South Idaho's Mountain Resorts Bring On Summer

Summer-Sun-Valley-Cover

A summer road trip in the Rockies should include time in southern Idaho, where a half-dozen ski and snowboard mountains flip to summer.

There's no shortage of strenuous biking and hiking, relaxing strolls through the wildflowers, music performances and more around the base areas of South Idaho's mountain resorts -- from Idaho Falls to McCall to Boise.

Bogus Basin continues its summer renaissance. It's home to Idaho's only mountain coaster, with 4,330 feet of twists and turns at up to 25mph. The Boise home hill's Basin Gravity Park debuts a one-mile beginner X-C trail, an extension of the Around the Mountain route, and a technical downhiller.

Tamarack takes advantage of its lakeside location by building a watercraft fleet over the last couple of summers. This summer, new jet skies and surf boats joins with paddleboards, kayaks and pontoon boats on Lake Cascade. On the hill, the 27-mile MTB park expands with a couple of intermediate flow trails, and a summit loop.

Kelly Canyon has begun lift-served MTB action to deliver riders to an 18-mile network of trails, plus a 4-mile special loop that will be a training ground for interscholastic riders. New at Kelly, just outside of Idaho Falls, will be UTV side-by-side rentals.

Brundage has built a 20-year reputation of solid hiking and biking trails on the mountain near McCall. The mountain added six new trails for this summer, including a dramatic uphiller into Lakeview Bowl. A scenic chairlift ride unveils a 360-degree view of Payette National Forest and environs.

As usual, Sun Valley offers up a plethora of summer activities and events for summer visitors. Downhill MTBers can ride the gondola to the ridge atop Bald Mountain while, down below, the resort links with a 30-mile cruiser system of paved, non-vehicle riding. Events highlight with performances on the famous ice rink at the resort above McCall.

Neither Soldier Mountain, Pomerelle nor Pebble Creek spin chairlifts during the summer. So at Soldier outside Boise and Pomerelle near Twin Falls, uphill MTBers take the lead to climb the mountain on their own. Just south of Pocatello, Pebble Creek will be open for special events and private affairs only.

  300 Hits

Two-Day Mountain Collective Pass Returns With Western Flavor

MC-Alta-Cover

With prices for 2022-23 comparable to recent seasons, the two-days-each Mountain Collective ski and snowboard pass returns with a shuffled resort lineup that includes two big mountains in the West coming back to the fold.

Continue reading
  688 Hits

American Meccas Of Cross Country Skiing

GreatGlen

Ask the general public to name an alpine skiing “Mecca” — described as a location where people, who share a common interest, yearn to go — even those who don’t ski can come up with at least Aspen or Vail, if not Killington and Sun Valley.

Continue reading
  830 Hits

Ikon Passes Now On Sale For 2022/23; Spring Skiing For Early Birds

Snowbasin

Details of the 2022-2023 Ikon Pass are out, highlighted by Sun Valley and Snowbasin joining the mega-mountain season pass family.

Continue reading
  1247 Hits

5 Ski Resorts That Has Something for Everyone – Even Non-Skiers

Keystone

There’s something to be said about the magical feeling you get when you look outside and everything is coated in fluffy white snow. To the people who live in ski resort towns, it’s just another wintery day, but to those who come from warmer climates, it’s a winter wonderland! 

Continue reading
  899 Hits

Ski Mag Ranks The Best Ski Resorts in the U.S.

Best-Resorts

From Vermont's classic glades to the powder-choked bowls of the West, the destinations on this list will delight skiers of all stripes.

Continue reading
  714 Hits

Several Midwest Ski Areas Celebrate Milestones This Season

Terry-Peak-image-new

No less than nine Heartland ski areas are celebrating significant milestones this year. All have been in business at least 60 years and one started 85 years ago, according to the National Ski Areas Association.

 

Continue reading
  959 Hits

Summer Winds Down With Traditional Oktoberfest, Brew Fest Events

Snowbird-Oktoberfest-Beer

At many ski and snowboard resorts, October comes in September -- in the form of the lederhosen, dirndl, clogs, knee socks, and, of course, beer.

Continue reading
  1667 Hits

SnoCast: Coast to Coast Snow To End January

HomewoodMtn_tw_012821

 

So much to cover in this week’s SnoCast as we dig out from feet of snow in the west, and eye new snow in the Midwest and Northeast—everyone gets something to finish off January.

Continue reading
  2628 Hits

Idaho Resorts Open With A Modest Array Of New Features

Sun-Valley-New-Lift

Ski and snowboard resorts throughout Idaho are opening for the season, albeit cautiously, and offseason improvements are muted but still significant.

Continue reading
  1561 Hits

Idaho Resorts Unfurl Plans For Covid-19 Winter

Schweitzer-Covid

The standard Covid-19 precautions are in place for this ski and snowboard season in the Gem State. Regional and local conditions may change, prompting changes in restrictions, but here's a look at some of the resorts' plans.

 

Continue reading
  2192 Hits

Some Western Resorts Go Ahead With Lift Construction; Others Put Them On Hold

bottomexcavation

The COVID-19 pandemic's impact has spread across the ski and snowboard industry in the West, and one of its victims has been plans for new lifts. But a quintet of resorts are pushing ahead with plans, while others take a pause.

Continue reading
  4695 Hits

Sun Valley Moves Forward With Expansion Project

Sun-Valley

Sun Valley Resort said it remains on pace to open a large new expansion this winter.

Continue reading
  1829 Hits

COVID-19 Presents Ski Towns With a Conundrum

SunValley

Coronavirus hot spots like Sun Valley rely on visitors, but who is welcome and when?

Continue reading
  1602 Hits

Are Ski Areas Responsible for the Spread of COVID-19?

Covid

Skiers are suing Austrian resort Ischgl for exposing them to the virus.

Continue reading
  1575 Hits

Game On: Epic Pass Jumps Into Pre-Season Pass Race

Epic-Cover

The doors have been flung wide open in the quest for 2020-2021 multi-resort passes as Vail Resorts unveiled its pricing and benefits for the Epic Pass and its ancillaries.

Continue reading
  2284 Hits

The 11 Best Ski Town Burgers You’ll Ever Eat

ski-town-burger-main

After a hard-fought day schussing the slopes, nothing replenishes the fuel tank like a good ol’ burger, with just the right blend of protein, carbs, and yes, grease. We combed America’s ski towns and adjacent mountain resorts for the tastiest—and weirdest—beef between two buns, bringing you our unequivocal list of where to hang your helmet for the best hamburgers worth your fully salivated après-ski time and attention.

Continue reading
  3165 Hits

Top Resorts In West for Families

Famimly-Sun-Valley-Dollar-Mountain

What do families want out of a resort? Parking near slopes, ski-in ski-out lodging, efficient signup for lessons, plenty of wide, moderate trails for the whole family, and lots of entertainment.

Continue reading
  2407 Hits

Heli-Skiing In U.S.: Heading Deep Into Pow' Territory

Heli-Utah-Landin_20200112-003159_1

Taking a helicopter to find untouched powder isn't only for skiers and riders in Alaska or Canada: Plenty of runs can be had in the Lower 48, too.

Continue reading
  3899 Hits

Sun Valley Unveils Plans For New High-Speed, More Bowls, More Trees

Sun-Valley-Expansion

A much-anticipated expansion project on the north edge of Sun Valley is set to get underway this summer.

Continue reading
  2820 Hits