We finally have enough snow to pack and groom at the Fourth of July Ski & Snowshoe Area. There is plenty of snow to snowshoe, ski and backcountry ski.
Working just before the cold weather descends on the area the crews working today were busy setting up the area and packing ski runs. The snow machines concentrating on packing the light fluffy snow. Joined by a Forest Service employee the inner loop trails (Havin Fun, The Swoop, and High Road) were packed, but not groomed. Trees were removed on all these trails. Skateaway was packed out to Skywalker and Skywalker down to the trailhead at the entrance road. Elderberry was packed out to and around Treetop View.
Don's trail from the parking lot up to Skywalker was packed with a snowshoe track. Skywalker (FSR 614) was gated to end any vehicular traffic. The kiosk, parking lot signing and entrance signing are in place with a few exceptions. Enough snow was mounded at the base of FSR 614 to block it from wheeled vehicles, but IDT has not piled enough snow at the Havin Fun Trailhead to keep out vehicles, so the large green gate remains closed until likely next week when IDT crews can find time to clear the lot and pile up some additional snow.
Several skiers were up this afternoon skiing the packed trails. We will not groom over the weekend while we have below zero night temperatures and single digit daytime temperature. These conditions are waring on both machines and their drivers. When the cold lifts Tuesday or Wednesday next week, we plan to groom the trails packed and pack the system to the trails further out on the system.