During ski season, volunteers help maintain the warming cabin at the Chief Joseph Cross Country Ski area at the south end of the Bitterroot Valley.

The cabin is on Montana 43 on Chief Joseph Pass, east of Lost Trail Pass and is about a half mile from the cross-country ski area parking lot. The cross country skiers love the area with its 30 miles of trails, which are groomed weekly by volunteers of the Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club.

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest signs up volunteers, who stay overnight at the Gordon Reese Cabin on Tuesdays and Fridays during the ski season. They stay overnight for free, but become hosts for the day. In a news release, the Forest Service outlined the duties:
Meet and greet the public, shovel snow from the paths to the outhouses and the trailhead, clearing snow from the deck and doors, keeping the cabin and outhouses stocked and clean, restocking firewood from the supply to the main floor, keeping the fire going and reporting any problems to the Wisdom Ranger District.

To volunteer, you can call the Wisdom Ranger Station starting October 1st and talk to Lori Stevenson, Mikal Reese or John Ericson at (406) 689-3243.

The cabin is also available for overnight rentals at $9 a night. The rentals are handled through the Forest Service recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. Reservations can be made starting October 1st. Pets are not allowed on the trails or at the cabin.

If you like winter in Montana, this is a great way to enjoy it.