SR 65, also known as Big Mountain or East Canyon Road, is groomed periodically from December through February. The road is groomed from the gate at Little Dell Reservoir to the Salt Lake/Morgan County line, 5 miles up the road. The first 1.5 miles is fairly flat and then the road climbs steeply.

Groomers post conditions updates each time they groom.

There can be snowmobiles, walkers, runners, snowshoers, cyclist and other skiers present at any time. Be aware and play nice. If you are skiing after dark, be sure to at least wear reflective clothing so that snowmobilers can see you. A headlamp and/or blinky lights are a good idea, too. Do not stop in corners or anywhere else that there is a restricted view.

This road is in protected Watershed. Dogs are not allowed on the road, off the road, or in your car in the parking area.

There are no fees for skiing this road. This grooming is provided courtesy of TUNA, The Utah Nordic Alliance. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made here.

Be aware that moose are often encountered on or near the roadway and can be dangerous if frightened. When approached on the roadway, they often remain on the road surface for some distance as they flee, so be mindful that this can result in them becoming trapped between you and an oncoming skier.

Most recent Grooming Report

  • SR-65
    A bit longer than average post in order to help make informed decisions on skiing tomorrow morning. I groomed for skate to Big Mountain Pass late this afternoon. The NWS point forecast for the reservoir is 26 degrees tonight with a dusting of snow. Nobody had destroyed the groom when I left around 6 p.m., so with a little luck, it ought to ski well in the morning. Several caveats: There’s a good 300’ of walking to get to the first skiable snow. It’s very thin, and likely a tip-toe affair even with the freeze. Then there’s a short section requiring a walk. Snow is then continuous a couple hundred yards before the little dip-curve-climb at around the first mile (MM4), but there’s a short section of thin snow at the top of that tiny climb. It’s then good to the restroom. A maintenance pickup drove to the Affleck gate and left deep ruts. I was able to fill them fairly well, but they’re there. Finally, it’s very thin at Windy Corner (2nd switchback) where with wind sweeps the snow on the left and drifts it on the right. Despite all those caveats, the corduroy looked good enough that I plan to sample it first thing in the morning. The walking and caution will be rewarded with a nice final ski this season. John

Location

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To get to SR 65, take exit 134 off I-80, the same exit as Mountain Dell. The parking area is 3 miles from the interstate. A bathroom is available at the parking area.