It was pushing 70 degrees Saturday in Boise so what else to do? Head for the snow in the mountains.
It's April and you'll find some of the best Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the mountains, like around Mores Creek and Beaver Creek summits, near Stanley, around McCall and around Galena Summit and along the Wood River north of Ketchum.
You might find puddles in the parking lots at the trailheads or huge bare spots around tree wells, but most trails that were groomed and packed in the winter should be holding up.
Here are some snow depths in the high country:
- Mores Creek Summit, 85 inches.
- Deadwood Summit, 129 inches.
- Trinity Mountain, 106 inches.
- Banner Summit, 84 inches.
- Bear Basin, 50 inches.
- Big Creek Summit, 93 inches.
So, there's plenty of snow up there and it's also the time of the year when you can ski in shirt sleeves and enjoy the warmth of the sun on the snow. It doesn't get any better than this.
Don't forget the sun screen, sun glasses and layers. When we were out at the Gold Fork Park N' Ski area, northeast of Idaho City, on Saturday, we were in light sweaters but it started to rain with freezing sleet. The rain jackets came in handy.
We'll have a wrap up on all the closing dates of regional ski areas in Idaho Outdoors on Thursday. Some are planning end-of-season events.
Also noticed Saturday that snowmobilers are still hitting the trails. The parking lots at Mores Creek Summit and Whoop Um Up had fair numbers of snowmobilers.
Cross-country skiing at Gold Fork - Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman