Sun Valley Idaho

Idaho Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Idaho has a rich history of skiing. While it may not be as well known for the sport as say Utah, Wyoming or Colorado, Michigan can still hold its own. Featuring 16 ski resorts, Idaho should definitely be on the short list for your next ski vacation.

All Idaho Ski Resorts

The ‘Pass’ column below identifies if the resort is associated with one of the two major ski passes in the country. IKON and EPIC each have dozens of slopes in their system that will allow you to ski at any one of them if you hold it. Within Idaho, each pass only is associated with one ski resort.

Smaller ticket system INDY is associated with four resorts and Power Alliance is associated with two.

Bald MountainKetchum, ID, 83226
Bogus BasinPOWDBoise, ID, 83716
BrundageINDYNew Meadows, ID, 83654
Cottonwood ButteCottonwood, ID, 83522
Kelly Canyon ResortMonteview, ID, 83435
Little Ski HillMcCall, ID, 83638
Lookout PassMullan, ID, 83846
Magic MountainKimberly, ID, 83341
Pebble CreekBancroft, ID, 83217
Pomerelle MountainINDYAlbion, ID, 83311
Schweitzer MountainIKONSandpoint, ID, 83864
Silver MountainINDY,POWDKellogg, ID, 83837
SnowhavenGrangeville, ID, 83530
Soldier MountainINDYStanley, ID, 83278
Sun ValleyIKON,COLLKetchum, ID, 83340
TamarackINDYTamarak, ID, 83615

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Idaho Ski Resorts

Schweitzer Mountain comes out on top as the most overall difficult ski resort in Idaho. It just barely inched out Pebble Creek Mountain. They are both very similar when it comes to the amount of expert trails and overall vertical drop.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty Score
#1Schweitzer Mountain10%40%50%67.0%
#2Pebble Creek12%35%53%66.3%
#4Sun Valley36%42%22%59.2%
#5Silver Mountain20%40%40%58.4%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in Idaho

Snowhaven and Little Ski Hill are both very small ski slopes with less than 50 acres and 10 trails to their name. Snowhaven comes out on top because it has zero difficult trails. The other three resorts that round out the top 5 here are all fairly large sized slopes (500+ acres), it’s just that they have an equally large amount of easy runs.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty Score
#2Little Ski Hill35%45%20%28%
#3Pomerelle Mountain35%40%25%36%
#4Kelly Canyon Resort33%42%25%37%
#5Soldier Mountain25%60%15%39%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Idaho

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

With that said, Sun Valley wins as the largest ski resort in Idaho. It has the highest summit elevation and the steepest vertical drop of any ski slope in Idaho. It’s also no surprise that a resort of this size is owned by the same company as Vail, and is associated with the EPIC ticket pass.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Sun Valley9,150 ft5,750 ft3,400 ft2,05475
#2Tamarack7,700 ft4,900 ft2,800 ft1,10048
#3Schweitzer Mountain6,400 ft4,000 ft2,400 ft2,90092
#4Pebble Creek8,560 ft6,300 ft2,260 ft1,10054
#5Bogus Basin7,590 ft5,790 ft1,800 ft2,60088