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Emida, Idaho
Country United States
State Idaho
County Benewah
2,850 ft (870 m)
 • Total 684
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208

Emida is a small unincorporated community in Benewah County, Idaho, United States, located on the east side of State Highway 6.

Early Inhabitants

The Coeur d’Alene people inhabited this area for thousands of years prior to the coming of white settlers. The native name of the area is Epschssups'n or “It has a little tail.”

Origin of name

The name is a composite of three settlers: East, Miller, and Dawson.


The 2000 census recorded a population of 684 with an average household income of $27,578. The median age in the tabulation area is 41.2 and the average household size is 2.51.

Ski area

Southwest of Emida and just east of Highway 6 is the site of North–South Ski Bowl, a former alpine ski area in the Hoodoo Mountains. Once owned by Washington State University in Pullman, and later by its students, it was also known as the St. Joe Ski Bowl, and the Emida Ski Bowl. With an aging chairlift and inconsistent snowfall at a low elevation, alpine skiing was discontinued in the 1990s. The access from the highway is now a "Park 'n Ski" area for cross-country skiing (photo) and the ski area is home to the Palouse Divide Lodge, a private retreat.

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