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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!

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