By Andrew Mentzer
After what feels like ages, it’s finally time to fire up that snow machine for the winter season. Mother Nature has been
cooperative thus far, with encouraging early season precipitation across many parts of Idaho. In the southwestern region of the state, hundreds of miles of trails in Valley County are already taking on substantial snowpack. According the USDA’s SNOTEL site, Secesh Summit (elev. 6520) near McCall already has a roughly 14-inch base, with more on the way.
The folks at Burgdorf Hot Springs posted on November 24th that their facility is only reachable via snowmobile or tracked vehicle for the rest of the season!
What does this all amount to? Great early season trail riding conditions are underway in some areas, with the rest of the state not far behind.
Smiths Ferry and Anderson Ranch are working towards a good start, with higher elevations accumulating a solid November pack. Keep an eye on their progress through the Idaho Snowmobile Association’s website.
Be sure you pay a visit to Sled the Rockies. It has helpful information, trail maps and you can enter to win a totally sweet sled trip for four.
For information on Idaho’s statewide snowmobile offerings, check out Visit Idaho.