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SKI IN IDAHO

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We’ve compiled comprehensive information about all of Idaho’s 19 ski resorts all in one place for your convenience.

The Rocky Mountains create a vast skiing playground throughout much of Idaho, with resorts well-positioned to provide access to the best terrain and deepest snow. To make sure you pick the right destination for your winter vacation, check out ALL of the ski resorts in the Gem State!

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With 28,000+ vertical feet of terrain on over 18,000 acres, Idaho’s spectacular scenery is only outmatched by its 19 Ski Areas, epic steeps and legendary backcountry. This hidden little gem is about to become your new favorite powder playground.

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Ski Idaho-Ho-Ho stocking stuffer ideas

Having trouble deciding what to get the skier or snowboarder in your family for Christmas? Ski In Idaho has a couple stocking stuffer suggestions that might suffice: an Idaho Peak Season Passport for any 5th or 6th graders in your family, personalized specialty license plates for those with vehicles, and customizable souvenir plates for anyone on your “nice” list. All three are important revenue sources for the nonprofit, which represents 18 alpine ski areas.

The Idaho Peak Season Passport lets 5th graders ski or board three days for free at ski areas throughout the state and offers 6th graders two days free at each mountain. The program is open to any 5th or 6th grader from any state — NOT just Idaho kids — as well as children ages 10-12 from any country.

Complete the application available online and pay an $18 processing fee to order a passport for your child. Ski Idaho will email you a passport you can print out prior to hitting the slopes or pull up on your smartphone when you walk up to the ticket window. Children must have a parent or guardian present with them to use the passport, and they must show their passport to receive the lift ticket.

Participating ski areas include:

* Bald Mountain (Pierce, Idaho) — skibaldmountain.com

* Bogus Basin — bogusbasin.org

* Brundage — brundage.com

* Cottonwood Butte — cottonwoodbutte.org

* Grand Targhee — grandtarghee.com

* Kelly Canyon — skikelly.com

* Little Ski Hill — payettelakesskiclub.org/little-ski-hill

* Lookout Pass — skilookout.com

* Lost Trail — losttrail.com

* Magic Mountain — magicmountainresort.com

* Pebble Creek — pebblecreekskiarea.com

* Pomerelle — pomerelle.com

* Schweitzer — schweitzer.com

* Silver Mountain — silvermt.com

* Snowhaven — grangeville.us/snowhaven-ski-and-tubing-hill

* Soldier Mountain — soldiermountain.com

* Sun Valley — sunvalley.com

* Tamarack — tamarackidaho.com

While most Ski In Idaho destinations are allowing unrestricted usage of the Idaho Peak Season Passport, a few of the state’s busier ski areas are placing restrictions on it so guests can maintain social-distancing expectations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some mountains may not allow kids to use the passport on Saturdays, while others may exclude weekends and holidays.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles offers two different ways for skiers and snowboarders to show their support for their hometown ski hills: personalized specialty license plates for vehicles and customizable souvenir plates.

In addition to personalization and vehicle registration fees, Ski Idaho vehicle license plates have a $35 program fee for the first year with a $25 renewal fee each year thereafter. Ski Idaho souvenir plates — which are for novelty purposes only and cannot legally be used as license plates on vehicles — cost $30.

Both types of plates are customizable with a maximum of six characters including spaces, cannot contain punctuation, and must be tasteful in any language.

Visit www.accessidaho.org/itd/driver/plates to order Ski-Idaho-themed personalized vehicle and souvenir plates.

More About Ski In Idaho

Ski In Idaho, is a digital platform created by ValPons funded internally and is our contribution to the State of Idaho. Idaho Boast over 28,000 vertical feet of terrain spanning more than 20,000 acres, Idaho is the birthplace of lift-assisted skiing, home to America’s first destination ski resort, and often considered the soul of Idaho skiing. Idaho’s 18 family friendly Alpine ski areas offer trails and backcountry for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels, breathtaking views, hundreds of inches of fresh powder, and short lift lines. Many Ski In Idaho destinations open for the summer season, as well, to serve up lift-served mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, hiking and trail running, disc golf, and more.


Idaho’s Skiing Destinations

Listed in Alphabetical Order

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2019 ISAA Winter Sizzle


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Idaho’s Ski Resort Amenities

Listed In Alphabetical Order

Bald Mountain (Pierce, ID)

Located in the vast Clearwater Mountains along the Gold Rush Historic Byway in North Central Idaho, Bald Mountain has been serving up winter fun since 1959. Terrain for all skill levels, great powder and a family-friendly feel are why this is called the best little ski hill in Idaho.

STATS

Pierce, Idaho
100″ Snowfall Avg.
684′ Vertical Drop
140 Acres

21 Named Runs.
2 Lifts
$20 Adult Ticket

25% Beginner

  40% Intermediate

20% Advanced

10% Expert

• Rental Shop

• Cafe
• Skiing Lessons

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Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin, located just 16 miles north of Downtown Boise, is Idaho’s second largest ski area. A community icon and local nonprofit, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of skiable alpine terrain, 37k of Nordic trails, a tubing hill, and Idaho’s only mountain coaster: the Glade Runner. Bogus Basin is open until 10:00 p.m., seven days a week for night skiing. Ten lifts, including four high-speed quads, offer a variety of terrain for all ages and abilities. Visit Bogus Basin and experience the Treasure Valley’s most affordable and accessible mountain recreation.

STATS

Boise, Idaho
225″ Snowfall Avg.
1800′ Vertical Drop
2600 Acres

82 Named Runs
10 Lifts
$69 Adult Ticket
1 Terrain Parks

20% Beginner

40% Intermediate

30% Advanced

10% Expert

• Ski in, ski out parking
• Two alpine lodges, one Nordic Lodge
• Longest Groomed Run – 1.5 miles
• Mountain Coaster

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Brundage

From the powder-packed glades to the ridiculously wide groomed runs and the close-at-hand convenience of Easy Street learning area, there’s a little something for every skier and rider at Brundage Mountain Resort. Plus, it’s known for having the best powder in all of Idaho, which makes things even more interesting. And if that’s not enough, the slopeside dining is a must, and lodging in downtown McCall is the perfect recharge so you can get up and do it all over again tomorrow.

STATS

McCall, Idaho
320″ Snowfall Avg.
1921′ Vertical Drop
1920 Acres

67 Named Runs.
6 Lifts
$78 Adult Ticket
3 Terrain Parks

20% Beginner

50% Intermediate

28% Advanced

2% Expert

•  Smoky’s Bar & Grill
• Snowcat Adventures
• Private Lessons Available

208.634.4151

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Cottonwood Butte

The Cottonwood Butte Ski Area is located in the heart of the Camas Prairie near the town of Cottonwood, Idaho. With four major groomed runs and several powder-filled trails among the trees, the terrain will challenge intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and riders. There’s even a great bunny slope, perfect for beginners. And if you’re hungry, you can grab a bite between runs from the friendly folks behind the lunch counter in the lodge. It’s a perfect little getaway for any day.

STATS

Cottonwood, Idaho
45″ Snowfall Avg.
845′ Vertical Drop
260 Acres

6 Named Runs.
2 Lifts
$20 Adult Ticket

• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons
• Punch cards
• Breakfast and lunch items

208.962.3624

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Grand Targhee

Just a short drive east from Driggs, Idaho, you’ll find Grand Targhee Resort piling up powder high on the west side of the Grand Tetons. Its variety of stunning terrain is diverse enough to accommodate everyone from beginners to all-out experts. Then, at day’s end, there’s slopeside lodging and plenty of après ski dining and entertainment options for the whole family to enjoy.

STATS

Driggs, Idaho
500″ Snowfall Avg.
2270′ Vertical Drop
2602 Acres

97 Named Runs.
5 Lifts
$103 Adult Ticket
2 Terrain Parks

10% Beginner

70% Intermediate

15% Advanced

5% Expert

• Food and Drink
• Slopeside Lodging
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons

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Kelly Canyon

While Kelly Canyon is the perfect place to learn how to ski and ride, it also has terrain for all skill levels. Its unmistakable family-friendly vibes also make it a great place to bring the little ones for an unforgettable winter day. And when the sun goes down, the lights come up, keeping most runs open for a unique night skiing experience.

STATS

Ririe, Idaho
200″ Snowfall Avg.
1000′ Vertical Drop
688 Acres

51 Named Runs.
5 Lifts
$49 Adult Ticket
4 Terrain Parks

35% Beginner

45% Intermediate

  20% Advanced

0% Expert

• Food and Drink
• Nearby Lodging
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons

208.538.6251

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Little Ski Hill

Small, but action-packed, Little Ski Hill has been serving up winter fun to the region’s youth and skiing community for over 75 years. Located two miles north of McCall, it’s the only lit ski and snowboard hill in the area. And let’s not forget the miles of groomed cross-country trails and the terrain park, complete with airbag for learning tricks. It’s a great way to spend the day (or night) the next time you’re in McCall.

STATS

McCall, Idaho
180″ Snowfall Avg.
405′ Vertical Drop
50 Acres

4 Named Runs.
1 Lifts
$20 Adult Ticket
1 Terrain Parks

• Skiing Lessons
• EquipmentRentals
• Food and Drink
• Nordic Center

208.634.5691

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Lookout Pass

In the sea of voices claiming to have the best snow, Lookout is legit, providing the easiest access to over 400 inches of powder per year – powder that’s perfect for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Their family-friendly reputation is backed by their famous Free Ski School for kids, while they also offer lessons and programs for people of all skill levels. And if you and your family decide to stay and play a little longer, Lookout is surrounded by lodging options, from hotels & motels to B&Bs and camping facilities.

STATS

Mullan, Idaho
430″ Snowfall Avg.
1650′ Vertical Drop
560 Acres

38 Named Runs.
4 Lifts
$46 Adult Ticket
2 Terrain Parks

20% Beginner

50% Intermediate

20% Advanced

10% Expert

• Food and Drink
• Nearby Lodging
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons


Lost Trail

This hidden jewel of the Rocky Mountains on the Idaho-Montana border is truly a local secret that’s been offering great runs and scenic views from atop the Continental Divide for over 76 years. The uncrowded slopes pretty much let you and your family have the place to yourself, whether you’re just learning the sport or have been at it for years. And just a short drive down the mountain, you’ll find plenty of dining and lodging options to make the trip complete.

STATS

Sula, Idaho
350″ Snowfall Avg.
1800′ Vertical Drop
1800 Acres

25 Named Runs.
8 Lifts
$49 Adult Ticket
2 Terrain Parks

20% Beginner

60% Intermediate

20% Advanced

0% Expert

• Nearby Lodging
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons

406.821.3211

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Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain Resort is a great family mountain and a sweet little day trip for skiers and snowboarders alike. There’s terrain for all skill levels, including a terrain park, natural rocks and cliffs, and a great beginner’s package if you’re just starting out. And for the price, this little slice of southern Idaho paradise can’t be beat.

STATS

Twin Falls, Idaho
230″ Snowfall Avg.
700′ Vertical Drop
120 Acres

24 Named Runs.
3 Lifts
$36 Adult Ticket
1 Terrain Parks

30% Beginner

25% Intermediate

20% Advanced

25% Expert

• Food and Drink
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons
• Night Skiing

208.736.7669

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Pebble Creek

Just a short drive from Pocatello, Idaho, the Pebble Creek Ski Area sits atop Mt. Bonneville in the Portneuf Range. It’s the perfect trip for beginner and expert skiers alike with plenty of terrain to accommodate all skill levels. And of course, no day would be complete without a visit to the classic Rock Bottom Saloon for some après ski food and drink. Or, if you want to stick around a little longer (and you probably will), there’s no shortage of family-friendly lodging options nearby.

STATS

Inkom, ID
225″ Snowfall Avg.
2200′ Vertical Drop
1100 Acres

51 Named Runs.
3 Lifts
$57 Adult Ticket
2 Terrain Parks

19% Beginner

36% Intermediate

41% Advanced

4% Expert

• Food and Drink
• Nearby Lodging
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons


Pomerelle

Two dozen perfectly groomed trails off the beaten path in the Sawtooth Mountains? Yes, please! Pomerelle has plenty to offer every skier and rider, from beginners to experts to tricksters and everything in between. It’s definitely enough to work up an appetite – one you can happily satisfy at the Slopeside Grille while taking in spectacular views and working on your winter tan. Or you can take a short drive into Burly or Albion for even more dining and lodging options.

STATS

Albion, Idaho
500″ Snowfall Avg.
1000′ Vertical Drop
500 Acres

24 Named Runs.
3 Lifts
$48 Adult Ticket
2 Terrain Parks

40% Beginner

40% Intermediate

20% Advanced

0% Expert

• Food and Drink
• Nearby Lodging
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons


Rotarun

Just three miles west of Hailey, Idaho, you’ll find Rotarun, a nonprofit ski area that’s been a community hub for local winter sports since 1948. Today, Rotarun is dedicated to providing affordable access to snow sports for the Wood River Valley, including tuition-free learn to ski and ride programs for underrepresented youth in the community. That’s why Rotarun is dubbed “the little mountain with a big heart.” And as far as we’re concerned, big fun, too. So don’t miss out on this hidden little gem.

STATS

Hailey, Idaho
90″ Snowfall Avg.
441′ Vertical Drop
15 Acres

8 Named Runs.
1 Lifts
$10 Adult Ticket
1 Terrain Parks

• Night Skiing

208.788.6204

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Schweitzer

This family-friendly resort in the Pacific Northwest is independently owned and proud of it. Schweitzer ranks as one of the nation’s top winter destinations with 2900 acres of amazing terrain thanks to its two massive bowls and renowned tree skiing. Located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of the northern Idaho panhandle, and only 80 miles from Spokane, WA , Schweitzer overlooks the town of Sandpoint, ID and offers breathtaking views of three states, Canada and the impressive Lake Pend Oreille.

STATS

Sandpoint, Idaho
300″ Snowfall Avg.
2400′ Vertical Drop
2900 Acres

92 Named Runs.
10 Lifts
$89 Adult Ticket
3 Terrain Parks

10% Beginner

40% Intermediate

35% Advanced

15% Expert

• Food and Drink
• Ski-In Ski-Out Lodging
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons

877.487.4643

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Silver Mountain

This year-round resort in Kellog, Idaho, offers something for every season. Tons of trails, open bowls and off-piste terrain open for skiing and snowboarding of all skill levels in the winter. Then when the snow melts, the region’s best lift-served bike park comes to life and lets you send it all summer long, not to mention gondola rides, hiking and surfing at Idaho’s largest indoor water park. There’s also plenty of lodging in the heart of the gondola village along with family-friendly entertainment and enough dining options to satisfy every appetite.

STATS

Kellog, Idaho
370″ Snowfall Avg.
2200′ Vertical Drop
1600 Acres

73 Named Runs.
7 Lifts
$59 Adult Ticket
2 Terrain Parks

20% Beginner

40% Intermediate

30% Advanced

10% Expert

• Huge Indoor Waterpark
• Regions Longest Snowtubing Park
• Lodging right at Gondola Base
• Rent venue for conferences, weddings, and large groups

208.783.1111

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Snowhaven

In Grangeville, Idaho, on the Grangeville Salmon Road, this weekend ski hill offers some of the easiest access to skiing, riding and tubing in Idaho. Along with plenty of great beginner and intermediate runs, it’s just around the corner from some of Idaho’s best cross-country skiing. It’s also home to one of the largest tubing hills in the west, including two 1,100-foot runs serviced by their own 600-foot lift. And at the end of the day, you’re just 7 miles from great dining and lodging options in beautiful downtown Grangeville.

STATS

Grangeville, Idaho
60″ Snowfall Avg.
400′ Vertical Drop
60 Acres

9 Named Runs.
2 Lifts
$20 Adult Ticket
1 Terrain Parks

75% Beginner

25% Intermediate

0% Advanced

0% Expert

• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons

208.983.3866

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Soldier Mountain

Situated high in the Sawtooth Range, Soldier Mountain boasts a variety of east-facing terrain, including glades, bowls and tree skiing. Snowcat tours will take you even higher to scratch your backcountry itch. And you’ll find plenty of lodging in nearby Fairfield, Idaho, or at Soldier’s Smokey Dome backcountry Yurt for those with a more adventurous spirit.

STATS

Fairfield, Idaho
250″ Snowfall Avg.
1425′ Vertical Drop
1150 Acres

25 Named Runs.
3 Lifts
$45 Adult Ticket
1 Terrain Parks

20% Beginner

50% Intermediate

10% Advanced

20% Expert

• Equipment Rentals
• Backcountry Yurt Stays
• Snowcat Tours
• Skiing Lessons

208.764.2526

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Sun Valley

With roughly 120 bluebird days per season, Sun Valley is very appropriately named. All that sun makes the scenic terrain that much more fun for skiers and riders of all skill levels. Plus a variety of restaurants serving everything from casual to luxury fare means great dining options for the whole family. And let’s not forget the lounges, music and movies for plenty of evening entertainment options when the sun goes down.

STATS

Sun Valley, Idaho
220″ Snowfall Avg.
3400′ Vertical Drop
2434 Acres

121 Named Runs.
18 Lifts
$145 Adult Ticket
11 Terrain Parks

36% Beginner

42% Intermediate

20% Advanced

2% Expert

• Food and Drink
• Ski-In Ski-Out Lodging
• Equipment Rentals
• Skiing Lessons

800.786.8259

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Tamarack

Tamarack is a four-season family-friendly resort beautifully located in the shadow of the Bitterroot Mountains north of Boise, Idaho. It offers a powder-perfect variety of terrain, including glades, steeps, cornices and groomers for all levels of skiers and riders. Aprés ski lounge and dining options abound as well. And there’s no shortage of luxury accommodations, from hotel rooms and condos to wilderness chalets and estate homes, so you can stay right where you love to play.

STATS

Donnelly, Idaho
300″ Snowfall Avg.
2800′ Vertical Drop
1100 Acres

50 Named Runs.
7 Lifts
$100 Adult Ticket
3 Terrain Parks

17% Beginner

45% Intermediate

38% Advanced

0% Expert

• Express Card
• On-Site Lodging
• Snowmaking
• Private Lessons

208.325.1000

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Snow cover in Idaho for each ski resort you will find the essential information from its snow report: snow depths, open slopes and lifts, date of the last snowfall, today’s weather. All the information you need to choose the right ski resort for you in Idaho. Click on the name of a resort to obtain its complete snow report.

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LEARN TO SKI & RIDE

Even if you’re new to winter sports, there’s a place for you in Idaho.

Most of our 18 ski areas have great beginner lessons and programs for all skill levels.

January is learn to Ski & Snowboard month

That means you’ll find great deals on beginner lessons and packages at Idaho ski areas all month long. So it’s the perfect time for you, or any beginners you know, to get on the mountain and join in the fun.


CHECKOUT IDAHO’S

TOP 10 SKI RESORTS

1. SUN VALLEY

Known for

America’s original destination ski resort and a long-time favorite among the rich and famous.

Highlights

Two mountains offer more than 2,000 ac to explore

Interesting skiing heritage dates back to the 1930s

Spectacular mountain scenery and lots of bluebird days

Closest airports

Friedman Memorial Airport – 15 mi (25 minute drive)

Sun Valley opened back in 1936, at a time when ski resorts across the world used surface tow lifts as standard. Within a year the first-ever chairlift was operational at Sun Valley, propelling it into the limelight and securing its place in the history of skiing. It’s a world-class resort that every skier should visit, with Bald Mountain serving up epic bowl skiing and manicured cruisers to carve. There’s also treeless Dollar Mountain with its clear slopes for beginners to learn on, along with eight terrain parks for freestylers. For the quintessential Sun Valley experience stay in the Sun Valley Lodge, where the walls are adorned with black and white photos of the many well-known personalities that have stayed over the years.

Learn more about Sun Valley

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2. TAMARACK RESORT

Known for

Uncrowded slopes and fast lifts to take advantage of at Idaho’s newest winter sports mountain.

Highlights

Long wide trails offer top-to-bottom mountain skiing

Stunning panorama over Lake Cascade and Payette National Forest

Fresh powder often stays untracked for days here

Closest airports

Boise – 100 mi (2.5 hour drive)

Spokane Intl. Airport – 284 mi (5 hour drive)

From Idaho’s oldest ski resort to its newest, Tamarack Resort is looking to be the state’s next big skiing destination. A pair of express chairlifts whisk you up to the 7,700 ft summit in just under 12 minutes combined, where wonderful snowscape views are the first delight you’ll enjoy. The second is skiing the often empty slopes back down. Warm up with a non-stop run to the base village on the Showtime blue trail, just one of 50 pistes to try, and for deep powder there are inbound glades and back country bowls to explore. When it comes to places to stay every base is covered, with modern family homes, wooden mountain chalets, and slope-side cottages all available, not to mention hotel rooms, studios, and condos!

Learn more about Tamarack Resort

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3. BOGUS BASIN

Known for

Non-profit community ski area offers over 80 groomed trails and many other fun winter activities.

Highlights

Wonderful variety of ski terrain spread across multiple peaks

Night skiing covers lots of different slopes from beginner to expert

Lift tickets are reasonably priced

Closest airports

Boise – 22 mi (45 minute drive)

Being less than an hours’ drive from Idaho’s capital city makes Bogus Basin one of the most easily accessible ski resorts on our list. It’s also home to a huge amount of terrain, a whopping 2,600 ac in fact, with 175 ac floodlit for night skiing. Advanced skiers will love the plethora of steep drops off Shafer Butte, while the gentler runs from Deer Point will keep intermediates busy. Besides skiing there’s plenty to entertain here, including a snow tubing hill, snowshoeing trails, and the exhilarating Glade Runner mountain coaster that runs for 4,330 ft through alpine forest. For exclusive ski-in/ski-out accommodation stay in the Pioneer Condominiums, otherwise there’s lodging to suit all budgets in Boise.


4. SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT

Known for

Expert bowls, chutes, and glades alongside upscale amenities at this full-service ski resort.

Highlights

Some of the best steep groomers in Idaho

Awesome mountain views across state and national borders!

Plenty of off-slope entertainment in the ski village

Closest airports

Spokane Intl. Airport – 93 mi (2 hour drive)

Schweitzer Mountain Resort ticks all the boxes for confident skiers who want a little luxury with their snow fix. Located at the tip of the Idaho panhandle, skiing here offers you views over the Cabinet Mountains of Montana, Canada’s Selkirk Mountains, and the enormous Lake Pend Oreille below. Half of the 92 meticulously groomed trails here are rated advanced to expert, and for those craving some real steep and deep stuff there are guided heli-skiing tours available. Enjoy full-service mountain dining at Sky House, a modern summit lodge that’s home to The Nest restaurant, while down in the ski village you can catch a movie at the free theater or unwind at the Solstice Spa! Lodging options include everything from straightforward hotel rooms to luxury ski homes with hot tubs and open fireplaces.

Learn more about Schweitzer Mountain Resort

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5. MAGIC MOUNTAIN

Known for

Learner-friendly slopes and progressive terrain parks nestled within unspoiled national forest.

Highlights

70% of the skiable terrain is rated beginner to intermediate

Ski lessons and programs for all ages and abilities

Fantastic average annual snow record of 400+ inches

Closest airports

Magic Valley Reg. Airport – 56 min (35.5 mi)

Ready to shred the slopes and catch some fresh powder in a true winter wonderland? Magic Mountain Ski Resort brings you 11 trails across 120 acres—ready and waiting for you to ski, sled, tube or snowboard! Bring your own gear or rent from our shop, take the lift to the top and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime. With affordable lift tickets, passes and lessons Magic Mountain Ski Resort welcomes the whole family.


6. BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN

Known for

Family-owned ski resort with a dedicated kids zone and stacks of lift-accessible backcountry.

Highlights

Free access to ski lifts on the nursery slopes

Home to an outstanding cat skiing operation

Great restaurants and pubs in the nearby town of McCall

Closest airports

Boise – 122 mi (2.5 hour drive)

Brundage Mountain does two things remarkably well. First, there’s the fun Beartopia ski area that provides the perfect introduction to skiing for children and parents alike. At the other end of the scale, pristine backcountry skiing is available straight from the lifts here. Another boon for Brundage Mountain is the high number of storms that hit during the winter, which when you combine with its cold temperatures ensures good snow quality. And it’s easy to make the most of that fresh powder with the enormous cat skiing area around Goose Lake. You’ll find comfy cabin and condo rentals available in the resort, while the neighboring town of McCall is home to plenty more lodging options plus three craft beer breweries for après-ski fun!

Learn more about Brundage Mountain

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7. SOLDIER MOUNTAIN

Known for

Top-notch tree skiing and long-lasting powder at this often overlooked Idaho ski destination.

Highlights

Its summit elevation is 7,177 feet above sea level

1150 skiable acres, with a base elevation of 5756′

2,000 acres of skiable backcountry terrain

Closest airports

Magic Valley Reg. Airport – 1 hr 45 min (85.9 mi) 

Soldier Mountain has affordable ticket prices, and special pricing for things like a larger groups and twilight deals for the last hour of the day!

We believe playing together is an important part of family and life. It’s important to us that everyone is able enjoy the day on Soldier Mountain with family and friends.

We have two chairlifts reaching up to 7,177′ and a magic carpet for the little ones to learn on.

If you want to reach 10,095′ Smoky Dome’s awesome acreage, then Soldier Mountain’s Snow Cat skiing will promise private powder. You can enjoy this awesome experience with your friends and family as long as all are expert skiers and you get set up with a cat skiing appointment.


8. LOOKOUT PASS

Known for

Learner-friendly slopes and progressive terrain parks nestled within unspoiled national forest.

Highlights

70% of the skiable terrain is rated beginner to intermediate

Ski lessons and programs for all ages and abilities

Fantastic average annual snow record of 400 inches

Closest airports

Spokane Intl. Airport – 99 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Still new to skiing? Lookout Pass provides an awesome environment to practice and improve. The ski area features three distinct mountainsides, each with its own dedicated chairlift which all meet at the 5,650 ft summit. This layout makes navigation simple, so you can worry less about where you’re going and concentrate more on how you’re skiing. With the bigger Idaho resorts often getting more attention than Lookout Pass, the slopes are generally quiet plus there’s expert tuition available from the on-site ski school. Novice freestylers are also catered for at the terrain parks here, with Huckleberry Jam specializing in entry-level features and Rolling Thunder serving up a natural quarter pipe. Economical hotels, inns, and motels are available in the town of Wallace, just a 20 minute drive away.

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9. SILVER MOUNTAIN

Known for

Top-notch tree skiing and long-lasting powder at this often overlooked Idaho ski destination.

Highlights

Home to the longest gondola ride in North America!

Over 1,600 ac to ski across a pair of 6,000 ft peaks

Excellent resort facilities including Idaho’s biggest indoor water park

Closest airports

Spokane Intl. Airport – 75 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Reaching the slopes of Silver Mountain begins with a 3 mi gondola ride that transports you up 3,400 ft, so you’ll have plenty of time to check the trail map and plan your ski day! Intermediates and above will get the most out of this snow-drenched ski area, which receives an average annual snowfall of 340 in. The North Face Glades serve up a truly challenging tree run for expert skiers, but there’s heaps of gentler terrain for you to make fresh tracks between the towering ponderosa pines. A variety of suites, studios, and condos are available right next to the gondola at the Morning Star Lodge, plus when you stay here you’ll enjoy free entry to the enormous Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark, complete with a FlowRider surf machine, water slides, and lazy river!

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10. Pomerelle Mountain Resort

Known for

Features 24 expertly groomed slopes. There are two terrain parks, and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet.

Highlights

summit elevation is 8,762 feet (2,671 m) above sea level

2 chairlifts (1 triple, 1 double) & a magic carpet for the beginners’

average annual snowfall is 500 inches (1,270 cm)

Closest airports

Magic Valley Reg. Airport – 1 hr 24 min (74.1 mi)

Pomerelle Mountain Resort is an alpine ski area in the western United States, in south central Idaho. It is located below Mount Harrison in the Albion Mountains in the Minidoka Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest, and south of Albion in Cassia County, 30 miles (50 km) northeast of the Utah-Nevada border with Idaho.

Pomerelle’s summit elevation is 8,762 feet (2,671 m) above sea level with a vertical drop of 1,002 feet (305 m). There are two chairlifts (1 triple, 1 double) and a magic carpet for the beginners’ area. The area’s average annual snowfall is 500 inches (1,270 cm).

One of the oldest ski areas in the western U.S., Pomerelle began its operations in 1940. During the ski season the area operates daily and five nights per week (Tuesday through Saturday).

Pomerelle features a spacious lodge at the bottom of the mountain offering foods and beverages. There is also a grill outside the lodge on the deck that offers hamburgers, hot dogs, and cold drinks and beer. In the basement of the lodge there is a rental shop.

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Ski Idaho – Magic Mountain

Check out the Magic Valley area, a good variety of slopes, terrain parks, and they’re super affordable! For backcountry skiers or snowshoers, it’d be easy to hike out of bounds at either area and enjoy a backcountry experience with no one else around!

 

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Ski Idaho – Bogus Basin Overview

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