This Northwest Ski Safari offers some neat lesser-known ski areas, without too much driving. Flying into Spokane, you are just an hour to the mountains. These are all worthy ski resorts – make it an Idaho Washington Iditarod week of skiing! Idaho’s Panhandle National Forest is beautiful. You can even add snowmobiling for a day of adventure in these beautiful remote mountains.
We recommend driving, renting a car, on this ski tour. Also consider bringing your own equipment! Otherwise you are spending time and money in four different ski rental shops.
Here’s our WA – Idaho ski tour and itinerary:
Spokane WA (GEG) – Kellogg base town to Silver Mountain Idaho – 1:05
Silver Mountain – Lookout Pass (ID – MT Border) – 30 Minutes (Day Visit)
Kellogg – Schweitzer – 1:50
Schweitzer Idaho – 49 Degrees North WA – 1:35
49 Degrees Washington – Spokane – 1:20
Silver Mountain is located in the Silver Valley of Idaho’s northern Panhandle, in the quiet town of Kellogg. Silver is a quirky mid-sized ski mountain with 1,600-acres of terrain and 2,200’ vertical. You start, and end, your ski day on Silver Mountain’s long scenic transport gondola – 3.1 miles in 25 minutes up to the ski terrain at 4,100 and 6,300′ elevation. Skiing and night skiing is on 4 unique aspects. Stay at the base Gondola Village at Morning Star Lodge for a night or two. See our Silver Mountain ski review.
Lookout Pass is just a half hour from Silver, and ideal day ski area to visit. We loved Lookout ski area on the border of Idaho and Montana! This family-friendly mountain gets lots of snow, has a happy humble base lodge, easy parking, and fun terrain on over 1,000-acres spread across two states! See why we love skiing Lookout Pass.
Schweizer is special, and super scenic. It offers the most terrain in Idaho with 2,900 acres of skiing, – larger than Sun Valley! In the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, Schweitzer ski resort is famed for its snow ghosts, great terrain, and stunning vistas of Lake Pend Oreille. With over 2,400’ vert, there’s plenty to ski here, and at the base is a fun European-style resort village with lodging and après ski amusements. Visiting downtown Sandpoint is another option – it’s a festive little lakefront town. See our review of skiing Schweitzer. Stay here a few days and consider a day of cat-skiing here too.
49 Degrees North we have not had the pleasure of enjoying yet, but its proximity would make a great addition to this ski safari tour. Just an hour and a half from Schweitzer, on your return trip to Spokane. 49 Degrees North offers 2300 acres of skiing, 7 lifts, and almost 2,000’ vert, its looks like a cool Washington ski area.
See more Ski Safaris including another Idaho ski safari, or a Utah Ski Safari to Snowbird – Alta – Solitude -Brighton
and our Guide to Top Ski Destinations
Top New England Ski Resorts for Families
Top Western Ski Resorts for Families
Top Family Ski Resorts in Utah
Top Canada Ski Resorts for Families
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