Nordic Trail grooming report – Jan. 14, 2011
January 14, 2011
By Mike Looney, Groomer
As of Friday January 14th, 2011: Old Road Trail, all White Pine Trails including Surveyor Park, Moose Ridge, Flatline and Heart Attack freshly groomed for Skate and Classic. Tree Loop also freshly groomed with skate and classic. Kelly Park and Kelly Park Tie-In have 1/4 inch of new fluffy snow over groomed track.
White Pine Ski Area offers 35-plus kilometers of FREE cross-country ski trails. 9K groomed for classic and skating lanes. Parking is close to the trailhead. Food and restrooms are available at the White Pine day lodge. Nordic ski equipment rentals are available in downtown Pinedale the Great Outdoor Shop (www.greatoutdoorshop.com)
The area along Skyline Drive offers over 60 km of marked groomed trails designed to accommodate all levels of ability. Skiing in the Wind River, Gros Ventre and the Wyoming Mountain ranges is on logging roads and off track, and is generally for intermediate and advanced skiers. There are over two million acres of public land in Sublette County, providing vistas of incredible beauty to the Nordic skier. Detailed trail maps are available from the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, 307-367-4326.
Season, Weather & Safety: The skiing season typically runs from December through mid-April. Many ski trails are at elevations of greater than 8,000 feet in elevation. Also, winter storms can occur rapidly in this area. Please come prepared. Storms and bad weather frequently are great threats while skiing in the Wind River Mountains. High elevations and mountainous terrain make sudden changes and adverse weather common. Check weather forecasts to avoid being caught in a heavy and sometimes sudden storm. Dress for comfort in a variety of conditions. Several layers of clothing will allow you to add or subtract articles as weather and body heat change. Be aware of the signs of, and precautions to prevent and care for, both hypothermia and frostbite. Watch for wildlife near the trails and keep a safe distance away from animals. Be aware that dogs can negatively impact groomed trails and provoke a wildlife attack.
• When the trail is unbroken, a snowmobile track is a welcome track to many skiers. However, once a ski track is established, a snowmobile can destroy it. Snowmobilers should travel adjacent to established ski tracks.
• If you are a snowshoer or snowmobiler, please yield to skiers. You have better control and can help avoid accidents.
• Skiers moving down slope have the right-of-way.
• Stay in control.
• Don't stop in narrow or steep trail sections if it can be avoided.
• Pack it in, pack it out.