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It’s that time of the year again! Ranking Idaho’s top ten ski runs was no easy feat. Last year, Tamarack Resort made the list twice. Will they remain top dog? Or will a new up and comer take the top spot? Here are the top 10 ski runs in Idaho – be prepared to earn some turns.
10. Hotshot – Brundage Mountain Resort
I’m kicking this list off with a personal favorite. I’ve skied Brundage Mountain since I was 10, and I’ve been going back every year since. Hotshot, a blue diamond in Lakeview Bowl is a must-ride, with incredible mountain views and ample amounts of fresh powder.
9. Pebble Lane – Pebble Creek
Pebble Creek is tucked away in Southeast Idaho and has been a family favorite for decades. The hill boasts challenging terrain, but one of the most famous runs is an easy, winding, family-friendly coast: Pebble Lane. Glide down the front of the mountain with the kids – the trail twists back and forth nearly the entire ride making it an excellent beginners run.
8. Easter Bowl – Bald Mountain
Known for its phenomenal landscape, snow-soaked mountains, and abundant wildlife, Sun Valley sits atop the list of iconic skiing destinations in North America. In fact, it’s the birthplace of destination skiing. If you’re headed here for the holidays, be sure to shred Easter Bowl – a black diamond run accessible via the Mayday and Lookout chairlifts.
7. Upper Bliss & Lower Bliss – Tamarack Resort
Tamarack is by far one of the most underrated ski hills in the Northwest with over 1,000 skiable acres. For those of you looking for a change of scenery from Brundage Mountain Resort, Tamarack is right next door. Carve your way through some of Southwest Idaho’s finest powder on Upper and Lower Bliss. These runs are mainly for the expert crowd and are accessible from the High-Speed Quad Lift.
6. “The Face” – Bogus Basin
The Face at Bogus Basin is made up of three runs: Last Chance, Powerline, and Inspiration. All three are double black diamonds and feature extreme terrain. While these runs may be challenging, the views are unrivaled. Many say the viewpoint looking over the Boise valley below makes these runs some of the best in the state.
5. Bobcat – Grand Targhee
What does 500 inches of annual snowfall guarantee? Incredible skiing! Grand Targhee is a well-kept Idaho secret with short lift lines and ridiculous, sweeping views of the Teton Mountains. If you’re looking for a ride on the wild side during your visit, test your abilities on one of the double black diamonds that stem from Peaked Mountain. Bobcat tends to be one of the most highly touted runs.
4. Little Blue Ridge Run – Schweitzer Mountain Resort
By far, Schweitzer Mountain Resort is one of the most famous ski resorts in the Northwest. Families who journey here are astounded when they arrive and see the size of Schweitzer Bowl. Yet, an even bigger area of the mountain awaits riders just over the ridge. Little Blue Ridge Run, an intermediate run on the outskirts of Outback Bowl, is one of the best in North Idaho. Cruise along the edge of the resort and soak in the views of the snow-soaked panhandle.
3. Northwest Passage – Brundage Mountain Resort
Northwest Passage is less of a run, and more like a freestyle, choose-your-path obstacle course that twists through trees and piles of powder. Northwest passage is on the front side of the mountain, near the far-out corner next to Hidden Valley.
2. Sheer Bliss – Silver Mountain Resort
Silver Mountain Resort remains one of the most highly-touted resorts in the entire Northwest. The resort is composed of two mountain peaks, Kellogg and Wardner, and boasts over 2,200 vertical feet on 1,600 acres. Sheer Bliss, one of my favorite runs, stems directly off of Wardner Peak. Speed down this double black diamond that covers half the mountain, then choose between Morning Star and The Meadows to finish off your ride.
1. Golden Eagle – Lookout Pass
Lookout Pass straddles the Idaho-Montana border. Of course, I’m biased to the Idaho side, in particular, the Golden Eagle run. Golden Eagle is an intermediate run that gives riders one of the most incredible views of the Gem State. The scenic landscape along this ride alone could put this run at the top of the list, but the powder, steep freestyle terrain and short lift lines make this ski hill one of the most sought-after in the state.