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Enjoy almost 25 kilometers of cross country skiing groomed weekly by the Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club, overlooking awesome views of the Bitterroots and the Montana/Idaho border. The trail system sits on the Continental Divide 40 miles south of Hamilton down Highway 93.

Out of the 25 kilometers of trail, eight kilometers are beginner level, 14.5 kilometers are more difficult, and 2.1 kilometers will really bring a burn to your legs. Chief Joseph features trails for both classic cross country and skate skiing. There’s even a cozy warming hut open from the first of December until mid-April.

Chief Joseph Pass shares some of Lost Trail Powder Mountain’s excellent snow, making it the earliest, latest, and most reliable snowfall every year. Gently rolling terrain allows for all ages and abilities. Just remember to sign in at the trailhead because the number of visitors determines the grants available for continued grooming efforts. Parking is plentiful.

You can check the weekly groom report here.

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