Lakes Basin Winter Access

  • Lake Mary Road is closed just above the turnoff to Tamarack Lodge after the first major snowstorm of each season. For the rest of the winter, access to the Lakes Basin is only by snowshoes and skis. The groomed trails network includes fee-based cross-country ski trails as well as the Winter Access Corridor - Lakes Basin public-access right-of-way. On April 17 of each year, after the cross-country ski season ends and before roads are plowed, snowmobiles are allowed in the Lakes Basin on existing roadways only, conditions permitting.

  • Lake Mary Road is closed just above the turnoff to Tamarack Lodge after the first major snowstorm of each season. For the rest of the winter, access to the Lakes Basin is only by snowshoes and skis. The groomed trails network includes fee-based cross-country ski trails as well as the Winter Access Corridor - Lakes Basin public-access right-of-way. On April 17 of each year, after the cross-country ski season ends and before roads are plowed, snowmobiles are allowed in the Lakes Basin on existing roadways only, conditions permitting.

Conditions Update

  • 12/01/2020: Lake Mary Road is closed to vehicles. Non-motorized winter activities are allowed on the Public Access Corridor.

Avalanche Forecast for 04/16/2021

  • AVALANCHE FORECAST: As rising temperatures and sunshine warm slopes today, small Loose-Wet sloughs that could grow to become consequential will become possible on steep slopes. Avalanche danger will rise to MODERATE progressively on E to S to W facing slopes at all elevations and N aspects at low elevations. Find out More

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