Panhandle Nordic Club of North Idaho
March 7: Fourth of July Conditions
Snow at the area has held up to the rain and warm winds this week as well as can be expected. The coverage on certain areas of the Inner Loop is in question. Parts of the Swoop, the section of Havin Fun leaving the clearcut and lower Loose Moose may be threadbare of snow. Likely the first part of Elderberry suffers the same problem. The snow appears to have held reasonable well on Skywalker, Moonrunner (FSR 614) and the Twisted Klister trail system that are higher. It is not possible to effectively groom under these warm conditions, (so grooming has been suspended) but the snow should firm in the night and soften as the day progresses. The repeater located on Killarney Mountain went out in the storm on Thursday so it was necessary for tracked vehicles to travel up and back FSR 614 to the Killarney Mountain Road on Friday.
Side Note: I skied up above Mullan today. The warm weather has had as yet had little effect on the snowpack at high elevations and the visible snow line is a bit below Lookout Pass’ elevation.
Geoff Harvey, Area Manager
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The club has purchased the new groomer for the Fourth of July Area. It is carefully stored with the Forest Service awaiting sufficient snow to accumulate up on the ski area. About everybody in the group contributed to this milestone. Some made direct cash contributions that lifted us over the financial hurdle. For five years many worked the station at the Coeur d’Alene Marathon and stayed around to clean up the race route to build our savings account towards this goal. Many more contributed through their membership dues. The club gives its thanks to all of you who helped out. Now it is time, snow permitting, to enjoy the groomed trails this machine and its kin will create.