Trail Reports & Current Weather Information

IF you are not a Club member, you may not be aware that many of the funds that support grooming the trails at Chief Joseph Pass come from grants. Grants are often based upon the number of people who ski on the trails. Verification for the number of people skiing at the pass comes from the sign-in sheets kept at the trailhead. Visitor sign-ins are extremely important and support the ability of our Club to continue receiving funds from grants.

EVERYONE (member or not)

Please Sign In Every Time

You Ski at Chief Joseph Pass

Box at the Trailhead

November 24th

It has been snowing steadily for several days at Chief Joseph Pass. The snow depth is now over 20″ of powder.

The grooming crew will begin compacting the classic trails Wednesday (26nov14) morning.  No tracks will be set until “official” opening day, December 1.

Preliminary work on the multi-use trails will begin soon.

Check back for more grooming information and trail conditions.

Sunday, November 2nd

As a test, last winter the Lost Trail Downhill Ski Area groomed our multi-use (ski) trails with a large machine designed to groom downhill ski slopes.  The trial proved successful and, during last February’s heavy snowfalls, demonstrated beyond question that such a machine is able to handle even the largest dumps of snow with ease.

The appropriately sized PistenBully (snow-cat), which Lost Trail ordered last spring to enable the grooming of all Chief Joseph Ski Trails, has finally arrived!  The machine includes a front-mounted leveling blade and a rear-mounted snow tiller/compactor equipped with two track-setters, everything hydraulically controlled from within a heated cab.

We’re all looking forward to the best ski season ever for the Chief Joseph Cross-CountrySki Area.


Lost Trail Pass Camera

Lost Trail Pass Weather Station – Click on the thermometer at Lost Trail Pass for current conditions and camera views

Weather Forecast for Chief Joseph Pass

Saddle Mountain SNOTEL

Lost Trail Powder Mountain Snow/Trail Report

Como Trails Weather Station

Check out the Missoula Nordic website for current conditions at other ski areas.

SNOTEL Sites for a few Back-Country Ski Areas

Daly Creek – near Skalkaho and Skalkaho Rye Roads

Skalkaho Pass

Nez Perce Camp

Twelve Mile Creek – in Lost Horse Canyon

Twin Lakes – Lost Horse Canyon

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