12 Best Winter Activities to Do in Idaho!

Idaho: the mountain country characterized by river rafting, mountain climbing, biking, and other outdoor activities. Sure, when it's warm, it might be easier to capitalize on the scenic landscapes the state offers, but don't think things slow down during the winter. Idahoans keep things going all season long, from skiing, skating, camping, and winter carnivals. These are the 12 best winter activities to do in the Gem State.

Bogus Basin, Boise, ID

Make the most of winter at the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, only sixteen miles from downtown Boise. Since 1942, this non-profit mountain area has offered generations of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and more - with awesome views that no one should miss. Whether you're looking for a big hill to ski or a Nordic center to cross-country ski, Bogus Basin is the perfect family-oriented destination for outdoor recreation.

Blue Moon Yurt, McCall, ID

Escape the hustle of everyday life and embark on a momentous journey to Blue Moon Yurt. Choose from diverse outdoor activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and biking, and then savor a nourishing global gourmet meal in a traditional yurt. Gather around the warmth and comfort of the yurt and feel the immense joy of new friendships.

McCall Winter Carnival, McCall, ID

The McCall Winter Carnival is a one-of-a-kind Idaho event that has been thrilling visitors since 1924. Whether you're into winter sports, fun, or crafts, this annual gathering has something for all! More than 60,000 people flock to McCall each year to experience the spirited spirit and wintery wonder of this beloved Idaho event.

Sun Valley Nordic Festival, Sun Valley, ID

True, when one thinks of "Nordic" traditional Scandinavian costumes, Vikings or even herring might come to mind, however, in the quaint, mountain town of Sun Valley, each winter this world-renowned skiing respite celebrates the sport of Nordic skiing. Bring the whole family for a winter event to remember.

Christina Potters Ice Rink, Sun Valley, ID

Let go of your skates and visit the historic Christina Potters Outdoor Ice Rink for a winter getaway! Traverse the two-acre wonderland and make the most of the free, open rink while you can - it's weather-dependent, so don't wait! Get ready to be swept up in a snowy paradise this season.

Silver Mountain, Kellogg, ID

The northern panhandle offers many varieties of winter activities. Among them is an awesome snow-tubing hill. Spend the weekend in the mountains at the Silver Mountain resort for a true taste of Idaho winter. Snow sports are plenty here with snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, and of course, skiing! Make your reservations now. Winter is just around the corner.

Snowmobiling, Salmon, ID

For those who love to get outdoors and feel that biting chill of winter on your face, then a trip to Salmon, Idaho should definitely be on your shortlist. Salmon offers stretches of pristine wilderness, perfect for a full day of snowmobiling on some of the country's most beautiful scenery.

Ice Fishing Idaho, Lake Cascade, ID

For a small, mountain town, Cascade offers many opportunities for family winter magic. If you have never ice-fished before, then bring an open mind, thermos of hot beverages, and the right equipment and plan on spending a day on the ice, fishing your heart away. The surrounding snow-capped mountain ridges will be worth the time if nothing else.

Stotts Adventure, Lewiston, ID

Winter in Idaho means snow, but it also means fishing, as in Idaho Steelhead. Not a trip for the faint-hearted but for die-hard anglers, this winter activity is a trip not to miss. Make your reservations now for a trip in the later winter months. Imagine how great your holidays will be sharing this one-of-a-kind trip like this. Might be the start of a new tradition.

Bruneau Sand Dunes, Bruneau, ID

Bruneau Dunes Park invites visitors to explore the unparalleled desert ecosystem around North America's tallest single-structured dune. Soaring 470 feet above the desert floor, the dune is an impeccable backdrop for a hike, horseback ride, sandboarding experience, group picnic, or stargazing session. Explore the dunes and unlock the mystery of the desert with a trip to Bruneau Dunes Park.

Winter Camping, Harriman State Park, Island Park, ID

Idahoans love the outdoors so much that winter is merely another opportunity to take advantage of the Great Outdoors. Winter camping can give you a whole new perspective of not only roughing it, but also loving it! Make sure to check the weather ahead of time, and that all your camping equipment is up to snuff. Winter can be dangerous if you are not prepared, but it can also offer a unique opportunity to be one with nature.

Hailey Ice, Hailey, ID

Hailey Ice has been a community highlight for years, giving thousands of people in the area the opportunity to enjoy free outdoor winter entertainment. Skate under the stars and let the frosty air bring joy to your winter days at the Hailey Rodeo grounds, the location of this amazing natural ice sheet. Get ready to lace up your skates, Hailey Ice awaits.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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