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North-South Ski Bowl a small hill in N. Idaho

post #1 of 6
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N.South was a small (660 ft feet) hill in N. Idaho which closed for good in the mid/late '80's (I think)-it was a cool little place with great night skiing and close to Moscow/Pullman.

 

I grew up in Pullman and N.S was the closest place to ski (near St. Maries ID)

 

Any one here besides me ski there?

 

And does any one know if it is still open for hiking? N.S was one of those "upside down" areas with the lodge at the top, and the lift at the bottom.

 

I did some research and it seems like it was bought out for retreats and possibly no ski access.

 

I couldn't even find a picture of it!!

 

One of those lost "Idaho Gems"-very obscure, but a pretty vibrant place back in the day with over 20,000 college students nearby (WSU/U of I)

 

Sadly, the low base el and warming weather lead to poor/unreliable conditions (got worse and worse), and NS closed

 

I am going to be in Pullman for Christmas and was considering bring my AT setup for a day of skinning-the terrain was actually pretty good there. A big open "bowl" and some cut runs. Fairly steep in pitch as well.  

 

any one been there as of late??

post #2 of 6

Never skied at North-South but do remember when it was in operation.  I did ski at Holiday Hills near Liberty Lake way back when.

 

There is a retreat center there now http://www.myidaholodge.com/ you could probably contact them to see if they allow skiing on the property.

post #3 of 6

I grew up there.  My Dad owned the rental shop for about 7 years.  Used to work and Ski there.  Became the caretaker and Assistant Manager the first year that WSU bought it.  Lived there by myself for 6 months.

post #4 of 6

Welcome to Epicski, LasVegasDon.

 

I skied there all the time in the mid-80's while a student at Univ. of Idaho.  They had a huge fireplace to come into from the cold, especially when night skiing.  Only time I ever got evac'd from a lift was there.  Me and one buddy were the only ones on the lift at the time.  Not much of a hill for experts, but the farther left you went the steeper it got.

post #5 of 6

Looks like you can park and ride ski there, but it appears to require a permit:

 

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North%E2%80%93South_Ski_Bowl

 

 

EDIT: and I just realized the OP is over 2 years old. 

post #6 of 6
Used to train there for racing on the U of I ski team in 87/88 it was a nice little hill.
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