10 Best Ski Resorts In Idaho

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Snow-packed backcountry, magnificent terrain, beautiful mountains, and legendary steeps make Idaho a favorite destination for many ski junkies.

However, these aren’t the only reasons why skiing in Idaho offers unforgettable experiences; skiers also enjoy the amazing nightlife, sunny blue skies, short lift lines, low costs and far less crowds. So generally, Idaho is a ski paradise.

But the Gem State has a lot to offer for non-skiers too – think snowboarding, tubing, sledding, mountain coasters, snowmobiling; the opportunities are limitless.

So whether you want to spend your day hitting the slopes or playing with your kids at the tubing park, every moment will leave you tickled. Check out our 10 best Idaho ski resorts!

1. Sun Valley

Outside the dinky town of Ketchum, settles Sun Valley, one of the legendary ski resorts in Idaho. Famed for being the first destination ski resort in the US, Sun Valley accommodates all types of skiing and all ski levels.

With over 200 bluebird days per season, this resort is very properly named. All that sunshine brings life to the picturesque terrain making those days on the slopes even more enchanting.

Dollar Mountain has plenty of flat runs for beginner skiers and those with zero experience. There is a novice friendly conveyor belt lift to take you up the mountain.

Experts can head to the Bald Mountain, where they can have some off-piste skiing fun. It’s a few minutes’ walk or drive from Dollar’s ski area.

Sun Valley is generally a family spot, so it will be perfect for people who wish to bring their kids for skiing in Idaho. There is a ski school with certified instructors who can teach your kids to ski and look after them while you hit the slopes.

In the evening, head to downtown Ketchum for some après ski. Here you will find the quaintest restaurants, hotels, bars, and shops.

Why We Love Sun Valley

  • Suitable for family getaways
  • Accommodates skiers of all levels
  • Après ski
  • Ski school

2. Schweitzer

North of Selkirk Mountains hides Schweitzer, yet another excellent destination for family ski vacations. The resort intersects the Idaho-Washington boarder and collects about 290 inches of snow every year.

Skiers of all abilities are welcome here, although half of the runs are dedicated to pro skiers. For some extra thrill, rent one of these mountain bikes fitted out with snow tires and hit the inclines on wheels rather than skis.

Schweitzer is one of the most remote Idaho ski resorts, which is a plus because it keeps the crowds away. It is less than 2 hours from Spokane airport, making it easily accessible.

There are ski lessons for kids and adults as well as equipment rental. And with plenty of cheap accommodation, shops, and eateries in the Schweitzer village, you will find the after ski enjoyment you and your family craves. If you want something livelier, drive to downtown Sandpoint.

Why We Love Schweitzer

  • Favors skiers of all levels
  • Less crowds
  • Ski school for kids and adults
  • Easy to access

3. Bogus Basin

Situated less than 60 minutes from Boise, Bogus Basin is anything except bogus. The spot has over 2500 acres or ski and snowboarding area, with 22km of beginner terrain, 45km of intermediate terrain and 33km of difficult terrain, making it ideal for all levels of skiing.

Tree skiing provides ample powder and backcountry routes for people who would like to explore untouched terrain. And if you are not getting enough of the slopes during the day, go night skiing from Wednesday to Sunday. Unlike other Idaho ski resorts, night skiing in Idaho is allowed in all types of runs, including the expert runs.

Bogus Basin is the closest ski area to Boise, which makes it easier to access. While this may be a good thing, it also means that the spot has more crowds than many of the ski areas surrounding Boise. So technically, it might not be the best destination for skiers looking for quietness and tranquility.

Those who wish to learn to ski can get some lessons at the ski school available in the resort. Skis, ski helmets, ski boots, and snowboards are available for rent.

Why We Love Bogus Basin

  • Night Skiing even on expert runs
  • Easy to access
  • Perfect for all levels of skiing
  • Ski lessons
  • Powder skiing

4. Bald Mountain Ski Area

Bald Mountain Ski Area sits among the extensive Clearwater Mountains, providing adequate snow for all levers of skiers. The Clearwater Ski Club provides whole family winter fun with plenty of activities for non-skiers.

There is over 90 km of skiable incline with modern ski lift systems to transport you uphill.  And if you are wondering how to get here, there is a free bus ride from Orofino.

Food and accommodation is cheap, so this would a great destination for anyone looking to ski in Idaho on budget. Ski lessons are also available.

Why We Love Bald Mountain

  • Free ride from Orofino
  • Great for families
  • Perfect for all skier levels
  • Cheap

5. Brundage

Brundage

Just outside of the gorgeous Payette and McCall Lake is a little known ski area, Brundage, that treats skiers to the most magnificent intermediate and advanced slopes. Brundage sits on 1900 acres of skiable terrain offering ski enthusiasts amazing tree skiing. Experts and powder skiing fans with backcountry experience will love the off-piste terrain accessed with a lift.

When not skiing, you can try snowboarding or snowcat skiing. In the evenings, walk or snowcat to the Bears Den lodge and catch some après ski. This spot also serves some of the most intimate cuisines in Idaho. There are horse drawn sleighs too for people who would like some touch of romance.

Brundage is also the perfect place for kids. When you set out for your slopes’ adventure, leave your little ones at the Drive Up Daycare & Kids Center and have the much older ones take skiing and riding classes at the ski school.

Why We Love Brundage

  • Ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers
  • Daycare and kids center
  • Snowcat skiing
  • Powder skiing
  • Ski & ride school
  • Great for families
  • Après ski

6. Silver Mountain

Silver Mountain is an all year round resort located outside of Kellogg. Even though this is not one of the largest areas for skiing in Idaho, there is fun to be had every season.

The abundant runs, open bowls, and backcountry terrain welcomes all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Beginners, however, will have to stay close to the base where the slopes are gentler, while intermediates and experts will have remarkable moments skiing steeps and exploring cruisers.

Since Silver Mountain is somewhat a remote location, it means that there are fewer crowds, which makes those powder days more peaceful. Then when the snow fuses, the area becomes a beehive of summer activities including gondola rides, surfing at the largest indoor water park in Idaho, and hiking.

There is plenty of cheap accommodation at the gondola village with family oriented entertainment and dining options to cater to every appetite.

Why We Love Silver Mountain

  • All year round resort
  • Accommodates skiers of all levels
  • Huge indoor waterpark
  • Cheap accommodation
  • Perfect for families

7. Grand Targhee

2000 acres of snow awaits you at one of the most powder-soaked resorts in Idaho, Grand Targhee. With well-groomed pistes and never-ending accessible backside, this place has got plenty to keep skiers of all levels happy.

It snows a lot here, with an average of over 500 inches of powder a year. Bad powder year is not in Grand Targhee’s vocabulary, a reason why many powder fans love to come here. Plus you will love the spectacular views of Fred’s and Peaked Mountain while you slide past the tree packed terrain.

You won’t find many lifts here, but that’s probably no biggie. One magic carpet and four chairs will comfortably transport you to wherever you want to go on the slopes.

Then after skiing, soak in a hot tub at the slopeside lodging or enjoy the bubbliest après ski entertainment and dining at Snorkel’s, Trap Bar and Grill, Branding Iron Grill, or Wild Bill’s Grill.

Grand Targhee hosts several events including Bike Demos and Snow Bike Race in January. So if snow fests describe your idea of a great ski vacation, this would be the best time to book your trip. It is an awesome spot for families too, with a kids ski school where your children can get acquainted with skiing and snowboarding.

 Why We Love Grand Targhee

  • Family friendly
  • Unmatched powder skiing
  • Venue for popular snow fests
  • Lively après ski
  • Suitable for skiers of all levels

8. Lost Trail Ski Area

The Idaho-Montana boarder holds a secret gem that has been offering splendid trails and striking views of the Rocky Mountains, Lost Trail Ski Area. Located in a relatively remote area, this less crowded place will let you and your loved ones have the slopes to yourself.

It offers over 400 hectares of skiing terrain and unbelievable snow at affordable prices. You can ski here regardless of your experience level, although 60% of the runs are intermediate.

The Lost Trail’s Snowsports School administers ski and riding lessons for everyone, including experts. There are even special programs designed for men and women.

Powderpark and Frontcountry are the main snow parks in Lost Trail. Powder lovers will appreciate the natural jumps and bumps at the Powderpark while Frontcountry will offer wallrides, kickers, and rail boxes for everyone.

Just a few minutes’ drive down the mountain, you will find jillion lodging and dining options to wrap your day up in style.

Why We Love Lost Trail Ski Area

  • Perfect for intermediates
  • Fewer crowds
  • Great for families
  • Ski school with special men and women programs

9. Pebble Creek

In the Portneuf Range of Mt. Bonneville sits Pebble Creek, another amazing area you need to take a closer look at when analyzing Idaho ski resorts. It is the perfect destination for novice and pro skiers, with sufficient terrain to meet the needs of all skill levels.

There is an opportunity for off-piste skiing where experienced skiers and boarders can bounce through the stashes and bumps of the beautiful Caribou-Targhee National Forest. For night owls, some night skiing fun awaits on Fridays and Saturdays, not forgetting the amazing après ski at the Rock Bottom Saloon.

The 440 hectares of terrain also houses a ski school that offer snowsport’s lessons for children and adults, tailored for different ability levels.

Getting to Pebble Creek is easy, as there is a shuttle that provides transport from Salt Lake City International Airport, about two and a half hours’ drive.

Why We Love Pebble Creek

  • Night Skiing
  • Suitable for all skill levels
  • Ski school
  • Easy to access

10. Pomerelle

Pomerelle Ski Area settles in SawTooth National Forest, south of Idaho. It offers 200 hectares of skiable terrain with 24 groomed trails and slopes designed for all skill levels.

Pomerelle caters specifically to families learning and enjoying skiing and snowboarding. There are two snow parks serviced by a magic carpet and two triple chairlifts. Cross-country skiers are also welcome here; the facility has two marked trails for cross-country skiing.

You can enjoy both day and night skiing in Pomerelle and flavorful delicacies, drinks, and relaxation at the lodge. Just a mile down the resort, you can indulge in snowmobiling, sledding, and several other non-skier activities.

The nearby towns of Albion and Burly offer plenty of accommodation options for people who wish to stay at Pomerelle.

Why We Love Pomerelle

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Night skiing
  • Family friendly

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Idaho ski resorts cater to skiers of all levels and ages. They have good snow and abundance of terrain to accommodate all manner of skiing and snowboarding as well as numerous non-skier activities. Whether you are looking for a destination that is family oriented, one with some backcountry thrill, or a quiet place away from crowds, Idaho’s got you covered, and this list is all you need to have a fulfilling trip.

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