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FS to start grooming snow trails Thursday

Current snow conditions at Fish Creek Nordic Ski Area

Total: 28”

New: 16”

Temp: 26 F

"Will begin grooming this Thursday and Friday and continue weekly, typically Friday morning as conditions allow throughout the winter." -Jeremy Harris

Time to dust off the snow gear as area receives ample amounts of snow for both horse-powered and people-powered pursuit. The recent snowfall has given the surrounding areas efficient levels to begin grooming winter snow trails. As snow conditions allow, more than 400 miles of snowmobile trails will be groomed around the Grangeville and Elk City area throughout the winter season beginning this week. Grooming of the Fish Creek Nordic Trails will begin this Thursday and continue on a weekly basis throughout the winter.

Forest staff is alerting the public that Idaho Forest Group (IFG) is helicopter and conventional logging on the Adams Stew Timber Sale, all within a few miles of the Adams Camp Work Center on the Salmon River Ranger District. IFG plans to log most of the winter, unless snow depth halts activities.

Grangeville-Salmon Road No. 221 is plowed to mile marker 33. The snowmobile parking lot on the east side of No. 221 is plowed as well. The rock pit on the west side of No. 221 is being used for helicopter landing during timber sale activities, and is not to be used by the public. Travelers are asked to use caution as they travel on Road No. 221 and all forest roads, as conditions are changing daily.

The Salmon River Ranger District also reminds recreationists about snowmobile registrations required by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Registration stickers are available for purchase at: the Idaho County Courthouse and Tackett’s Saw Shop in Grangeville, Elk Creek Station and the Elk City General Store in Elk City, and Bud’s PowerSports in Cottonwood. Registration applies to both new and used sleds. The annual registration fee is $32.50. A percentage of the funds go to the county of your choice to support the maintenance and operation of trail groomers, signing of snowmobile trails, plowing parking lots, and maintenance of warming shelters.

Idaho Park N Ski stickers are required for use of the Fish Creek Nordic Trails. Park N Ski stickers are available locally at Tackett’s Saw Shop and Asker’s Harvest Foods in Grangeville. An annual pass costs $25 and a three-day permit is $7.50.

For more on ski and snowmobile trails, visit the Salmon River Ranger District at 104 Airport Road, Grangeville or call Jeremy Harris at 983-1950.


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