Winter Still Reigns in the High Country

With an abundant snowpack for the first time since 1997, wintery conditions still hold their hoary grip on the mountains of central Idaho. The Galena Summit lookout site on state Highway 75 north of Ketchum offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Sawtooth and Smoky mountain ranges, the Upper Sawtooth Valley and the headwaters of the Salmon River. SNOTEL station reports for Monday recorded 78 inches of snow at Galena Summit, compared to 101 inches at the historic Vienna Mine site in the Smoky Mountains, southwest of Smiley Creek. The Galena Lodge site recorded 60 inches of snow and the Dollar Hide Summit site, west of Ketchum at the top of Warm Springs Road, recorded 88 inches. Photo by David N. Seelig

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

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