Priest Lake Nordic Club
The Priest Lake Nordic Club is excited to announce that with grant support from the Innovia Foundation and Priest Lake's People Helping People; and donations from the Kaniksu Lion’s, Hill’s Resort, and other individual donors, last year the club was able to purchase a new Yamaha Viking side-by-side UTV to pull the groomer and track setter. With the new Viking, club volunteers were able to groom after every snowfall and skiers experience some of the best trail conditions ever.
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The Priest Lake area has approximately twenty-five miles of groomed Nordic ski and snowshoe trails.
Most trails are part of the Idaho Parks and Recreation Park N’ Ski program.
On the west side of the lake are the Hanna Flats and Priest Lake Golf Course trail systems, with connector trails between Hill’s Resort and the golf course, and from Hanna Flats to above the Priest Lake Marina.
On the east side of the lake, there are Nordic trails at the Priest Lake State Park Indian Creek Unit and on Rocky Point, near the Blue Diamond Marina. All trails except those on Rocky Point are groomed on a regular basis for traditional kick and glide skiers.
The golf course is also groomed for skate skiing.
Assuming adequate snow, NEW THIS SEASON will be the grooming of two loops in the Chipmunk Rapids trail system. Located near the Dickensheet visitor’s center, the Chipmunk trails offer spectacular views of Kaniksu Marsh, Priest River, and the Selkirk Mountains. Along with the groomed Park N’ Ski areas, there are endless opportunities for backcountry skiing around Priest Lake. Maps of the Nordic trail systems are available at the Priest Lake Ranger Station and at the Priest Lake State Park.
Park N’ Ski permit revenues go toward trail improvements, plowing of parking lots and grooming trails. The permits cost just $25 for a full season of fun and adventure, or a $7.50 permit is available for one to three days. Permits can be purchased online or, until Idaho Parks and Recreation goes to an on-line only system, from local vendors. Local vendors are Hill’s Resort, Tamrak Hardware, Nordman Store and the Priest Lake State Park. When you purchase a permit, be sure to designate one of the Priest Lake areas at the end of the permit process.
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