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"Snowshoe and Nordic skiing snow fun!!" Idaho Things to Do Tip by museberry

Idaho Things to Do: 51 reviews and 140 photos

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by museberry

For those visiting Boise in the winter who only have an afternoon to go crazy in the mountains, and desire something cheaper than skiing at Bogus Basin ski resort, look no further than Idaho City!!

Roughly a 1 hour drive from Boise up Highway 21 past Idaho City. There are an abundance of trails marked with little blue tags on trees for your snowshoeing enjoyment. Careful parking as the parking lots are snowy, and keep your eyes open as they are usually carved out of an 8 foot snow drift!!

There are many other Nordic ski trails available in the area, and many others with a bit of a further drive.

A Park 'N Ski pass or VIP Pass is required to park at each trailhead. This, in Idaho City, can be purchased at the gas station across from that funky wooden city information building (accessable bathrooms available in funky wooden building) or online at beforehand.

Park N' Ski Area: $25 Annual Permit; $7.50 3-day Temp Permit,$2 Day Use. When you pick up your permit they'll give you a printout of the local trails with varied difficulty levels and distances so you don't cramp up your calves your first trip in. (The Park and Ski pass works for all Idaho Nordic trails)

Three great trails: Banner Ridge, Gold Fork and Whoop-Um-Up trails will keep you busy and in shape during the winter, plus you'll be above the clouds of the valley and probably tan your face like I used to!

For a longer adventure rent one of the Mongolian-style yurts in the area for a night and go for a morning "stroll".

If you haven't your own gear, then check out REI or other local winter sports outfitters as they often have gear to rent or try before you buy for a small fee. (Great for BSU students as well who can rent all the gear at the BSU Outdoor center for about $15 per day)

Remember: If you pack it in..pack it out! Help keep our forests clean!

Address: Idaho City, Idaho (off Highway 21)
Directions: From Boise, drive 45 miles north on Hwy. 21 to Idaho City. The Granite Creek parking area is located 3 miles past Idaho City
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  • Written Mar 15, 2005
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