It was 70 degrees and gorgeous yesterday, and temperatures have been rising in the mountains as well as down in the valley. Temps at the ski resorts have been in the mid 50s, but there is still time to get out and enjoy the snow.
The March 15 snow report for the Minidoka Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest:
Pomerelle Mountain Resort is holding its annual Saint Patrick’s Day this weekend. Shamrocks will be hidden on or around the slopes; find one and take it to the Pomerelle ticket office to collect a prize. Weekend temperatures are forecast in the mid to high 50s with some breezy conditions through the weekend, ending with a 40 percent chance of snow and turning into rain next week.
Pomerelle will host the Slush Cup Pond Skin and Costume Party Competition on April 1. Pond skimming begins at 1 p.m., and the crazier the costume the better (keep it family-friendly). Trophies will be awarded for each division. Make sure you get preregistered, because if 30 people aren’t preregistered by March 25 the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued. Contact Pomerelle for information.
Magic Mountain Resort is still open for the next two weekends with a projected final day of March 25, so hit the slopes while you still can. There is plenty of skiing left, but you don’t want to miss it. The resort rents out snowshoes, too, and the trails around it have been groomed.
Magic’s weekend temperatures will be in the mid 50s with a 30 percent chance of showers by Sunday.
Ski tracks have been set on the upper and lower teaching loops near Magic Mountain Resort, and on the Penstemon Campground, Rogerson Road and Elk Basin trails. The High Dessert Nordic Association plans to host an informal cross-country pursuit challenge March 25, assuming the snow is still decent. Contact Dennis Pettygrove via the club’s Facebook page — Facebook.com/SkiHDNA — for details.
There is still lots of snow in the South Hills. With the higher temperatures the snow is a little soft and slushy in some places. Spring weather can change quickly, so be sure to check conditions prior to your trip. Don’t forget to visit the Sawtooth Avalanche center website: Sawtoothavalanche.com
Spring seems to have arrived in the Magic Valley, so this is my final snow report for the season; I’m preparing for summer recreation, which will be upon us before we know it. I hope to see you all enjoying our beautiful Sawtooth National Forest this summer.