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.
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.
We will set classic tracks Friday evening… ( Thanks Jake ! ). It may snow overnight Friday 1 – 3 in. so there could some fresh powder on the trails Saturday morning. Temps in the low 30’s for Friday and Saturday. Mid 30’s for Sunday. Have a great weekend !