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Science on Snow Guided Hike
January 31, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A series of guided hikes and environmental education opportunities will be happening on the Whitefish Trail this winter. The series kicks off with a “Science of Snow” hike on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00p.m. at Lion Mountain Trailhead.
Are all snowflakes different? How do snowflakes form? Join our naturalist, Kim Corette, for a guided walk along the Whitefish Trail from Lion Mountain to the new WT Learning Pavilion. Learn about the physics of snow flakes and snow crystals, understand snow metamorphosis and changes in snow over time, and be introduced to snow survey data collection techniques and applications.
This family-friendly outing will involve an easy one to two mile hike, featuring instruction and use of hand lenses to learn about snowflake structure. The trail is boot packed to the pavilion, so snowshoes or skis will not be needed. Please dress warmly and wear snow boots, warm hat and gloves.
The hike will be led by Kim Corette who has several decades of experience working and recreating in snow country. Kim formerly worked as ski patroller at Crystal Mountain in Washington, as a heli-ski guide in the Cascades, taught avalanche levels I – III, collected snow survey data for the USGS, taught Winter Wilderness Field Studies for the University of Montana, and served as a board member the Glacier Country Avalanche Center.
The Whitefish Trail is the anchor project of Whitefish Legacy Partners and the result of collaborative partnerships providing public access and recreation while protecting clean water, thriving forests, and prime wildlife habitat on open lands located in the urban interface of Whitefish Montana. To date, Whitefish Legacy Partners and City of Whitefish have established over 25 miles of a recreational trail system accessed by seven trailheads. The Whitefish Trail continues to pioneer conservation, education and recreation initiatives, with strategic partners, volunteers, and financial support from the community.