Yes we still have snow! 1-10-19

It is supposed to get to 42 degrees today and snow tonight. Temps are dropping again into the 30’s and 20’s for highs. Snow in the forecast for next week and the following week. Many call and ask and don’t understand how we can still have snow when they hear of all these high temps. I will explain why. We are 4000 feet higher than Rapid City and Spearfish, 1500 feet higher than Deadwood and 1200 feet higher than Lead. We have a foot or more frost in the ground, which helps hold our snow. The lower elevations don’t have that deep of a frost line and it is hard for them to keep their snow.

The trails are still in great shape all around us. The trail system is all designed around us. You can still get to Lead, Mt. Meadow, Cement Ridge, Big Hill Lot, Spearfish Canyon Lodge, and Buckhorn. The trails are still being groomed nightly.  You can’t groom trails if you don’t have snow.

I have posted pictures on our facebook page and so have riders. You can go to our facebook page….Trailshead Lodge and make your own decision on how much snow we have and if it is good enough for you. I keep our facebook page updated on the trail/snow/temp conditions along with this page.

We have had many riders here from many states, because of the lack of snow in WI, MN, and MI. They are very impressed with our trail system and the snow. I have only heard good things from riders and no complaints. Some are going off trail and not having any issues and some do have issues. It is always a gamble out here. You have to be smart, a good rider  and good luck, to not have any issues.

Snow/Trail Update 1-7-19

Trails are still in great shape up around us. They are still being groomed nightly. We received another 2 inches of new snow last night. Temps are going to be up and down for the next 2 weeks. A couple of 40 degree days and the rest are 20’s and 30’s. We did hit 42 degrees 2 days last week, but we are still doing just fine for the snow on the ground.

Snow/Trail Update 1-4-19

Trails are still in awesome shape. They are being groomed nightly. Temps are going to be in the upper 20’s and 30’s off and on for the next week and a half. Chance of snow on Sunday and another front coming in next week.

We aren’t having the higher temps like Lead, Deadwood, Spearfish and Rapid City.  It was 45 degrees in Rapid City yesterday at 6 am and 18 up here. That is the temperature difference around here.

Will try to post some pictures on Facebook today or tomorrow as well.

Snow/Trail UPdate 1-1-19

Happy New Year Everyone!!  The trails are in awesome shape right now. We ended up with around 8 inches or more of new snow and some places, like Spearfish Canyon Lodge and Mt. Meadow ended up with 10 to 12 inches, I have been told. They needed more snow in those areas as well.

Trails are groomed very nice!  Our groomers do an awesome job!!

Snow/Trail Update 12-27-18

We have gotten 4 inches of new snow and it is still coming down. We are supposed get at least another inch today and 2 on Sunday and more in the forecast for next week. Trails are in great shape up around us. They get a little thin towards Deadwood, Big Hill Lot, and way south. Not sure how it is getting into Mt. Meadow yet. I haven’t heard. Trails will be groomed tonight and every night through the weekend. Temps are staying down as well, in the teens and 20’s.


Check out our facebook page if you want to see some videos and pictures of the past few weeks when everyone around us was getting 50 and 60 degree weather. We were still holding our own.

Trail Updated 12-24-18

Trails are still in good shape.  The trails have been groomed the last 3 nights and will go out again on Christmas night. Riders have been telling us that they are pleasantly surprised and happy with the trails. We are supposed to start getting some snow tonight through Thursday.  They change it daily and hourly on the amounts. So, we won’t know until it comes. We will keep you posted. Our temps have been staying down as well.

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Trail Update 12-20-18

Trails are still holding up and are in really good shape up around Trailshead Lodge. The trails do get a lot thinner as you go towards Deadwood or HWY 385. It is still somewhat doable at this point to ride out of Deadwood, but not the best. It is better to ride out of Recreational Springs, White Tail Creek Resort, or Blackstone Lodge. I think Trail 5 is still ok. You can still go North to Cement Ridge, Spearfish Canyon Lodge and Big Hill Lot.  It is a little thinner up by Big Hill. You can go West to Buckhorn, Mallo Camp and south a long ways, it is getting thin at the very end of the trail system south. If you go to Mt. Meadow, it is best to take trail 9. I would avoid anything east of Dumont Lot. Riders did make it up to Flag Mountain yesterday, but trail 2 from there to Mt. Meadow is getting thin.

Snow is in the forecast yet for next week and the temps are staying down in the 20’s and 30’s and some in the teen’s.

We are booked from Dec 26th through the 28th. I do have some cabins opening up on December 29. We do have some openings for this weekend (weekend before Christmas).

You can check out our Facebook page with some pictures and Go Pro Videos that were filmed this week to give you an idea of what it looks like out there. I know people are having a hard time getting our Live Cam to come up.  It is because our only internet service is supplied through satellite and we have the biggest pipe they will supply us with, it isn’t that big. You get timed out if there are too many trying to get on. Just keep trying to refresh your page and eventually you will get on.  There are some people that keep it on constantly, so that is why others have a harder time to get on.

Snow/Trail Update 12-17-18

Trails are holding up and are still in good shape. It was around 40 today. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, Friday, and several days after Christmas.  Temps are going back down to the 20’s.

We still had riders that rode up out of Deadwood today.  Riders went up to Cement Ridge today and told us that was good. The only trails that are fading are over by 385.  Trail 7 isn’t the best.

We have had people wonder if the snow is going to be good for the weekend.  I would say yes. If it is still good now, it will be good this weekend and all the way through the New Years.

Snow/Trail update 12-16-18

The trails were groomed last night and they are in pretty awesome shape, especially for this time of the year. We had riders ride up from Deadwood Gultch, Mt Meadow, Spearfish Canyon Lodge, Big Hill Lot, and Buckhorn.  You can get to every bit of the trail system.  It is a quite a bit thinner on 7 and 5C over by 385, due to their ground is warmer than ours and it is harder for them to hold their snow.

It was 43 here yesterday and probably about the same today. We didn’t lose any snow yesterday and most likely won’t with this warm weather. Our ground is good and cold, so we hold our snow and by the time the temps do get up to their highest point, they start dropping as well. The temps are supposed to start dropping on Tuesday. We do have chances of more snow on Tuesday the 18th, Wednesday the 19th, Friday the 21st, Saturday the 22nd and from the 25th to the 30th at this point.  I get my weather from the Weather Network app that can zero in from just a mile from us and it has been very accurate.

Never heard one complaint from all the riders yesterday.  They were very happy with the snow and the weather conditions. A lot of people can’t believe we have snow since Rapid City, Spearfish, and Sturgis don’t have any snow.  We are about 4000 feet higher than them.  We have about a foot of frost in the ground, so we hold our snow.  Everyone down below, their ground doesn’t have much frost in it due to all the warmer temps that they get verses us. We are generally 15 degrees or more colder than Rapid City and sometimes 10 degrees cooler than Lead. We are a different world up here.  You can’t go by the weather down below.

Snow Update 12-13-18

We received 5 inches of new snow in the last 2 days with a lot of wind. It was good sugary and not dry and fluffy.  The temps are going to be in the upper 30’s to low 40’s for the next 5 days, with a chance of snow next Tuesday and Wednesday. Temps going back down Friday the 21st through the following Thursday, better chances of snow starting the 21st through Christmas and possibly the weekend before New Years. The warmer weather will help the snow setup and add to the base.

Trails open this Saturday.  Most likely won’t be groomed until the afternoon of the 15th. They are in great shape around us. You can get all the way south and north.  It does get thinner by Big Hill Lot, north. It does get a little thinner to Lead and Mt Meadow (Deerfield), but it is ridable at this point.  You can get to the Clinton Overlook (way south).  Snow is better south than north. You can get to Spearfish Canyon Lodge and Buckhorn as well and I believe Cement Ridge.

The lot across the road was plowed late last night and we did get a dusting after that.  It is safe to unload over there.

We still have a couple of cabins open after Christmas and maybe a few more starting the 30th or 31st. We have openings before Christmas as well.