Seeley Lake Nordic Skiing

Seeley Creek Nordic Trail System

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The Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails were originally built in 1978. In the beginning the trails were narrow with challenging technical turns and hills. Typically the turns came in the middle of the hills, the bottoms of which were usually bombed into craters by falling bodies. Rarely groomed, the trails were most often opened by local enthusiasts making tracks in the freshly fallen snow. It was truly a time of “get good or eat wood” with plenty of wood being eaten.

In 1990, the USFS contracted with Olympian Jon Elliott to refine and expand the design of the Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails. Work was done to widen the trails to their current 18 ft width and modify loops and routes in 1991. By 1993 the modifications were in place and being groomed. Jon Elliott’s 18 kilometer course is what we ski today. Regularly and expertly groomed, the trails offer outstanding opportunities for beginning skiers as well as the most experienced and demanding racers.

The trails are named in loops and segments connecting loops. Most people ski a 3, 5, 7, or 10 km loop, and then add variations as desired for the day. For a detailed description of how to combine the segments for distance, click one of the following:

3km Loop - Map and Description   
5km Loop - Map and Description   
7km Loop - Map and Description   
10km Loop - Map and Description   

Please visit our Grooming Report page for current trail conditions.

Thanks to Lisa Blackburn, GIS Coordinator, Missoula & Seeley Lake Ranger Districts, for providing the Seeley Creek Trails Map.

Dogs on Trails

Dogs are not allowed on the 18 km Seeley Creek Ski Trail System. In contrast, dogs are allowed on the very extensive snow machine trail system that is groomed by a piston bully ( this system is hundreds of miles). A map can be obtained from many local businesses for this snow machine trail system. The drift riders have a website with a groomer report. Most people with dogs use the snow machine trails on the east side of the valley as there is less snow machine use there and more musher use.

Trails Segments

Trail Name (click on name for details)DifficultyDistanceGroomed