Welcome to one of the fastest growing winter sports!
When the snow is firm and you're ready to switch gears - it's time to try fat tire snowbiking! Whether you are looking to stay in cycling shape all winter or just want to cruise through the forest, there's no better way than to head out on to our Nordic trail system. With over 32 kilometers of trail, a variety of terrain and amazing views, it's a great way to spend an hour or a day. Before you head out be sure to check our snowbike policies below. Don’t have a snowbike? We have a fleet of snowbikes available to rent at the Ski & Ride Center. Snowbiking is just one more way to explore the quiet side of Schweitzer.
- Fat tire snowbikes are allowed on the Nordic trail system only (no lift access and not allowed on downhill trails).
- A trail fee and ticket is required and can be purchased at the Ski & Ride Center. Nordic Season Passes are also available for purchase and offer you unlimited usage of the Nordic trail system.
- Our Nordic trails are open daily (conditions permitting) from 9am to 4pm throughout the winter season.
All snowbikers, regardless if you rent a bike from Schweitzer or bring your own bike, must fill out a release form at the Ski & Ride Center before heading out on the trails. (Once a season is all we need!)
Feel free to download the form, complete it at home, and drop it off before you head out to explore!
"GREEN” snowbike status: snowbikes are welcome to ride on all Nordic trails. Nordic Trail Map
"RED" snowbike status: snowbikes are limited to one loop in an effort to help maintain the surface condition of the trails when soft snow conditions exist. “RED” snowbike status means bikes can ONLY travel on Lower Grr Trail and Lower Overland Trail. Trail Map for “RED” snowbike status.
Red and Green Status Updates can be found on the snow report page (scroll down to the the bottom page and click on the snowbike button on the right). Signs will also be posted on the trailhead near the yurt and at the intersection of Lower Grr and Overland. Snowbike status can change throughout the day as snow conditions change.
The Nordic trails are multi-use trails and we support both Nordic skiers and snowbikers. We ask that all trail users show respect for the guidelines and for each other!
- All riders need to check in at the Ski and Ride Center to receive a bike trail pass that confirms they have read and understand the protocol.
- Purpose built snow bikes only. Both tires must be wider than 3.7” and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi, no exceptions!
- Bikes yield to all other users. Stay to the right side of the trail at all times, stay out of the classic ski track and give skaters a wide berth.
- Please stay off trail when there is more than 3” of new snow. If you are leaving a rut deeper than an inch, having a hard time riding in a straight line, or pushing your bike, the snow is too soft and you absolutely should not be biking on the trail.
- There are elements of risk in snowbiking that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
- Maintain control of your speed and direction at all times
- No jumping
- Ride in a manner that does not endanger others
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible by others
- Obey all signs and posted warnings
- Keep off closed trails
- Report all accidents
- Watch for unmarked obstacles
- Be safety conscious
- Dress appropriately for outdoor activity
- Keep to your right upon meeting an oncoming skier
- Fill your sitzmarks
- Pack out garbage
- No foot traffic on ski trails
- Please respect the classic tracks set by the groomers
Nordic Trail Dog Policy
Dogs are not allowed on any nordic trails. Schweitzer loves dogs, but for your dogs’ safety we ask you to respect the rules of the trail.
There are countless options on this scenic network of trails. We thought we would highlight a few of the more popular trails and leave the rest for you to explore and discover on your own.
Picnic Point Out and Back
This is a lovely trek that will take you through some of Schweitzer's more accessible and scenic terrain. Start at the village trailhead and follow Overland to the GRR trail intersection and turn left. Take GRR out to Picnic Point. Bring your lunch.
- Terrain: Gentle ups and downs.
- Distance: 3mi/5k round trip
- Elevation Gain: Total 320 feet
Overland Trail Loop
This loop takes skiers around the perimeter of Schweitzer's Trail system past Picnic Point and back to Schweitzer Village via the cat track short cut. There are numerous "side track trail" opportunities throughout the route.
- Terrain: Some sustained but not steep ups and downs.
- Distance: 5mi/8k round trip
- Elevation Gain: Total 550 feet
Most Nordic races at Schweitzer have many divisions including: skate skiing, classic stride, snowbike and snowshoe. Whether you're looking for friendly competition or a great way to meet more Nordic enthusiests these fun races are the perfect way to go.
Great Scott Cross Country Race - information coming soon
Cougar Gulch Cross Country Race - information coming soon
To learn more about snowbiking at Schweitzer contact Schweitzer Ski and Ride Center at 208.255.3070