May sking..

We set limited classic tracks Monday on several trails. 89er, Mt Eureka, Quicksilver, Sluice Box. Temps in the mid 60’s ! The parking lot is mostly muddy with some dry areas. We also took down the trail signs but plenty of snow left to ski and snowshoe. After 2 weeks in S.W. Utah it was great to see snow, blue skies and trees at the trails. Bob

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Parking lot update and grooming.

The parking lot did get plowed after our last post so its in pretty good shape now. We re-groomed Saturday so tracks and the skating lane are in decent condition. Typical spring soft snow conditions starting in the early afternoon. Instead of hats and mittens bring sun-screen ! Although later this week a few inches are predicted starting Wednesday.


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4/7/23 Trails groomed for skate and classic. Great snow/great skiing!

6-8 inches of unplowed snow in the parking lots. Be prepared to get stuck and self-recover your vehicle. The state has stopped plowing for the winter so the parking lot will be rowdy.

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Weekend Plans. April 7th-8th-9th

Its a go ! We plan on grooming at least one more time this weekend. We just have to confirm the big groomer going in either Thursday or Friday. Either way we will be grooming Friday morning ! Thanks Chuck & Gary !

A Big Thanks to Doug & Teresa Ormseth at Short Grass Web Development for their donation of the big bench at the trailhead this year. Its a nice addition so people can get their skis and snowshoes on and off a lot easier and rest up after miles on the trails. The bench is a memorial to honor one of their employee’s and family friend who came to Silver Crest often to find peace and enjoy time in the outdoors.

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Weekend Grooming Plans. March 31st

This week saw about 6 inches of new snow. We will pack the trails Thursday night and set classic tracks Friday afternoon. High temps for Friday/Saturday will be in the mid 30’s. Sunday will be a little cooler. You may notice some tree branch’s off to the side of some trails this week. Thats because the snow level is so high the big groomer is hitting them so we have to trim them off. Thanks to our volunteers for putting in several hours and getting that done !


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Saturday (25th) report

Sure enough.. we had 7 inches of dry new snow at Silver Crest this morning. Most of it coming Friday night. We have it packed for skate and tracks set for classic skiing for anybody going up Sunday. Currently, there is well over 4 feet of snow. A couple of inch’s are predicted for tomorrow. Roads were dry and bare Saturday evening. The parking lot did not get plowed but still manageable. Temps in the mid 20’s for a high also predicted.

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More snow coming ( surprise ) March 24-26

The KHGA Pisten Bully is back up and running and Mike will pack our trails Thursday night. We will set classic tracks Friday afternoon as usual. Its predicted to start snowing Friday with 3 to 6 inches by Saturday morning…2 to 5 inches for Saturday…4 to 8 inches for Sunday into Monday. We could be seeing 9 to 19 inches total over the weekend ! Its possible we could re-groom Saturday if needed. High temp of 30 F for Friday, 26 F for Saturday, 24 F for Sunday. Check your road conditions reports also.


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Weekend Grooming Plans. March 17,18,19

This weekend looks to be one of the best for your trails this year. We found 12 inches of new snow today ( Thurs) from this weeks March madness snow storm and the trees are full of snow. We rolled and packed for several hours with the Can Am & Bearkat and plan on classic track setting late Friday afternoon.

Friday ( 28 F), Saturday (32 F and Sunday (34F) calls for mostly blue skies. Light winds (10 mph).


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Results from the 3rd annual Nordic Challenge Race at Silver Crest Trails. March 11th 2023

Kids 12 & under 2.1 KM

Male… 1st Jack DeFoe 41:13 Helena

Female.. 1st Mara Behrends 17:50 Helena

2nd Juliana DeFoe 23:30 Helena

3rd Kaia Vykoukal 51:05 Billings

5 KM

Male…1st Kimber Hanson 27:34 Seeley Lake

2nd Sam Behrends 34:32 Helena

Female..1st Kieu Snow 25:25 Seeley Lake

2nd Kelsey Grant-Jenkins 35:07 Helena

3rd Sarah Mizener 36:52 Great Falls

4th Camille Consolvo 50:05 Great Falls

9 KM

Male…1st Jan Vykoukal 36:05 Billings

2nd Christopher Miller 56:13 Bozeman

3rd Carl Anderberg 56:35 Helena

4th Heath Hanson 56:37 Potomic

Female… 1st Kintla Thomas 46:08 Missoula

2nd Katie Deuel 55:18 Missoula

3rd Andree Anderberg 60:03 Helena

4th Colleen Marrinan 1:04:02 Livingston

5th Ella McKenzie 1:04:08 Livingston

6th Robin Maguire 1:09:37 Great Falls

18 KM

Male…1st Jack Christianson 1:10:29 Arden Hills, Minnesota.

2nd Joel Harris 1:12:26 Helena

3rd James DeFoe 1:14:04 Helena

4th Pete Behrends 1:16:45 Helena

5th Chris Freistadt 1:24:15 Choteau

6th Eric Makus 1:27:25 Helena

7th David Armstrong 1:34:16 Helena

Female..1st Vicki Longhini 1:40:10 Bozeman

2nd Ellie Fitzpatrick 1:56:53 Choteau

3rd Rosalie MacGowan 2:06:05 Great Falls

Of course a big thanks to all of our race sponsors, Big Horn Outdoor Specialists, Benski Towing, Sam’s Club, Great Falls Hospital, Scheel’s and Dan Bailey’s Outdoors in Livingston. Volunteers and SCTA board members also put in a lot of time and effort to make it happen. Thanks to everyone !

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All trails groomed and trackset!

We freshened up the grooming and it turned out great, most trails are double track set and the skate lane is looking awesome. The skiing will be quite good Tuesday. Roads are clear and dry and the parking lot is plowed. 4-8″ of fresh snow may fall Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Enjoy!

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