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Guests gather at Galena Lodge, north of Ketchum. Galena was originally founded as a mining town in 1879. While the town died, a store-turned-lodge stayed in the area, which is now surrounded by increasingly popular Nordic ski and snowshoe trails.

Following a foul fall, Galena Lodge is ready for winter.

The north-county hub will open this Saturday, Nov. 23, with a new septic system in place, according to Blaine County Recreation District Executive Director Jim Keating. That’s less than a month after the old field failed beyond repair, flooded by the rising water table at the base of Gladiator Creek.

Crews finished installing the system Thursday, Keating said. They’ll work out final details and check connections Friday before welcoming guests over the weekend.

There’s time before the rush begins in earnest. Right now, there’s no snow on the ground around Galena—ideal for entrenching a septic system, though not for Nordic skiing. But there’s precipitation in the forecast for next week, and conditions change quickly at the high-mountain hold.

The BCRD plans to begin grooming trails “as soon as it’s feasible,” Keating said, starting with those closest to the building.

“It won’t be perfect at first,” he said. “But we’ll have something in and around the lodge by the holidays. We’ll be open. We’ll be going. When the snow starts, we’ll be ready.”

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