Escape the Inversion and Go Outside!
If you’re like most Treasure Valley locals during this time of year, then you are tired of seeing gloomy skies day after day and ready to find the sun again! What better way to escape the grey than to head above the clouds and get into the mountains for some local, snow-filled fun?
Idaho is home to a variety of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, many of which are closer to home than you might think! Take the whole family on a wintry adventure, and discover the beauty that the Idaho mountains have to offer.
Never been out on the snow-covered trails before? Don’t fret, local ski resort, Bogus Basin offers cross-country ski lessons, as well as ski and snowshoe rentals. Many local rental shops in the valley such as Greenwood’s Ski Haus, McU Sports, and Idaho Mountain Touring also offer equipment rentals, and will happily show you the basics of putting on your gear. Now that you know how to get started, let’s get to the good part! Here are some beautiful, beginner-friendly trails close to the Treasure Valley:
Just 45 minutes outside of Boise, head up to Bogus Basin for a variety of well-groomed trails for those of any skill level. To snowshoe or cross-country ski at Bogus, you will need to purchase a day pass, but it’s well worth it to enjoy all that the mountain has to offer!
Stack Rock Trail
If you drive up Bogus Basin Road, but stop short of the final destination, and instead park near the Stack Rock Trailhead you’ll find yourself at a favorite snowshoe destination for many Idahoans. Stack Rock Trail is about a 9 mile and out and back trail, but the full length can be adjusted to your group’s comfort level. However, if you make it to the end of this trek through the snow, you will find yourself amazed by the incredible views.
Idaho City Park N’ Ski Trail Network
For those looking to venture a bit further from home, there is a large variety of Park N’ Ski trails located outside of Idaho City. This trail network also offers many groomed options, for those looking to break out the nordic skis. Many of these trails are also dog-friendly so that your furry family members can come along, but make sure to check the rules of your trail before heading out! Park N’ Ski parking areas do require that vehicles be outfitted with a Park N’ Ski pass, which can be purchased from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for $7.50 for a 3-day pass, or $25 for an annual pass.
Ponderosa State Park
Making the drive to McCall for a day out in the snow might seem like quite the trip, but it’s worth the journey to travel through some of the beautiful trails in Ponderosa State Park. While this park is closed to camping during the winter months, it boasts an impressive winter trail system open to nordic skiers and snowshoers.
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