Panhandle Nordic Club of North Idaho

Next Meeting, Tuesday, December 6
Avondale Golf Course Clubhouse
Dinner 7PM  $14.50  Lasagna (meat or vegetarian)
plus Caesar salad and bread (includes tax and gratuity).
Meeting to follow
You must sign up to reserve a dinner by November 30. Make your reservation by emailing Carol  at ridge4450 at gmail dot com.
You can attend the meeting without dinner.
Cookie Exchange – bring 2 dozen cookies.  One dozen to share. The rest goes to the people at the HWY Department who keep our parking lot plowed.
Program: Program will include oldies ski and snowshoe gear and clothing tips for winter sports. Wear your vintage ski clothes or ugly Holiday sweater.

Club meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month through April.

If you’re unfamiliar with the area and would like to attend a club meeting, take Miles Ave exit off of Highway 95 in Hayden and head east going towards Hayden Lake. The address is 10745 N Avondale Loop, Hayden 83835. For additional information regarding the Panhandle Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club check out the rest of this website and also our Facebook page at Memberships are $20 per individual of for a family and can be sent to Panhandle Nordic Club, PO Box 2583, Hayden ID 83835 or purchased at club meetings.

$20.00 per household.  Click Here for Membership Application.


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  1. Geoff Harvey, Area Manager says:

    Additional Reply to Lori: Although we may be in a position to open the inner ski loop of the area (Havin Fun; The Swoop, High Road and Loose Moose) dependent on snow accumulation from the current storm. We do groom a skate lane on the inner loop, except Loose Moose between the two groomed tracks. However most of our skating trails are centered on our FSR 614 trails; Skywalker and Moonrunner). We have to close the road to complete this grooming. Although we could do this under our agreement with the Forest Service after December 1st, we typically hold off on this closure until after the 10th so the Christmas Tree hunters have an opportunity to use the road for that pursuit.

  2. Lori Greenstone says:

    Hi, When do the trails open/ grooming begin? I was thinking of coming up next week, but not sure how much snow you have yet and how the conditions are. I’d like to skate ski if possible. Thanks, Lori

    • Webmaster says:

      We’ve just started getting snow. Grooming plans are not activated yet. Could happen as early as next Friday, will know more on Tuesday.

  3. Cathy says:

    I just moved to cda in May…have never xc ski or snoshoed….is this a good club for beginners or can u recommend one

    • Webmaster says:

      Yes this club is good for beginners. Sometimes beginner x-ski lessons are given. You really don’t need lessons for snowshoeing. But you may want to get advise or rent before you buy.

  4. karl shewmake says:

    I am considering a move to Lewiston, ID, from central Wisconsin. I like to XC ski, skate and classic, groomed trails. Am open to learning to back country ski also. How would be living in Lewiston in the winter for getting to some snow and trails? if easier, please call me 715 572 1254 to go over what it is like for someone who likes to XC ski a lot to live there.
    Thanks so much

    • Webmaster says:

      I assume you have researched Lewiston’s climate. It is only about 700 feet above sea level, almost never snows and even less likely to stick. You’d have a long way to go to get to groomed trails. Summers are hot and dry. Winter relatively mild – they golf and bike year round.
      Even these areas are not high enough to have consistently good snow, and the grooming may not be up to your expectations.
      If you are looking for communities with world-class nordic and a lot of like-minded people, I would look into McCall, Id., Ketchum, Id., or Winthrop, WA

    • Eric says:

      I have trained for three Birkies out of Moscow, Idaho, which is about 30 min north of Lewiston. Nearby groomed XC areas include Palouse Divide (50 min NE of Moscow) and Fields Spring (45 min south of Lewiston). These areas are good in cold winters but poor skiing in warm, El Nino winters. McCall is 3 hours south of Lewiston. Would be better of course to live in a real ski town like McCall or Winthrop but not all of us can manage that luxury.

  5. Mort Kraus says:

    I’m good at figuring out how to get places; can’t figute out how to get to the 4th of July Nordic center. Seeing it will factor into my decision to join. I’ll appreciate your help.

    • Webmaster says:

      I-90 East of Coeur d’Alene by about 11 miles. I think exit 28. The exit is well marked as 4th of July Recreation Area.

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