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North–South Ski Bowl

North-South Ski Bowl
Location St. Joe National Forest
(Idaho Panhandle N.F.)
Benewah County, Idaho, U.S.
Nearest city Emida – 10 mi (16 km)
Moscow – 40 mi (64 km)
Vertical    398 ft (121 m)
Top elevation 3,788 ft (1,155 m) AMSL
Base elevation 3,390 ft (1,033 m)
Skiable area 28 acres (11 ha)
Lift system 1 chairlift,
1 surface tow
Snowmaking none
Night skiing 22 acres (9 ha)
North-SouthSki Bowl is located in Idaho
North-SouthSki Bowl
Ski Bowl
location of North–South Ski Bowl,
near Emida, Idaho

North–South Ski Bowl was a modest ski area in the western United States. It was located in northern Idaho in the Hoodoo Mountains of southern Benewah County in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The bowl-shaped slope faced northeast and the vertical drop was just under 400 feet (120 m) on Dennis Mountain, accessed from State Highway 6 south of Emida. An "upside-down" ski area, the parking lot and lodge were at the top, less than a mile from the highway, formerly designated as 95A (U.S. 95 Alternate).

With a day lodge built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps through the WPA, the ski area was originally owned and operated by Washington State College[1] (Pullman is approximately 50 miles (80 km) southwest, about an hour by vehicle). In the early 1950s, it was known as the "St. Joe Ski Bowl,"[2] and prior to that as the "Emida Ski Bowl."[3] After a poor snow year in 1958, it was sold to a private owner, Fred Craner and his brother, Merle, and a platter lift was added in 1959.[4][5]

It was the primary training area for the WSU and UI intercollegiate ski teams and included a ski jump.[6][7] The Ramskull Ski club formed in 1960, named after the creek of the ski area.[8][9] The road from the highway was improved and parking areas expanded in 1962.[10]

Closed for the 1969-70 season,[11] the students of WSU (ASWSU) regained ownership and operated North-South until 1980.[12] A chairlift in 1970[13][14] and a new lodge in 1976[15] were added, and the area was lit for night skiing.[16] The area got into financial difficulty in 1979, and the students searched for a buyer.[17][18] After leasing it to a private operator in 1980[19] for four seasons, ASWSU sold the area outright in 1984.[16]

With an aging chairlift and inconsistent snowfall at a low elevation, alpine skiing was discontinued in the 1990s.[20] It is now a "Park 'n Ski" area for cross-country skiing (photo) and is home to Palouse Divide Lodge.[21][22]

[23] North-South Ski Bowl was remodeled and renamed to Palouse Divide Lodge in 1999. It is now a PRIVATE resort facility and home to Shirley and Lane Hathaway. The Lodge is available for conferences and private retreats. It is not open to the general public for drop in visiting. They do have public events that local artist show case their creations. In recent years the owners remodeled the ski lift building to include a look out tower. The Look Out Tower is a private suite for overnight stays. The "Park 'n Ski" area for cross country skiing is not part of the lodge. The parking for this area is before you get to the Lodge gates. Visit their official website for more information.


  1. ^ "College may now lease Idaho ski bowl area". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 2, 1948. p. 3. 
  2. ^ "Enjoy beautiful St. Joe Ski Bowl". Spokane Daily Chronicle. advertisement. December 29, 1951. p. 7. 
  3. ^ Williams, Dick (December 18, 1948). "Ski Topics". Spokesman-Review. p. 13. 
  4. ^ Williams, Dick (December 12, 1959). "North-South Ski Bowl takes strides towards bigger time". Spokesman-Review. p. 11. 
  5. ^ Williams, Dick (December 17, 1960). "Lift, slope, access improved at Emida". Spokesman-Review. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Idahoan writes ski bowl story". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 7, 1961. p. 48. 
  7. ^ "Ski school is planned near Emida". Spokesman-Review. January 15, 1960. p. 6. 
  8. ^ "Ski group is formed". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 10, 1960. p. 44. 
  9. ^ Young, Larry (January 17, 1965). "Ram-Skull school draws 350 to North-South Bowl". Spokesman-Review. p. 5. 
  10. ^ "Ski Bowl road resurfaced". Lewiston Morning Tribune. December 6, 1962. p. 13. 
  11. ^ "10 ski slopes within easy driving distance of Lewiston; Emida Bowl reopens in fall". Lewiston Morning Tribune. May 24, 1970. p. 27. 
  12. ^ "Ski area to open". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 24, 1980. p. 10. 
  13. ^ "Pullman firm files low bid for lift, tow". Spokane Daily Chronicle. June 27, 1970. p. 3. 
  14. ^ "Skiing popularity shown in new guide". Southwestern View ( 
  15. ^ "Ski Bowl job set". Spokesman-Review. May 13, 1976. p. 6. 
  16. ^ a b Burton, Gregory H. (March 15, 1997). "Ski dreams gone sour". Moscow-Pulllman Daily News. p. 1C. 
  17. ^ "Ski bowl available". Spokane Daily Chronicle. September 28, 1979. p. 23. 
  18. ^ "Losses yield ski area closure". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 1, 1980. p. 3. 
  19. ^ "Ski area to open". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 24, 1980. p. 10. 
  20. ^ Caldwell, Bert (September 28, 1993). "For sale: one slightly used ski hill". Spokesman-Review. p. A10. 
  21. ^ Barker, Eric (January 17, 2002). "Crossing the divide". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1C. 
  22. ^ "History". Palouse Divide Lodge. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  23. ^ "History". Palouse Divide Lodge. Retrieved 08/01/2014. 

External links

  • Palouse Divide Lodge – official site
  • – daytrips – Inside Idaho
  • – photos – North South Ski Bowl
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