Originally Posted by cahatch52
I did not word my post correctly. I apologize fir the mistake. What I meant to say is it should be open by the weekend of the 31st of May. The day that my permit is for. I have been following the discussions on the Idaho Whitewater site. Many of the folks on that site have been following M.F. openings for years. Besides I think the commercial folks will dig it out if they have to.
Why would you think the commercial folks will dig it out? They haven't in the last ten years. And their operating rules are far more restrictive than private boaters in terms of the scope of what they can do.
I have 4 times now and even if the Fir Creek Summit is open(able) they are some rather large avalanche debris piles - at least three according to bshatch who snowmobiled in late March. He does this every year at this time and he said they were the biggest he has seen.
Last year when we opened the road the first slide debris pile at the bottom of Fir Creek grade towards Bear Valley was big enough on May 16th that we nearly had to dig it out to get around. And that was without the snowpack we have this year. Don't count on anything. Particularly not 10 or 15 guides spending a day shoveling on the pass.