Winter Activities

Information for Snowmobilers

Bonner County is well known as a winter destination for snowmobilers. There are over 300 miles of snowmobile trails throughout the county that will lead you over and through picturesque mountains and valleys, linking to a statewide trail network. Snowmobile activities are primarily managed by Bonner County, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Forest Service. 

Support your Local Grooming Programs

Renew a Snowmobile Registration or Purchase a Non-Resident Snowmobile Certificate

Idaho State Parks and Recreation

Be avalanche aware. 
Weather Forecasts and Training Information
Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

Groomer Report for Priest Lake Groomers
West side of the Lake Map
East side of the Lake Map
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Groomer Report for East Bonner Groomers

Updated 1/19/2023

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Canuck Basin Trail
Trail Name
Date Last Groomed
Copper Creek6.0
Ruby Loop14.9
Canuck Pass/Douglas Loop6.0

Deer Creek10.9

High Drive Trail System

Trail Name
Date Last Groomed
Twin Creek/Ruen Road         11.3
Johnson Creek6.9
Closed for USFS Bridge Replacement
Dry Creek7.7

Johnson Saddle

Mosquito Flat9.7


Pack River Trail System

Trail Name
Date Last Groomed
Pearson Basin/Dodge Peak  9.1 

Jeru Loop11.8

Pack River4.0

McCormick Ridge2.9

Roman Nose Trail System

Trail Name
Date Last Groomed
Ruby Creek                         8.0Logging at high elevation.
Limited Parking
Snow Creek9.5Logging at high elevation.
Limited Parking
Fall Creek7.6Logging in the Road.
Road Closed, No Access
Roman Nose Lakes1.5

Smith Creek System

Trail Name
Date Last Groomed
Smith Creek                         10.0

Trestle Creek/Lightning Creek System

Trail Name
Date Last Groomed
Lunch Peak                          3.9
Trestle Creek13.2
Moose Lake Trailhead3.0
Lightning Creek18.7
Wellington Creek5.9

Information for Winter Recreation

Bonner County is home to many trails that remain open for those that like to cross country ski and snowshoe. The local club is called the Sandpoint Nordic Club and there is also the Panhandle Nordic Club that was founded in 1988 to promote winter recreational activities with well over 12 miles to ski, snowshoe, and enjoy. Check out both their websites for more information on trails, meeting times and permits that help support their programs. 

Sandpoint Nordic Club
Panhandle Nordic Club

Other Import Nordic Organizations and Links

Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce - Nordic Sports
Nordic Club Maps - Trail Maps
Idaho Forest Service - Snowmobiling
Idaho Forest Service - Skiing & Snowboarding
Idaho Forest Service - XC Skiing & Snowshoeing
Schweitzer - Snow Report