Although it will be several more weeks until the valley truly thaws, we have finally reached the end of what I refer to as “Deep Winter.” Deep Winter is that period of time when the excitement of the holidays has passed, but spring still feels miles away. It affects everyone differently, but for me it is generally a time of hunkering down and regrouping after the busy social calendar that seems to stretch from Halloween until New Year’s Day. And by “regrouping,” I mean laying low, shoveling snow, complaining about the cold, and going into a general funk as the cold and darkness of winter really sets in. But, the good news is…I’ve decided to declare Deep Winter officially over! If you’ve found yourself in a similar slump, now is the time to get out and enjoy the lengthening daylight hours that signal Spring’s eventual arrival. Here are a few ideas to get you back in the swing of things.
The first thing on my calendar is a yurt ski trip in the Bitterroot Mountain Range near Lost Trail Ski Area. Wilderness River Outfitters operates the Ridgeline and Stateline Yurts which allow winter sports enthusiasts premier access to Lost Trail Ski area, sidecountry, and backcountry. The two base camps offer options for everyone including snowshoers, novice skiers, and experienced backcountry experts. Spaces fill up quickly, so be sure to check out their website to plan your next getaway.
Visitors will again flock to the area for the 2022 Cold Smoke Freeride event at Lost Trail Ski Area (February 26-27). Kick the weekend off by attending the Lost Trail Ski Patrol Steak Fry annual fundraiser on February 26. Tickets can be purchased here.
Winter will eventually come to an end, so be sure to make the most of it while it’s here. The seasonal transition brings several activities to keep an eye out for, including Skiesta (April 2), and the Horse Sale (April 7-9). Make your travel plans now!