Nordic enthusiasts are getting excited about the upcoming winter. There’s a lot happening at Priest Lake that should enhance this season’s Nordic experience.
First, last season with grants from the Innovia Foundation Equinox grant fund and Priest Lake People Helping People, along with donations from the Kaniksu Lion’s, Hill’s Resort and individual donors, 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.
Second, the Forest Service has approved opening up the Chipmunk Rapids trail system to skiing and snowshoeing. Nordic Club volunteers plan to groom the Kaniksu Marsh and River View Loop trails. These trails have more intermediate terrain than other trails in the area and offer stunning views of Kaniksu Marsh, Priest River and the Selkirk’s. To get the trails ready, the Backcountry Horseman have cleared trees from the trails and Nordic Club volunteers have been clearing out vegetation for the club’s grooming equipment.
Finally, in June 2019 the Nordic Club was awarded a grant from the US Forest Service’s Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) that will allow the club to purchase more grooming equipment, which will allow the club to pack the trails early in the season, widen skate ski lanes at the golf course and more easily move the grooming equipment between the Hanna Flats trails, the golf course and Chipmunk Rapids.
The Club has already scheduled six elementary school outings to be held on Thursdays and Fridays in January and February 2020.
Volunteers are always needed for the kids' ski program. If you can help out, please contact a Nordic Club member or the Priest Lake Elementary school.
Let it snow!