It’s almost time for our favorite past time, spring skiing! When people think of skiing here in the US they automatically think of places like Colorado or Utah – but what about Idaho? Being from the state, I have to give some love to a few of the awesome ski resorts out there. You will have a great time with far less crowds, good prices, and great people! So here are my picks for the top 5 ski resorts in Idaho.
Famous for being the first winter resort built in the United States, the goal was to get more railroad passengers to venture out west and to build a destination that could rival resorts in the European Alps. Filled with celebrities, the town maintains it’s laid back feel while also full of luxury and sophistication. http://www.sunvalley.com/
2. Bogus Basin
For sheer convenience, this place tops the list. Just a quick drive up the mountain from Boise, this is where I first learned to ski when she was a kid. It’s quite a large ski area, and has wonderful night skiing that looks out over the lights of the city at night. www.bogusbasin.org
Boasting as having the “best snow in Idaho,” Brundage is just a few hours north of Boise outside the beautiful mountain / lake town of McCall. This area is known for an abundance of winter activities and natural hot springs where you can soak your muscles after a day of skiing. http://www.brundage.com/
Named for the nearby mines that brought prosperity to the area, Silver Mountain has more than 73 trails and more than 1600 acres of skiable terrain spread across two separate mountains. Located up in the Northern panhandle, Silver Mountain is an hour from Spokane, Washington and just outside Couer ‘d Alene, Idaho. http://www.silvermt.com/
Even further north towards Canada in the town of Sandpoint, you will find Schweitzer Mountain. One of the most scenic mountains to ski because of the gorgeous view of Lake Pend Oreille, Schweitzer was voted by Ski Magazine as one of the “best kept secret in North America!” http://www.schweitzer.com/