Grab your skis, put on your gloves, and get ready to shred the slopes in Idaho! Whether you’re a beginner looking for lessons, or ready to hit the double black diamonds, you’ll find Idaho a great snowboard and ski destination. With many different mountains and resorts in Idaho to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect place for your next ski vacation.
With smaller crowds than you would find in Colorado, and huge amounts of snowfall; enjoy a laidback and family friendly experience in Idaho! From terrain parks, ski schools and long trails, spend the day on the mountain with family and friends and enjoy the great runs. Finish the day at an apres-ski bar, huddled around a warm fireplace or sipping on some hot chocolate while taking in beautiful views and world class skiing!
Ready to get started? Here are 18 Idaho ski resorts we know you and your family will adore.
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SUN VALLEY RESORT
Known for its sunny days, fantastic conditions and spectacular views, Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, ID is rated amongst the highest level for skiers and snowboarders. This massive resort has two mountains to match your experience levels and offers beautiful views around the entire resort.
Are you an experienced skier or snowboarder? Then Bald Mountain is for you! With long cruises and wide-ranging glades, find your perfect trail and have fun all day. After a long day hitting the slopes, go to one of the delicious restaurants in town to warm up and get ready to go again tomorrow.
Are you in need of lessons or define yourself as more of a beginner skier or snowboarder? Find your groove and get comfortable at Dollar Mountain. With a fantastic ski school and great learner slopes, you’ll be in good hands at Sun Valley Resorts. Dollar Mountain is a great choice for families and those just looking to relax and have a good time on the hills.
With multiple chair lifts and near perfect snow conditions, you’ll find more than enough trails to keep you busy. Looking for more? Head over to one of the 12 terrain parks to show off your freestyle skills for an exciting day at the park.
Ready to hit the slopes, but don’t have the equipment? We’ve made snowboarding a lifestyle, but before we owned our equipment, Ski Butlers was our ski (and boarding) rental service of choice. These guys deliver to your hotel or condo – and pick up- for only a few dollars more than the jam-packed shops just down the road. And the equipment? Best in the business! Check out Ski Butlers on your next vacation!
Stay Here: Sun Valley Resort
SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
Go off the radar and discover the Selkirk Mountains at Schweitzer Resort in northern Idaho! Schweitzer is the largest ski resort the state, offering 2900 acres and 92 runs to explore. Go off piste, take on wide open bowls and try its famous tree skiing for an unbelievable skiing or snowboarding experience.
With a variety of terrain for every level of skier or snowboarder, families flock to this mountain for its assortment of trails and consistent snow report. As this mountain is so big, you’ll rarely see it fill up or be too busy, so you can enjoy the uncrowded slopes and bask in the winter beauty.
Fancy a night ski? Try it here on Friday and Saturday Nights, when they sell their Twilight Skiing lift tickets. Looking for more adventure? Check out heli-skiing and Herbert Hollows Tubing!
This great ski area has a bustling town and great community, making it a great choice for your next ski vacation.
Fun Fact: If you’re lucky and it’s a clear day, you might just see Canada from the Selkirk Mountains!
Stay Here: Outdoors Inn
A ski holiday can be expensive, but at Bogus Basin in Boise, you’ll find an affordable ski area that makes all your dreams come true. Skiers and snowboarders will love its relaxed atmosphere, and with its ski-in and ski-out parking lots, visitors can enjoy more time on the slopes than on transportation.
Want to learn cross-country skiing or are you interested in snowshoeing? Bogus Basin is a great place to try.
The mountain has loads of dining options, so stop in for some comfort food before heading back out. Enjoy this inexpensive, snowy paradise for endless hours and appreciate the spectacular views from atop the mountain!
Stay Here: Pioneer Condos
SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT
Are you looking for an intimate and friendly mountain, with small crowds and a more homey atmosphere? Then Silver Mountain Resort is calling your name! Located in the northern Idaho Panhandle, Silver Mountain Resort is a small ski resort in one of the smallest resort towns in Idaho.
With an unbelievable snow report, Silver Mountain gets huge amounts of snow that covers the two mountains: Kellogg Peak and Wardner Peak. This is a great family friendly destination and offers a fantastic ski school, but don’t worry — they also have two terrain parks for those seeking something more.
Get ready to ride the gondola to the top and relish in a winter paradise!
Stay Here: Silver Mountain Resort Lodging
Get away to Tamarack Resort near Boise and cruise long runs over the resort’s 50 maintained trails. Facing east, escape the windy conditions and carve into fresh snow all winter long. This small yet peaceful mountain is a great ski area for families and those of all experience levels. Tamarack Resort is about a 2-hour drive from Boise.
Looking for more adventure? Skiers and snowboarders should head over to The Grove to experience tree skiing and more daring runs. For a more personal vacation, look at staying close to the mountain, and have the ultimate ski-in and ski-off lodging experience.
Stay Here: Tamarack Cottage
GRAND TARGHEE RESORT
With over 90 runs and acres upon acres of beautiful scenic views, ski and snowboard your heart out at Grand Targhee Resort, near the Teton Valley. With a variety of runs to choose from, all levels of skiers and snowboarders will find the perfect trail.
Grand Targhee is a high-end luxury resort in Idaho, so this is a great ski area to choose if you are booking a holiday for something special. The resort is close to many lodging options and is surrounded by delicious restaurants, to refuel you for full days on the slopes.
Stay Here: Teton Teepee Lodge
Wait, isn’t Grand Targhee in Wyoming? Grand Targhee Resort is in western Wyoming in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, near Alta. It’s 42 miles northwest of Jackson but is accessible only from the west, through Driggs, Idaho…so we’re including it here!
BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN RESORT
At Brundage Mountain Resort in central Idaho, you’ll find a classic ski resort designed for adventure lovers and explorers. Carve into fresh powder, view snow perched perfectly on tree heads, and find untouched pockets of fluffy fun!
Follow the designated trails or go off piste and view the world from a new perspective. With renowned tree-skiing and backcountry wonder, skiers and snowboarders come from all over to experience and shred Brundage Mountain.
Year after year, this mountain’s snow report is consistent and remarkable. Snow fanatics of all levels and ages can appreciate wide open runs and a professional terrain park for freestylers and snowboarders. This mountain will be a new favorite after just one day.
Stay Here: Family Lodge near Brundage Mountain
KELLY CANYON SKI RESORT
As the sun sets, grab your skis or snowboard and head to Kelly Canyon Ski Resort for some incredible night skiing! Located in the Targhee National Forest, just 30 minutes from Idaho Falls, it’s time you ski manicured runs, wide open trails, and see the stars while you glide through runs!
With affordable pricing and a family favorite, Kelly Canyon offers parents and children so much to choose from. Stay on the mountain all day and experiment with new skills or enroll in the ski school for first timers.
As the lights blare above you, feel like a pro and take your talents to the next level.
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Located on the Idaho/Montana border, the snow report doesn’t lie when it comes to Lookout Pass. With an average of over 33 feet of snowfall in a year, it takes the crown for most snow at a resort in Idaho. Are you looking for your children to ski or snowboard from a young age? Well, Lookout Pass offers free lessons at their ski school for children ages 6-17.
With its quaint and charming characteristics this resort is very special. With a quarter pike and two terrain parks, freestylers and snowboarders are put to the test! However, feel free to relax and have a joy ride down wide, long runs with fresh snow with near perfect conditions.
Soar to new heights or keep it lowkey, the choice is yours at Lookout Pass.
Stay Here: Wallace Inn
PEBBLE CREEK SKI AREA
With plenty of terrain to entertain all ski and snowboard levels, Pebble Creek Ski Area in southeastern Idaho is an absolute joy. With winding runs, steep drops and exciting terrain park, choose a trail that best suits your comfort level. Check online for events as Pebble Creek often has live music and thrilling freestyle events.
If the conditions are good and visibility is clear, you’ll be blown away with the stunning views from atop Mount Bonneville. However, the views at the bottom can be just as fun with a lively après ski bar (Rock Bottom Saloon), and plenty of lodging options to keep you on your toes for your entire holiday.
Stay Here: Home2 Suites by Hilton
This ski hill in south central Idaho may be small, but it’s mighty. Soldier Mountain Ski Area has everything you need, from fresh powder and fun trails, to its lovely staff. Go CAT skiing led by a guide and discover glades, wide open runs, untouched snow and much more.
Find your groove and get into a new flow on a wide-open landscape. Stop off at the lodge after a long day on the slopes and enjoy homemade foods to warm you up. With affordable prices and plenty of snow, beginners to experts will fall in love with this locally owned ski resort.
Stay Here: Prairie Inn
POMERELLE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Hit the slopes early this year at Pomerelle Mountain Resort in southern Idaho. Typically, Pomerelle opens its ski lifts early as it is one of the first mountains to get snow. Perched in the Sawtooth National Forest, have your snow dreams come true at this great ski area.
From gorgeous cross-country skiing, challenging ski runs and a thrilling terrain park for snowboarders; embrace, love and appreciate this resort in Idaho. Daytime can see bigger crowds, but at nighttime the crowds really thin out, and it feels like you have the slopes to yourself.
This family friendly resort is great for children of all ages and offers a lovely ski school for beginners.
Stay Here: Historic Albion Mountain Cottage
BALD MOUNTAIN SKI AREA
Located on the Clearwater Mountains, the Bald Mountain Ski Area in north central Idaho features a small hill with lots of activity. Skiers and snowboards alike flock to the hill for its amusing atmosphere and affordable tickets. With well-groomed runs, fresh powder, and a vintage T-bar, watch for the excitement in children’s eyes!
This gem brings back old school vibes but with a fresh take on skiing. You’ll find cool locals and plenty of challenging runs on the mountain, from trees and cruisers to steep drops. Go back in time and discover why you and your family love to ski and snowboard so much.
Tip: Bald Mountain is only open on weekends, so plan accordingly!
Stay Here: Pioneer Inn
MAGIC MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
Have the time of your life and stay on budget at Magic Mountain Ski Resort! Known as the best kept secret in Southern Idaho, experience various trails, try tubing and spend quality time with friends and family at this smaller mountain.
With affordable prices, feel free to try new things, rent equipment and have a thrilling holiday without breaking the bank. You’ll find this hill is more suited towards beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, however experts will still be challenged.
Have a blast and stay within budget, all at the same time!
Stay Here: Twin Falls Retreat with Snake River Views
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LOST TRAIL SKI AREA
Do you want to be in two places at once?! Well, now you can! Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a family friendly resort on the Idaho and Montana border. Slide down runs and view snow upon the treetops of the Rocky Mountains.
Take in scenic treasures and with practically no crowds, feel as if Lost Trail is yours! With over 50 named runs, wind in and out of trails in this winter wonderland. Choose between a ski school and snow park school for beginners or mix it up and learn some new tricks.
This really is a one-of-a-kind mountain that needs to be visited. Rest up and recoup at one of the restaurants before heading back to your accommodations.
Tip: For a fun experience and a bit of a treat, head over to the Lost Trail hot springs for a relaxing break!
Stay Here: Twin Peaks Guest Ranch
COTTONWOOD BUTTE SKI AREA
This may be one of the smallest resorts in Idaho, but it still caters to families looking to get away and have a fun, snow-filled break. With a steep drop, experts and intermediates can enjoy a quick thrill, while first timers will love the comfort of the bunny hill.
Cottonwood Butte in the Camas Prairie features inexpensive prices, so families can enjoy the mountain and snow sports. This is especially great for people learning to ski or snowboard, as it is affordable and has consistent snow conditions.
LITTLE SKI HILL
The name doesn’t lie — Little Ski Hill, just north of McCall, is a small resort in Idaho. Feel comfortable and work on improving your craft, or beginners can learn new skills with the help of the brilliant ski school. With affordable and accessible lessons for all, Little Ski Hill has made a name for themselves within the Idaho skiing community.
With a small terrain park and a reliable snow report, families will love this small but mighty mountain. Take the T-Bar to the top and interact with locals who live and breathe all things snow. Feel at home, be adventurous at Little Ski Hill.
Tip: If you’re traveling a long distance, I would suggest a bigger hill with more variety. This is a great one to visit if you’re in the area, though!
Stay Here: Third Street Inn
SNOWHAVEN SKI & TUBING AREA
If you love skiing and snowboarding, but maybe want to try something a little new too, then Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area in Grangeville is the perfect choice. Not only does this resort have a great ski area, but an iconic tubing hill too! Glide, slide and soar down an enormous tubing hill with family and friends, and create memories at Snowhaven.
Are you up for skiing? All levels will enjoy this relaxed, laidback ski hill with well-kept runs and tons of fresh snow.
Stop by the closest town to find entertaining bars, restaurants, and cafes to accompany this winter paradise. Find peace in the scenic landscape, and come back year after year to enjoy the laughter and fun at Snowhaven.
Stay Here: Farmhouse In Country Setting
IDAHO SKI RESORTS FAQ
How many ski resorts are in Idaho?
There are 18 ski resorts in Idaho for travelers of every experience level. Whether you’re looking for a large resort or a small, family-friendly one u002du002d Idaho’s got it.
What is the largest ski resort in Idaho?
Schweitzer Mountain is the largest resort in Idaho. It’s got over 2,700 acres of terrain, and is one of the most popular ski resorts in the state.
What is the closest ski mountain to Boise?
Tamarack Ski Resort is the closest ski mountain to Boise. It takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to Tamarack from Boise.
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