When you think of winter sports in the USA, places like Aspen in Colorado, Mammoth in California, and Park City in Utah come to mind. But for those looking for winter activities, Idaho, the Gem State, is vastly underestimated as a winter destination.

There are so many Idaho winter activities to do that it may one day overtake these other popular mountain ranges as one of the best places to visit in the USA in winter. But since it’s still a hidden gem, now is the time to go! 

Great Powder

Idaho is known to have great deep powder – it’s dry and light and hangs around for a long time. This is the perfect conditions for downhill skiing.  

Fewer Crowds

Idaho is lessor known and will give you stories to tell that most of your mates back home haven’t heard before. 

Fun Après

Ski resorts in Idaho either have the après bar experience down pat, or they are near cool towns where you can soak up the winter atmosphere with a red wine by the fire and some live music. 

Long ski season

Blink and you might miss the ski season in Australia. In Idaho, the ski season typically begins in mid/late November, nudging into spring with a finish in mid-April to early May. That means even fewer crowds, more affordable prices, and warmer day temperatures (but still plenty of snow).

Affordable Winter Vacation

From lodging to lessons, ski rentals and lift tickets, Idaho offers more affordable prices to their Rocky Mountain rival resorts in other states. Some resorts, like Lookout Pass also have free ski school for kids.