Dubois, Wyo. (December 12, 2014) – The Deception Cross Country Ski Trail on the Wind River Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest will not be groomed this year.
The past two seasons Ken Overfield of Wind River Community Trails has volunteered his time and equipment to groom the trail. As the time and money involved grew to be more than what one person could handle this volunteer service will not be able to continue. While the groomed ski trail was enjoyed greatly, without additional committed help or funding, grooming of the trail will not be completed.
Shoshone National Forest trail crew members cleared downed trees, removed leaning trees, and posted blue diamonds on the ski trails this past fall. The blue poles used to mark the trails through the meadows will be set up in the next few weeks.
The Forest Service would like to remind those enjoying the outdoors on snowshoe to set their trails to the side of the cross country trail corridor. The ski trail will be set down the middle of the corridor.
As a result of the spread of spruce beetles, there are a large number of spruce trees that are either dead or dying throughout the forest. The Shoshone National Forest would also like to remind all users of the trail system to use caution during high winds and to always be aware of their surroundings. Please report any trees across the trails to the Wind River Ranger District in Dubois at 307-455-2466. Cross country ski trail maps are available at the district office weekdays from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
As the nation’s first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.