Winter Sports in Sandpoint, North Idaho in the Inland
When avid skiers think of the
sport and Idaho, Sun Valley immediately comes to mind. However, Sun Valley
aside, the Inland Northwest is fast becoming one of the best ski areas in the
world. How can we write something so outrageous? In the 2006-2007 ski season,
you would have had to have your head in the sand not to hear, read, or see the
news reports on the lack of snow in Europe, eastern US states, and all around.
We had a great year. In fact, we have had several great years. Sure, global
warming may be causing havoc for ski bums throughout the realm, but here in
our neck of the woods, we have snow to spare.
his web site is called Sandpoint Central,
so we may be slightly enamored with our own ski resort up on Schweitzer
Mountain, but all around us are really great slopes. Even the far ones up in
Canada and in western Washington are only a half day away.
There are a lot of different
ski mags and websites, plus information overload galore. So, we hope we put it
together in a cohesive fashion to get you better acquainted with the b3st skiing
to be found.
The Inland Northwest Ski
Association's Best Ski Resorts
Located in Chewelah, WA on Flowery Trail (866) 376-4949
Click here to view 49º
North Trail Maps
Wallace, Idaho at Exit 0
on I-90 (208)744-1301
Click here to view Lookout
Located near Spokane, Washington
on Mt Spokane
Park Dr, Mead, WA (509) 238-2220
Click here to view
Mt. Spokane Trail
Located in Sandpoint, Idaho on
Schweitzer Mountain Rd
Click here to view
Schweitzer Mountain Trail Maps
Located in Kellogg, Idaho off Exit 49
on I-90 at
610 Bunker Ave (208)
Click here to view Silver Mountain
Other Washington Ski Areas
Other Idaho Ski Areas
Snowhaven Ski Resort
North Central Idaho, SE of Lewiston near Grangeville
Snowhaven is a small ski resort with 3 runs served by a T-bar and rope tow. It
has a snack bar, a ski shop and day lodge.
Contact info: Snowhaven Ski Resort, 225 W. North, Grangeville
Bald Mountain Ski Resort
North Central Idaho, E. of Orofino near Pierce
Managed by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, this small resort in
north-central Idaho has been open since 1959.
Contact info: Bald Mountain Ski Resort, Box 1126, Orofino
Cottonwood Butte Ski Resort
North Central Idaho, 19 miles N. of Grangeville near Cottonwood
Cottonwood Butte is a small ski resort in North Central Idaho with a t-bar lift
and night skiing.
Contact info: Cottonwood Butte Ski Area, Box 162, Cottonwood
Phone: 208 962-3624
Payette Lakes Ski Club's Little Ski Hill
Southwestern Idaho, 3 miles NW of McCall
McCall's Little Ski Hill was the second ski area developed in Idaho, preceded
only by Sun Valley. The Payette Lakes Ski Club has maintained a non-profit
organization status for the Little Ski Hill since 1937, when it was used for
jumping. Night skiing is available on the weekends with Friday family nights and
Saturday telemark nights. It is run by volunteers whose goal is the development
of skiing and snowboarding as lifetime sports for all ages. This
community-supported ski area offers something for everyone, with more than 50K
of groomed skating lanes, touring trails, a biathlon range and 405 vertical feet
of alpine terrain!
Contact info: Payette
Lakes Ski Club, Box 442, McCall
Phone: 208 634-5691
Brundage Mountain Ski Resort
Southwestern Idaho, 8 miles N. of McCall
Eight miles north of McCall in the mountains of central Idaho, Brundage Mountain
Ski Resort boasts 1300 acres of wide, elegantly-groomed runs and abundant powder
glades. A big comfortable day lodge houses a restaurant, retail and rental shop
and ski school. A spacious Kid's Center offers day-care for children as young as
eight weeks and ski programs for children through age 12. Brundage Mountain is
the home of CatSki - guided backcountry skiing by snowcat.
Contact info: Brundage
Mountain Ski Resort, Box 1062, McCall
Bogus Basin Mountain Resort
Southwestern Idaho, 16 miles N. of Boise
Every year, north of Boise, Mother Nature blankets the slopes of Bogus Basin
Mountain Resort. The result: an enviable playground with 2600 acres of skiable,
snowboardable terrain. And when the sun goes down, so can you, thanks to Bogus'
lighted runs. Bogus has more night skiing terrain than any other ski area in the
Contact info: Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, 2600 North Bogus Basin Road,
Magic Mountain Ski Resort
South Central Idaho, 28 miles S. of Hansen near Twin Falls
This small resort near the Twin Falls area features great snow, a day lodge with
a cafeteria, equipment rentals and a lounge. Magic Mountain is also open every
weekend in the summer and weekdays with advance reservations. The Wild Rockies
Mountain Bike Race is held the 1st weekend of June, an archery shoot is held on
July 4th weekend and there is an annual Buffalo Feed the 2nd weekend of
September. The lodge is available for wedding receptions, reunions and other
events. Camping is allowed in summer.
Contact info: Magic Mountain Ski and Summer Resort, 3407 A N. 3300 E.,
Pomerelle Ski Resort
South Central Idaho, near Burley and Albion, 25 miles off I-84, exit 216, Hwy.
Pomerelle Mountain Resort welcomes skiers with great snow, affordable rates,
smiles and service. Located just 25 miles off I-84 (Declo/Albion exit #216) then
via Idaho 77, Pomerelle is a relaxed, fun-filled, personalized day resort
nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest. With an annual snowfall of 500", it is
usually one of the first Idaho ski resorts to open with Mother Nature's natural
snow and one of the last to close. Pomerelle offers groomed ski runs and caters
to family oriented ski/boarding enjoyment. The Ski School
specializes in family groups. Kids 6 and under ski free with parent. Nordic
skiing is adjacent to the resort on Forest Service marked trails.
Contact info: Pomerelle Ski Resort, Box 158, Albion
Phone: 208 673-5599
Pebble Creek Ski Resort
Southeastern Idaho, SE of Pocatello near Inkom and Lava Hot Springs
Pebble Creek is a vertical playground that attracts skiers of all abilities.
Located 20 minutes south of Pocatello in the Caribou National Forest, Pebble
Creek boasts 2200 vertical feet, 1100 skiable acres, 54 runs, virtually
non-existent lift lines and terrain for all levels from beginners to those
demanding an honest challenge.
Contact info: Pebble Creek Ski Resort, Box 370, Inkom
Grand Targhee Ski Resort
Alta, Wyoming via Driggs, Idaho
Nearest Town: Driggs Grand Targhee is nestled in Wyoming's majestic Teton
Mountains. Enjoy this full-service resort famous for spectacular snow and
magnificent scenery. Targhee offers skiers two mountains totaling 3000 acres!
Four chairlifts on Fred's Mountain gives access to 1500 acres and 2200 vertical
feet. Our new high-speed quad on Peaked opens up an additional 500 skiable
acres. Targhee's second 1500 acre, 2800-foot vertical mountain is reserved for
snowcat skiing only.
Contact info: Grand Targhee Ski & Summer Resort, Box Ski, Driggs
Phone: 208-307-353-2300 x1318
Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
Eastern Idaho, 25 mi. NE of Idaho Falls
This eastern Idaho resort founded in 1957 features intermediate terrain, a ski
school, equipment rentals and four lifts serving 640 skiable acres. It provides
the only night skiing in eastern Idaho.
Contact info: Kelly Canyon Ski Resort, Box 367, Idaho Falls
Phone: 208-538-7700 or 538-6251
Lost Trail Powder Mountain
Central Idaho, N. of Salmon near North Fork
Located north of Salmon on U.S. Highway 93 at the Montana border, Lost Trail ski
area has excellent intermediate runs and trails. This ski area is well known for
its consistent good base and light snow. Cafeteria, rentals and ski lessons are
available at the day lodge and overnight lodging can be found in Salmon, Idaho.
Contact info: Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Box 311, Conner
Phone: 406 821-3211
Valley Ski Resort
Central Idaho, at Ketchum near Sun Valley
Sun Valley is the very definition of the American winter vacation, being the
nation's first destination ski resort. Discover for yourself why Sun Valley
attracts such an interesting mix of Hollywood movie stars and Olympic champions.
Sun Valley boasts a world-class mountain, with a quality ski school, experienced
instructors and a rich variety of après-ski activities. Casual elegance is the
style at the resort's stately Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn. Sun Valley
continues to be ranked among the best in North America (Conde Nast 1997; Ski
Contact info: Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley
Soldier Mountain Ski Resort
Central Idaho, 10 miles N. of Fairfield on Hwy. 20
When you ski Soldier Mountain, you go back to simpler, less-crowded times.
Backcountry skiing or catskiing is incredible. We have great low prices and
awesome snow with 36+ runs and an enhanced snowboard terrain park. Soldier
Mountain is one of Idaho's hidden gems, an easy-going resort located in the
picturesque Camas Prairie, halfway between Boise and Sun Valley.
Contact info: Soldier Mountain Ski Resort, Box 3212, Hailey