“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.”― Fennel Hudson
We are nearing the official beginning of winter, and with it, the lengthening sunlight hours the solstice brings. Whatever winter holiday your family chooses to celebrate, longer days unite us all. Despite the cold temperatures, the Salmon Valley has plenty of outdoor activities with which to fill your extra hours.
Lost Trail Ski Area officially opened this weekend, and will be open daily from December 19th-January 5th for the holidays. With 325” average annual snowfall, I cannot help but think of what is to come, hoping that it is a record breaking snow year! If downhill skiing does not appeal to you, try enjoying a cross-country ski circuit at Chief Joseph Ski Area or Williams Creek Trails. The Hub Community Bike and Ski Shop offers cross country ski rentals and plenty of information about the area. They also offer fat bike rentals, so you can make the most of Discovery Hill even in the winter months.
After acquiring your gear of choice, swing by River City Baking for a breakfast burrito on your way out of town and grab a fresh-made sandwich to enjoy trailside for lunch. I highly recommend the Twisted Turkey—it has candied bacon and that is all that matters. After finishing your activities, make sure to stop by the North Fork Store for a cold beer, or an even colder ice cream!
I hope December brings you good tidings and happiness, with January bringing even more. See you next year! For information about where to stay and other activities in the Salmon Valley go to www.visitsalmonvalley.com