If you would like to volunteer at Silvercrest this weekend..we’ll be there. We plan on a 10:00 AM start at the trails. We will be doing some clean up work around the shed and small tree lopping on various trails. Stay as long as you like. Bring work gloves, long pants, sturdy shoes, long and short sleeve shirts, hat, bug spray, water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses. Weather looks good…predicted in the high 70’s for Saturday. We need volunteer hours for our grant program and this is a great way to fulfill that requirement. We will be providing lunch/ drinks to be determined. If you are planning on coming could you write or call so we can get an estimate of workers. ( 788-6565 or firstname.lastname@example.org ) Bob. Hope to see you there !
The Silvercrest Trails Crew
The ski trails need your help! Come on up to Silver Crest with loppers/long handled tree pruners to help cut seedling trees off the trails! Stay as along as you like! Bring a lunch and leather gloves.
Your volunteer hours are recorded and used as “matching funds” to earn our grant funding, so let’s get to work!
Another 1-3” on the way today. We won’t be grooming, but it should be fun Spring touring skiing through the weekend 🙂
Saturday saw crusty conditions in the morning. Snow softening at approx 10 am. Good skiing till about 2 pm. After that trails are getting soft. Classic tracks are in good shape and skating lanes are in fair condition. We took down the maps on the trees for the year but the individual trail markers are still up. The parking lot is usable but muddy.
Grooming one more time this weekend. Why not ! Temps predicted in the 30’s to 50’s for Saturday and Sunday. Jake is going to get done before Saturday morning.
PistenBully is going thru tonight. We will get classic tracks set tomorrow. Come on up for our last groomed weekend! It was extra blue perfection today but Saturday will be 32F plus.
Parking lot was plowed! 3” of soft snow remains. Highways are clear and dry.
Jakes grooming today at 2pm. Will update tonight with parking lot conditions.
Be advised: the parking lot may not be plowed tomorrow, Sunday. If that’s the case expect 8-12” of snow atop 6” deep frozen ice ruts from the highway to any parking opportunities. In other words, bring a high clearance 4×4/AWD vehicle with good snow tires and some shovels and park in the dog mushing area close to the highway. But you may get stuck just trying to get to the mushers parking…
We groomed today, and depending on what we find at the parking lot in the morning we may or may not groom tomorrow.
A winter storm will bring 4-8” to the Little Belts starting Friday afternoon through Saturday night. We will groom Sunday morning after the storm. Please stay home Saturday during the blizzard, forecasted heavy snow and winds to 25mph!
Come up Sunday, Monday, Tuesday for winter conditions skiing with highs in the teens to 20s F.
It could not have been better at Silvercrest than it was Saturday and Sunday for getting outdoors. Skiing conditions were warm temps and great grooming courtesy of Jeff Kinnick ( Kings Hill Grooming Assoc.) and Jake Parchen. Groups of people from G.F., Helena, Bozeman and elsewhere showed up in force. A great crowd with twenty plus cars in the parking lot. Thanks to Matt and Jamie Johnson and Lynn Compton for their generous recent donations to keep the trails groomed ! And thanks to all our donors for the 2019-2020 ski season. Your donations pay for all aspects of trail grooming…KHGA time, contract groomer wages, machine purchases ( John Deere Gator, Arctic Cat Bearkat ) machine repairs and maintenance costs, grooming equipment ( rollers, track setters ) tools, chain saws, gas, etc.. SCTA board members also volunteer many hours to groom. A couple of skiers have inquired about volunteering next year to groom mid week. We would like to do that, so if you are interested, we can make it happen.
Thanks again donors ! ! !