10 Best Places for Cross Country Skiing in Idaho

For so many people throughout the US and beyond, cross country skiing is one of the best winter activities around. You get a great workout while also exploring a beautiful outdoor area - what’s not to love? You’ll fall in love with the sport even more at these top Idaho spots for Nordic skiing.

Galena Lodge, Ketchum, ID

Galena Lodge is a top destination for winter vacationers and day trippers all over Idaho. Not only is it known for its excellent cross country skiing but it offers snowshoeing, yurt accommodations, and a fantastic restaurant.

Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center, Sun Valley, ID

For a bright and beautiful cross country skiing experience, head to sunny Sun Valley. The Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is the perfect place to break out your skis for an outdoor winter adventure, with over 40 kilometers of groomed trails.

Palouse Divide Nordic Ski Area, Harvard, ID

The Palouse Divide Nordic Ski Area is one of the most popular spots for cross country skiing in Western Idaho. The trails are truly picturesque and you can even bring Fido on the approximately 20 miles of trails.

Tamarack Resort, Tamarack, ID

Enjoy your Nordic skiing in style at the Tamarack Resort. This sought-after ski resort is a hotspot for winter recreation, including abundant trails for cross country skiing as well as downhill skiing, fat tire biking, and more.

Lolo Pass Winter Sports Area, ID

Lolo Pass is such a secluded and serene area that it doesn’t even have an address or a town. It’s located just off US-12 at the border of Montana and Idaho and it has emerged as one of the premier spots for Nordic skiing and other adventurous winter sports.

Schweitzer, Sandpoint, ID

Schweitzer is a popular ski resort that hosts visitors from all over who want to see the best of the Idaho winter. It has winter activities galore, including 32 scenic kilometers of cross country skiing trails.

Harriman State Park, Island Park, ID

If you’re looking for a cost-effective place to hop onto your skis, check out Harriman State Park. Spread across 11,000 acres of gorgeous Idaho land, this park is also a wildlife and waterfowl refuge so you’re likely to spot some local wildlife while you ski.

Ponderosa State Park, McCall, ID

Nordic skiing at Ponderosa State Park is always a fun way to spend a winter day. This treasured state park offers groomed trails designed for your cross country skiing pleasure as well as snowshoeing and more.

Pebble Creek Ski Area, Inkom, ID

If you’re looking for a well-cared-for place to enjoy a day of Nordic skiing, look no further than Pebble Creek Ski Area. This ski resort in Inkom has numerous groomed trails to make your skiing experience enjoyable.

City of Rocks National Reserve, Almo, ID

In the warmer months, the City of Rocks National Reserve is an opportunity to see unique rock formations shaped by nature. In the winter, it’s a prime destination for Nordic skiing for skiers of all levels.

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