9 incredible ski experiences you have to have in Idaho

Cat-skiing 18,000 acres of backcountry and nearly 3,000 feet of vertical

Brundage Mountain Resort contains some of Idaho’s most extensive backcountry terrain accessible by snow-cat. The resort — tucked in the Payette National Forest — includes three separate mountain peaks, tree-lined glades, and a 700-acre bowl dubbed “La Casa.”

A better description might be “The Castle,” though. This bowl is like a granite pattern of turrets and walls, and it’s full of chutes and pillow drops that will make you feel like a powder king/queen. There’s nothing like plunging into powder and resurfacing with the biggest smile. Book a full-day outing, and you’ll meet a pro guide at 7:30am (lunch and plenty of snacks included), and you’re off to experience winter at its best.

Staying at a ski-in-ski-out yurt in the serene wilderness — for days

For a multi-day Nordic ski experience, Galena Lodge near Ketchum provides access to over 30 miles of immaculately groomed trails and four backcountry yurts. Pack in your backcountry supplies (and favorite treats, obviously), and spend days on end skiing or snowshoeing from the yurt. (They’ll also hook you up with a gourmet meal delivered right to your doorstep.)

Less than an hour by trail from the lodge and fully stocked with basic necessities and firewood, the Star’s Perch Yurt is surrounded by lodgepole pine forest. It sleeps eight and has a wood-fired sauna just steps away. The yurts don’t have electricity (though there is solar lighting), meaning you’ll have bliss-filled days to enjoy the outdoors, the company, and a star-studded sky. No wifi, no work emails, no distractions.

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