Nordic Skiing and Snow Shoeing at Priest Lake for 2020!
Priest Lake is blessed with lots of snow so there are abundant opportunities for winter recreation. There are five designated areas for cross country skiing and snowshoeing around the lake. These are Hanna Flats and Priest Lake Golf Course on the west side. On the east side visit Indian Creek State Park and Chipmuck Rapids. Get a great lake view by breaking your own trail to Rocky Point, accessed from Blue Diamond parking lot.
Newly reopened Chipmunk Rapids near the Dickensheet junction. Near mile post 22 on Idaho State Highway 57. This 10 mile loop system of trails provides a variety of terrain with spectacular views of Kalispell Marsh, Priest River and the Selkirk Mountains.
The Priest Lake State Park grooms their trails. The Nordic club grooms all other trails under an agreement with the US Forest Service. All groomed Nordic ski areas around Priest Lake require the Idaho Parks and Recreation Park N’ Ski permit. The cost of the sticker is $25 per season per car, or you can purchase a 1 – 3 day permit for $7.50. Currently there is no fee for individual skiers or snowshoers..
This is the greatest bargain in skiing anywhere. Seasonal stickers are sold locally at Hill’s Resort, Tamrak Hardware, Nordman Store and Indian Creek State Park.
Permits are available at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov, Click Park N’ Ski Annual Under A Use Area@ select either Hanna Flats, if you are skiing primarily on the west side, or Indian Creek if this is your primary area. This will ensure money will be returned to us locally to defray the cost of fuel and maintenance. Unfortunately, there no longer is reciprocity between Washington and Idaho Park N Ski programs.
On the west side we will be trying to groom at least on a weekly basis or more often depending on snow conditions. Both east and west sides are grooming with a tracked UTV pulling a Yellowstone Track Systems Ginzugroomer and tracksetter. T the Golf Course will groom for skating on selected trails.
Snow shoe trails are designated at Hanna Flats. If you snowshoe on tracked trails, please stay off to the side and avoid disturbing the set tracks. Dogs are not allowed on the golf course or at Priest Lake State Park. Well controlled dogs are allowed on the other trail systems.
The headquarters of the Priest Lake Nordic Club is at Hill’s Resort. Ski and snowshoe rental is available there and restrooms are available. On the west side, food and beverage is available at Hill’s on the weekend; Hot Shots is open for breakfast and lunch, and Millie’s is open for dinner Thursday through Monday, and for brunch on weekends. On the east side food and beverage can be obtained at Moose Knuckle and Ardy’s Café. Restrooms are available at Indian Creek. A vault toilet is available at the Visitor Center and Hanna Flats.
Enjoy the pristine beauty of the Priest Lake region which waits with tracked areas, or unlimited trackless trails and roads for skiing and snowshoeing. Please visit here for the most current grooming updates. Local Nordic Club members may be consulted for trail conditions, call (208)443-3191 for references.