Today I XC skied at Chief Joseph Pass, a mile or so from Lost Trail. Gorgeous place. Conditions were just about perfect. It is groomed once a week, on Friday. It was a bluebird sunny day, 28 deg. With about a 5 foot snowpack topped with a few inches of dry powder. I had looked at the parking lot yesterday but was put off by the lack of cars and lack of a hut selling tickets, just an outhouse. It turns out you must ski a mile or so in to a beautiful hut, the Gordon Reese Cabin. http://bitterrootxcskiclub.net/?page_id=572 the place is maintained by the Bitterroot ski club and there is no trail fee.
They do accept donations and memberships. The cabin can be rented, for $9 per night at this time of year but you
Must bring your food, water, and sleeping bag and pack out all trash. It's one of the nicest huts I've seen. I skied
out to a bench at the top of the pass on the continental divide and enjoyed a snack break in the solitude of the mountains.
Saw 4 other skiers. A couple I met at the cabin said it is by far the best XC skiing in Montana. They were married 50
Years ago on the summit of Mt. Snow.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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