PRIEST LAKE GROOMED TRAIL UPDATE
2013-2014 SEASON

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AVALANCHE DANGER CAN BE HIGH IN THE AREA
PLEASE BE CAREFUL!
Check with the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center for an Avalanche Advisory.

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DATE TRAIL OR ROAD NUMBER
3-12-14 1- 302 PARKING LOT TO WARMING HUT
2-27-14 2- UPPER LOWER MOLLIES
2-27-14 3- MOLLIES INTERSECTION TO LION HEAD PARKING LOT
2-19-14 4- LION HEAD PARKING LOT TO TWO MOUTH LOOP
  5- TWO MOUTH LOOP (ungroomed trail)
2-19-14 6- TWO MOUTH LOOP TO INDIAN CREEK 
  7- GOBLIN KNOB  (ungroomed trail)    
2-19-14 10- INDIAN  CREEK TO HUNT CREEK
  11- HUNT CREEK TO PARKING LOT (closed for logging)      
2-19-14 12- HORTON LOOP
3-13-14 13- CAVANAUGH BAY TO WARMING HUT
1-10-14 14- CAMELS PRAIRE  LOOP TO WARMING HUT
3-13-14 15- CAMEL SOLDIER
3-4-14 16- HELIPORT TO WARMING HUT
2-28-14 17- CAVANAUGH COOLIN
2-26-14 18- SUNDANCE NORTH
3-13-14 19- SUNDANCE CENTER
3-11-14 20- SUNDANCE SOUTH
3-11-14 21- LOST PEAK LOOP
  22- SCHWEITZER (closed for logging)
  23- ATLASTA 
3-13-14 24- BINARCH CREEK EAST SIDE 
3-4-14 25-LAMB CREEK PYRAMID PASS
2-7-14 26- HANNA FLATS HILLS OUTLET
3-4-14 27- HANNA FLATS
3-4-14 28- HANNA FLATS LAMB CREEK
3-4-14 29- BISMARK
3-4-14 30- KALISPELL CREEK RD NORDMAN
3-5-14 31- NICKLEPLATE
3-5-14 32- NORDMAN ELKINS GRANDVIEW BEAVER CREEK
3-5-14 33- TANGO
2-11-14 34-WATSON
2-28-14 35- BEAVER
2-26-14 36- BOULDER
2-26-14 37- BLACKTAIL
1-31-14 38- INDIAN
    Grooming is done for this season, have a nice spring.
  Groomer meetings 1st and 3rd fridays at 9am at Coolin Grooming bldg. during winter months. Open to public.

What to expect and what not to expect regarding groomed trails.

Often everything goes right and trails are well groomed and can hold up to heavy traffic. But there are many things that occur that can leave the trails in marginal or bad condition.

1) Snow conditions:
If the snow is to dry it will not compact and the trails will not support traffic.
If the snow is very wet it is difficult to groom leaving an uneven surface.
If it is wet and turns very cold you get ice and that does not groom very well.

2) If it has been snowing a lot the groomers have a difficult time keeping up. We have around 400 miles of groomed trails.

3) Even though we have newer groomers, they tend to break-down and they need servicing.

4) Occasionally groomer operators have sick days.

5)  All of the individuals on groomer committee are volunteers – they do not get paid.

6) The fee you pay for a snowmobile license is the main source of income to operate and maintain the groomers. That license fee, which is for one year’s use of the groomed trail system, is less that what you would pay for one day at a ski resort.

If the State increases the license fees that could provide more groomers and operators. But that would not change those difficult to groom snow conditions that Mother Nature dishes out.

We hope this provides you with an understanding of why the groomed trails aren’t always what we would like. Enjoy your ride and be safe.