Winter at Priest Lake

Enjoy winter activities in Priest Lake, Idaho

With an average snowfall of 62 inches per year, Priest Lake is a beautiful winter destination with several activities and events to enjoy around this mountain lake area. Residents and visitors alike can spend the day exploring over 400 miles of snowmobile trails. Although this will satisfy the need for speed, there are those who prefer the peace and quiet of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. All of these activities have several local places to rent equipment and even proper clothing. Many of the trails can be accessed directly from the resorts located along the shores of the crystal clear Priest Lake. Check out this trail map provided by the Priest Lake Chamber.

Along the way of over miles of groomed trails are several sight-seeing opportunities. Venture North from Nordman to the Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars and Granite Falls. If the 2,000 year old cedar forest isn’t enough, the Upper and Lower Granite Falls are spectacular to see in the winter months with the ice formations along the falls. Take this map distributed by the Forest Service.

January in Priest Lake is a flurry of outdoor contests. For three consecutive weekends beginning on January 14th, Priest Lake Golf Course becomes the prime location to watch the 54th Annual Snowshoe Softball Tournament. Come marvel at the somewhat altered athleticism and stay for mingling and dinner after the game. On January 28, Hill’s Resort hosts the George Hill Memorial Snowshoe Volleyball Tournament. Starting at 10 AM and lasting well into the evening, come enjoy a meal and entertainment. On January 29th and February 19th, head over to the vintage snowmobile races at USFS Airstrip on Highway 57. This is a unique and exciting tradition. Plus, what a wonderful way to spend a chilly weekend in Priest Lake!

For the animal lovers, mark your calendar for the first weekend in February to attend the Annual Priest Lake Sled Dog Race. For 40 years, dogs and their owners have come from all over for this exciting competition. Head on over to the USFS Airstrip on Highway 57 to see these pups in action.

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