the trails are still roly and off-camber as there not yet enough snow to flatten bumps. There are still slushy and icy spots where water has been flowing in the Frog Pond area and on the far end of the loop on Crow Creek, nevertheless, its pretty darn good for November!

    The highway is still being plowed to the East Gate, so skiing on the road is not yet an option.  We ask that dog owners refrain from taking their dogs on the trails. We will begin packing the dog-friendly trail East of the highway Bridge this week.

    Wildlife is still frequenting the area. There are Elk, Moose and Bison on the trails.  Someone reported bear tracks a few miles down the valley, so take precautions.

    As of today, there are no Porta-Potties yet, but we hope to get them up before next weekend.

    Trails groomed with track:

    Moose Flats, Crow Creek, Barn Road, Race Park, Middle Fork, Outlaw Trail, Penny's, Haul Road (to Sleeping Giant). Track set East of SG to Hill.

    Becker Trail and SG East have been rolled but not yet groomed.

    Get your skis waxed up and we'll see you out there!

    the Groomers.

  • October 15, 2022 10:00 AM | Thomas & Tiffin Etter (Administrator)

    Calling all volunteers !!!!

    It is time again for our annual trail cleanup and bridge install this Saturday October 15th, at 10:00 am. Let's meet at the warming hut at Pahaska.  We had significant flood damage to the trails this spring/summer and need many volunteers to help get the trails ski ready. 

    Thank You !!

    Specifically we need help with the following:


    1-Clean/ prep warming hut: It has been left in good condition this year so not much effort needed. 2 ppl


    2- harvest, cut, split and stack firewood- 4- 6 ppl


    3-re-route Pahaska's sandbag dike so we can get by. - we’ve done some already but this will take more work. 6-8 ppl if possible


    4-Lots of new debris to remove from trail sections- 8-10 ppl


    5- install decking on bridge- 6 ppl


    6- lop/limb trees and cut willows- 6 ppl


    7- help get ski racks/ signage, etc… from barn- 3-5 ppl


    As you can see, we have plenty to do. 


    Volunteers should show up with gloves, sturdy boots, bear spray, water and lunch

    If possible, they should bring one or a few of the following items:

    Shovel

    Rake

    Spud bar

    Loppers

    Limb saw

    Bow saw

    Chain saw/ gas and oil


  • October 05, 2022 7:37 AM | Thomas & Tiffin Etter (Administrator)

    The date has been set for the 10th Annual Taste of Trails  -

    January 28th, 2023.

    Tickets will go on sale December 1st .  We sold out in record time last year, so don't wait and get your tickets early.

    See ya on the trails and THINK SNOW!

  • September 12, 2022 10:19 AM | Thomas & Tiffin Etter (Administrator)

    Please join us tonight, September 12th, at 5:30 PM at Big Horn Federal for our annual meeting!! All are welcome .

  • April 21, 2022 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Hi All,

    We are looking for a few savvy volunteers to help with removing the bridge across the Middle Fork to the south trails. Normally this bridge is removed in early April while there is still snow on the ground. This year is a bit different; the snow melted away much earlier, and then a foot of snow in the last week which has made planning for removal tricky, as it has to be done when the ground is hard and frozen.

    I'm looking for 2-3 individuals who can help disassemble the bridge, assist with chaining the beams so they can be drug to a storage location and stacking the decking.  I'd like to get this done as soon as possible, however this weekend's weather is not looking too promising.

    If you are available to help  either this weekend or mid-week, please call Andy at 307-899-3900.

    Thanks!

  • March 18, 2022 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Hi all,

    After looking at the long range forecast and factoring in the existing condition of the ski trails, the groomers have decided to suspend grooming for the remainder of the season.  There will be some snow events coming through in the next few days which will help to freshen up the trails, but warm temps and some rain could negate any grooming efforts, so its probably not worth it.

    However, there is still some great skiing to be had and it doesn't have to be limited to the existing trails. Now that there is a great base and a firm crust, you can virtually ski anywhere there's enough snow. Just be aware of warming temperatures that will soften the crust and make your day longer and less-enjoyable. The name of the game for crust cruising is to go early and be back by the time it is too soft to hold you.

    For the most part, the trails are still in good shape; The side creek is flowing across the Middle Fork trail and the frog pond is melting out, so use caution. Some tree wells are melting out on the Barn road, Haul road and other places. Other places to use caution are on the hill from race park to the highway and the bridge across Middle Fork.

    Bears are starting to wake up, so bear spray is a good idea to have with you. Also, The Park Service will begin plowing the highway soon.

    We will be removing trail markers and signage next week. Bridge removal will happen around the second week of April.

    Enjoy the snow while it lasts!

    The Groomers


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