As the holidays draw nearer, snow is starting to accumulate at Lolo Pass and winter activities are in the works.
Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho-Montana state line, will officially begin its winter season on Saturday Dec 14th, 2019. The Lolo Pass Visitor Center is open Thursday through Monday (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), from 7:30am – 4:15pm Pacific, 8:30 am-5:15pm Mountain. Visitors to Lolo Pass will be required to have a winter recreation pass displayed in their vehicle’s windshield starting on Sat Dec 14th, 2019. Passes are available at Lolo Pass both during normal operating hours and after hours at the front door, at Lolo Hot Springs Resort, and at the Trail Head- Outdoor Specialty Gear Store in Missoula. Winter Recreation passes cost $5 for a single day pass, $20 for a bundle of five-day passes, or $35 for a season pass and are required now through April 1, 2020.
Officials remind visitors exploring with their dogs can head West of Hwy 12, (across the Highway from the Visitor Center) and north of the snowmobile parking lot. Once winter season begins, dogs are NOT allowed on the trails within the Lolo Pass Winter Recreation area. Dogs must also be leashed while in the Lolo Pass parking lot and are expected to pick up after their pets.
While snowpack is still too thin for the groomer to start packing the ski and snowmobile trails, managers are monitoring weather and ground conditions closely, eagerly awaiting more incoming snowflakes to land. As the snowpack builds, visitors are welcome to come up, step into winter, stop on in for a cup of hot cocoa, aromatic tea, or strong brewed java and get into the spirit of the season!
For updates on snowpack, grooming and upcoming winter events at Lolo Pass Visitor Center, stay tuned to the Discover Your Northwest -Lolo Pass Visitor Center Facebook page.