Wed. Mar. 25
Nordic update: We will be doing one more grooming of NC trails Thurs. morning. We will also groom the West Fork on Friday morning. After that, it looks like temps are climbing to the 50s, so that could be it. Keep track of night time temps. though. If it gets below freezing the crust skiing has been fantastic for a couple hours each morning. Who needs trails?
Mon. 23 March
The Near Side Trails were groomed this morning, but warm temps. curtailed Far Side grooming. Still a great sunny warm day to get out and enjoy!
Sun. Mar. 22
At 7:30am the temp was 26 degrees, calm winds and partly cloudy skies. The plan for today is to groom all trails and repair track where needed. With the temps predicted in the mid 30s today, skiing will be best starting after grooming mid morning to early afternoon. Be aware of soft conditions and the parking lot becoming muddy in the afternoon. Should be a great day to get out and enjoy the RLNC!
Sat. Mar. 21
All trails at the NC were tracked and groomed for skating this morning. Conditions are excellent. Watch your thermometer. If it gets into the low 30s the next two nights, we will be grooming. The best skating will be right after grooming and will be good until the snow warms up and gets soft. No need to sign in through the rest of the season.
Fri. Mar. 20
The West Fork was groomed to Cascade. Tracks are holding up nicely from previous grooming. Conditions are excellent.
Wed. Mar. 18
Nearly 3 inches of new snow was groomed and tracked to Cascade this morning. Walking trail groomed to Basin on the North side of the road.
Mon. 16 Mar.
All trails were groomed this morning at the Nordic Center, and track set. Partly sunny and 18. Skiing should be great the next couple of days. Get out of the house and enjoy!!
Mon. Mar. 16
While x country skiing is an excellent and safe activity during this time of social distancing, we feel our warming hut might inadvertently encourage close personal contact. Therefore we will be locking the hut for the rest of the season.
Mon. 16 Mar.
We plan on grooming this morning at 9am. Full report to follow. It should be a great day to get out there and away from the crowds!
Sun. Mar. 15
At 10:00am the temp was 14 with cloudy skies and calm winds. The NC received 3 inches of new snow overnight. All trails at the NC Rolled out this morning. No track was set today.
Sat. Mar. 14
All trails at the NC were tracked and groomed this morning.
Fri. Mar 13
WF was rolled to Cascade and tracked to Basin today. Walking path rolled to Basin.
Fri. Mar. 13
10 inches of new snow was rolled out on all trails at the NC this morning. 21 degrees, calm, and gorgeous out there today.
Tues. Mar. 10
The West Fork was groomed and tracked to Cascade today.
Mon. Mar. 9
We were able to groom all trails at the NC this morning. Skiing should be excellent . Last nights cold temps also put a crust on the snow so you can also crust ski almost anywhere. This may soften up in the afternoon, so get out in the mornings if it freezes at night.
Sun. Mar. 8
Currently 32 degrees and snowing. Unfortunately it did not get cold enough last night to freeze the soft wet snow caused by yesterday’s 55 degree temps. Until that happens, we can’t run our groomers over the trails, and you can’t crust ski. Hopefully, we will get some colder weather this week which will allow for both .
Sat. Mar. 7
Groomers attempted to do some work at the NC this morning but the snow was too warm. We will be watching the weather until the season closes, and if possible will continue grooming until the end of March. We will also continue grooming at the WF if conditions allow as long as there is snow.
lee, lh, rj
Tues. Mar. 3
Quick heads up for skiers heading to the NC. If temps reach the high 40s it’s best to confine your skiing to the morning if possible. Deep ski tracks made in soft, warm, mushy snow are difficult to get out with our groomers. Also, our parking lot firms up or freezes overnight, and usually doesn’t get muddy until the afternoon. On the plus side, there should be some good crust skiing in the mornings.
Mon. Mar. 2
West Fork was tracked for classic, and groomed for skating to the Cascade campground. A walking path was groomed on the North side of the road to Basin campground. Conditions are excellent.
Sun. Mar. 1
All trails were were groomed this morning on the Near and Far Sides. No new track was set. Trails tend to be somewhat icy on the ridges and meadows but better in the trees. This is the case even after this mornings grooming operations because of yesterdays warm, melting chinook winds and last nights temps in the 20s. So go out and have fun but ski with caution.
Sat. Feb. 29
All trails at the NC were groomed this morning. Skaters report excellent conditions. Some tracks have filled in due to drifting snow, but many are still in good shape. At 9:30 it is 44 degrees, partly cloudy, with a light breeze.
Wed. Feb. 26
All trails at the NC were rolled yesterday, and will be tracked and groomed today. Should be gorgeous out there.
Tue. 25 Feb.
6 inches new snow on the West Fork last night. Rolled from gate to Cascade Campground and then groomed and set track from gate to Basin Campground. In great condition, best of the season.
Tue. 25 Feb.
Ten to twelve of inches of new fluffy snow fell last night and this morning. All trails were rolled as of noon.
Mon. Feb. 24
Normal Monday grooming has been postponed due to high winds
Sat. Feb. 22
Race day at the NC. The Far Side has been groomed and will not be used for the race, so it’s a good time to head back there, and then watch the race.
Fri. Feb. 21
There will be a race at the NC this Sat. The race course is being prepped today and tomorrow morning. Other trails are certainly open for skiing, however they have a couple of inches of snow on them, and may not be groomed out until Sun. morning.
The West Fork was tracked and groomed up to Cascade this morning, and conditions are excellent.
Mon. Feb. 17
All trails at the NC were tracked and groomed this morning. Beautiful snow, still a little soft. West Fork will be rolled this afternoon.
West Fork update: WF was rolled to Cascade. Tracked and groomed to Basin. Walking lane rolled to Basin on the north side of the road.
Sun. Feb. 16
All trails at the NC were groomed this morning. Some track was set, but we need to do some repairs on the track setter before that process can continue. We intended to roll out the West Fork today, however that will have to wait until tomorrow morning because of warm temps. At 12:30 it is 39 degrees.
Tues. Feb. 11
All trails at the NC have now been tracked and groomed. It’s a little rough around the edges as yet but should improve as we continue to go over it. The West Fork will be rolled out this afternoon.
Tues. Feb. 11
All trails at the NC were rolled out today. Work will continue this week, and we will also be packing down the snow at the West Fork.
Monday 10 Feb.
Both Fox and Smith roads are plowed to the Nordic parking area. Some grooming was done yesterday, but drifting has occurred. We plan on grooming today starting around 11am.
Friday, Feb. 7
The West Fork was rolled the full width of the road from the gate to Basin Campground…the loop in the Campground was rolled also. There is a good ski track on the south side of the road that goes all the way to Cascade. Skate skiing will be good and classic style too. Walking or biking will be tough until the snow settles. Will need to let the snow settle some more before rolling above Basin CG and using the grooming/track setter. rh
Wed. Feb. 5
The West Fork road was rolled up to Cascade today. Lots of new snow and more predicted for the next couple of days.
Tue 4 Feb.
Trails were rolled yesterday, and more grooming is planned for today. About 20″ of new snow fell the last two days. Today, we were able to run the Ginzu groomers over the trails to continue packing this dump of snow. More snow is predicted this week, so we’ll try and stay ahead of things.
Sun. Feb. 2
With significant snow predicted for today and tomorrow, we will be taking a wait and see approach to grooming this morning. It’s currently 30 degrees, cloudy, and windy, with gusts up to 25mph at the NC
Sat. 01 Feb.
Grooming was canceled this morning due to overnight and morning temps close to 50 degrees. Skiing should be fine with spring like conditions today. Today is the last day for the NC kids program. So, parking will be a little bit congested and perhaps a bit muddy around mid day but personnel will be there to assist with parking. And there is still a lot of trails open for everyone to enjoy their day. Happy “spring” skiing everyone
Fri. 31 Jan.
The West Fork was groomed this morning….about 2 inches of new snow….temps in the upper 30’s and the snow is damp. Groomed to Basin Campground and set track from there back to the gate. Skate lane is in good shape too. rh
Fri. 31 Jan.
All trails were groomed this morning as 2-3″ of snow fell and there was considerable drifting in spots. Partly sunny and 42. Get out and enjoy the warm temperatures and calm wind.
Mon. Jan. 27
West Fork road was groomed 4 1/2 miles in. Track is holding up, and skaters reported excellent conditions.
Mon. 27 Jan.
A bit of snow fell this morning, and all Near Side trails were groomed, and most Far Side trails. Still some areas of track set, and some thin cover. Cloudy and 30 at 10am.
Sun. Jan 26
The grooming plan for today calls for grooming both Near and Far Sides and maintaining classic tracks where possible. Bare spots are starting to appear due to the recent lack of new snow and warm daytime temps. So ski with appropriate caution, particularly on the ridge tops and south facing hills. At 7:30 the temperature was 25 with clear skies and calm winds
Sat. Jan. 25
Near and Far side trails were groomed this morning. Skaters reported excellent conditions. Bare spots are starting to show up on the south facing hills so be careful.
Friday, Jan. 24
West Fork groomed today 4 miles up this afternoon…..set new tracks and groomed the skating lane….conditions are surprisingly good with so little snow to work with…..Please clean up after your dogs….rh have a great weekend
Mon. Jan. 20
The West Fork was groomed 4 and 1/2 miles in this morning. Tracks are holding up pretty well and skaters reported excellent conditions.
Mon 20 Jan
All trails were groomed today on the Near and Far Side.
Sat. Jan 18
The grooming plan for today calls for grooming trails on the Near and Far sides and setting track where possible. At 7:30am it was clear, temp 14 degrees with clear skies and calm winds. Today’s forecast calls for sunny, and temps in the 30s. It was reported that the West Fork received 2-3 inches of new snow at Basin campground Friday afternoon and classic skiing was awesome.
Thur. 16 Jan.
West Fork Road was groomed this morning from the gate to about a 1/2 mile short of Cascade Campground….With the recent small amount of new snow things are in pretty good shape. Both the set track and the skate lane are quite good above Wild Bill Lake. This weekend should be good skiing. Was about 32 degrees when I left there this morning at 1130. rh
Thur. 16 Jan.
Due to wind and some new snow, we will be grooming this morning beginning at 8:30. Report to follow.
Trails on the Near and Far Side were groomed, and some tracks were set. Partly sunny and 21; good day to get out there!
Mon. Jan. 13
West Fork road was groomed 4 and 1/2 miles in. A bit more snow fell past Basin so conditions improve as you go farther up.
Mon. 13 Jan.
All trails on the Near Side and most of the Far Side trails were groomed this morning. Some tracks were set. Partly sunny and 16 degrees at 10am. Should be a great day at the RLNC!
Sun. Jan 12
All trails on the Near Side and most of Far Side were groomed this morning. No track was set today. Morning skiers were reporting very good conditions At 10:15 it was 27 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and light winds. Shaping up to be a great day at the RLNC. Enjoy!
Sat. Jan. 11
All trails at the NC were groomed this morning. Kids program starts today, but there is plenty of room for everyone. At 10AM it is 24 degrees, cloudy, and calm.
Fri. Jan. 10
3 inches of new snow was rolled out on all trails at the NC this morning. Skiers reported very good conditions, and things should be even better tomorrow after we run our Ginzu groomers over the trails. With high temps. in the 20s over the next week, we should be able to hang on to this new snow.
Tuesday, January 7
West Fork has been groomed. One skate lane. It is getting thin and icy in some spots.
Nordic Center: With the help of many great volunteers, we patched most areas showing dirt and grass. The groomers then went over the areas smoothing them out. Cold temps should help hold the snow in and skiing is pretty good! Pray for snow!
Mon. Jan. 6
All near side trails and most far side trails were groomed this morning. There is debris on some of the trails through the trees after our big winds on Sat., and cover is too this to set track, but the skating is excellent. This coming Tues. at 2:00 we hope to have a crew of volunteers with shovels and sleds out there to mine some snow and cover thin spots.
Sat. Jan. 4
Unable to groom today due to warm temps. and high winds. Currently 44 degrees with wind gusts to 35 mph
Fri. Jan. 3
The West Fork was groomed 4 miles in this morning. Skaters reported excellent conditions. Tracks are holding up reasonably well.
Thur. 2 Jan.
We will groom trails on the Near and Far Side this morning. Report to follow.
All Near Side Trails, and most Far Side Trails were groomed this morning. It should be good skiing, but watch for thin cover and humps due to drifting. Partly sunny and calm at 9:30.
Wed. Jan 1
At 8:00am, the morning grooming team attempted to groom trails on the Near Side. But with temps around 40 degrees and winds gusting to 44 mph most of the grooming efforts were in vane with the wind wiping out most of our work behind us. However, skate lanes remained reasonably intact in the treed and sheltered areas. Classic tracks were mostly gone by mid morning. Today’s forecast calls for temps in the 40s and the winds diminishing as the day goes on. Be aware of possible icy conditions on the trails and also in the parking lot.
Tues. Dec 31
Happy New Year! We groomed Near Side and Far Side this morning. No tracks were set. Conditions look great for skating. It’s currently 35 degrees and calm. Have fun out there!
Mon. Dec. 30
West Fork was groomed and tracked 4 miles in. It’s starting look very good. Skating was excellent to Basin
Mon. Dec. 30
On Monday the Red Lodge Nordic team will be doing some time trials at 11:00 AM. A 5 K skate course was groomed this evening, and the rest of the center is still skiing good from this mornings grooming. Feel free to come out and ski. The course will be marked, and all other trails are open for everyone. Of course, as soon as the team is done, the race course is yours as well. Bring a cow bell.
The West Fork will be groomed tomorrow morning as well.
Sun. Dec 29
The grooming team plans to groom all of the Near Side and Most of the Far Side this morning. We received about 2 inches of new snow yesterday and currently the temperature at 7:00 am is 10 degrees with clear skies and light winds. With temps forecasted reach into the high 20s with sunny skies today, it should be an awesome day at the RLNC!
Sat. Dec 28
Near Side and Far Side trails were groomed today. Currently 20 degrees with light snow.
Thurs. Dec 27
West Fork skate lane was groomed around four and a half miles in this evening. Should be good skating tomorrow morning.
Fri. Dec 27
the plan for today is to groom both Near and Far sides. The temperature at 7:30am is 15 degrees with clear skies and no wind
Thursday, 26 Dec.
Nordic Center Groomed. An inch of new snow added great texture and brighter white…it is awesome skiing. (No new tracks set due to old, dry snow, but the tracks are now skiing better). Lots of fox, coyote and bird tracks out there. Be careful, parking lot is icy and frozen!
Wed. 25 Dec.
All trails on the Near Side, and most trails on the Far Side were groomed this morning. Skiing should be good; there are some bare spots and thin cover areas however. Newly installed solar lights on the Near Side make for good night skiing. Wear or bring head lights for the darker spots.
Tue 24 Dec.
All trails were groomed on the Near Side this morning. We plan on grooming all trails tomorrow.
Mon 23 Dec.
All trails on the Near Side and most on the Far Side were groomed this morning. Sunny and calm wind; get out and enjoy!!
We plan on touching up trails this morning beginning at 8:30. Trails remain in good condition despite the warm temperatures. Do watch for a few bare spots and some thin cover in places.
Sun. Dec 22
All trails on the Near Side and most of Far Side were groomed early this morning. The skate lanes groomed out very nice but the classic tracks are now mostly unmaintainable due to the lack of new snow and warm daytime temps. A few bear spots are starting to pop up but for the most part the NC is still in great shape.
Sat. Dec 21
The NC was groomed this morning. All trails on the Near side, and most trails on the Far side were groomed this morning. Tracks are deteriorating, and we won’t be able to set more until we get more snow. Skaters however, reported excellent conditions
Fri. Dec 20
The West Fork was groomed almost all the way to Cascade camp ground, and the ruts are finally starting to flatten out from the gate to Basin. That portion skated great after grooming. Beyond Basin there are more ruts to deal with, but this stretch too, gets better with each time over. The tracks from the gate to Basin are deteriorating, and we won’t be able to set more until it snows.
Mon. 16 Dec.
We plan on touching up all trails this morning at the Nordic Center beginning at 9am.
Trails were touched up this morning and some track set repaired. Quite of bit of moose activity on Far Side.
Sat. Dec 14
All trails were groomed on both Near and Far Sides this Morning with the exception of a couple of trails in the extreme south west corner of the Far Side. Conditions are looking very good today on both classic trails and skate lanes. The plan is the same for Sunday with grooming operations to commence shortly after sunrise.
Thurs. Dec 12
The West Fork of Rock Creek was groomed this morning from the gate/ parking area to Cascade Campground (5 mi.). This includes loops through the Basin Lakes trail head and Basin Campground. Some vehicle ruts still exist in places and conditions for XC skiing are steadily improving since the closing of the gate on Dec 2 But a little more snow and TLC from the BRTA groomers will be needed to get the WF road up to the quality like that we would like to see.
Mon. Dec 9
At 7:00am: 4 to 5 inches of new snow fell yesterday with a steady temp of 18. Stay tuned for more.
At 10:30am: the temp was 30 with partly cloudy skies and light wind. All near side trails were groomed and tracks set and the same for Most of the Far Side. Should be a day to go out and Ski the RLNC!
Sun. Dec 8
Morning grooming operations were put on hold today due to overnight and early morning temperatures hovering in the mid to upper 30s. Expect varied conditions, including some thin snow and wind blown areas. Ski with caution. Today’s forecast calls for steadily falling temps and accumulating snow starting by mid-day. The current plan calls for grooming to resume Monday morning.
Sat. 7 Dec,
We plan on grooming trails this morning at the Nordic Center beginning around 8:30. Full report following the grooming.
All trails were groomed on the Near Side, and all but two on the Far Side. Watch for patches of thin or no cover. Tracks were holding up Ok. Windy but warm. Moose tracks on the Far Side. Report at 10am.
Mon. 2 Dec.
West Fork update: Tracks have been set, and a passable skate lane has been groomed to the Basin campground. There is also a groomed loop through Basin campground.
Mon. 2 Dec.
Most trails were groomed this morning; some track set repaired where wind blown. Sunny, warm, and calm. Enjoy!
Sun. Dec. 1
Most trails at the NC were tracked and groomed today. There are still a couple trails on the far side that aren’t ready for prime time. A breezy afternoon may have covered some of the trails in open areas, however we will be grooming again tomorrow morning. We were not able to start on the WF today because the gate was still open and tree hunters were busy driving up the road. Stay tuned for info on that front.
Sat. Nov. 30
Nearly 8 inches of new snow was rolled out at the Nordic Center this morning. Cover is good in most areas, however some places are wind blown, so watch for thin spots. We hope to set the first tracks of the season and groom the skate lanes by tomorrow. Meanwhile at the West Fork, the gate closes to stop wheeled traffic on Dec 1st, and we will start packing down snow out there in the next couple of days.
Thurs. Nov. 21
A little over 2 inches of new snow was groomed out on our Nordic trails today. Most of the trails still had a little base left, so skaters reported very good conditions, especially in protected areas near trees. If temps. stay low, we may be able to touch up some trails for weekend skiing. Solar lights were also installed on a loop near the warming hut. Could be a good night to check it out, since there is also a chance to see a meteor shower to the NE at 10:00
Mon. Nov. 11
A couple inches of new snow was packed down today in an attempt to keep it from blowing away. In sheltered areas we created a pretty good trail.
Wed. Nov. 6
2 inches of new snow groomed out. We’re slowly building up a base, and good skiing is a bonus.
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
Six inches of new snow has been rolled. Continue to use caution and some trails on the Far Side remain closed. Enjoy!
Thurs. Oct 31, 2019
The Nordic Center will open tomorrow for it’s earliest opening ever. Most trails have been rolled and groomed. All cover is thin and some trails on the Far Side are closed, but it’s a chance to warm up some ski muscles. Due to the thin cover we won’t be able use our Ginzu groomers effectively in many areas for fear of digging up dirt or grass, so conditions will be in the hands of Mother Nature more than usual. Watch for early season hazzards, and have fun.