Virginia Meissner: 28-30 inches
Wanoga: 34-38 inches
Swampy Lakes: 46-52 inches
Vista Butte: 62-64 inches
Edison Butte: 36-38 inches
Dutchman Flat: 72-74 inches
Parking at sno-parks right now is a safety concern. Parking areas at Meissner and Wanoga sno-parks were overflowing during the past weekend, which led to roadways being blocked. If an ambulance or fire truck had been needed, it would not have been able to get into the lot. Recreationists should keep in mind that for the safety of all sno-park users, no-parking areas should be respected and left clear. It’s a good idea to have a second and even a third sno-park choice in mind for coming weekends.
Chilly weather Means good trails
The forecast for the week is chilly, which is good news for the snowpack. Conditions should remain fair to good at sno-parks. General winter conditions are great.
Don’t get caught unprepared
Go prepared. Pack the 10 essentials:
1. Navigation (map and compass)
2. Sun protection (sunglasses/sunscreen)
3. Insulation (extra clothing)
4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5. First-aid supplies
6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7. Repair kit and tools
8. Nutrition (extra food)
9. Hydration (extra water)
10. Emergency shelter
Be especially wary if going into the backcountry, particularly on very cold days. Temperatures may dip into single digits on and off this week.
Trails in top shape
Ninety percent of winter trail and boundary signs are now in place at Dutchman Sno-park and above, and trail groomers are working hard to keep up with fresh snowfall.
Avalanche danger increases and navigation becomes more difficult when winter storms blow through, so check weather forecasts before heading into the backcountry.
Winter logging operations in the Lava Lake and Snow Creek area near state Highway 46 may affect snowmobile trail 5 this winter. Use extra caution as trails may remain open but could be partially plowed.