The Seeley Creek Nordic Trail system is undoubtedly the best-kept Nordic secret in the Rockies. An unbeatable combination of reliable snow, trail layout and a consistent grooming schedule makes the Seeley Creek Ski Trails one of the premier Nordic trail systems in the region.
This is not a private resort. Rather it is an outstanding trail system adjacent to a small town. Overnight accommodations and various eateries are available in the town of Seeley Lake.
Boasting a variety of terrain appealing to all levels of skiers from rank beginners to expert racers, the Seeley Creek Nordic Trails are situated on Lolo National Forest and maintained under a cooperative agreement between the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club and the Lolo National Forest. No user fees are charged but donations are encouraged and may be left in the “metal ranger” at the trail head or mailed to the Nordic club. All donations go directly towards maintenance and grooming of the trail system.
The club also hosts events including races, skate and classic clinics for beginning and intermediate skiers, and works cooperatively with Seeley Lake Elementary to sponsor the youth ski program. Three major races are held each year: Seeley Lake Elementary Outside Skiesta, Seeley Lake Challenge Biathlon and our signature event, the legendary OSCR 50k.
The ski trails are designed and groomed for cross country skiing. While allowed during the non-grooming months, hiking, snowshoeing, biking and dogs are forbidden on the groomed ski trails to prevent damage to the groomed surface and reduce conflicts. These activities are all permitted on the snowmobile trail adjacent to the ski trails.
THE COMPULSIVE SKIER MIKE McGREW
A longtime resident of the Seeley-Swan Valley and Nordic ski enthusiast, Mike McGrew, blogs on all things Nordic. Driven by his love for the sport, Mike takes us on a entertaining ride and invites us to actively participate in the adventure.