Priest Lake 50th Anniversary Sled Dog Race
and IFSS World Cup

February 1 and 2, 2020

Priest Lake, Idaho





To defray the cost of plowing the parking lot,
we MAY collect a $5 fee per
 spectator car per day.
Thank you for helping!

This is the 50th year of the Priest Lake Sled Dog Race!
Sponsored by the Inland Empire Sled Dog Association,
and administered under permit with the US Forest Service,
it is a fun event for the whole family and a great way to spend the day.


Here are a few guidelines to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time

We discourage bringing pets to the race.
If you do bring your pets, please keep them in your car.

Do not approach a dog on a truck or in a team without the owner/handler’s permission.

DO NOT leave children unattended.

Always ask permission before petting a dog.

Stay out of the way of teams going to or coming from the starting chute.
Give them lots of room.

Feel free to talk with the mushers/ skijorers, but
be considerate if they are hooking up their team

for a race.

Would you like to volunteer? 208-660-2157


8:30 Driver’s Meeting

9:45 - 8 Dog, then 6 Dog Mid Distance (20 miles)

10:00 - 8 Dog Sprint (9 miles)

11:00 - 6 Dog Sprint (5.7 miles)

12:00 - 3 and 4 Dog Sprint (4.7 miles)

1:00 - Skijoring (4.7 miles)

2:00 - Novice 2-3 Dog Sprint (2.3 miles)

2:30 Novice Skijoring (2.3 miles)

Pee Wee (Saturday only) and
Teddy Bear will race between 11:00 and 2:00 as safety permits

Pee Wee - 4 to 8 years old, 1 dog runs a short loop  

Teddy Bear - 7 to 14 years old, 1-2 dogs 1 mile.



All classes will start about one hour earlier than on Saturday
(except Pee Wee which doesn’t race on Sunday).





Most of the races here at Priest Lake are sprints. The dogs are divided into classes based upon the number racing in the team. The distance of each racecourse depends on the number of dogs competing. In a sprint race, the objective is to go as fast as possible over the entire length of the course and come up with the fastest time. The event is run over two days, with the winner having the lowest two-day combined time.


The team size is usually 6 dogs or more, and mileage for the two days varies depending on the venue from 25 miles to 200 miles. Dogs are expected to run at a strong, steady pace but not all out as in the sprint races. Our mid-distance class covers 40 miles over 2 days.


Similar to the mid-distance race except mileage varies from between 200 miles to over 1200 miles. Well known examples are the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. Teams often have 16 dogs and the sleds are large enough to carry enough food and gear to last days.


Skijoring, literally ski-driving in Norwegian, is a sport where the driver is on cross country skis and is pulled by up to 3 dogs. In Norway, the origin of the sport used horses for pulling! It requires good fitness and skill on skis as well as having a well-trained dog team. Our race allows up to 2 dogs and travels 4.7 miles each day.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their continuing support of this race!



Alpine Outfitters

Adanec Sleds & Equipment

Arctura Kennels

Dashing Kennel

Elkins Resort on Priest Lake

Hill’s Resort

Howling Dog Alaska

Jackpine Farms

Nordman Resort

Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce Seeber’s Pharmacy

Sled Dog Central/Race Beacon Spirit of the Wind Siberians

View event on Eventbrite HERE 

Banner photo ©Pecky Cox

Above info source

Inland Empire Sled Dog Association