I think What Idaho h2o is saying (not to speak for him/her) is that there is a lot of snow still here in MT/ID and the road to the launch is not likely to be clear of snow. Still winter here and got a few inches last night, and it was 10 degrees on my way to work this morning. We got more than a foot of snow over the last weekend in addition. There is a ton of snowpack in the area and Nez Perce Summit will likely not be free of snow by April 29th. Maybe not may 29th this year. We have gotten the most snow in about 15 years here in Helena. I have had troubles with snow on the road into late June some years when I worked over on the Lochsa and ran Selway Shuttles years ago. Good for powder skiing however. I'd love to hear from anyone that is familiar with/knows how much snow is on the summit? Any guesses as to when the road will open?
The USFS is very aggressive about plowing the road open by the start of permit season. I think in 2011 they were delayed by a few days or even longer because of the deep snow. While our snowpack is huge, it is not huge in the mid and lower elevations so much. It will definitely not be open for an April 29 launch.
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