The Mile High Nordic Ski Education Foundation, in cooperation with the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has established nearly 28 kilometers (km) of Nordic ski trails that reach close to the Continental Divide. The trails wind through historic logging camps that once supplied timber to the Anaconda Smelter.
For more historical information about the Mt. Haggin area, read this draft of an article that appeared in the December, 1992 issue of Montana Magazine, written by Jack Gilluly of Anaconda.
Grooming: Generally on Friday or Saturday mornings – All grooming is done by volunteers.
Loop distances are in kilometers, measured round-trip from the warming hut. The measured loops generally follow the perimeter of the ski area and do not use the cutoff trail
Suqarloaf Loop – 4.6 km: groomed for both classic and skate skiing; good technical skiing because of short hills and curves; hills can be avoided by taking the Short Cut trail; for a thrilling downhill ride try Gus’s Gas.
Crooked John Loop – 4.8 km: groomed for both classic and skate skiing; generally moderate hills, large steep downhill section can be avoided by taking Wulf’s Cutoff.
Little California Loop – 10.8 km: groomed for classic skiing only, this trail has the best views of the Pintler Range; many hills including the notorious twisty downhill section nicknamed the Death Dip. For a real thrill try Sleepy Hollow – sleepy it is not and is usually more of a white-knuckle ride.
Spire Loop – 12.6 km: ungroomed, good access to telemark terrain on the Continental Divide.
Anyone who enjoys using the nordic ski areas maintained by the Mile High Nordic Ski Education Foundation should consider joining the Foundation, thereby at least helping us financially, but should also consider a more active role either as a worker bee or board member. It might become your labor of love. For more information please visit Mile High Nordic Ski Education Foundation.