Where to Go Skiing in Idaho

One of the best ways to enjoy a Northwestern winter is to go skiing in Idaho. The Sawtooth Mountains boasts some of the highest peaks in the state and ample opportunities to go backcountry and cross-country skiing. Sun Valley is the nearest and one of the most world-renowned Idaho ski resorts. Whether you’re an avid skier or it’s your first time hitting the slopes, you can feel the adrenaline rush while shredding powder!

Before you make plans to go skiing in Idaho, request 24-hour access to our free Online Vacation Guide. You’ll discover what companies to book your experience, which restaurants to refuel afterward, and where to relax in Stanley!

Everything You Need to Know Before You Go Skiing in Idaho

If you’re having trouble deciding how, where, or when to go skiing in Idaho, review the list below of our favorite locations. We hope you enjoy this winter pastime as much as we do!


On your 1-hour drive from Sun Valley to Stanley, you’ll pass by many scenic places on Highway 75 including the Galena Lodge in Ketchum. It’s one of the best places to go skiing in Idaho with groomed cross-country trails, which begin and end at this location. If you want to perfect your skills or enjoy skiing in Idaho for the first time, enroll in the Galena Lodge Ski School. During your session, you’ll learn how to cross-country ski in a fun, stress-free environment! If you’re searching for the biggest thrill, grab your poles and traverse the Harriman Trail, a popular yet rigorous adventure. Whatever way you choose to enjoy this place, you’re sure to have a memorable time!


For the best skiing in Idaho, contact our friends at the Sawtooth Mountain Guides. You can choose from a variety of trips, including ones to Banner Summit or the Sawtooth Mountains. Whether you enjoy cross-country skiing or Nordic skiing, your expert guide will teach you the steps and skills you need to know. Since these excursions are popular, we recommend booking your outdoor experience today!

If you’re a local and love backcountry skiing, consider joining the Sawtooth Ski Club. This club strives “to promote and preserve the quality skiing in the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin.” Once a year, you can attend the annual Sawtooth Ski Festival in early March. Similar to a poker run, you’ll ski the Pack Creek Trails and collect a playing card from five locations. Once your hand is complete, return to the Stanley Community Building and see if you won!  

Sun Valley

One of the best ways to spend time in the Sawtooth Mountains is to plan a Sun Valley, Idaho, skiing experience. With over 200 inches of snow per a year, the possibilities for outdoor fun are everywhere! You go enjoy snowshoeing, cross country and Nordic skiing, as well as snowboarding. Having trouble deciding where to go? Consult our free Vacation Guide (link above) and check out this list!

  • Dollar Mountain
  • Mt. Baldy
  • Sun Valley Helicopter Ski, Inc.
  • Sun Valley Resort
  • Sun Valley Ski Club

Plan the Ideal Trip to Idaho

Although Redfish Lake Lodge is closed from the beginning of October until Memorial Day, you can still enjoy the wonder of the Sawtooths during the winter months. Book your stay at Redfish Riverside Inn, one of our sister properties!

If you enjoyed your time skiing in Idaho, why not visit us in the summer? You can trade in your snow gear for water skis at our mountainside resort on the Redfish Lake and relax on some of the best beaches in IdahoSign up for our newsletter for more information on our summer activities.