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Details
Status: Closed
Region: Craters of the Moon
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs: No
Walking: Yes
Snowshoe: Yes
Length: 15.1 kilometers
Start: 5,884'
End: 5,884'
Min: 5,733'
Max: 6,041'
Gain: 798'
Loss: -798'
Grooming Remarks
REMARKS:
Loop Road is now open for hiking and biking. The road remains closed to motorized vehicles until further notice.
Current Conditions
Last Updated Today At 10:45am MDT: 67° F, 13.6MPH, 18.1MPH gusts
Snowfall
New Snow last 12 hours: 0". New Snow last 24 hours: 0".
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Description / Access Information
The groomed track is 4-7 miles in length with mostly level terrain or gentle hills. There is one steep hill on the southwest flank of Inferno Cone. Novices should ski the loop clockwise to avoid coming down this hill. Although skiing time varies with ability and snow conditions, most people can ski the entire loop in 2 to 4 hours. There is no charge for skiing at Craters of the Moon.

The open slopes of the cinder cones scattered along the Loop Drive provide perfect telemarking terrain. Skiers should feel free to leave the groomed track and venture onto these slopes to carve some turns!

Weather conditions may change rapidly and skiers should be prepared for the worst. The average high temperature for January is 29 degrees F and the average low is 10 degrees F. Even on the best of days, wind is common. Carry extra clothing, water, and a snack. Know your own abilities and do not ski so far that you become exhausted. Use caution if you leave the groomed track. The surface of the lava beneath the snow is very uneven and may conceal cracks and sharp rocks.

Dogs tear up the groomed track and detract from the skiing experience for others. They may also frighten wildlife. For these reasons, dogs are not permitted on the ski track. Bicycles are also not permitted on the Winter Trail.
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