Idaho Mountains Mean Gnarly Mountain Bike Trails, Water Sports, More

Posted by Andy Dennison
Andy Dennison
Andy started skiing at about three years old. His father Jim held him between hi
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on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 in News
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The Idaho mountains resorts are well into the summer season, with vista-viewing chairlift rides, gnarly mountain bike trails and mellow disc golf and water sports.


More than a third of the Gem State’s ski and snowboard resorts fire up a lift or two in the summer to bring folks out of the valley and onto the mountaintop. Most run through Labor Day or beyond, and they have a few restaurants and bars open for visitors’ relaxation.


Here’s a sampling of what’s up in Idaho right now:


Brundage. Bluebird Express runs Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for $12 a ride with hooks for mountain bikers. There’s a new disc golf course, and base lodge fav, Smoky’s Bar and Grill, now open Fridays through Sundays.


Grand Targhee. Dreamcatcher chair tops out at 9,800 feet -- $15 without bike, $35 with bike. Swimming pool open every day to 5 p.m. through Sept. 1, and a farmers’ market runs every Friday at the Brandin’ Iron Grill.


Pomerelle. All-day pass on triple chair to summit costs $20, single ride $8. Disc golf course starts at 9,000 feet and winds around the face of the mountain.


Schweitzer. Great Escape Quad delivers hikers, bikers and sightseers 1,700 feet to the top of the ridge. Disc golf and geocaching highlight activities, but the Huckleberry Festival (Aug. 3) is pure Idaho.


Silver Mountain. Gondola runs Friday-Tuesday for $18 a ride through August. Bikers pay $33 to access massive trail system. Indoor waterpark at Morning Star Lodge has surfing waves, slip-n-slide and boogie boarding.


Sun Valley. Gondola zips to top of famed Baldy Mountain, $20 single ride, or $30 for bikers all day. Mountain bike trails take advantage of 3,000-foot vertical. The less adventurous can paddle-boat around Sun Valley Lake.


Tamarack. Lifts currently closed but may open, for $15 all day. Check out the zipline, and there’s sailing, paddling and motoring on 21-mile Lake Cascade, and whitewater rafting on the Payette River.


Click here for more on summer at Idaho resorts. 


Photo: mountain biking at Sun Valley is a summer favorite (Sun Valley/Facebook) 

Andy started skiing at about three years old. His father Jim held him between his legs and off they went down New England trails. Soon, Andy joined the Fourth Estate and moved to Colorado, thereupon finding work as a staff writer or editor for newspapers – including a stint as Ski Editor for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. In between, he designed and wrote public school curriculum, edited Concrete Pumping & Placing Magazine, and got a master’s degree in English. All the while, he skied. So, the marriage of snowsports and journalism has only been waiting for Andy to catch on. He’s glad he finally did.


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