As summer heat approaches its zenith, officials in the Wood River Valley are thinking about next winter's cross-country skiing. In particular, they're anxious to put together a "Plan B" in the wake of the closure of Quigley Canyon to the public. The canyon, just east of Hailey, has long been the site for some of the region's best nordic skiing along 12 kilometers of groomed trails. But when Quigley developer David Hennessy didn't get his way to rezone the area for new development, he decided to post "No Trespassing" signs, closing hiking, biking and ski trails that had been used for generations.
This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that an official with the Blaine County Recreation District had no luck in trying to contact Hennessy about using the trails. Now, the district is looking toward the other side of Hailey, at the mouth of Croy Canyon, as a possible new location for Nordic ski trails.
"It would be a Nordic solution that is close to town. The area would not be as big as Quigley, but it has interesting terrain from a Nordic perspective," Jim Keating, executive director of the Blaine County Recreation District, told the Mountain Express.
Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle said he's anxious for city leaders to sign a letter of support for the plan.