Kamiah, Idaho (March 26, 2015) – The West Central Montana Avalanche Center will post its last avalanche advisory for the season on Friday, March 27. Snowmobile trail grooming and ski trail grooming across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest has also come to an end for the 2014/2015 winter.
Due to low snowpack, snowmobile and ski trail grooming has ended early this season. Snowmobilers and skiers are advised to stay alert for all trail hazards includingclosed gates, wheeled vehicles, and poor trail conditions due to melting snow. Winter trail signs may not be present, as the snowmobile clubs and Forest Service will begin to remove signs as conditions allow.In some cases melting snow may produce soft, muddy roadbeds. While these conditions exist, roads may be closed temporarily to prevent damage and reduce road maintenance costs.
Visitors should review Forest Travel Plan maps for open road status and snowmobile area restrictions, or call your local Ranger District for specific information:
Powell Ranger District, (208) 942-3113
Lochsa Ranger District (208)-926-4274
Moose Creek Ranger District (208)-926-4258
Palouse Ranger District (208)-875-1131
Red River Ranger District (208)-842-2245
North Fork District (208)-476-4541
Salmon River District (208)-839-2211
Regarding avalanche advisories, forecasters are encouraging backcountry users to remain vigilant and aware that avalanche potential still exists in some locations, especially higher elevation areas. At the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, winter recreation passes will no longer be required beginning March 29th. Dogs on leashes will be allowed on winter trails beginning on April 6th. The Visitor Center will be closed on Sunday April 5th (Easter Sunday). The Lolo Pass Visitor Center will continue to be open Thursday thru Monday, 7:30 to 4:15 Pacific Time, during April and May.