Trail clearing

Bart Kluck, president of the Mile High Nordic Ski Club in Butte, with chainsaw in hand, pauses from trail clearing work recently at the Moulton ski area, seven miles north of Butte. Volunteers are clearing — including removal of fallen trees — and grooming cross-country ski trails at Moulton and the Mount Haggin area south of Anaconda. All are currently open.

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Volunteers are clearing and grooming cross-country ski trails at the Mount Haggin Nordic Ski Area south of Anaconda and at the Moulton area about seven miles north of Butte.

The areas are open, and reports are that a good portion of the trails have quality skiing.

Tom Downey said Friday in an email that he set new tracks at Moulton and cut away downed trees.

Most of the downed trees at both ski areas had been cleared — until the wind storm last week. So volunteers are working hard to get the newly fallen trees out of the way.

Mount Haggin, 11 miles south of Highway 1 near Anaconda, features nearly 28 kilometers of groomed cross-county ski trails in cooperation with the Forest Service and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, according to the ski club’s website. About 10 kilometers are groomed for skate skiing, and the rest, except for Spire Loop, are groomed for classic skiing. The trails can also be used as access to backcountry skiing along the Continental Divide.

Dogs are not allowed on Mount Haggin trails. However, just north of Butte at Moulton, the trails are dog-friendly

Use of the trails is free, but donations are appreciated to help keep snowmobile groomers and other equipment operating. A new warming hut has been built at Mount Haggin. Details:

Homestake Lodge, three miles south of Interstate 90 at Homestake Pass, is reporting good skiing. People must purchase passes to ski there. The area, 13 miles southeast of Butte, features 37 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, a ski shop, lodge, and accommodations. Details: or 406-585-8052.


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