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Swan Rangers Ski and Hike Big Windy Thaw!

Sunrise and spindrift over Swan Peak! (Keith Hammer photos)

Seven Swan Rangers skied what little snow remains on the Foothills Ski Area while two others hiked the bare hillside trails above the Swan River Nature Trail on a 50+F high-wind-warning Saturday, February 1, 2011!

Wildfire warnings were issued for parts of eastern Montana while trees blown down on power lines in the Flathead Valley caused an 8-hour delay in issuing this Ranger report.

Yes, this is the Northern Hemisphere, it is February 1, and it is Winter. Welcome to the new normal?


All smiles over Noisy Creek . . . 


. . . although some see the sky as half blue and some see it as half cloudy!


Sure signs of climate warming: 1) when there's not enough snow to hold ski signs up . . .


. . . 2) there's not enough snow to hold the skiers up . . .


. . . and 3) when snow skiing suddenly changes to water skiing!


This ice lens on a stump makes it easier to count the annual growth rings . . .


. . . while Noisy Creek faithfully continues to point the way downhill!


The Swan Rangers meet every Saturday at the Echo Lake Cafe for breakfast at 8:30, leaving at 9:30 for a partial day outing in the northern Swan Mountains and foothills.

They carpool from the Swan River School parking lot next to the Cafe.

When recreating in bear country, remember to carry bear spray and avoid the 3-D's: dawn, dusk, and darkness.

Everyone is welcome!


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