It’s All Downhill Skier Excitement in Idaho – Forbes | Episode Movies

Known worldwide for its prolific potato production, which grows more than 30 varieties on 300,000 acres of farmland, Idaho is also home to some of the most picturesque mountain scenery in the country, making it an idyllic destination for excellent skiing.

With 19 member ski resorts, each with its own character and unique attractions, Ski Idaho represents some of the best terrain in the country. From the legendary Sun Valley Resort, voted the best ski resort in the West by SKI Magazine, to Little Ski Hill, aptly named for its relatively short 405-foot vertical, Idaho offers something for every type of skier. In fact, skiers can spend a week or more touring the state and still not experience everything it has to offer in terms of downhill fun.

The amazing skiing opportunities across the state have not escaped the notice of the ski industry, and for the first time in history SKI Magazine has included three of Ski Idaho’s ski resorts in its list of the 30 Best Ski Resorts in the West. Joining Sun Valley were Schweitzer (11) and Grand Targhee (24).

Sun Valley Resort opened in the winter of 1936 and soon became America’s premier ski resort, attracting celebrities, skiers from around the world, and anyone else who wanted a winter resort with almost year-round sun, endless vertical slopes, and virtually no crowds. Located in southern Idaho’s Northern Rockies region, outdoor recreation abounds. With 2,457 skiable hectares, skiers and snowboarders are assured of finding terrain best suited to their skill level. This winter, Sun Valley is developing 79 acres of new wooded land in the Warms Springs area. True to its name, Sun Valley typically averages 120 days of sunshine out of 150 days of ski season.

Completion of the boutique slope hotel Humbird at Swiss has dramatically enhanced the landscape. The ski-in ski-out hotel offers essential arrival services and lodging on the slopes. Schweitzer’s new spa, Cambium, has five treatment rooms and a relaxation and recovery room with excellent mountain views.

Big Targhee, which is four miles across the Wyoming border but is connected to Ski Idaho because it is only accessible through Driggs, Idaho, will open the new Colter Lift on Peaked Mountain this winter. The lift will move 2,000 people per hour, gain 1,815 vertical feet in just over five minutes and allow for 30% more skiing and riding with the addition of the new terrain on Peaked Mountain. The opening of these 600 hectares, previously only accessible by snowcat or bootpacking with the gates open, gives guests the opportunity to spread out on the mountain and access different types of terrain, including more awesome tree-skiing and steep slopes.

In the North, viewing pass, spanning Idaho and Montana is opening its Eagle Peak Expansion this winter, nearly doubling the resort’s ski area. Eagle Peak boasts a total elevation of 1,650 feet – 500 feet higher than the original summit of Lookout Pass. It will be served by the new quad, which stretches just under a mile and can carry 1,500 people per hour uphill.

Silver Mountain’s The terrain south of the border is now within the borders, with the resort adding the popular Pow-Stash to its inbounds terrain. SOB is of course happy, holds tremendous powder and now boasts a new marked road, graded to help skiers and boarders get back to the lift. The resort is also opening the Jackass Snack Shack, a grocery and beverage store.

The new snow-making facilities at Kelly Canyon ski area will be in full swing. The resort installed an innovative Latitude 90 snow gun at the base at the end of last ski season, which can run as long as temperatures are below 65 degrees. This means the resort can open by Thanksgiving for the first time in its history.

Tamaracks The après-ski scene gets a boost this winter with the opening of Seven Devils Tap House. Located adjacent to the Village Grand Staircase, the restaurant and bar will accommodate more than 300 guests with indoor seating on the ground floor, a mezzanine level for more intimate dining, and covered and uncovered outdoor seating with views of the snowfront and West Mountain.

The three destinations around the Camas Prairie — Bald Mountain ski area near Pierce, Cottonwood Butte Ski Area near Cottonwood and Snowhaven ski and tubing area near Grangeville – offer unforgettable experiences with adult lift tickets that cost only $20. Known for its Glade skiing, Lost Trail Ski Area on the Idaho/Montana border has thinned out more than 80 acres of its moderate and challenging tree-skiing terrain. It has also done the micro grooming on its beginner and intermediate runs to ensure an early open. Rotarun ski area remains focused on supporting youth and families through affordable and inclusive ski learning programs. It also celebrates winter sports and mountain town culture with free public skiing under the lights on Wednesday nights.

Small ski mountain lit a third trail, Race Run, and added more lights to the base area and cabin wall. Payette Lakes Ski Club will complete lighting up the resort’s fun park next summer. Only the upper quarter of the fun park is currently illuminated. Brundage Mountain Resort added a 2,800 square foot first aid facility for ski and bike patrols adjacent to the existing Ski & Ride school at the BlueBird Express base.

visitors to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area near Boise will enjoy two new trails this season – Independence and Blackbird – which offer 11 acres of additional terrain. Blue and black runs respectively, the new trails bring riders back from the back of the mountain to the front. The non-profit ski resort has also expanded its night skiing area by 15 acres by illuminating the Sunbeam and Superior runs from the Superior Express lift, bringing the total number of illuminated runs to 21.

The slopes at Pomerelle Mountain Resort near Albion will look and feel velvety smooth thanks to the new PistenBully 400 Park Pro. Magic Mountain ski area near Kimberly promotes a new Kosmik tubing experience on Friday and Saturday nights. soldier mountain near Fairfield deployed three SNAPD action cameras that work like those in amusement parks, automatically capturing guests as they walk down the mountain. Pebble Creek ski area near Inkom has replaced the haul rope on the Skyline Lift and given the rental a facelift.

Perhaps the best way to enjoy a ski vacation in Idaho is to treat it like a great dining experience. For your appetizer, start with one of the flavorful, smaller ski resorts like Magic Mountain Ski Resort before moving on to the main course, the ultra-delicious Sun Valley. If you still have room for dessert, try the delicious Lookout Pass. That should satisfy all your skiing cravings.

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