Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing at Priest Lake!
The Idaho State Park N Ski parking permit program will again be conducted at Priest Lake. Permits are necessary to park at the various groomed locations in the Kaniksu Forest Region. Permit vendors are Hill's Resort, Priest Lake PowerSports, Tamrak True Value, and the Nordman Country Store on the West side of the lake. On the East side, permits are sold at Indian Creek Campground, Blue Diamond Marina and the Leonard Paul Store. Parking permits are reciprocal with the states of Washington and Oregon Nordic programs. Permit costs are $25 for a season permit, and $7.50 for a 3-day permit.
Parking areas include the road bordering the golf course, the Catholic Church across the highway from the golf course, Hill's Resort, and Hanna Flats. The East lake-side parking is available at the Blue Diamond Marina, Indian Creek Campground, and the Ambulance/Grooming building (trailhead for Coolin Mountain backcountry skiing and snowshoeing)
Grooming for Track Skiing will be done at the golf course. The trail connecting Hill's Resort to the golf course, and the trail system at Hanna Flats will be regularly groomed for track skiing. At Indian Creek, the trails will be groomed weekly, and, In addition, the Indian Creek Campground has a new snow shoe trail system (about 1.5 miles) and has a lake view. The Rocky Point trail system will be groomed intermittently and is optimal for snowshoeing. The Coolin Mountain system, that has exceptional lake views, will not be groomed, but is excellent for back country skiing and snowshoeing. Access to the Coolin Mountain trail system begins at the south side of the Ambulance/Groomer Building on Dickensheet Road. Park at the North side of the building and ensure that no entrance ways are blocked. (Vehicles will be towed if building doorways are blocked).
The headquarters of the Nordic Sports Club (NSC) is at Hill's Resort. Restrooms, food and beverages are available at Hill's Resort, and after 11 AM at Millies, Nordman Nickleplate Restaurant on the west side. On the east side, food, beverages and restrooms are available at Moose Knuckle or Ardy's. Other restaurants may be available during limited winter hours, particularly on weekends. Information regarding ski and snow shoe locations and weather conditions may be obtained at these locations centers.
This year promises outstanding conditions for Nordic Sports in the Kaniksu region. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the Priest Lake region which waits with tracked areas, or unlimited trackless trails and roads for skiing and snowshoeing. Freshly groomed snowmobile trails may be excellent for skate skiing, especially on weekdays. Please visit www.priestlake.org for the most current groooming updates. Local Nordic Club members may be consulted for trail conditions, call 208.443.3191 for references.