Idaho

9 Idaho Ski Resort Hotels Worth a Winter Visit

Idaho isn't just famous for potatoes, it's also home to some of the country's premier ski resorts. Here are the best Idaho ski resorts worth a winter visit.

The early season stoke is high at Sun Valley, where crowds of skiers are itching for their first fresh turns. Seeking views and food after tiring ourselves out on the slopes, we ride the chairlift all the way up 9,150-foot Bald Mountain to the resort’s iconic mountaintop lunch stop: Lookout Day Lodge.

While most of Sun Valley’s been revitalized with fancy facilities, Lookout Day Lodge keeps its retro vibes alive—never updating its classic wood-carved interior. Outside on the deck, unobstructed mountain views stretch around us while famished skiers dine inside at the affordable taco bar. It’s the kind of place locals know about, and we tourists are just lucky enough to find.

Marveling at the sights from atop this bald peak, it’s easy to see what brought Hollywood stars and Hemingway here in the 1930s. And after nearly 100 years running, Idaho‘s ski industry is just getting started.

Whether you’re a powder player or steep and deep enthusiast, come visit Idaho’s uncrowded ski areas and hang your hat at these outstanding nearby hotels. From historic lodges and cozy cabins to all-new boutiques, you’ll enjoy where you stay as much as where you ski.

Sun Valley Resort

Boasting the world’s first chairlift, Sun Valley practically invented the concept of the American ski vacation. And thanks to its near-endless sunshine, absent lift lines, and excellent marketing plan, it’s long been a magnet for celebrities and devoted skiers who return to these slopes year after year.

Find big mountain skiing, mild groomers and steep slalom challenges on Bald Mountain’s 100+ runs. Or learn to ski on Dollar Mountain, a welcoming, treeless slope for less-confident skiers.

Sleep Where Hemingway Wrote

Sun Valley Lodge first opened in 1936 but has been recently reimagined for the new generation. Larger, revitalized guest rooms, a 20,000-square-foot spa, a year-round glass-enclosed outdoor pool and café, and modernized restaurants and lounges make it more opulent and relaxing than ever before. Skiers get the royal treatment with complimentary ski valet and airport shuttle—so you never have to drag heavy gear around.

A free, robust fitness center features the latest equipment and complimentary classes like restorative and vinyasa yoga. Plus, you can now spend the night in the Hemingway Suite, where the author penned “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” An excellent destination for families or anyone who loves luxe accommodations.

Sun Valley Resort

Top rated
Sun Valley
9.0 Excellent (655 reviews)

Stay in a Modern Mountain Basecamp

Right in downtown Ketchum, newcomer Hotel Limelight Ketchum‘s large, contemporary guest rooms offer a luxurious respite at the end of a long ski day. (Fido will love them too—pets are welcome at Limelight.)

Its all-inclusive rates provide airport and ski shuttles, ski valet and lockers, free fat bike rentals, and Audi electric cars so you’ll never need to call an Uber. Fuel up for the slopes with hearty (and complimentary) continental breakfast.

Hotel Limelight Ketchum

Ketchum
9.1 Excellent (245 reviews)

Schweitzer

Idaho’s largest ski resort boasts 2900 acres of terrain and 300″ of annual snowfall, but feels smaller than it skis thanks to uncrowded lifts and small-town vibes. Located in Idaho’s panhandle in the Selkirk Mountains, its renowned for tree skiing and features views of three states and Canada from its highest point.

Schweitzer remains proudly independently owned and is upgrading aplenty this season with two new lifts: Cedar Peak Express quad and Colburn triple chair. Backcountry fans also love its open gate policy that allows access to over 200 miles of out-of-bounds terrain.

Ski to the Slopes From These Schweitzer Condos

Condo-style rooms and ski-in, ski-out access make Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s White Pine Lodge a top pick for Schweitzer family skiers. And the resort doesn’t skimp on amenities. All rooms have large living rooms, full kitchens, and underground parking—plus access to outdoor hot tubs and pool.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Top rated
Sandpoint
9.0 Excellent (99 reviews)

Bogus Basin

Just 16 miles from downtown Boise, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of skiable terrain (and 165 acres for night skiing) with more than 90 named ski runs. Operating as a non-profit organization, all the money you spend on Bogus is funneled back into making it better. Need a break from shredding? Head to the Pepsi Goldrush Tubing Hill for a thrilling tube ride down and a tow rope ride back up.

Find Artful Vibes in Cozy City Spaces

Ski Bogus Basin by day and enjoy Boise’s happening art, food, and drink scene by night at Boise Guest Houses, boutique lodges in the city’s downtown and North End. Each suite features full kitchens, spacious baths, and cruiser bikes for riding around town.

Millennials and modern travelers love the in-room French presses, convenient locations, and art-filled rooms; just a few perks of these fresh, independent spaces.

Boise Guest House

Top rated
Boise
9.4 Excellent (288 reviews)

Silver Mountain Resort

Idaho isn’t just famous for potatoes—the humble mining town turned ski destination of Kellogg is home to the world’s longest gondola. Ride its 3.1-mile span to reach Silver Mountain’s 1,600 acres of skiable terrain and some of the Northwest’s best skiing. At the resort, five chairlifts access everything from powdery glades to beginner slopes on two peaks: Kellogg and Wardner.

What you won’t find: crowds. With over 300 inches of snow a year, Silver Mountain rarely has a line and is a powder lover’s dream; just 30 minutes east of Coeur d’Alene.

Slopeside Suites at Silver Mountain Resort

Steps away from the gondola and right in the resort village, find Silver Mountain Lodging‘s Morning Star Lodge condominiums. With chic design and sizes ranging from couple-friendly studios to spacious suites, it’s easy to find a fit for your group and budget.

Inside, stone fireplaces, public gathering spots, and rooftop fireplaces invite you to stay and apres after a long ski day. These condos are an amenity-rich location for families or friend groups.

Silver Mountain Lodging

Kellogg
8.8 Excellent (153 reviews)

Tamarack Resort

Find solitude at this quiet resort in Donnelly, Idaho—about 90 miles north of Boise. Surrounded by forests on Lake Cascade, snow totals average 300 inches and year and skiers love it glades, groomers, steeps, and terrain park. East-facing slopes maximize snow coverage and minimize wind so you can enjoy skiing all 1000 acres. Plus, a revitalized village with new dining options make now a better time than ever to ski Tamarack.

Suite Spaces Adjacent to Idaho's Powder Paradise

With easy access to Tamarack Ski Resort and Brundage Mountain, The Boulder Creek Inn is Donnelly, Idaho’s newest hotel and an affordable skier favorite. With 43 rooms ranging from standard hotel rooms to suites, it caters to couples, solo skiers, and families.

Park for free and use the inn as a base to reach the resorts and Gold Fork Hot Springs—a natural thermal spring filled with mineral-rich waters. Use hydrotherapy jets to unwind tight muscles after a full ski day.

Boulder Creek Inn

Top rated
Donnelly
8.6 Excellent (393 reviews)

Brundage Mountain

Find an authentic Idaho ski experience at Brundage, a Central Idaho resort that’s independently owned and lauded for its powder-packed slopes. Over 320 inches of snow blanket the area each year, resulting in great groomers and snow-dusted tree trails.

Skiing can be pricey, but Brundage always offers newbies Idaho’s best learning option: all ages ski (or snowboard) 100% free on the Easy Rider Conveyor and Easy Street Triple Chair.

Beyond lift-served skiing, guided snowcat trips take solitude seekers into 18,000 acres of backcountry terrain—where fresh turns are all but guaranteed. For the ski averse, snowmobile and snowshoe tours and rentals available.

Experience Tiny Home Living in Private, Forested Cabins

Set in the forest alongside Payette Lake, it’s just a 15-minute drive to ski Brundage Mountain’s slopes from Brundage Bungalows cottages. Whether you’re staying with your honey or whole family, the sweet spaces have fireplaces, kitchens, picnic tables, and barbecues so you can make yourself at home.

Hotel Brundage Bungalows

McCall
8.0 Very good (231 reviews)

Grand Targhee

Located near the Idaho-Wyoming state line,Grand Targhee is surrounded by forests and the Teton Mountains—making the view as majestic as the skiing. As a Western powder pocket, snow stacks up here—over 500 inches a season!

Skiers and snowboarders praise its rare lift lines and and small mountain town community. While the mountains are big here, there is terrain for everyone from newbies to experts. Feeling adventurous? Book a snowcat tour to find untouched powder.

Experience Old-fashioned Hospitality at Idaho Guest Ranch

Nestled between Grand Targhee Ski Resort and Grand Teton National Park, Moose Creek Ranch is the ideal ski basecamp for Idaho adventurers. Find wild west charm and modern facilities paired with private cabin or ranch house accommodations.

Play in the spectacular snowscape in Moose Creek Canyon on Nordic skis, snowshoes, or alpine skis, or head to Grand Targhee for all the downhill fun. Outdoor adventurers will love the convenience to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Moose Creek Ranch

Victor
8.9 Excellent (102 reviews)

Find Big Adventure at This Mountain Lodge

Adventurers flock to Victor, Idaho’s Teton Springs Lodge for backcountry heli-skiing right at the resort. Roll out of bed, grab your skis, and get ready to ski the freshest lines of your life with professional guides from High Mountain Heli-skiing.

Fly to untouched bowls, couloirs brimming with powder, and magical forests that no one but your crew can reach. Once the day’s done, rest your head on plush beds, take a relaxing dip in Stillwater Spa’s outdoor hot tub, or splurge on a deep tissue massage to loosen tight muscles. Couples love the private log cabins surrounded by forest or luxe lodge rooms with easy spa access.

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Top rated
Victor
9.0 Excellent (666 reviews)

Ready to ditch Colorado’s ski crowds? Make for these Idaho ski resorts and hotels to experience a ski vacation the way it should be.