If you’re looking to experience ski resorts in Idaho, you’ll begin your journey at the very tip of this gorgeous state. Not far from the Canadian border, Schweitzer Mountain is a Northern Idaho resort in ski country’s beautiful Sandpoint. In addition to the impressive Schweitzer Mountain, scattered across this part of the state are huge bodies of water, glistening lakes, and wild rivers. If you’re on the Ski Idaho tour, next stop in the Spud State is Silver Mountain, another stellar ski resort in the charming town of Kellogg, 90 miles from Sandpoint. This Idaho ski area, in the center of Idaho’s panhandle, is considered the heartbeat of what is called the Silver Valley, in a town equally as famous for its rich silver mining history as it is the unlimited four-season recreation. Skiers and snowboarders taking the gondola at Silver Mountain are treated to gorgeous views of Kellogg, a historic town with undisputed charm. The popular city of Coeur d Alene is less than 40 miles up interstate 90 and shouldn’t be overlooked as a destination for those visiting this part of Idaho.
There are actually over 16 ski areas in this state but the next stop on the tour to experience the more popular full service resorts is a visit to Brundage Mountain, located in drop-dead gorgeous McCall Idaho. Summer visitors flock to recreate on the shores of the massive Payette Lake and this laid back unassuming ski area works hand in hand with the town to annually create the winter carnival dating back to the 1920’s. Tourism has replaced timber in this community and Brundage Mountain in particular has a huge influence on the region’s ability to draw winter visitors. It’s definitely one of Idaho’s better known ski resorts and its low-key vibe continues to earn Brundage top marks among families. This part of Idaho can also consistently boast some of the best annual snowfall figures, which is great news for powder hounds descending on McCall.
The state capital city of Boise is home to Bogus Basin. This non-profit area is a major attraction for local residents and one of the most family friendly ski resorts in Idaho. On to Pomerelle in the southern part of the state, a small area in acreage but consistently huge on snowfall and when you plan to visit the town of Albion, home base for Pomerelle. You better have your powder skis!
Next, Pebble Creek and Kelly Canyon. Both in eastern Idaho, these are smaller day areas but known for Ski School programs enticing children to take up winter sports, and also praised for their affordability. In these relaxed mountain environments, you’ll truly feel the hospitality extended from staff and local skiers alike.
Sun Valley is most likely the state’s most famous ski resort. Situated adjacent to the charming town of Ketchum, Sun Valley has the illustrious honor of being the first destination ski area in the United States. Ketchum is charming and undoubtedly a slice of the overall Sun Valley Resort experience given it’s eclectic mix of restaurants and shops. It’s also close to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, a Mecca for snowmobilers and spectacular untamed mountains. Ah, resorts in Idaho, ski on!
Saving the best for last, in eastern Idaho, almost touching the Wyoming border, is Teton Springs Resort, the destination of choice for skiers and snowboarders seeking out the best snow in the state, Grand Targhee. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, in Victor, Idaho, offers ski packages with this powder enclave and celebrates with Idaho, and all visitors who have a passionate connection to Targhee, the resort’s 50th anniversary. Grand Targhee technically sits just inside the Wyoming border but has long been embraced by the State of Idaho as one of its own. Idaho residents had the vision and fortitude to create this lovely Teton Mountain ski area. Visitors can only access this four-season resort exclusively through Idaho, and economic, & cultural impacts are dramatically felt by the residents of Teton Valley, Idaho. It is indeed their own Idaho gem, despite what the geographics dictate. Idaho, a grand state indeed for the best winter sports has to offer.