Shooting the chutes and couloirs of the Sawtooths
The Sawtooths might just be the most famous Idaho range of the Rockies, notable because of their remarkably steep and sharp peaks reminiscent of the silhouette of a saw blade. They’re also known for their high concentration of couloirs (steep gullies on the edges of a mountain). Here, couloirs cut through the shadows of dramatic spires and pinnacles — it’s some of the best ski-mountaineering terrain you’ll find anywhere.
Stay in the tiny town of Stanley, and you can book a high mountain tour to hit all those powder glades, alpine bowls, and extreme couloirs (including the Sickle Couloir at Horstman Peak, one of the longest and steepest on the continent, dropping close to 1,200 feet with an average pitch around 50 degrees).
Skiing family-friendly Bogus Basin
Located 40 minutes from downtown Boise, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is one of the more accessible ski hills in the state. With the brand new addition of its alpine mountain coaster, a day at Bogus will make the whole family happy — and not just the ski buffs. (Plan for some night adventuring, too, as there’s 165 acres of nighttime skiing available.)
The mountain coaster — Bogus is the first mountain recreation area in Idaho to have one — is made up of 4,100 feet of track that winds and twists through the forest at speeds of up to 25mph and takes you 40+ feet in the air. And when you’re killing time between rides, the heated patio is the place to be.
Bogus will also keep you busy with snowshoe trails, a tubing hill, and terrain parks, along with its front and backside ski terrain that’s home to 91 named runs, 2,600+ acres, and more than 20 miles of groomed Nordic trails (and more for night skiing).