Snow Fun in Idaho

Idaho is home to 19 different ski areas, which continue to enhance their offerings for visitors. Here is what’s new at our top three recommendations for a holiday extended weekend getaway:

Skiing

Brundage Mountain Resort

Experience a quicker ride to the summit with the Centennial Express—a high-speed detachable quad that replaces the former triple chair and reduces ride time from 16 to 6 minutes.

Sun Valley Resort

Two new lifts, Challenger and Flying Squirrel, replace the Warm Springs lift this winter, adding 54 acres of new gladed tree skiing in Little Scorpion. The two lifts boost lift quality, efficiency and sustainability efforts and also improve skier circulation and access from the Warm Springs area.

Tamarack Resort

Skiers and boarders will enjoy 60+ acres of new open terrain in the Reasons to Quit area. This brings the resort’s lift-accessible terrain total to 1,385 acres, which includes 50 named runs as well as six named glades and natural tree-skiing areas. A new interactive, family-friendly zone—Lumberjack Land—will be located just off the Waltz run.

If skiing down moguls or shredding a terrain park on a snowboard is not your preferred form of winter recreation, Idaho has you covered with plenty of off-slope fun. Check out these other snow-filled activities around the Gem State:

Snowshoeing


Crunch your way along the Ashton to Tetonia Trail—the nearly 30-mile trail follows an abandoned spur of the Union Pacific Railroad, taking you across three historic trestles and providing stunning views of the Grand Teton Mountains and the surrounding farm country.

Experience the striking contrast of the snow-covered landscape against the backdrop of black lava rock while snowshoeing at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (pro tip: The Craters of the Moon Natural History Association loans snowshoes (donations kindly accepted) at the visitor center, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Wednesday–Sunday).

Learn about the area’s history and animal tracking as you trek through the snow on one of Galena Lodge’s Snowshoe with a Ranger excursions.

Snowmobiling

Bear Lake Valley and the surrounding mountains of southeast Idaho are a popular destination for snowmobile enthusiasts, thanks to the area’s 600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and wide-open valleys with stunning mountain backdrops and loads of snowfall. Explore eastern Idaho’s 950+ miles of groomed trails, taking you through powdery meadows, speedy straightaways, steep and deep wooded areas and plenty of breathtaking scenery—with some areas near the Continental Divide and Yellowstone National Park.

Zoom through powdery, untouched snow and dramatic landscapes in the old-growth forests and high ridges near northern Idaho’s Priest River Valley, or book a guided tour from Schweitzer along groomed trails high above picturesque Lake Pend Oreille. Throttle up on an expert-led trip to scenic vistas or to a frozen alpine lake on a snowmobile adventure at Brundage Mountain Resort. Experience a backcountry winter picnic with the backdrop of the majestic Sawtooth Mountains on one of Smiley Creek Lodge’s guided tours.

Fat Biking

Hop on the Wood River Trail, which stretches 20+ miles and connects the central Idaho communities of Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley and offers additional trails with stellar views to explore. No pass is required, plus the trail is dog-friendly and rentals are available in Ketchum. It’s only fitting that Grand Targhee Resort—the first U.S. ski area to welcome fat bikes on its winter trail system—is also one of the most popular destinations for the activity. Pick up a pass and cruise the 9+ miles of groomed track or 6 miles of singletrack. Rentals are available onsite.

Ride through beautiful, snow-covered pine trees and serene meadows near McCall on Jug Mountain Ranch’s groomed, fat-bike-specific trails for all skill levels. All trails are dog-friendly, and rentals are available onsite. Explore Tamarack Resort’s winter wonderland, including snow-covered meadows and wooded areas, plus frozen Lake Cascade. Bring your own bike or rent from their fleet of fat bikes.

Travel With Care

Visit Idaho’s Travel With Care initiative encourages residents and travelers to recreate responsibly when traveling to and through the Gem State. Learn how to experience Idaho to its fullest and help us share this important message.

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