It’s just after Thanksgiving in Idaho, and skiers are anxious to strap on their boards and get shooshing down the mountains. I’ve mentioned before on this blog that Idahoans love our winter sports. And skiing (I include snowboarding in this as well) is one of our passions.
Idaho is a fantastic place to come if you are planning a ski vacation. You might be tempted to look at the big names like Whistler, Vale, or Park City. But sometimes, smaller resorts offer you better deals, more mountain for your money, and a lot less crowded conditions.
We have big mountains, big snow (mostly natural, not that icy man made stuff), and big fun. Here’s a brief run down on what you’ll find at the various areas in Idaho:
Pomerelle‘s peak is at 9,000 feet, and there is always fresh snow here, it seems. Great for beginners.
Sun Valley is the most well-known of Idaho’s resorts. Mt. Baldy has been the training ground of several world class ski racers, and it is definitely a big draw. Not to mention the rest of the resort.
Schweitzer Mountain is a great place in the north Idaho mountains with lots of snow and amazing views.
Silver Mountain not only has great skiing, it also has an indoor water park for your apres ski time.
Brundage often has the best powder and freshly-fallen snow in the state–400 inches last year. This place has a homegrown atmosphere with plenty of amenities for families and kids.
Tamarack has had problems with developer staying solvent, but it’s a nice area with great snow. Don’t let the financial problems keep you away, because it’s business as usual on the mountain.
Bogus Basin is just outside of Boise, the state’s most populous city, which might make you wary of crowds, but it has enough lifts and runs that it really isn’t crowded. Plus there’s a tubing hill and lots of Nordic trails.
Soldier Mountain is often called the best ski value in Idaho. It’s a fantastic place to go to avoid people.