Snowshoeing above Green Pond
February 2011 - 36 photos


On February 23rd, 2011, I went snowshoeing with Don. When a beautiful day comes around, with sunshine and blue sky, I can't sit around the house. Being a Wednesday, I could only find one person to go along with me, and that was Don. He was almost as anxious to go as me. It was after noon by the time we started out so we didn't want to go far, and headed for the Snowbasin area. This time we settled for a short hike along the Green Pond trail, and it didn't take us very long to find Green Pond. From there we headed up through the woods looking for the groomed trail over to the Strawberry Gondola Station.

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Green Pond is located below this flat field of snow, about a quarter of a mile from trailhead


We couldn't find the summer trail, no one had used it. I am finding that it is very hard to locate these summer trails when burried under 3 to 4 feet of snow. I guess others are having the same problem, because most often they are not used in winter. We found where someone else came down through the woods, and followed their trail back up. It took us to the groomed trail, then we followed that to Strawberry Station.

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Groomed trail bewteen Snowbasin and Strawberry Gondola


Strawberry's lower gondola station, located at the bottom of the ski run, is a turn around point only. There is no road or parking lot at the station. You can only get to it on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobile. Skiers mostly come down from the higher lifts that go up from the Snowbasin side, then use this lift to go back up.

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This is the lower Strawberry Gondola Station we visited

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At the station we were planning on having some hot chilly, as that was served the last time I visited there. We started into the coffee shop and the young girl inside, Macey, said they were closed, but then she said we could stay and have some warm soup, locking the door behind us. (Tomato Bisque Soup, not Chilly this time). We were quite lucky that Macey let us in and treated us so nice.

On the way up we saw one guy hiking alone, then farther on two ladies coming down, Tracy and Cathy I think it was. Would you believe that Tracy was completely blind, though she did have her friend and dog with her. I thought it was amazing that a blind person was up there snowshoeing through the woods. She said she had 0% vision. Amazing.

Two more ladies arrived at Green Pond and waved to us as we were leaving, so we didn't get to speak with them. Up near the groomed trail we ran into two ladies coming down the trail, Jan and Pauline. What an interesting day.

We only hiked 2.6 miles this day, but with our late start it was enough.

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