New Website

New Website
LCNSC New Website

Trails Open!

From Roy Barkley email February 17 — “Due to deteriorating snow conditions the logging operation with Northwest Energy on MacDonald pass has been terminated for this season. A good portion of the hazard was removed from the upper line but the operation will resume next year as conditions allow. The closure order for the ski trails will be rescinded and public use of the trails may resume without any further interruption. Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding, it is tremendously helpful to have LCNSC as a cooperating partner with the Helena National Forest.”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ski Touring a MacDonald Pass is great.

Hi Friends,

Fran and I were just up on the pass the morning. A bit windy (10-20 mph W wind), but conditions are great for ski touring. It was 28oF, and I had great grip and pretty good glide with red wax.  Purple probably would have been better. The new snow from yesterday has covered the Microwave and Haul road "chopped up"  frozen snow. Big Pine, Cabin,  Porcupine, Haul and all of Microwave all have good coverage. Get out there and enjoy it! Don't forget to wear bright clothing as it is still hunting season.

Robert Ray

Friday, November 10, 2017

MacDonald Pass Trail conditions


 The pass is skiing very well. Fran and I were up there today. There was some "traffic" evidence, but it turned out the traffic was "us". It looks like the lumber for the snow fence on the far side of Porcupine Trail was dropped off at the wide spot on the Haul Road past the junction with Big Pine. The trail got pretty chewed up on the Microwave and Haul Road (not a criticism, just an observation). 

What the plan for the next step? 

It seems like some communication on what's happening up there might be useful for our members, since there's been a fair amount of usage and and interest.

I'd be happy to send something out, but I'm not sure what to say. Fran and a friend are planning on skiing up there tomorrow, but I'm going to Great Divide to tele ski, 

Thanks ,


Sent from Outlook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


The trail received about a half inch of snow overnight. The trail base is marginal, but fresh snow on top. Lightly raining up here now, hopefully the groom lasts!

Friday, March 13, 2015


The sun is shining it's a beautiful day on the mountain We got a decent frost up here last night and the skiing should be good today, there are a couple icy spots and other areas where the snow is melting off, but overall it's great considering the conditions!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


it's a little bit icy appear after another freeze last night the Trail groomed up marginally overall, the second half of little porcupine cleaned up good. A couple Skiers already up here enjoying it today. There is still some classic track left but it's fairly icy - it's a beautiful day up here get out and enjoy it while you can!

Monday, March 9, 2015

It's warm

The trail was very icy this morning, was able to get one pass in, had some issues with the ginsu, so I was not able to get a second pass. Hoping it freezes again tonight, but it's already getting soft as I walk out. Currently 45 degrees at 10:00 am.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New LCNSC Website; This site being frozen as of 21 February, 2015

Good afternoon,

With today’s glorious new snow up on MacDonald Pass comes too the Last Chance Nordic Ski Club’s new website at From today on, new postings will go to this new site. The old website ( will not be updated; eventually it will be archived and retired.

The club's new website is designed to ease sharing information (about trail conditions, classes, club meetings, and special events), and save you time.
The Home page contains summaries of recent news and conditions reports gathered from throughout the website. Detailed information, including full news and conditions posts, is organized into the following seven topic areas accessed from the navigation menu on every webpage:
• MacDonald Pass — Mac Pass trail conditions, news, map
• Golf Course — Golf course track conditions, news, map
• Master — Master Skiers Program classes and news
• Youth — Youth Skiers Program classes and news
• XC Links — Time-saving links to online information, including occasional news about other Nordic skiing throughout Montana
• About — About LCNSC, board members and coordinators, minutes, club-stuff
• Contact — A quick means of contacting board members or coordinators

Club members Gregg Wheeler and Bruce Newell built the site with guidance from the board, and welcome your comments and suggestions. You can contact them on the Contact Us webpage by selecting the Communications/Web Administrator recipient and submitting the online form. 

Our email list continues as is. Let us know if you have questions.

Enjoy the snow, and enjoy what we hope you’ll find a more focused, easier to use website. 

Bruce Newell & Gregg Wheeler