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Category: Nordic Skiing


Mount Tahoma Trails are skiable

While Alpine ski resorts continue to open (White Pass opens Friday), they aren’t the only places benefiting from this week’s snow storms.

MTTA trails circa 2001. (Photo: The Legendary Skip Card)

The Mount Tahoma Trail Association in Ashford now has enough snow to make cross-country skiing possible, Bob Myrick of the MTTA said via e-mail. Often times the trails are not skiable until the last week of December or even early January.

He said there was enough snow Dec. 13 to ski from the Road 45 Gate in Ashford to the Copper Creek Hut.

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Latest on the MTTA ski hut fire

This story will run in tomorrow’s TNT:

Volunteers who maintained a popular hut for cross country skiers south of Ashford say they are baffled over what caused a fire that destroyed the structure sometime in the last month.

"We are fairly certain that there was no human cause to the fire because it is so extremely inaccessible," said Judy Scavine, a board member of the Mount Tahoma Trails Association. Members of the volunteer organization maintain 50 miles of trails and four huts in the area.

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Destroyed ski hut was not insured

The popular ski hut south of Ashford that burned to the ground recently was not insured, according to a board member of the Mount Tahoma Trails Association.

Judy Scavone said the MTTA could not get the hut insured because it’s “just too far from the nearest fire hydrant.”

The fire that destroyed the hut likely took place late last month and is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources, which owns the land the hut was built on.

Snow Bowl Hut was built by volunteers in 1991 at a cost of $20,000.