Volunteer Hosts Needed For Chief Joseph Pass Ski Trails

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick

The Forest Service is looking for volunteers to serve as “hosts” this winter for the cross country ski trails program located at Chief Joseph Pass.

Hosts are based at the “Gordon Reese Cabin,” a warming hut cross-country skier’s use during the day. The volunteer host program runs from December 1 through April 17.

Hosts may spend the night in the cabin in exchange for maintaining the facility during the day. Duties include shoveling snow at the cabin, cleaning the cabin and nearby outhouse, providing hot water for visitors, assisting with emergencies, and answering questions from visitors.

The Wisdom Ranger District will begin accepting applications for volunteer hosts Thurs., October 21. To apply, call (406) 689-3371 starting at 7 a.m. This is the only phone number that will reach the cabin host program. Due to the popularity of this program, callers are limited to one night’s stay per request and one hosting request per call.

The Chief Joseph Pass cross country ski trails cover 27 kilometers of trails groomed by volunteers from the Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club. If you would like further information about the ski club visit their website at http://www.bitterrootxcskiclub.net/.

The Gordon Reese Cabin located one-half mile north of Highway 43 is reached in the winter only by cross-country skis or snowshoes. Dogs are not permitted at the cabin or on the trails.

For more information call the Wisdom Ranger District at (406) 689-3243.