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Nordic in Idaho State Parks

Idaho State Parks offer unique Nordic adventures. Exploring Idaho state parks on skis and snowshoes is one of the best ways to enjoy the peaceful scenery and fresh clean air in the winter.  
 
Parks with the symbol offer overnight accommodations during the winter months.  

 


Park N' Ski in Idaho

Strap on the skis or snowshoes and enjoy the snow at any of 17 Park N' Ski areas across Idaho. Over 180 miles of groomed and un-groomed trails are marked in some of the most scenic areas in Idaho. 

Revenues from the sale of permits go toward plowing parking lots and improving Nordic ski and snowshoe opportunities. Upon purchasing, skiers and snowshoers can designate which park they would like to have receive their fee. This gives permit purchasers an opportunity to help make improvements to an area of their choice.

Additionally, annual permits are good at Park N' Ski areas in Oregon due to a reciprocity agreement. You must purchase and display your permit in the proper location on your vehicle in order to avoid citations.

The Park N' Ski program is managed primarily by Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, with cooperation and support from U.S. Forest Service, the Idaho Department of Lands, the Idaho Department of Transportation, and many local recreation user groups who provide volunteer trail-enhancement work to make it all possible.

Park N' Ski Locations

 
There are 17 Park N' Ski locations throughout Idaho. Park N' Ski permits are required November 15 - April 30. Visit the regional links on the left to learn more about access statewide.
 
Fees
 
Annual Pass: $25
Three-day permit:  $7.50
 
Where does the money go?  Revenues for the sales of these permits go back directly toward trail improvements, plowing parking lots and grooming trails. 

How to Purchase a Permit

Purchase on-line

Purchase at local vendors

 

 

North Idaho Park N' Ski

For up to date grooming and weather conditions in the Priest Lake area, please click here.

Details Hanna Flats Park N' Ski 
Location 33 miles north of Priest River off State Highway 57
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 5 m/10 km of ski trails; 2.2 m/3.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes
About Nordic ski trails and snowshoe trails at Hanna Flats are relatively gentle in a meadow and forest setting on the west side of Priest Lake. The trail system is well-suited for snowshoers and track skiers. The adjoining airstrip is a great workout for skate skiing. Two short loops are available for skiers and several interlacing loops for snowshoers. The Hanna Grove Nature Trail, located a little more than a mile from the trailhead, is worth checking out to see some old growth cedar trees and read about an old wildfire. Backcountry skiers could climb adjacent mountains above the flats to crank out a few turns. 
More Information Priest Lake Ranger District  or call 208-443-2512
Maps Hanna Flats, Hanna Flats Location Map
Details Priest Lake Golf Course Park N' Ski
Location 28 m N of Priest River on west side of Priest Lake off Hwy 57
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 9.1 m/14.6 km ski trails; 2.8 m/4.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Not allowed
About The Priest Lake Golf Course has the most extensive groomed Nordic trail system in the vicinity of Priest Lake. During the winter season, the area is blanketed with generous amounts of snow and the golf course is transformed into the Priest Lake Nordic Center. Hill's Resort serves as the hub for the Golf Course Nordic system and also offers rental equipment. The trail system provides routes along the lake side and also connects to the Hanna Flats trails to the north. The total of nearly 50 Km of groomed trails from beginning to intermediate level provide an ideal setting for family Nordic activities.Trails are groomed on a regular basis, conditions permitting, for traditional kick and glide skiers and skate skiers.The Nordic Park N' Ski Trail area is open daily.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps

Priest Lake Golf Course 1, Priest Lake Golf Course 2, Priest Lake Golf Course Location Map

Details Priest Lake State Park Park N' Ski Indian Creek Unit
Location 11 m N of Coolin, ID on east side of Priest Lake
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 5.4 m/8.7 km ski trails;  1.5 m/2.4 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes 
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but winter one and two room cabins are available for $45 per night
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About Priest Lake State Park's Indian Creek Unit provides a change of scenery immediately adjacent to the lake.  A compact trail loop system circles the park's visitor center area, and if that's not enough of a workout, another loop system to the north provides more mileage and more challenging trails. There is anew viewpoint trail that affords nice views of the lake and surrounding mountains on a sunny day. The park's visitor center and store are open on weekends for fresh coffee or hot chocolate. Snowshoes can also be rented at the vistor's center.
More Information Priest Lake State Park (208)443-2200
Maps Indian CreekIndian Creek Location Map
Details Rocky Point Park N' Ski
Location 4.4 m N of Coolin, ID
Difficulty Intermediate
Distance 4.3 m/6.9 km
Grooming Occassionally
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom No
Dogs Yes on leash only
About Rocky Point is a nifty trail system on a peninsula on the east side of the lake north of Coolin. This area is best for snowshoeing. Parking is available at the Blue Diamond Marina.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps Rocky Point, Rocky Point Location Map
 
 

 


Central Idaho Park N' Ski

Details Fish Creek Meadows Park N' Ski
Location From Grangeville, ID travel S on Forest Service Rd. 221 approximately 8 miles
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 12 m/19.3 km
Grooming No
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom No but close by at the Inn by Priest Lake
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About The Fish Creek Park N' Ski area is a premium place to go Nordic skiing or snowshoeing. The terrain is moderate and well-suited for beginners and intermediate skiers. On a clear day, you can see Seven Devils and Gospel Hump Wilderness areas from the Fish Creek Meadows. For the adventurous, some nearby backcountry Nordic touring is possible.  
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps Fish Creek Meadows Trails, Fish Creek Location
Details 4th of July Pass Park N' Ski
Location From Coeur d' Alene travel E on Hwy I-90 approximately 23 miles, take Exit 28
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate (with a few expert pitches)
Distance 12 m/19.3 km groomed trails; 7.8 m/12.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes, 10-foot skating lane with track set for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Not allowed
About 4th of July Pass is a great place to ski or snowshoe because it starts from a high point afforded by the 4th of July Summit. Three loop trails wind through stately cedar, fir and pine forests. The snowshoeing trails are almost as extensive as the groomed ski trails. Backcountry skiers can climb nearby mountains to carve turns.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps 4th of July Pass Trails, 4th of July Pass Location
Details Palouse Divide Park N' Ski
Location From Moscow travel N on Hwy 95 approximately 16 miles, then travel E on Hwy 6 approximately 23 miles
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 18 m/29 km ski trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom No
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About Palouse Divide has something for everyone -- Nordic trails for skate skiers and traditional cross-country skiers; a snowshoeing area on the west side of Idaho Hwy 6; and several opportunities for backcountry skiers to carve turns on either side of the highway. About 12 of the 18 miles of trail are groomed periodically. The ski trails hug the mountainside and contour through a forested setting, making them suitable for most abilities. There are several steep pitches to navigate. Backcountry skiers can seek out turns on Bald Mountain Lookout or Dennis Mountain. 
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps Palouse Divide Trails, Palouse Divide Location
 
 

 


East Idaho Park N' Ski

Details Brimstone/Buffalo River Park N' Ski
Location From Ashton travel N on Hwy 20 approximately 26 miles 
Difficulty Beginner - Intermediate - Expert 
Distance 17.9 m/28.8 km
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  No on groomed trails, yes off-trail
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom No
Dogs Not allowed
About The Brimstone/Buffalo River Park N' Ski area has many great opportunities for Nordic skiing in a beautiful setting next to Island Park Reservoir, the Buffalo River, Henrys Fork and Box Canyon. A 2.1 mile interpretive trail with information about nature in winter is a great loop for kids and families. The 2.8-mile Moose Loop is a little longer and connects to three other loops; Thurmon Ridge, Boggy Springs and Antelope Park. The Brimstone Trail, a 10.8-mile one-way trail, connects from Ponds Lodge to Harriman State Park.
More Information For grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station: (208)652-7442
Maps Brimstone/Buffalo River trails, Harriman State Park trails guide, Brimstone/Buffalo Location Map
Details Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls Park N' Ski
Location From Ashton travel E. on Mesa Falls Forest Hwy 47 approximately 12 miles
Difficulty Intermediate - Advanced
Distance 9.1 m/14.7 km
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  No on groomed trails, yes off-trail
Yurt No 
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom Yes at trailhead and at Upper and Lower Mesa Falls
Dogs No
About The Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls trail system is one of the most scenic anywhere in Idaho, particularly because the ski trails cruise along the rim overlooking both Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. Views of the Teton Mountain Range are possible on a clear day. It's a 9.1-mile round-trip trek to the Upper Falls (where the water falls 110 feet), but well worth the effort for the strong and hardy. Shorter loops of 3.9 miles or 5.9 are available closer to the trailhead. The trailhead and a short section of the ski trail are shared use areas with snowmobiles.
More Information For grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station (208)652-7442 
Maps Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls trails, Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls Guide, Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls Location Map
Details Fall River Ridge Park N' Ski
Location From Ashton travel E on Mesa Falls Forest Hwy 47 about 6 miles then right onto Cave Falls Rd about 6 miles
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate (with a few expert pitches)
Distance 7.1 m/11.4 km 
Grooming Yes, 10-foot skating lane with track set for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  No on groomed trails, yes off-trail
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom No
Dogs Not allowed
About Three loops await Nordic skiers here on a mountain bench that overlooks the Fall River canyon. There is a 2.2 mile easy loop immediately accessible from the trailhead, then a more difficult 3.4 mile second loop and a third loop that covers a total of 7.1 miles roundtrip from the trailhead. Skiers may see an occasional moose nearby. The trailhead is shared with snowmobiles.
More Information For grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station (208)652-7442
Maps Fall River Ridge trails, Fall River Location Map
Details Mink Creek Park N' Ski
Location From Hwy 15 at Pocatello take Exit 63, travel S on Portneuf Rd about 2 miles then S on Bannock Hwy approximately 10 miles 
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate - Expert
Distance 18 m/29 km ski trails
Grooming Limited - with set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About

The Mink Creek Park N' Ski area is loaded with great ski and snowshoe trails close to Pocatello. The area has seven plowed parking areas, providing great access to five different trails. The West Fork of Mink Creek and Valve House offer out-and-back experiences in a mountain draw, while the Porcelain Pot area provides more loops. The Porcelain Pot trails can be combined with a ripping downhill on the Corral Creek Trail.

East Mink Creek Nordic Center

The East Mink Creek Nordic Center is not a Park N’ Ski program but it is managed by the Pocatello City Parks and Recreation Department and is located at the end of the Scout Mountain Road. For an additional fee you can access their groomed ski trails and designated snowshoe trails. Contact them at (208) 232-3901.

More Information Westside Ranger District (208) 236-7500
Maps Mink Creek trails, Mink Creek location
Details Island Park Snow Depths
About
For information on hourly snow depths and temperatures check out this 
Snotel site.  Just select Island Park as the site name, select 2-5 days for the report period and then hit generate report. You will then find an hourly history of snow depths, temperatures and total snow depth at that site. The site is located near the community of Island Park at 6290 feet in elevation.
More Information (208) 334-4199
 
 

 


South Idaho Park N' Ski

The South Idaho Park N' Ski area is a great place to stay and play.  The trails in this area access the Idaho City Yurt System.For more information on the Idaho City Yurts, visit the Yurts page and click on the Idaho City Backcountry Yurts tab on the left.

For information on hourly snow depths and temperatures in the area visit the this website.  Select either Jackson Creek or Mores Creek Summit, a 2-5 day time period, then hit generate report. The report provides an hourly history of snow depths, temperatures and total snow depth.

Details Beaver Creek Summit Park N' Ski
Location 25 m N of Idaho City off Hwy 21 
Difficulty Intermediate - Advanced 
Distance 3 m
Grooming No
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt Yes - Stargaze Yurt
Backcountry ski potential Yes - fabulous!
Restroom No
Dogs Yes
About This un-groomed out-and-back trail is designed especially for backcountry Nordic folks, whether on skis or snowshoes. You'll understand how it got its name after you make your way to the top of Stargaze Point (1.5 miles one way) where you'll find a 360 degree view of the Boise National Forest that includes Pilots Peak, Wilson Butte, Sunset Peak, Rock Creek and Scott Mountain. At over 6,500 feet, it'sthe perfect Telemark skiing on many north and west facing slopes where there is deep powder most winter seasons.
More Information (208) 514-2419
Parking
The Park N' Ski parking lot is just before the snowplow turn around on the left side of Hwy 21, about 300 yards before the Beaver Creek Summit. Do not park in the snowplow turn around parking lot. From the parking lot ski/snowshoe along the shoulder of Hwy 21 for about 300 yards until you reach the highest point, Beaver Creek Summit. At the summit turn left on an old road bed marked with a sign post saying "Stargaze Trail."
Maps Beaver Creek Summit trail map, Beaver Creek Summit location map
Details Banner Ridge Park N' Ski
Location 23 m N of Idaho City off Hwy 21
Difficulty Intermediate - Advanced
Distance 22 m/35.4 km
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt Yes -  Banner Ridge and Elkhorn Yurts
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About If you like to crank out the miles on your skis, backcountry ski or cruise around on snowshoes either on-trail or off-trail, the Banner Ridge area is packed with opportunity and fun. It's a pretty steep 1.3-mile climb from the trailhead to the ridge, but once you're on top, there are many loops, big views and open bowls to enjoy from there. 
More Information (208) 514-2419
Maps Banner Ridge trail map, Banner Ridge location map
Details Gold Fork Park N' Ski
Location Location 20 miles north of Idaho City off Highway 21
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate 
Distance Total 21.4 m/34.4 km; Gold Fork Loop - 5.1 m /8.2 km; Skyline Loop 4 m/6.4 km
Grooming Yes - set for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt Yes - Whispering Pine and Skyline Yurts
Backcountry ski potential Yes on the Gold Fork side
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on all trails
About The Gold Fork Park N' Ski area provides access to two complete trail systems on either side of Hwy 21. One trail tours the Gold Fork area, the other loops the Skyline area and connects to the greater Banner Ridge/Beaver Creek trail systems. A separate ungroomed snowshoe trail tours a ridge in the Gold Fork area. There's also a short snowshoe trail from the Skyline yurt. This is a great place to take kids for an easy, low key outing. 
More Information (208) 514-2419
Maps Gold Fork trail map, Gold Fork location map
Details Whoop-Um-Up Park N' Ski
Location 18 m N of Idaho City on Hwy 21
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 6.6m/10.6km ski trails
Grooming No
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt Yes - Rocky Ridge Yurt
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes
About Snowshoers with dogs love Whoop-Um-Up because this is one of the areas where dogs are welcome.  Dogs are also welcome in the Rocky Ridge yurt. Be aware that the parking area is shared with snowmobiles, so you will encounter snow machines as you gear up for your adventure. Trails can be a bit rugged in this area with a few steep and challenging downhill sections along the creek trail. 
More Information (208)514-2419
Maps Whoop-Um-Up trail map, Whoop-Um-Up location map
 
 

 

Nordic in Idaho State Parks

Idaho State Parks offer unique Nordic adventures. Exploring Idaho state parks on skis and snowshoes is one of the best ways to enjoy the peaceful scenery and fresh clean air in the winter.  
 
Parks with the symbol offer overnight accommodations during the winter months.  

 

Park N' Ski in Idaho

Strap on the skis or snowshoes and enjoy the snow at any of 17 Park N' Ski areas across Idaho. Over 180 miles of groomed and un-groomed trails are marked in some of the most scenic areas in Idaho. 

Revenues from the sale of permits go toward plowing parking lots and improving Nordic ski and snowshoe opportunities. Upon purchasing, skiers and snowshoers can designate which park they would like to have receive their fee. This gives permit purchasers an opportunity to help make improvements to an area of their choice.

Additionally, annual permits are good at Park N' Ski areas in Oregon due to a reciprocity agreement. You must purchase and display your permit in the proper location on your vehicle in order to avoid citations.

The Park N' Ski program is managed primarily by Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, with cooperation and support from U.S. Forest Service, the Idaho Department of Lands, the Idaho Department of Transportation, and many local recreation user groups who provide volunteer trail-enhancement work to make it all possible.

Park N' Ski Locations

 
There are 17 Park N' Ski locations throughout Idaho. Park N' Ski permits are required November 15 - April 30. Visit the regional links on the left to learn more about access statewide.
 
Fees
 
Annual Pass: $25
Three-day permit:  $7.50
 
Where does the money go?  Revenues for the sales of these permits go back directly toward trail improvements, plowing parking lots and grooming trails. 

How to Purchase a Permit

Purchase on-line

Purchase at local vendors

 

 

North Idaho Park N' Ski

For up to date grooming and weather conditions in the Priest Lake area, please click here.

Details Hanna Flats Park N' Ski 
Location 33 miles north of Priest River off State Highway 57
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 5 m/10 km of ski trails; 2.2 m/3.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes
About Nordic ski trails and snowshoe trails at Hanna Flats are relatively gentle in a meadow and forest setting on the west side of Priest Lake. The trail system is well-suited for snowshoers and track skiers. The adjoining airstrip is a great workout for skate skiing. Two short loops are available for skiers and several interlacing loops for snowshoers. The Hanna Grove Nature Trail, located a little more than a mile from the trailhead, is worth checking out to see some old growth cedar trees and read about an old wildfire. Backcountry skiers could climb adjacent mountains above the flats to crank out a few turns. 
More Information Priest Lake Ranger District  or call 208-443-2512
Maps Hanna Flats, Hanna Flats Location Map
Details Priest Lake Golf Course Park N' Ski
Location 28 m N of Priest River on west side of Priest Lake off Hwy 57
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 9.1 m/14.6 km ski trails; 2.8 m/4.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Not allowed
About The Priest Lake Golf Course has the most extensive groomed Nordic trail system in the vicinity of Priest Lake. During the winter season, the area is blanketed with generous amounts of snow and the golf course is transformed into the Priest Lake Nordic Center. Hill's Resort serves as the hub for the Golf Course Nordic system and also offers rental equipment. The trail system provides routes along the lake side and also connects to the Hanna Flats trails to the north. The total of nearly 50 Km of groomed trails from beginning to intermediate level provide an ideal setting for family Nordic activities.Trails are groomed on a regular basis, conditions permitting, for traditional kick and glide skiers and skate skiers.The Nordic Park N' Ski Trail area is open daily.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps

Priest Lake Golf Course 1, Priest Lake Golf Course 2, Priest Lake Golf Course Location Map

Details Priest Lake State Park Park N' Ski Indian Creek Unit
Location 11 m N of Coolin, ID on east side of Priest Lake
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 5.4 m/8.7 km ski trails;  1.5 m/2.4 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes 
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but winter one and two room cabins are available for $45 per night
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About Priest Lake State Park's Indian Creek Unit provides a change of scenery immediately adjacent to the lake.  A compact trail loop system circles the park's visitor center area, and if that's not enough of a workout, another loop system to the north provides more mileage and more challenging trails. There is anew viewpoint trail that affords nice views of the lake and surrounding mountains on a sunny day. The park's visitor center and store are open on weekends for fresh coffee or hot chocolate. Snowshoes can also be rented at the vistor's center.
More Information Priest Lake State Park (208)443-2200
Maps Indian CreekIndian Creek Location Map
Details Rocky Point Park N' Ski
Location 4.4 m N of Coolin, ID
Difficulty Intermediate
Distance 4.3 m/6.9 km
Grooming Occassionally
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom No
Dogs Yes on leash only
About Rocky Point is a nifty trail system on a peninsula on the east side of the lake north of Coolin. This area is best for snowshoeing. Parking is available at the Blue Diamond Marina.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps Rocky Point, Rocky Point Location Map
 
 

 

Central Idaho Park N' Ski

Details Fish Creek Meadows Park N' Ski
Location From Grangeville, ID travel S on Forest Service Rd. 221 approximately 8 miles
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 12 m/19.3 km
Grooming No
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom No but close by at the Inn by Priest Lake
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About The Fish Creek Park N' Ski area is a premium place to go Nordic skiing or snowshoeing. The terrain is moderate and well-suited for beginners and intermediate skiers. On a clear day, you can see Seven Devils and Gospel Hump Wilderness areas from the Fish Creek Meadows. For the adventurous, some nearby backcountry Nordic touring is possible.  
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps Fish Creek Meadows Trails, Fish Creek Location
Details 4th of July Pass Park N' Ski
Location From Coeur d' Alene travel E on Hwy I-90 approximately 23 miles, take Exit 28
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate (with a few expert pitches)
Distance 12 m/19.3 km groomed trails; 7.8 m/12.5 km snowshoe trails
Grooming Yes, 10-foot skating lane with track set for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No but there is a warming hut
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Not allowed
About 4th of July Pass is a great place to ski or snowshoe because it starts from a high point afforded by the 4th of July Summit. Three loop trails wind through stately cedar, fir and pine forests. The snowshoeing trails are almost as extensive as the groomed ski trails. Backcountry skiers can climb nearby mountains to carve turns.
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps 4th of July Pass Trails, 4th of July Pass Location
Details Palouse Divide Park N' Ski
Location From Moscow travel N on Hwy 95 approximately 16 miles, then travel E on Hwy 6 approximately 23 miles
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 18 m/29 km ski trails
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom No
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About Palouse Divide has something for everyone -- Nordic trails for skate skiers and traditional cross-country skiers; a snowshoeing area on the west side of Idaho Hwy 6; and several opportunities for backcountry skiers to carve turns on either side of the highway. About 12 of the 18 miles of trail are groomed periodically. The ski trails hug the mountainside and contour through a forested setting, making them suitable for most abilities. There are several steep pitches to navigate. Backcountry skiers can seek out turns on Bald Mountain Lookout or Dennis Mountain. 
More Information (208) 334-4199
Maps Palouse Divide Trails, Palouse Divide Location
 
 

 

East Idaho Park N' Ski

Details Brimstone/Buffalo River Park N' Ski
Location From Ashton travel N on Hwy 20 approximately 26 miles 
Difficulty Beginner - Intermediate - Expert 
Distance 17.9 m/28.8 km
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  No on groomed trails, yes off-trail
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom No
Dogs Not allowed
About The Brimstone/Buffalo River Park N' Ski area has many great opportunities for Nordic skiing in a beautiful setting next to Island Park Reservoir, the Buffalo River, Henrys Fork and Box Canyon. A 2.1 mile interpretive trail with information about nature in winter is a great loop for kids and families. The 2.8-mile Moose Loop is a little longer and connects to three other loops; Thurmon Ridge, Boggy Springs and Antelope Park. The Brimstone Trail, a 10.8-mile one-way trail, connects from Ponds Lodge to Harriman State Park.
More Information For grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station: (208)652-7442
Maps Brimstone/Buffalo River trails, Harriman State Park trails guide, Brimstone/Buffalo Location Map
Details Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls Park N' Ski
Location From Ashton travel E. on Mesa Falls Forest Hwy 47 approximately 12 miles
Difficulty Intermediate - Advanced
Distance 9.1 m/14.7 km
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  No on groomed trails, yes off-trail
Yurt No 
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom Yes at trailhead and at Upper and Lower Mesa Falls
Dogs No
About The Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls trail system is one of the most scenic anywhere in Idaho, particularly because the ski trails cruise along the rim overlooking both Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. Views of the Teton Mountain Range are possible on a clear day. It's a 9.1-mile round-trip trek to the Upper Falls (where the water falls 110 feet), but well worth the effort for the strong and hardy. Shorter loops of 3.9 miles or 5.9 are available closer to the trailhead. The trailhead and a short section of the ski trail are shared use areas with snowmobiles.
More Information For grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station (208)652-7442 
Maps Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls trails, Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls Guide, Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls Location Map
Details Fall River Ridge Park N' Ski
Location From Ashton travel E on Mesa Falls Forest Hwy 47 about 6 miles then right onto Cave Falls Rd about 6 miles
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate (with a few expert pitches)
Distance 7.1 m/11.4 km 
Grooming Yes, 10-foot skating lane with track set for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  No on groomed trails, yes off-trail
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom No
Dogs Not allowed
About Three loops await Nordic skiers here on a mountain bench that overlooks the Fall River canyon. There is a 2.2 mile easy loop immediately accessible from the trailhead, then a more difficult 3.4 mile second loop and a third loop that covers a total of 7.1 miles roundtrip from the trailhead. Skiers may see an occasional moose nearby. The trailhead is shared with snowmobiles.
More Information For grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station (208)652-7442
Maps Fall River Ridge trails, Fall River Location Map
Details Mink Creek Park N' Ski
Location From Hwy 15 at Pocatello take Exit 63, travel S on Portneuf Rd about 2 miles then S on Bannock Hwy approximately 10 miles 
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate - Expert
Distance 18 m/29 km ski trails
Grooming Limited - with set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt No
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About

The Mink Creek Park N' Ski area is loaded with great ski and snowshoe trails close to Pocatello. The area has seven plowed parking areas, providing great access to five different trails. The West Fork of Mink Creek and Valve House offer out-and-back experiences in a mountain draw, while the Porcelain Pot area provides more loops. The Porcelain Pot trails can be combined with a ripping downhill on the Corral Creek Trail.

East Mink Creek Nordic Center

The East Mink Creek Nordic Center is not a Park N’ Ski program but it is managed by the Pocatello City Parks and Recreation Department and is located at the end of the Scout Mountain Road. For an additional fee you can access their groomed ski trails and designated snowshoe trails. Contact them at (208) 232-3901.

More Information Westside Ranger District (208) 236-7500
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Details Island Park Snow Depths
About
For information on hourly snow depths and temperatures check out this 
Snotel site.  Just select Island Park as the site name, select 2-5 days for the report period and then hit generate report. You will then find an hourly history of snow depths, temperatures and total snow depth at that site. The site is located near the community of Island Park at 6290 feet in elevation.
More Information (208) 334-4199
 
 

 

South Idaho Park N' Ski

The South Idaho Park N' Ski area is a great place to stay and play.  The trails in this area access the Idaho City Yurt System.For more information on the Idaho City Yurts, visit the Yurts page and click on the Idaho City Backcountry Yurts tab on the left.

For information on hourly snow depths and temperatures in the area visit the this website.  Select either Jackson Creek or Mores Creek Summit, a 2-5 day time period, then hit generate report. The report provides an hourly history of snow depths, temperatures and total snow depth.

Details Beaver Creek Summit Park N' Ski
Location 25 m N of Idaho City off Hwy 21 
Difficulty Intermediate - Advanced 
Distance 3 m
Grooming No
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt Yes - Stargaze Yurt
Backcountry ski potential Yes - fabulous!
Restroom No
Dogs Yes
About This un-groomed out-and-back trail is designed especially for backcountry Nordic folks, whether on skis or snowshoes. You'll understand how it got its name after you make your way to the top of Stargaze Point (1.5 miles one way) where you'll find a 360 degree view of the Boise National Forest that includes Pilots Peak, Wilson Butte, Sunset Peak, Rock Creek and Scott Mountain. At over 6,500 feet, it'sthe perfect Telemark skiing on many north and west facing slopes where there is deep powder most winter seasons.
More Information (208) 514-2419
Parking
The Park N' Ski parking lot is just before the snowplow turn around on the left side of Hwy 21, about 300 yards before the Beaver Creek Summit. Do not park in the snowplow turn around parking lot. From the parking lot ski/snowshoe along the shoulder of Hwy 21 for about 300 yards until you reach the highest point, Beaver Creek Summit. At the summit turn left on an old road bed marked with a sign post saying "Stargaze Trail."
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Details Banner Ridge Park N' Ski
Location 23 m N of Idaho City off Hwy 21
Difficulty Intermediate - Advanced
Distance 22 m/35.4 km
Grooming Yes - set track for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt Yes -  Banner Ridge and Elkhorn Yurts
Backcountry ski potential Yes
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on ungroomed trails only
About If you like to crank out the miles on your skis, backcountry ski or cruise around on snowshoes either on-trail or off-trail, the Banner Ridge area is packed with opportunity and fun. It's a pretty steep 1.3-mile climb from the trailhead to the ridge, but once you're on top, there are many loops, big views and open bowls to enjoy from there. 
More Information (208) 514-2419
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Details Gold Fork Park N' Ski
Location Location 20 miles north of Idaho City off Highway 21
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate 
Distance Total 21.4 m/34.4 km; Gold Fork Loop - 5.1 m /8.2 km; Skyline Loop 4 m/6.4 km
Grooming Yes - set for traditional kick and glide
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt Yes - Whispering Pine and Skyline Yurts
Backcountry ski potential Yes on the Gold Fork side
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes on all trails
About The Gold Fork Park N' Ski area provides access to two complete trail systems on either side of Hwy 21. One trail tours the Gold Fork area, the other loops the Skyline area and connects to the greater Banner Ridge/Beaver Creek trail systems. A separate ungroomed snowshoe trail tours a ridge in the Gold Fork area. There's also a short snowshoe trail from the Skyline yurt. This is a great place to take kids for an easy, low key outing. 
More Information (208) 514-2419
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Details Whoop-Um-Up Park N' Ski
Location 18 m N of Idaho City on Hwy 21
Difficulty Beginner - intermediate
Distance 6.6m/10.6km ski trails
Grooming No
Snowshoeing  Yes
Yurt Yes - Rocky Ridge Yurt
Backcountry ski potential No
Restroom Yes
Dogs Yes
About Snowshoers with dogs love Whoop-Um-Up because this is one of the areas where dogs are welcome.  Dogs are also welcome in the Rocky Ridge yurt. Be aware that the parking area is shared with snowmobiles, so you will encounter snow machines as you gear up for your adventure. Trails can be a bit rugged in this area with a few steep and challenging downhill sections along the creek trail. 
More Information (208)514-2419
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