When the first new snowflakes of winters start falling on Idaho, skiers visiting Idaho’s top ski resorts will find a host of new lifts, runs, half pipes, super pipes and lodging facilities.
Idaho’s legendary Sun Valley resort is introducing a new super pipe, 425 feet long with 18-foot walls. Sun Valley skiers and snowboarders will also be able to take advantage of the resort’s multi-day lift ticket exchange program by trading one day of skiing for a variety of options, from a massage to dinner and a movie for two. Visit www.sunvalley.com
Sun Valley Heli-Ski celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2006. Smoky Mountain Lodge is the only fly-in heli-ski lodge in the lower 48! Log on to www.svheli-ski.com
Soldier Mountain, located near Sun Valley, is a little known paradise for winter sports enthusiasts, especially cat-skiers. Trips into the beautiful Sawtooth National Forest feature lunches served in a heated yurt. Learn more at www.soldiermountain.com
Boise’s Bogus Basin Mountain Resort is offering lighted night skiing on five kilometers of nordic trail this year. The resort is also making it easier for skiers to get to the mountain by offering new midweek bus routes from the Boise valley. Guests will also see a new home for the Bogus Basin Ski Racing Alliance in the Jason Harper Training Center. More online at www.bogusbasin.com
Brundage Mountain Ski Resort has hired Rick Certano as President and General Manager. This frees owner Judd DeBoer to focus his attention on a new master plan that will bring 5 new chairlifts, new runs, new guest services, and a new restaurant. Brundage also offers the largest cat-skiing operation in the U.S, 17,000 acres. Overnight yurt-skiing adventures are also available. Visit www.brundage.com
Northern Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain is opening 400 new acres of challenging terrain including five new runs for advanced, intermediate and expert skiers and riders. At close to 3000 acres, Schweitzer ranks as one of the biggest and best ski resorts in the Northwest. Selkirk Powder Company is also adding a new cat to the cat-skiing operations for large groups and the new Sherpa-skiing program offers a unique open-air experience that’s faster, less steamy and more conducive to small groups. Log on to www.schweitzer.com
Silver Mountain Resort, featured in Ski Magazine’s ” Skiings Biggest Secrets, ” continues an exciting evolution into a multi-season destination resort. Those brand new flakes of snow will be falling on an expanded terrain park and two new runs at Silver Mountain this year. You’ll also find several new shops in the Gondola Village. Silver’s master development plan includes new high-speed chairlifts, a snowmaking system and more new trails. More at www.silvermt.com
Tamarack Resort near Donnelly will feature 140 acres of expanded terrain in the Wildwood Area, adding 1,700 additional vertical feet of intermediate and expert terrain this season. Skiers and boarders will also be able to access the mountain via two new lifts and new Nordic and alpine trails with snowmaking systems and beautiful new lodging facilities. Visit www.tamarackidaho.com
Idaho ski resorts continue to be recognized by national publications as some of the best destinations for great skiing with great snow, great terrain and most importantly small crowds. Recently Ski Magazine ranked Sun Valley as No. 10 in the ” Top 50 Resort Guide. ” To find out more about Idaho’s 17 downhill ski areas, visit idahowinter.org.