Rick’s Snow Report

Rick’s Snow Report For Winter 2019 – 2020: As of Tuesday; January 21, 2020. Temps in the 30’s have not hurt our snow levels too much as can be seen by the sno-tel figures. We have received three to five inches of new snow this past week depending on location. Only a few inches at Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn. Our base varies from 10″ to several feet depending on location. Ten miles in any direction puts you in 2 to 3 feet of powder riding. Boondocking is still good powder and you can find those pockets that others don’t find. Guests are still reporting good riding conditions, but say they would be better with more new snow to fill old tracks. 95% of trails are being groomed and 100% of trails are marked. Riders can still leave from both lodges in all directions. Wind has created conditions for potential snow slides.

****Avalanche Danger is Medium****

The current Sno-Tel snow depths are as follows:

30 to 40 inches 40% of the riding area
20 to 30 inches 45% of the riding area
16 to 20 inches 10% of the riding area
12 to 16 inches 5% of the riding area

Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn……….. 12 to 16 inches
Paintrock Lodge………………………… 20 to 30 inches
Wyoming High Country……………….. 30 to 40 inches
Antelope Butte………………………….. 20 to 30 inches
Sheep Mountain………………………… 30 to 40 inches
Hunt Mountain Road…………………… West 30 to 40 inches
Hunt Mountain Road…………………… East 20 to 30 inches
Freeze Out……………………………….. 16 to 20 inches
Lookout Mountain/ Red Grade Road.. 20 to 30 inches
Granite Pass………………………………. 20 to 30 inches
Woodchuck Pass……………………….. 30 to 40 inches

This weeks forecast:
High Low Chance of Snow

Tues….38F……..24F……………..0%
Wed…. 31F……..13F……………60%
Thur…. 31F……..18F……………..0%
Fri……. 37F……..21F……………..0%
Sat……38F……..22F……………..0%
Sun…..39F……..23F…………….20%
Mon…. 33F……..15F……………..0%

Rick’s scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best:

Powder Riding: (5) Need more new snow to fill old tracks.
Trails: (10) 100% of trail system marked and 95% groomed.
Snow Depths: (5) Vary throughout the riding area.
Boondocking: (8) The wind has blown a lot of snow into the woods.
Cornice Jumping: (4) Cornices have developed, but need new snow to land in.
Trail Riding: (10) All trails are snow covered, marked, and groomed.
Overall Riding Rating: (5) Riders still reporting good riding conditions in untracked areas, but need more snow.

For more up-to-date riding conditions you can reach Rick at 307-752-2444.

Rick’s Snow Report For Winter 2019 – 2020: As of Tuesday; January 14, 2020. We have received six to twelve inches of new snow the past week depending on location. Only a few inches at Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn. The wind has covered most of the tracks. Our base varies from 10″ to several feet depending on location. Boondocking is still good powder and you can find those pockets that others don’t find. Guests are still reporting good riding conditions, but say they would be better with more new snow to fill old tracks. 95% of trails are being groomed and 100% of trails are marked. Riders can still leave from both lodges in all directions. The wind has created an excellent base, but has raised the avalanche danger. Wind has created conditions for potential snow slides.

****Avalanche Danger is Medium****

The current Sno-Tel snow depths are as follows:

30 to 40 inches 60% of the riding area
20 to 30 inches 33% of the riding area
16 to 20 inches 5% of the riding area
12 to 16 inches 2% of the riding area

Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn……….. 12 to 20 inches
Paintrock Lodge………………………… 20 to 40 inches
Wyoming High Country……………….. 30 to 40 inches
Antelope Butte………………………….. 20 to 30 inches
Sheep Mountain………………………… 30 to 40 inches
Hunt Mountain Road…………………… 20 to 40 inches
Freeze Out……………………………….. 16 to 20 inches
Lookout Mountain/ Red Grade Road.. 30 to 40 inches
Granite Pass………………………………. 30 to 40 inches
Woodchuck Pass……………………….. 30 to 40 inches

This weeks forecast:
High Low Chance of Snow

Tues….19F……….0F……………40%
Wed…. 10F……….0F……………..0%
Thur…. 28F……..16F……………..0%
Fri……. 23F……….8F……………40%
Sat……23F……..16F……………..0%
Sun…..29F……..12F……………..0%
Mon…. 30F……..15F……………..0%

Rick’s scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best:

Powder Riding: (6) Need more new snow to fill old tracks.
Trails: (10) 100% of trail system marked and 95% groomed.
Snow Depths: (5) Vary throughout the riding area.
Boondocking: (8) The wind has blown a lot of snow into the woods.
Cornice Jumping: (5) Cornices have developed, but need new snow to land in.
Trail Riding: (10) All trails are snow covered, marked, and groomed.
Overall Riding Rating: (6) Riders still reporting good riding conditions in untracked areas, but need more snow.

For more up-to-date riding conditions you can reach Rick at 307-752-2444.

Rick’s Snow Report For Winter 2019 – 2020: As of Monday; January 6, 2020. We have received six to twelve inches of new snow the past two weeks. The wind has covered most of the tracks from the holiday period and solidified our base. I was out riding the 3rd and 4th of January and found dozens of open and untracked meadows with 2 to 3 feet of fresh powder. It was two wonderful days of riding. Guests are still reporting good riding conditions, but say they would be better with new snow to fill old tracks. 95% of trails are being groomed and 100% of trails are marked. Riders can still leave from both lodges in all directions. The wind has created an excellent base, but has raised the avalanche danger. Wind has created conditions for potential snow slides.

****Avalanche Danger is Medium****

The current Sno-Tel snow depths are as follows:

30 to 40 inches 40% of the riding area
20 to 30 inches 50% of the riding area
16 to 20 inches 10% of the riding area

Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn……….. 16 to 20 inches
Paintrock Lodge………………………… 20 to 30 inches
Wyoming High Country……………….. 30 to 40 inches
Antelope Butte………………………….. 20 to 30 inches
Sheep Mountain………………………… 30 to 40 inches
Hunt Mountain Road…………………… 20 to 30 inches
Freeze Out……………………………….. 20 to 30 inches
Lookout Mountain/ Red Grade Road.. 20 to 30 inches
Granite Pass………………………………. 20 to 30 inches
Woodchuck Pass……………………….. 20 to 40 inches

This weeks forecast:
High Low Chance of Snow

Mon…. 24F……..15F……………20%
Tues….31F……..19F……………..0%
Wed…. 34F……..11F……………30%
Thur…. 22F……….6F……………50%
Fri……. 16F……..13F……………30%
Sat……24F……….5F……………..0%
Sun…..18F………-2F……………20%

Rick’s scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best:

Powder Riding: (7) 2 to 3 feet of fresh snow the open untracked meadows.
Trails: (10) 100% of trail system marked and 95% groomed.
Snow Depths: (6) Varies throughout the riding area.
Boondocking: (8) The wind has blown a lot of snow into the woods.
Cornice Jumping: (5) Cornices have developed, but we slid some of them on our ride.
Trail Riding: (10) All trails are snow covered, marked, and groomed.
Overall Riding Rating: (7) Riders still reporting good riding conditions in untracked areas.

For more up-to-date riding conditions you can reach Rick at 307-752-2444.

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Rick’s Snow Report For Winter 2019 – 2020: As of Monday; December 23, 2019. Our great start has slowed down. We have received no new snow this past week. The wind has been crusting over the snow. Riders are still enjoying the conditions, but say they could be better with new snow. 90% of trails are being groomed and 95% of trails are marked. Riders can still leave from both lodges in all directions. Existing snow has settled into an excellent base. New snow would fill in existing tracks and wind damage. Wind has created conditions for potential snow slides.

****Avalanche Danger is Medium****

The current Sno-Tel snow depths are as follows:

30 to 40 inches 10% of the riding area
20 to 30 inches 50% of the riding area
16 to 20 inches 30% of the riding area
12 to 16 inches 10% of the riding area

Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn……….. 12 to 16 inches
Paintrock Lodge………………………… 20 to 30 inches
Wyoming High Country……………….. 20 to 30 inches
Antelope Butte………………………….. 16 to 20 inches
Sheep Mountain………………………… 20 to 40 inches
Hunt Mountain Road…………………… 16 to 30 inches
Freeze Out……………………………….. 16 to 20 inches
Lookout Mountain/ Red Grade Road.. 20 to 30 inches
Granite Pass………………………………. 16 to 20 inches
Woodchuck Pass……………………….. 20 to 30 inches

This weeks forecast:
High Low Chance of Snow

Mon…. 40F……..21F……………..0%
Tues….36F……..18F……………20%
Wed…. 31F……..13F……………30%
Thur…. 24F……….9F……………20%
Fri……. 26F……..10F……………..0%
Sat……31F……..13F……………..0%
Sun…..35F………N/A…………….0%

Rick’s scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best:

Powder Riding: (5) Base has been formed and wind has crusted over powder in the open meadows.
Trails: (9) 95% of trail system marked and groomed.
Snow Depths: (5) Varies throughout the riding areas and has settled out to lower numbers this past week.
Boondocking: (7) We now have base in the trees and softer snow in the woods.
Cornice Jumping: (3) Cornices have started to develop, but need more snow to land in.
Trail Riding: (10) All trails are snow covered, marked, and 95% groomed.
Overall Riding Rating: (6) Riders still reporting good riding conditions.

For more up-to-date riding conditions you can reach Rick at 307-752-2444.

 

Rick’s Snow Report For Winter 2019 – 2020: As of Saturday; December 14, 2019. It just keeps getting better everyday. We received one to two feet of new snow this past week at higher elevations. Riders have nothing but positive remarks about the riding. I’ve been here for 26 years and this is one of the best December snow conditions for over 15 years. Riders can leave from both lodges in all directions. Grooming/trail marking will be 90% marked and groomed by the middle of next week. Wind and snow have created conditions for potential snow slides. Low numbers of guests and the excellent snow conditions make for a wonderful ride.

****Avalanche Danger is HIGH****

The current Sno-Tel snow depths are as follows:

30 to 40 inches 55% of the riding area
20 to 30 inches 40% of the riding area
16 to 20 inches 5% of the riding area

Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn……….. 16 to 20 inches
Paintrock Lodge………………………… 20 to 30 inches
Wyoming High Country……………….. 30 to 40 inches
Antelope Butte………………………….. 20 to 30 inches
Sheep Mountain………………………… 30 to 40 inches
Hunt Mountain Road…………………… 20 to 40 inches
Freeze Out……………………………….. 16 to 30 inches
Lookout Mountain/ Red Grade Road.. 20 to 30 inches
Granite Pass………………………………. 20 to 30 inches
Woodchuck Pass……………………….. 20 to 30 inches

This weeks forecast:
High Low Chance of Snow

Sat……22F……….4F……………50%
Sun…..18F……… 1F……………..0%
Mon…. 17F……….0F……………..0%
Tues….26F……..11F……………..0%
Wed…. 32F……..10F……………..0%
Thur…. 29F……..12F……………..0%
Fri……. 33F….Not Available…….0%

Rick’s scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best:

Information retrieved from riders this past weekend.

Powder Riding: (7) Base has been formed in 50% of the areas and others have no base.
Trails: (8) 90% of trail system marked and groomed.
Snow Depths: (7) Varies throughout the riding areas.
Boondocking: (7) We now have base in the trees and throughout the entire trail system.
Cornice Jumping: (6) Cornices have started to develop.
Trail Riding: (8) All trails are snow covered and 90% marked and groomed.
Overall Riding Rating: (8) Riders still reporting excellent riding conditions.

Rick and riders report it is the best snow conditions for this time of year in over 15 years.

For more up-to-date riding conditions you can reach Rick at 307-752-2444.

Rick’s Snow Report For Winter 2019 – 2020: As of Monday; December 2, 2019. I have to repeat: We are looking at the start of a very good winter season. We have 20 to 30 inches over 80% of the riding area. We received 4 to 6 inches over the weekend. Riders this past weekend said the riding was much better than I reported in last weeks sno-report. I prefer to remain conservative on my reports. Riders can leave from both lodges in all directions. Grooming/trail marking will begin this week. Snow slides are possible.

****Avalanche Danger is HIGH****

The current Sno-Tel snow depths are as follows:

30 to 40 inches 5% of the riding area
20 to 30 inches 80% of the riding area
16 to 20 inches 10% of the riding area
12 to 16 inches 5% of the riding area

Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn……….. 12 to 16 inches
Paintrock Lodge………………………… 16 to 20 inches
Wyoming High Country……………….. 20 to 30 inches
Antelope Butte………………………….. 16 to 20 inches
Sheep Mountain………………………… 20 to 40 inches
Hunt Mountain Road…………………… 16 to 30 inches
Freeze Out……………………………….. 12 to 16 inches
Lookout Mountain/ Red Grade Road.. 20 to 30 inches
Granite Pass………………………………. 16 to 20 inches
Woodchuck Pass……………………….. 20 to 30 inches

This weeks forecast:
High Low Chance of Snow

Mon…. 33F……..15F……………30%
Tues….32F……..15F…………….0%
Wed…. 34F……..13F…………….0%
Thur…. 32F……..12F…………….0%
Fri……. 35F……..17F…………….0%
Sat……34F……..14F……………30%
Sun…..28F…..Not Available….40%

Rick’s scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best:

Information retrieved from riders this past weekend.

Powder Riding: (6) Base has been formed in 50% of the areas and others have no base.
Trails: (1) No grooming, but trail marking begins this week.
Snow Depths: (5) Varies throughout the riding areas.
Boondocking: (5) No Base in the trees
Cornice Jumping: (3) Cornices have started to develop.
Trail Riding: (3) All trails are snow covered, but ungroomed and unmarked. Marking begins this week.
Overall Riding Rating: (5) Riders this past weekend said they found enough snow to enjoy the rides

Riding varies by area and is great for November. With this start we should have a fantastic winter season.

For more up-to-date riding conditions you can reach Rick at 307-752-2444.

Rick’s FIRST Snow Report For Winter 2019 – 2020: As of Wednesday; November 27, 2019. We are looking at the start of a very good winter season. Our snow is here to stay. We have 12 to 30 inches on the ground with more at higher elevations. We received 3 to 6 inches over the past two days and 8 to 10 inches in the forecast for Friday/Saturday. This is much better than the start of last year. Riders this past weekend said the riding was good overall and great in some places. Riders can leave from both lodges in all directions. Grooming/trail marking will begin the second week of December.

****Avalanche Danger is LOW****

The current Sno-Tel snow depths are as follows:

20 to 30 inches 40% of the riding area
16 to 20 inches 50% of the riding area
12 to 16 inches 10% of the riding area

Bear Lodge and Elk View Inn……….. 16 to 20 inches
Paintrock Lodge………………………… 20 to 30 inches
Wyoming High Country……………….. 20 to 30 inches
Sheep Mountain………………………… 20 to 40 inches
Hunt Mountain Road…………………… 16 to 30 inches
Freeze Out……………………………….. 16 to 20 inches
Lookout Mountain/ Red Grade Road.. 20 to 30 inches
Granite Pass………………………………. 16 to 20 inches
Woodchuck Pass……………………….. 20 to 30 inches

This weeks forecast:
High Low Chance of Snow

Wed…. 22F……..11F…………….0%
Thur…. 30F……..15F…………..30%
Fri……. 25F……….7F…………..80%
Sat……16F……….4F…………..80%
Sun…..26F……..18F…………….0%
Mon…. 30F……..15F…………….0%
Tues….29F…..Not Available…..0%

Rick’s scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best:

Information retrieved from riders this past weekend.

Powder Riding: (2) Base has been formed in 50% of the areas and others have no base.
Trails: (0) NO grooming or trail marking has been done
Snow Depths: (4) Varies throughout the riding areas.
Boondocking: (1) No Base in the trees
Cornice Jumping: (0) No cornices have developed yet
Trail Riding: (1) All trails are snow covered, but ungroomed and unmarked
Overall Riding Rating: (4) Riders this past weekend said they found enough snow to enjoy the rides

Riding conditions are great for November. With this start we should have a fantastic winter season.

For more up-to-date riding conditions you can reach Rick at 307-752-2444.

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