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Best Ski Resorts Near Boise, Idaho

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Ski season is here and if you are in Idaho, there are so many ski resorts to choose from you might be wondering which one is right for you. If you are in Boise, Idaho you probably already know about our local ski resort, but what other, larger, ski resorts are near Boise, Idaho?

Today we are covering a basic overview of the best ski resorts near Boise, Idaho. We will break down everything from drive time to cost, and lodging to food, and even alternate activities for those not wanting to ski or snowboard.

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I even learned a couple of new things about some Ski Resorts near Boise, Idaho in researching for this, and as my oldest is wanting to start Snowboarding lessons.

Kids Enjoy Free Ski Pass in Idaho

Before we get going too far, during the 2020-2021 season, 5th and 6th graders can receive a FREE Peak Season Passport, admitting them 3 times to each of the participating resorts. Get the information and terms from SkiIdaho.

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2020-2021 Season Procedures 

The 2020-2021 Ski Season looks a little different thanks to the global pandemic. Before heading up the mountain to ski, be sure to check with your resort for their specific guidelines. Most resorts have adopted some of these guidelines (but some may have more):

  • Reservations required
  • Face masks required in common areas
  • Staff must wear face masks
  • Limited services such as dining, rentals, etc
  • Limited seating areas

Best Ski Resorts Near Boise Idaho

When you are visiting or living in Boise, you have no shortage of ski resorts to choose from. From Bogus Basin right up the mountain to Brundage Mountain, we are covering all of the ski resorts that are doable as a day activity from Boise, Idaho.

You can see the resorts on this handy dandy map, but be sure to check out all the need to know info about the resorts below.

*Please verify all pricing with the resort as some resorts have been slow to update their 2020-2021 pricing.

A big shout out to my friends that let me know what they love about each ski resort on this list. I could not have made this list without all of your input!

1. Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin is the closest ski resort to Boise, Idaho. You can even look up at night and see the lights from Boise at night. It is a favorite of many locals, but it also is often one of the last resorts to open. Here is what you need to know about Bogus Basin ski resort near Boise, Idaho.

Distance to Ski Resort from Boise City Center: 18.4 Miles being a 30-45 minute drive depending on road conditions and traffic.

Ski Resort day visit pricing: Pricing starts as low as $10 for full and half day tickets, and goes up to $69

Ski Resort Season Pass pricing: Season passes start as low as $29 (no that is not a typo) and go up to $549. The higher passes include ski days at up to 18 other resorts.

Lodging: Bogus Basin Ski Resort near Boise has condominiums that guests may reserve, but most guests stay or live in Boise, Idaho.

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Available Activities: Activities available at this resort include Alpine Skiing, Mountain coaster, Winter Tubing, Nordic Skiing, and Snowshoeing.

Dining Options: Bogus Creek Plaza, Double R Ranch BBQ Smokehouse, and Pioneer Lodge are options for food while at the ski resort.

Best Ski Resort For: Those wanting a quick half day ski trip from Boise

2. Soldier Mountain Ski Area

This little known ski resort near Boise, Idaho is actually located closest to the small town of Fairfield, Idaho. Much like Bogus Basin, this resort is small, and often opens later due to less snow.

This ski resort near Boise, Idaho is most known for its back country skiing. It is great for those who like a no-fuss location, as it does not have the extra activities that other resorts are now starting to add to bring in crowds.

Distance to Ski Resort from Boise City Center: 112 miles from Boise, Idaho being a 2 hour drive depending on traffic and road conditions.

Ski Resort day visit pricing: Pricing starts as low as $15 for “last hour” passes, and goes up to $45

Ski Resort Season Pass pricing: Season passes start at $170 and go up to $400

Lodging: There is no on-site lodging options, though the resort does suggest some vacation rentals, including Killdeer Kottage.

Available Activities: Skiing

Dining Options: The Lodge and Fox Den Pub are available dining options.

Best Ski Resort For: Back country skiing

3. Little Ski Hill

Little Ski Hill is one of those hidden gems that only a few seem to know about. This is a small resort located in McCall, Idaho. Most people pass up Little Ski Hill for the bigger resorts, but locals know what a gem this location is.

Little Ski Hill is a couples hours from Boise, Idaho, but is the only McCall ski resort with night skiing. It has a pretty good price so many people drive up and ski at the bigger resorts, then take an afternoon break before heading to Little Ski Hill to do some night skiing.

This ski resort has very limited hours because of it’s size. Closed Mondays, only open after school during the week, but open all day on the weekend. Be sure to check the hours before heading to the resort.

Distance to Ski Resort from Boise City Center: 110 miles from Boise, Idaho with a 2 hour 20 minute drive, depending on traffic and road conditions.

Ski Resort day visit pricing: Pricing starts as low as $15 for youth and $20 for adults for the day. Kids 4 and under are free.

Ski Resort Season Pass pricing: Season passes start at $65 and go up to $275 for a family pass. Again, kids 4 and under are free.

Lodging: There is no on-site lodging options, though you can find plenty of lodging in McCall. The most popular lodging options in the area are vacation rentals.

Available Activities: Nordic and Terrain Skiing, plus a terrain park.

Dining Options: There is no onsite dining, but definitely check out some of the options in McCall.

Best Ski Resort For: A small town feel

4. Tamarack Resort

Tamarack Resort is what many think of when they think of a ski resort. This is a fairly new, large ski resort located near McCall, Idaho. From an entire ski village, to lodges, shopping, and beyond… Tamarack is the ski resort near Boise, Idaho that many would choose for a “ski vacation.”

But to be honest, many Boise residents do not choose to do “ski vacations” since we are so close to many resorts. Instead, Tamarack has become a destination for visitors from out of state to come and relax, ski, and enjoy the outdoors.

Distance to Ski Resort from Boise City Center: 94.6 miles from Boise, Idaho being a 2 hour and 20 minute drive depending on traffic and road conditions.

Ski Resort day visit pricing: Pricing starts as low as $25 and goes up to $75

Ski Resort Season Pass pricing: Season passes start at $139 and go up to $489, with a family pass available for $1549

Lodging: Lodging for Tamarack Resort ranges from staying at The Lodgeat Osprey Meadows, to chalets and condos you can book, to purchasing your own vacation home. You could also lodge at nearby vacation rentals that are off site.

Available Activities: Skiing, spa, and resort events including fireworks, concerts, and more.

Dining Options: Seven Devils Pub, Fern & Feather, Canoe Grill, and Mile High Cantina are available dining options.

Best Ski Resort For: Those wanting a luxury ski vacation

5. Brundage Mountain

Rounding out our list is Brundage Moutain. After Bogus Basin, this is probably the most popular ski resort near Boise, Idaho that people head to.

Photo Courtesy: Brundage Mountain Resort

Brundage Mountain is also located near McCall, Idaho, but having a higher elevation, is often one of the first resorts to open.

Brundage Mountain also has a great variety of activities, which makes it a big draw for families.

Distance to Ski Resort from Boise City Center: 117 miles from Boise, Idaho being a 2 hour and 30 minute drive depending on traffic and road conditions.

Ski Resort day visit pricing: Pricing starts as low as $27 and goes up to $73. They have a family fun pack for $159 which includes rental gear for 4 and a lift pass for The Bear Chair, their mid-mountain lift.

Photo Courtesy: Brundage Mountain Resort

Ski Resort Season Pass pricing: Season passes start at $119 and go up to $629, with a family pass available for $1449

Lodging: Lodging for Brundage Mountain usually consists of vacation rentals in the area or hotels in McCall, Idaho.

Available Activities: Skiing, Snow Tubing, Snowmobiling, Snowshoe, Cross Country, Fat Bike Trail, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, seasonal events and more.

Dining Options: Smoky’s Bar & Grill, The Upper Lot Pub, Main Street Market & Espresso, The Bear’s Den are available dining options.

Best Ski Resort For: Best overall but especially great for families, those that want fresh powder, long runs and alternate activities. There is a reason why people love Brundage Mountain!

Photo Courtesy: Brundage Mountain Resort

Did your favorite Ski Resort near Boise, Idaho make our list? If so tell us why it is your favorite. Did we miss yours? Let us know and maybe we will add it.

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