On a quest for the best snow, I drove the loop from Boise to Sun Valley to Stanley to Boise and got the best Nordic skiing at Galena Lodge’s trails and also at the Alturas Lake trails, south of Stanley. Both areas were groomed and the snow was not crusty. Off-trail was powdery but not very deep. Both places looked like about 21 to 24 inches of snow.
You’ve got to search for the snow. In fact, on the eastern part of the Sawtooth Valley you could see lots of bare spots going right up the White Clouds.
Most of the good snow in the Wood River Valley didn’t start until well past the SNRA headquarters along Idaho 75.
But the 3-mile trek we did along Alturas Lake Creek trails was the best of the search-for-snow weekend.
Photo: Snowshoers head toward the Sawtooth Mountains on the Alturas Lake Creek trail by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman