County OKs Nordic
ski trail system in
Express Staff Writer
Nordic skiing on
groomed trails in Quigley Canyon east of downtown Hailey will begin as soon as
snow conditions allow, following approval of the plan by the Blaine County
Planning and Zoning Commission last week.
Creation of the
10-kilometer trail system east of Wood River High School is a combined effort of
the Blaine County Recreation District and the Sun Valley Ski Education
Foundation. About 20 students from Hailey and Bellevue elementary schools are
expected to train there. The ski education foundation concluded that a similar
trail system at Lake Creek, north of Ketchum, is too far for south-county kids
to travel to after school.
district also plans to initiate a noon adult training program at Quigley.
granted a conditional-use permit for the site, zoned R-5, during a meeting
Thursday night at the Old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey. There was no
opposition to the application.
District Trails Director Shelly Preston said trail grooming by snowmobile would
be done at night, since the best results are obtained when temperatures are
coldest. She said grooming on the Lake Creek trails, which are closer to houses
than are the Quigley trails, has elicited no noise complaints from homeowners.
Sue McAuley, vice
president of the Sawtooth Snowmobile Club, pointed out that Quigley Road will
continue to be used by snowmobiles. No one raised any issues of potential
conditional-use permit and the recreation districtís agreement with the
propertyís owners, Judd Associates, are for one year. Board President Keith
Perry said the program will be reevaluated following the first year. Portable
toilets that will be installed at the parking lot on Quigley Road will be
removed when the ski season ends at the end of March.
trails will be part of the North Valley Trails System. Season passes from the
REC District are $84 and day passes are $9 for adults and $2 for children.