Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Croy Canyon Nordic plan gains steam

Recreation District project would replace Quigley trails system

Express Staff Writer

A back-up plan for Nordic skiing in Hailey is gaining momentum, following the expected closure this year of trails in Quigley Canyon, east of the city.

Blaine County Recreation District Executive Director Jim Keating presented to the Hailey City Council Monday a conceptual map of ski trails that could be developed in Croy Canyon west of town in time for winter.

The council voted unanimously to authorize Keating to coordinate with the Hailey Street Department to use Lion's Park for parking this winter.

"Looks good," said Carol Brown, who was quickly joined by other council members and the mayor in voices of support.

Keating said he received preliminary approval from the Blaine County School District and a private landowner for use of land in Croy Canyon. He said he will seek a conditional use permit Thursday from Blaine County to move forward with development of the trails.


If the county signs off on the plan, Lion's Park would provide a trailhead for about seven kilometers of groomed trails, running from Lion's Park on the west side of the Big Wood River to the Croy Canyon Ranch-owned property about 1.5 miles down Croy Canyon Road.

The meandering trails would cross flat land on a bench and traverse patches of woods near Croy Canyon Creek.

"The area would not be as big as Quigley, but it has interesting terrain from a Nordic perspective," Keating said in an interview.

Keating said he also hopes the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation could have a base at the new Nordic area.

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