Nordic Trails & Skiing

Girls day out on hill

At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, we have cross country ski trails for all levels with the “Meadow Loop” for beginners, the “Big Hill Loop” for a long ski through the trees and a scenic viewpoint framed by the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains. Return to the lodge for a little relaxation in front of a warm fire. Be sure to check in at the lodge and get a trail pass. You can also find trail updates on our Facebook page.

We do not have nordic ski or snowshoe rentals. Equipment can be rented at the Tauber Farm and Nordic Center (208-255-8883) located just three miles from the ranch on Gold Creek Road, Syringa Cyclery in Sandpoint or the Alpine shop in Sandpoint.  If you are looking to try fatbike riding, Greasy Fingers Bikes n Repair has fatbikes for rent.

Trail Pass Prices

Daily Pass

Adults – $10
kids (ages 6-12) – $5
kids (ages 5 and under) – free
Family Day pass – $25.00
Free to those staying in one of our lodge rooms or log cabins

Season Pass

Adults – $65
Kids (ages 6-12) – $32
Family season pass – $160.00

Thank you to the Sandpoint Nordic Club for the great work they do in promoting nordic skiing in our area.

Condition Trail
Limited Meadow Loop
Limited Big Hill Loop

Trail Reports

February 6, 2020 –  The Nordic Trails continue to be closed to skate and classic skiing but open to snowshoeing and fat bikes.  The January thaw we experienced last week made several water cuts in the trails that won’t be an issue for snow shoes or fat bikes but put a real kink in skiing activities.

February 4, 2020 –  Because of warming temps and rain, our Nordic Trails are currently closed to skiing and skating. They are still open to snow shoeing. We will be able to open the trails again when we get more snowfall.

January 20, 2020 –  The trails at the ranch were groomed again in the early hours of the morning. Conditions are near perfect with fast corduroy for skate skiers and set track for classic.

January 18, 2020 –  The Big Hill Loop and the Meadow Loop were both groomed this morning and are looking great! Snow is falling so there will be a light dusting of powder on the trails as the day goes on.

January 17, 2020 –  Its another stunning day in winter wonderland! The Big Hill Loop and the Meadow Loop groomed up nicely this morning.

January 15, 2020 –  What a beautiful day! The sun is peeking out and the trails are looking great. The Big Hill Loop was groomed this morning. The base on the Meadow Loop is cold enough to build up and is getting a final groom right now. Its a fabulous day at the ranch!

January 12, 2020 –  Another beautiful day at the ranch! The grooming on the Big Hill Loop is looking great. The groomers have been out this morning and have a skate lane groomed as well as tracks set for classic.

January 11, 2020 –  Hurray for finally getting a real Idaho snow!!! I am excited to announce that the Big Hill Loop is OPEN. Almost a foot of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours making it possible for us to groom the Big Hill Loop this morning! Classic tracks have not yet been set.

December 25, 2019 –  The nordic trails at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch are not yet open. We do not have enough snow yet to groom any nordic trails. We will update information here when we are able to open our trails.

Ski view from on top the big hill
Skiing in the meadow
Staff out for a ski
Skate skiing in the meadow