Tobacco Valley Nordic
Tobacco Valley Nordic Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to the healthful elimination of the winter time blues. Our prescription consists of regular exertion, frequent gravity assisted glides and a daily dose of Northwest Montana's natural beauty.
Members range in ability and interest from energetic flattrackers to fanatic telemarkers and we have the topography and extensive forests to accommodate both often within the same area.
Some trails are intermittently trackset for classic nordic skiing and others have ski trails broken and some are untracked but are recommendations by skiers or projections of what should be good at any given time. On the "Reports/ Rumors" page hopefully you will find the latest grooming reports and locations of the secret stashes.
Feedback is welcomed from all whether you are an expert powder head or a first time skier.
Whiskey Springs Field Sobriety Checkpoint
Looking for volunteers to take lead on an event which might interest you or others. Among the possibilities are a family day, tour with a wildlife guide or an outing to Dog Cr.
If you have younger skiers or are looking for loan equipment see 'Gear Garage' for inventory and contact firstname.lastname@example.org
rush hour 2/1/2018 X-C lesson
Thursday part of Edna was set before we ran into adventure amounts of powder on the old track. Track was set all the way up Edna Rd. to saddle and about 1/2 mi of the Cayuse cut across. Friday set Still and it skied really well Saturday for remote Birkie
No trackset has been done for a couple weeks but the track at Still has stayed in good shape and been getting regular dustings of powder which have accumulated to almost 3" over old crust. Va. Hill has fair road cover and generally good cover on some trails but not had the trails systematically broken in.
After another 3" of snow finally got Still Cr. reset. Short stretch of run over early on West Pinkham but otherwise the groom skiers give it "kick and glide" approval. Not enough snow to set at Indian Springs but folks have made their own trails and predictably the fairways are rock free but may contain elk leavings.
Skied gated portion of Still Creek with >2" or "cream" at the start to 3+" of drier snow including drifting above Whiskey Springs. Track was good and did not hit any obstacles. West Pinkham Road looks usable and plan is to set the entire track early this week.
Ripped and reset Edna from cattle guard to Cayuse. Grooms then mutinied and skied the loop. Roughest stretch is from Cayuse to Pony on the 3576A. Still has some bare spots behind gates altho the compacted track is holding up better.
Set track on Edna including whole loop and portion of 3528 spur. Generally track was a delight, had sun all day and 1-3" of powder/hoar off track.
Wednesday we set track on gated portion of Still loop, easy drive to West Pinkham -Still gate. Some bare spots showed on road but skiing trackset felt smooth. Portion from Whiskey Springs junction down to Cooks Run was rougher with a lot of foot traffic. We included a couple more miles and ran the track up past Whiskey to Pink Cr. overlook in Section 9 .
First trackset of the season up Grave Cr. Drove to Grave-Clarence. First leg along Stahl good coverage mixed track due to traffic. Clarence Road was tracksetter's delight with sweet glide back down. Variable snow squalls but snow still dry when we left at 1. The SnoPilgrims have landed.