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Grooming reports

Sunset Hills 

STATUS:

Done grooming for the season


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Highland Glen

STATUS:
Done grooming for the season


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Sourdough

STATUS:
Done grooming for the season


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Bridger Creek Golf Course

STATUS:
Done grooming for the season

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Hyalite

*Primarily groomed by the USFS. BSF provides updates as we receive them.
STATUS:
Done grooming for the season

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Sacajawea Middle School & MSU

STATUS:

Done grooming for the season

EXTRA NOTES FROM THE GROOMERS

Trail Survey & Wrap-Up Report
April 8, 2021 9:32 AM
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BSF Trails

We hope you all enjoyed skiing this past winter!

Please help us out by filling out this short survey about the trails: CLICK HERE.

Read the 2020-21 Community Nordic Trails Wrap-Up Report: CLICK HERE. It provides the run-down on how BSF's Trails Program went this past winter, from snowmaking, to trail data, to a few mishaps and misadventures.

Thank you for all your support this season! And if you'd like to send us some extra love, help us out during Give Big Gallatin Valley on May 6 & 7. We'll be taking donations and all your good vibes on social media.

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Sourdough
March 23, 2021 10:02 PM
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BSF Trails

Last week of grooming in Sourdough, Mystic & Moser... Enjoy!!!!

Moser side of Sourdough, 3/23
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Fast-forward into Springtime!
March 8, 2021 2:07 PM
Reported by:  
BSF Trails

The in-town ski venues took a hit this week with daytime temps into the mid 50's, and overnight temps cooling just enough to create significant ice dams on the trails and further complicate the grooming equation. The Sunset Hills outer snowmaking loop has the most consistent skiing and with the least number of water ponds, remains the most viable for grooming operations.

All-in-all, with some careful route planning, it's been great spring skiing for a few hours in the morning, transitioning to mashed potatoes by early afternoon, and with the added requirement of hip waders in a few spots!

The outlook for Highland Glen and Bridger Creek (Lower loops) is largely dependent on how things go this week. If it gets cold enough to freeze solid (including the lake and river crossings) and we can groom, we will continue to. Otherwise, the grooming focus for the rest of the month will shift toward maintaining the outer loop at Sunset Hills, and Sourdough.

Mile 6 on the Mystic side of Sourdough 3/9
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Heads Up: New Multi-Use Trail at Highland Glen
March 1, 2021 10:45 AM
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BSF Communications

For the last year, BSF has been working on establishing a multi-use trail in Highland Glen, and we're happy to say that it's finally here.

This is an ungroomed trail that gives people on foot, bikes (or classic skis, if you want) access to the East Ridge Trail in Highland Glen. It does cross the groomed ski trail in a few spots, and it runs alongside the ski trail at times. Red and yellow trail markers indicate the multi-use trail. The biggest thing for skiers is to use caution at those crossings--slow down, and watch out for divots or ruts in those areas.

We're excited to see this beautiful spot accessible to more users in winter. Right now, it's a pilot project, and we believe that this can be a great example of ski trails and multi-use trails existing side by side.

  • Dogs are allowed on the multi-use trail, but they must be leashed.
  • The multi-use trail is open to bikes, hikers, runners, snowshoers, and classic xc skiers.
  • With a narrow trail & multiple crossings, it's doubly important that all trail users slow down and give space when passing or at intersections.
  • Keep it kind out there!

You can read the press release here for more details on the multi-use trail.

A huge thanks to Bozeman Health and GVLT for working with us on this project and making it possible. Thanks to Kyle Marvinney, the former BSF Trails Manager and current Trails Committee Member, who began looking at possible routes and helped pack in the new multi-use trail last week, alongside BSF's Executive Director, Evan Weiss.

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Grooming Update for 2/24
February 24, 2021 10:00 AM
Reported by:  
BSF Trails

The past few days of warmer temps & winds were a good reminder that spring is just around the corner... and longer days make this one of the best times of the year in Montana. We can leave the headlamps at home, ski farther and get our vitamin D. It's also been a check on the snowpack at Highland Glen, and some of the other in-town ski venues where the base is still thin and starting to show bare ground and water ice in spots.

With any luck, we'll continue to pick up enough snow to maintain these areas and continue grooming. Despite the low-snow and late start to winter, with the new snowmaking loop, we've had reliable skiing in town since December 5th.

Big thanks and ongoing appreciation for all of the community support in making this happen during a challenging & especially important time for us to be able to get outside and ski.

Moving into March, we will continue regular grooming at all venues as conditions allow. This is typically 3 days a week at Highland Glen, Sourdough and Bridger Creek, and 4 Days at Sunset Hills, adjusted for new snowfall and pragmatism. As things melt out in town, grooming priority will shift to Sourdough and to the Outer snowmaking loop at Sunset Hills. While snowmaking operations concluded in January, there is a solid 1.3k loop that should stick around for a while.

A note on Sourdough: The first 2-3 miles are seeing increased traffic from all user groups, which will continue as the days get warmer and longer. It's our privilege to be in partnership with the USFS and Gallatin Valley Land Trust to have access and share stewardship of Sourdough Canyon/Bozeman Creek. Please continue to ski with smiles, care and anticipate off-leash dogs. Dog owners, please also continue to maintain control over your pets, pick up after and pack it out. Ski conditions will  be variable during the the first mile or two, but generally improve as you get higher up.

Happy trails!!

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Winter, at last!
February 10, 2021 9:00 PM
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BSF Trails

With the recent snowfall, in-town ski venues are looking much better.  Highland Glen requires more snow than other areas before the Pisten Bully can get there, but we are now able to get the big groomer out, cut snow drifts & set tracks. Sunset Hills trails are mostly weaved into the snowmaking loop, and higher-up, it just keeps getting deeper. We'll take it!!

In Hyalite, the USFS reported good skiing, despite many stuck snowmobiles in grooming things out... Make sure to thank them for their hard work and amazing trails!!

In Sourdough/Moser, we had similar conditions to Hyalite...but an easier time grooming, almost! The deeper snow and toll of early season pushing piles at Sunset Hills with snowmaking, brought-to-light some maintenance items on the PB. Big thanks, and a shout-out to Gallatin Tree Care for the use of their heated shop the past couple of days.

Extreme cold temps this latter half of the week, we are on standby with grooming until Saturday or more likely Sunday until things warm up a bit.

Stay warm, be safe. Enjoy!

Headed to Mystic Lake
Wildhorse Junction
Time to sit by the fire...

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Update for Monday 2/1/21
February 1, 2021 10:30 AM
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BSF Trails

Happy February!!

This past weekend's snowfall made for soft conditions at the Sunset Hills JNQ races on Saturday, but near-perfect skiing on Sunday as things were skied-in and had a chance to set up overnight. Lots of smiling racers- Huge thank you to the community for pulling together to support this event, wearing masks and staying safe.

We were able to get most venues rolled/compacted on Saturday evening, and will make the rounds again early this week to smooth things out and set tracks where possible. It's still a thin snowpack in town, but looking much better.

Higher-up, the snowpack continues to build, with Hyalite groomed on Sunday (by the USFS), and Sourdough groomed to the Moser parking area. The BSF grooming crew will be up Sourdough again this week.

A friendly reminder for all to please play it cool in the higher-traffic, mixed-use trails like Sourdough and Hyalite. While dogs are not allowed on the in-town skiing venues, they are allowed in Sourdough and Hyalite. Please slow down and give space while passing hikers and other skiers.

Read "Trail Etiquette on Winter Trails" for more information on multi-user trails.

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Sunset Hills Will Be Closed for Races This Weekend
January 27, 2021 9:16 AM
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BSF

Heads up: the trails at Sunset Hills will be closed for races this Friday - Sunday.

Closure is for all of Sunset Hills and is in effect until 3pm each day (skiing is possible in the evenings, but please be careful of any course infrastructure and grooming activities).

Intermountain Division Junior, Open & Para Races

Friday, January 29

Saturday, January 30

Sunday, January 31

Please note: no additional spectators for this race. (Our COVID management plan, approved by the county health department, restricts spectators for each skier.)

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FUNSKI (virtual) at Sunset Hills this Weekend
January 22, 2021 3:32 PM
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BSF

Want to cruise around Sunset Hills this weekend? Try out BSF's virtual FUNSKI series.

This weekend is the Sunset Hills World Cup. We'll have a 2.5km loop marked both Saturday and Sunday. Sign up online, time yourself, and submit your time. Go fast, or take it slow; it's a FUNSKI either way.

1 lap = 2.5 km

2 laps = 5 km

4 laps = 10 km

BONUS challenge: take a photo (or video) of your best xc ski trick. We'll have prizes and raffles at the end of the series.

Signup and learn more at https://www.bridgerskifoundation.org/events/funski

HEAD'S UP: The BSF junior teams will be zipping around the marked course from 9 am - 11 am on Saturday.

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Update for Thursday 1/14
January 14, 2021 2:00 PM
Reported by:  
BSF Trails

Last week was a nice glimpse of winter and it was great to see so many folks out skiing, having fun & keeping their distance. This Wednesday's wind event brought the warmest temperatures of the week along with it (plus a little rain), and did a number to the thin snowpack at most in-town venues. Sunset Hills remains the go-to with the Outer Snowmaking Loop getting groomed regularly, and the inner loops holding on for some added variety.

There's a silver lining to this week's weather: The snow pack has mostly remained, and set up into a frozen base that will pay dividends toward better skiing the next time it snows.

In Sourdough, the BSF trails crew removed numerous large trees and tree clusters that had fallen overnight Wednesday. We'll be back up there on Friday afternoon with the Pisten Bully to help groom the harder snowpack and level things out up high. Stay tuned.

A friendly reminder that there are no dogs, bikes, or walking/running allowed on any of the in-town ski venues: Bridger Creek Golf Course, Highland Glen, Sunset Hills, and the SMS & MSU small loops.

Thanks for supporting the Bozeman Community Nordic Trails with your voluntary trail passes!!!

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