Tips for Winter Conditions on
Pine Lakes Ranch
We strive for continuous accessibility to all areas of
our Ranch. However, weather conditions can make travel on the
Ranch treacherous or impossible at times. Be prepared to delay
or cancel your travel plans when hazardous weather conditions
The grade at the entrance is difficult in both
directions. Enter the Ranch very slowly to avoid sliding off
the road. We have placed a pile of salted gravel near the
cattle guard with a shovel and a bucket. All PLR travelers
should be prepared to spread this material when conditions at
the entrance need it. Be prepared.
It is not a bad idea to carry your own shovel with some
sand or kitty litter. Of course chains are always a good
idea in the winter in Valley County.
If you do not have 4WD carry chains or traction devices.
Two-wheel drive vehicles without chains installed WILL get
stuck. Discuss this with your visitors before they come. You
may wish to have them leave their vehicle in town and pick them
If you are driving to the ranch from a distance, check
the local weather conditions; call a neighbor, or check
Cascade’s weather on the internet by going to
and click on one of the instant weather links.
Do not leave vehicles or trailers in roadways. With
continued plowing, the roads become narrow, and vehicles or
trailers left on the roadway make it difficult for others to
get by and make plowing hazardous or impossible.
Drive slowly, especially in the trees. Stay in your lane
as you approach the blind curves.
Use caution when pulling over to let someone pass.
Often, what looks like plowed road is really the roadside ditch
covered with snow. Be prepared to back up, if necessary, to
find a suitable place to pass.
It is not the Infrastructure Manager’s
responsibility to patrol the Ranch roads looking for hazards.
If problems such as icy spots or downed trees are found, and
you cannot remedy them yourself, call the Infrastructure
Manager (Darrell Latham, 208-513-4547) to report the problem.
Please be very specific about the location and the nature of
PLR cannot run a 24-hour towing service. If your
neighbor can’t help, call Mountain Towing at
Share this information with your visitors.
Watch for the snowplow during or after storms.
Remember the operator’s visibility is limited. If
you approach from the rear wait till the operator sees you and
signals before you attempt to pass.
Normally when a storm is less than 4” the roads
will not be plowed. Be prepared to drive in those
When a storm drops 4” or more the roads will
normally be plowed the next morning or when the storm is
over. On occasion, when there is a severe storm the roads
may be plowed multiple times during the storm such that there
is not too much accumulation.
The snowplow will most often leave snow in your
driveway. There is no efficient way for the operator to
plow the ranch and not leave this inconvenience for the
homeowner. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to
clear this snow and their own driveway.
As homeowners plow their own driveways they should not
push or blow snow onto the road causing an inconvenience to
and deliveries during winter months:
Construction during the winter months is difficult.
Discuss these tips with your contractor and advise him to be
prepared to cancel work or postpone deliveries during and just
after inclement weather.
other large delivery trucks (furniture, appliances, fuels, etc)
often have difficulties. Warn them of our roads so they
can cancel or bring the right vehicle with chains.