The Ultimate Guide to Idaho and Boise Area Ski Resorts

The Ultimate Guide to Idaho and Boise Area Ski Resorts

by Aaron McFarland

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Idaho is a hidden gem for winter sports enthusiasts, boasting a diverse range of ski resorts that cater to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. From the world-famous Sun Valley to the Boise-area community-oriented Bogus Basin, Idaho offers breathtaking views, fresh powder, and terrain for every skill level.

These family-friendly destinations not only provide thrilling slopes but also host a variety of winter activities and events, making Idaho a must-visit winter destination. Here’s out rundown of Southern Idaho and Boise-area winter resorts, with estimated season opening dates.

Please check with the resort for accurate information and hours of operation.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Just 19 miles from Boise, Bogus Basin is a local favorite known for its intermediate and advanced ski runs, along with a few beginner slopes. It operates as a 100% non-profit, investing all earnings back into the resort. The resort offers a range of activities including Alpine and Nordic skiing, and night skiing on its 2,600 skiable acres.

2600 N Bogus Basin Rd, Boise, ID 83702

Opening Date: Saturday, November 25th 2023 – Weekends Only


Tamarack Resort

Located about 95 miles from Boise, Tamarack Resort is a premier destination for tourists. With an annual snowfall of 300 inches and 1,100 acres of terrain, it provides a diverse range of runs primarily for advanced and intermediate skiers. The resort offers luxurious accommodations and a variety of winter activities.

311 Village Dr, Tamarack, ID 83615

Estimated Opening Date: December 9th, 2023 or earlier if conditions allow

Brundage Mountain

Brundage Mountain, less than three hours from Boise, is popular for its wide runs and “the best snow in Idaho.” With 1,920 acres of skiable terrain and a 1,800-foot vertical drop, it caters to intermediate and advanced skiers. The resort also offers snowmobiling and snow tubing.

3890 Goose Lake Rd, McCall, ID 83638

Estimated Opening Date: November 24th, 2023


Soldier Mountain

Soldier Mountain, with a rich history including ownership by Bruce Willis, is perfect for family skiing. It boasts 36 runs over 1,142 acres and a vertical drop of 1,400 feet. The resort is known for its affordability and offers a variety of skiing options.

3635 ID-55, McCall, ID 83638

Estimated Opening Date: December 17th, 2023

Little Ski Hill

A charming, family-oriented resort in central Idaho, Little Ski Hill offers a quaint and intimate skiing experience. With six ski runs and a modest vertical drop of 405 feet, it’s ideal for families and provides lessons, a terrain park, and cross-country paths.

3635 ID-55, McCall, ID 83638

Estimated Opening Date: Dec. 22, 2023

Sun Valley Ski Resort

Sun Valley Ski Resort is a world-renowned destination, offering luxury skiing experiences. With two mountains, it caters to all skill levels across its 2,054 acres. The resort combines European elegance with American comfort, making it a unique and bustling winter hub.

1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353

Estimated Opening Date: Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd


Bald Mountain Ski Area

Bald Mountain Ski Area, operated by the Clearwater Ski Club since 1959, offers a cozy skiing experience in North Central Idaho. With two lifts and a 975-foot vertical drop, it’s ideal for families and ski enthusiasts.

Sun Valley, ID

Estimated Opening Date: To be determined based on weather

Rotarun Ski Area

Known for its budget-friendly rates, Rotarun Ski Area in Hailey is a small, family-friendly resort. It offers day and night skiing options on its 15-acre property with a vertical drop of 475 feet, perfect for relaxed family outings.

25 Rodeo Dr, Hailey, ID 83333

Estimated Opening Date: To be determined based on weather



Schweitzer Mountain Resort, located in Sandpoint, Idaho, is the largest ski area in Idaho and Washington. It’s known for its expansive terrain, breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille, and a wide range of winter activities. Schweitzer caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864

Estimated Opening Date: November 25th, 2023


Snowhaven Ski Area and Tubing Hill

Snowhaven Ski Area and Tubing Hill in Grangeville, Idaho, is a family-friendly destination offering skiing and tubing fun. Its welcoming atmosphere makes it ideal for beginners and those seeking a relaxed skiing experience.

10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864

Estimated Opening Date: To be determined based on weather

Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain, known as “Idaho’s Best Kept Secret,” is ideal for those seeking thrilling ski experiences. With a vertical drop of 740 feet and 120 acres of skiable area, it offers diverse trails for all skill levels. The resort is recognized for its competitive rates and beautiful scenery.

Forest Rd 499, Kimberly, ID 83341

Estimated Opening Date: December 16th, 2023

Grand Targhee Resort

Grand Targhee Resort, located near Alta, Wyoming, is known for its deep powder skiing and stunning mountain views. Just four miles beyond Idaho’s border, it’s affiliated with Ski Idaho and is accessible through Driggs, Idaho. The resort boasts a variety of terrain, making it a favorite for both beginners and expert skiers alike.

3300 Ski Hill Rd, Alta, WY 83414

Estimated Opening Date: Nov. 17, 2023

Kelly Canyon Resort

Kelly Canyon Resort is a family-friendly ski area situated near Ririe, Idaho. Known for its well-groomed runs and night skiing, the resort offers a blend of beginner, intermediate, and advanced slopes. Kelly Canyon also features a snow-tubing hill, providing fun for the entire family.

5488 Kelly Canyon Rd, Ririe, ID 83443

Estimated Opening Date: December 19th, 2023

Silver Mountain Resort

Situated in Kellogg, Idaho, Silver Mountain Resort is a top destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. The resort boasts a diverse array of runs, excellent snow quality, and stunning scenery. It’s also home to an indoor waterpark, making it a unique year-round family destination.

610 Bunker Avenue, Kellogg, Idaho 83837

Estimated Opening Date: November 24th, 2023, weather permitting


Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area

Lookout Pass, located near the Idaho and Montana border, is revered for its family-friendly atmosphere and excellent snow conditions. The resort offers a variety of trails for all skill levels, from easy beginner slopes to challenging advanced runs.

I-90 Exit 0 ID/MT line Mullan, ID 83846

Estimated Opening Date: December 1st, 2023


Cottonwood Butte Ski Area

Cottonwood Butte Ski Area, located near Cottonwood, Idaho, features a variety of groomed runs and trails. This ski area is perfect for skiers and snowboarders looking for a challenging yet enjoyable experience.

490 Radar Road, Cottonwood, ID 83522

Estimated Opening Date: To be determined based on weather

Pebble Creek Ski Area

Pebble Creek Ski Area, situated in Inkom, Idaho, is renowned for its challenging terrain and beautiful landscapes. It’s a haven for skiers looking for a more adventurous skiing experience with a variety of advanced and expert runs.

3340 E Green Canyon Rd, Inkom, ID 83245

Estimated Opening Date: Dec. 8th

Pomerelle Mountain Resort

Pomerelle Mountain Resort is a family-oriented ski destination nestled in the mountains of southern Idaho. Known for its friendly atmosphere and well-groomed slopes, it’s perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers.

961 E Howell Canyon Rd, Albion, ID 83311

Estimated Opening Date: December 11th, 2023


Lost Trail Ski Area

Lost Trail Ski Area offers a unique skiing experience with its natural beauty and serene environment. Located at the border of Idaho and Montana, it’s known for its powdery snow and diverse terrain suitable for all skill levels.

9485 US Hwy-93 South, Sula, MT 59871

Estimated Opening Date: To be determined based on weather


As the winter season blankets Idaho’s landscape in a pristine white, the state’s ski resorts beckon with their unique charms and thrilling slopes. Whether you’re a seasoned skier chasing the thrill of a challenging downhill run or a family seeking a cozy and fun-filled winter getaway, Idaho’s diverse ski resorts offer something for everyone. Each destination, from the bustling Sun Valley to the community-centric Bogus Basin, is a testament to Idaho’s rich skiing heritage and commitment to outdoor adventure.

With natural beauty, top-notch facilities, and a welcoming atmosphere, these resorts not only provide an exhilarating skiing experience but also foster lasting memories. So, gear up, hit the slopes, and immerse yourself in the winter wonderland that is Idaho skiing.

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