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Nordic and backcountry conditions roundup

It’s the heart of ski season here in northwest Montana–the groomed trails and backcountry continue to offer up fine outings to those willing to bundle up and break out the cold wax.

If you’re looking to find out trail conditions at our local nordic or backcountry areas, here are the links that we use to update our conditions board that we have here in the shop:

Glacier Nordic Club   https://www.glaciernordicclub.com/grooming-reports/
This page covers the Whitefish Lake Golf Course, Big Mountain Nordic Trails (both upper and lower), and Meadow Lake Nordic Trails

North Shore Nordic Club  http://northshorenordic.org/
This page covers the trails above Lakeside on Blacktail mountain and the Foothills area aka Bigfork Community Nordic Center . Scroll down the page to find current conditions.

Dog Creek Lodge  https://www.dogcreeklodge.com/trail-report
This page covers the trails located at the Dog Creek Lodge near Olney.

Glacier National Park   https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
While precise local conditions are difficult to get for Glacier in the winter, the webcams are often equipped with temperature sensors that can be read in the border around the current camera picture. The images often are a good indication of current conditions too.

Flathead Avalanche Center  http://flatheadavalanche.org
For backcountry conditions, a few pages of the Flathead Avalanche Center are helpful.

Their daily forecasts for the Whitefish Range, Swan Range, and Flathead Range plus Southern Glacier Park are a consistent starting point for any kind of winter backcountry traveler who might be in or below avalanche terrain. Click on the area of interest in the map on their main page (link is above).

The weather station table gives a good overview from rain gauges, Snotels, and other instrumentation around the Flathead:
https://looper.avalanche.state.co.us/fac/

Backcountry weather forecasts from NOAAhttps://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mso/avalanche/
Click through to this page, and then the specific area of interest.

Have fun and be safe out there!

Ladies Night 2018

Do you like good food? Good deals? Good friends?

Well, all that will be in one place on the evening of November 16th for RMO’s annual Ladies Night. Join us for stellar discounts, a silent auction, refreshments, lively conversation, and a few fun surprises!

20% off all fall and winter clothing (including special orders placed on Ladies Night) and 10% off the rest of the store.

The Annual Recycler Sale is October 27th!

Once again, RMO is hosting our Recycler Sale on October 27th!

How it works: you bring in your gently used gear for hiking, backpacking, skiing, etc. We sort out a nice price for it, and hold it in the basement until the 27th of October. Then, along with all the other good stuff, we assemble it out back and at 9am, the assembled horde streams in the door to snatch up the deals.

All (that’s right, all 100%) of the money your gear makes comes back to you as store credit to snag those snazzy things you’ve been dreaming about. New gear for you, and your used stuff headed off to a new life elsewhere: does it get any better?

A few notes:

There are some limitations on what we will accept, loosely based around the condition of the equipment and likelyhood that it will sell. Perhaps the best guideline is that, if we sell it here in the shop, then it’s probably fair game. If you’re wondering, just bring it in or give us a call.

Pricing is always a good question when it comes to used gear. A useful way to think about it is this: if you were to come upon the item you’re bringing in, what would you consider a good deal that you couldn’t pass up? Of course, we’re always happy to help.

It’s amazing how much credit a small group of decent gear can amass–the boots or sleeping bag you want get cheaper with everything you can sell.

It’s easy to wait until the end to dig through what you’ve got, but we really appreciate it when it shows up early.

With just over a week to go, we’ve had a really strong showing of gear from the community. Lots of great deals on excellent gear.

Lastly, a dedicated group cooked breakfast out front last year to secure their spot at the front of the line–bravo.

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    Saturday: 9:00-5:30
    Sundays: closed

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