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Winter Events at Priest Lake


The long winter months bring a thick blanket of snow to Elkin’s Resort in beautiful Idaho. During this time of the year you will find many events taking place that are unique to the Priest Lake area.

One of the largest events is the Snowfest Nordic and Snowshoe Race. This event takes place in the middle of January at Priest Lake Golf Course Nordic Center. True grits and determination will help get you through this marathon. The event is broken down into four different races. The largest of which is a 10k Nordic ski event. Other events include a 5k Nordic ski and a 5k snowshoe run.

An event that has been growing in popularity in Priest Lake has been snowshoe softball. Yes, you heard right, snowshoe softball. Spread over three weekends in January and February, the Snowshoe Softball Tournament is a tradition at Priest Lake. Played like traditional softball, snowshoe softball is a unique twist to the game where players wear snowshoes instead of baseball cleats.

Last but certainly not least is the Priest Lake Sled Dog Race, also known as the US Pacific Coast Championship. This event kicks off the first weekend of February and features both mid distance and sprint classes. Those who have competed say the race is a rush unlike any other. These sleds will travel up to 20mph with teams covering nearly 20+ miles a day.

US Pacific Coast Championship – February 7/8, 2015
7875 E. Highway 54, Athol, ID 83801

Snowfest Nordic and Snowshoe Race January 17, 2015
Priest Lake Golf Course Nordic Center on Highway 57
Rolling to flat terrain – skate and classic – new groomer!
Snowshoe run on groomed snow!
Nordic Ski 10k 10:30AM
Nordic Ski 5k 10:45AM
Winter Duathlon 5k ski/5k snowshoe 11:00AM
Snowshoe Run 5k 11:15AM

Snowshoe Softball – January 17-18th, February 7-8th, 2015
Field next to Millie’s, Hwy 57