14,000 years ago glaciers moving between the Mission and Swan mountains created terrain similar to the Nordic countries of Europe. That terrain combined with reliable snow and ski trails designed by former Olympian Jon Elliot provides remarkably good Nordic skiing in Seeley Lake, Montana. We offer 18 km of groomed, easy-to-difficult trails.
Dogs are not allowed. Skiers with dogs often use the snowmobile trails on the east side of the valley, which are shared with dog mushers.
A feasibility study completed in 2011 confirmed Seeley Lake is a perfect site to become a compelling destination for recreational and competitive Nordic skiing. That study triggered the creation of Seeley Lake ROCKS!
The mission of Seeley Lake ROCKS! is to build healthy children, strong families, and vibrant communities through outdoor recreation. Teamwork developed instantly with Seeley Lake Elementary School. Working together Seeley Lake Elementary School and Seeley Lake ROCKS! raised funds to provide skis for 24 fourth graders. In less than four years that teamwork has resulted in having enough skis for the entire school. After school each Thursday a bus full of happy students heads to the ski trails with adult volunteers tagging along behind.
In addition to the youth ski program Seeley Lake ROCKS! and the United States Forest Service are planning additional ski trails. A preferred location has been agreed upon and trails mapped. We are working toward FIS international certification. Morton Trails, respected Nordic consultants, have been very helpful in the process. The new venue will be both spectator and television friendly for hosting major events. Of course the recreational skiing at the new trails will be fantastic.
In four years a small group of volunteers created Seeley Lake ROCKS! Working with an amazing staff at Seeley Lake Elementary School, a supportive community, and terrific partners at the Seeley Lake Ranger District, Nordic skiing now benefits the health of individuals as well as the local economy. The social and economic benefits have increased steadily over the last four years. That trend is certain to continue. Seeley Lake does indeed, ROCK!
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