Summer in Idaho mountains has always been popular for folks who seek the remote and the cool of the western massif of the Rocky Mountains – and the 13 major ski and snowboard resorts that are up and running for the summer.
Gem State resorts remain old-school in the summer, as there are no alpine slides, just one mountain coaster (Bogus Basin), and only Tamarack has a zipline. Six of the resorts crank up their lifts for rides to the summit.
Miles and miles of mountain trails criss-cross the state's high country. And most resorts host on-the-back-deck music and full-blown concerts.
Mountain biking reigns supreme in Idaho, and eight resorts crank up a lift or two for scenic uphill transport for MTBers. Sun Valley boasts 400 miles of trails Silver Mountain touts 3,300 vert, and Brundage claims to focus on putting beginners on the mountain quickly. Kelly Canyon opened its lift and trail for MTB this summer.
If disc golf is your thing, head up to Pomerelle where the 18-hole course is at 9,000 feet. The triple chair takes golfers to the first tee -- plus hiking and biking trails galore.
At Schweitzer, the mountain runs twice-daily E-bike tours up onto the mountain. Pedal along 10 miles of trails after leaving the base area. When it gets a little steep, turn on the power assist to get you over the hump.
Silver Mountain runs its three-mile gondola to the summit, where an interpretive nature trail awaits and, on Fridays, a BBQ dinner with live music is on tap.
Bogus Basin packs its base plaza area with summer tubing, bungee tramp, faux gold panning to go along with a couple of high-speed rides down the 4,300-foot Glade Runner mountain coaster.
And true to its Olympic skating tradition, Sun Valley put on ice shows right through the summer on selected Saturdays. Some of the nation's best ice skaters perform, such as Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chan and four-time nation champ Jeremy Abbott.