Idaho is one of our favorite states because it’s not crowded, Idahoans are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and there is so much raw nature to explore. In this blog we’re sharing why we love skiing in Idaho and why you too will want to add this Idaho ski road trip itinerary to your bucket list.
If you are looking to experience one of the most gorgeous, freedom loving state in the USA, you’ll definitely want to take a road trip through Idaho. Idaho really is an adventure lovers paradise. Whether you visit Idaho for a winter ski trip or a summer adventure, you’ve got to experience Idaho because there’s a whole lot more here than just potatoes!
Idaho Ski Road Trip From Boise to Sandpoint
We’ve road tripped through Idaho many times in our 7 years of RV travel, but this was our first time to road trip through Idaho to ski. We actually did this in two different road trips but combined them here into one epic adventure.
Idaho Ski Resorts are Great For Full Time RVers!
If you full time RV, or even if you just want to do this road trip in an RV, it’s great because both Brundage and Schweitzer offer free dry camping (no hookups) for RVs in their parking lots.
How great is it to camp at the base of the runs?! You’re first on the slopes & can easily take a mid-day rest in the comfort of your rolling home!
Note though that getting to the parking lots of both these Idaho Ski resorts requires driving up windy mountain roads so be ready for icy conditions and always carry chains.
While Tamaracks doesn’t allow overnight camping in their lots, Mountain View RV Park is only minutes away and a great RV park to stay at.
Idaho Ski Resorts Are Great For Families!
From a mom’s perspective, the thing I love most about Idaho ski resorts is that they are smaller and less crowded so I don’t worry about my kids getting lost. At these Idaho ski resorts I can give them the green light to go play all day on their own and meet up at the truck at closing time.
Nearest Airports For This Idaho Ski Road Trip
If you don’t live close enough to drive to Idaho for this ski trip, you can easily fly into either Boise or Spokane airports.
Boise airport is only 2.5 hours from Tamarack Resort and from Spokane International it is only 2 hours to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. If you choose to fly in or out of Boise, you may also want to check out Bogus Basin Ski Resort.
Idaho Ski Road Trip Map
Ski Tamarack Resort in Idaho For An All Inclusive Feel
We first skied Tamarack, Idaho in December of 2020 and loved how easy of a resort it is for families. At the time, Victor and Tatiana were just learning to ski and they had a wonderful time on the Discovery Chair, which is a free learning area at Tamaracks, before moving on to the fun green run called Waltz.
While the 5 lifts accessing 50 trails of fun is definitely enough of a reason to visit Tamarack, the thing I loved most about Tamarack Resort was the all inclusive feel.
I liked that it was a short walk from the lodge to the village to grab coffee in the morning. The Village is literally right at the base of the lifts making it easy to take a mid-day break to grab food, warm up, or even do a little shopping.
Tamarack has been busy doing a lot of upgrades to the resort in the past few years especially around its Village area. The Tamarack village is definitely the highlight of visiting Tamarack for me.
Best of all, even though it is near Boise, it’s still Idaho, which means that even on the weekend it isn’t nearly as crowded as California, Utah, and Colorado resorts.
We stayed in The Lodge at Osprey Meadows and loved having our own full kitchen, huge fireplace, large dining table, balcony with incredible views, huge comfy bed, master bath with jacuzzi tub. Plus, they have a huge outdoor jacuzzi that was steamy hot!
Ski Brundage Resort & Experience the Best Snow in Idaho
Just 45 minutes north of Tamarack Resort, 10 minutes past McCall, and dead center of Idaho lies Brundage Resort.
With 6 lifts and 70 trails, Brundage Mountain is similar to Tamarack Resort but the thing that I loved most about it was that the snow was some of the best I’ve ever skied, there were more beginner runs, and I loved the solitude I felt on the mountain.
I like being immersed in nature and every time I stood at the summit of Brundage, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for being surrounded with 360 degrees of snowy peaks.
For me, I liked skiing Brundage the most on this Idaho ski road trip mainly because Tatiana, my youngest, and I are beginner to intermediate skier and we felt like we had quite a few options for runs.
In fact, if you watch our YouTube video you’ll see that Tatiana fell in love with skiing after our last visit to Brundage. She had been a little hesitant to ski but the run “Bear” was the perfect amount of challenge for her to build her confidence up to start enjoying the sport.
Jiraiya, my more advanced skier, liked Brundage and said it was because he enjoyed that there were so many advanced blues and black diamonds to choose from.
Gabi and Isabelle both snowboard and agreed that while the views are incredible and the options for runs made it so that they never got bored. On thing they did note is that are quite a few catwalk sections that were hard to avoid while snowboarding.
Related: Ski Trip Pack List
Brundage is only 20 minutes from the town of McCall, which has a population of only 4,000, and beyond that, there isn’t much “civilization” for a hundred miles or more.
If you’ve never been to McCall, you should know now that you will fall in love with this quaint and scenic mountain town. It sits on Payette Lake and is a popular summer destination especially for boating. Year-round Brundage offers great lodging, amazing restaurants, an indoor ice rink, and camping at McCall RV Park, which is a great luxury campground with a hot tub, sauna, and workout room.
As far as amenities go, there isn’t much on the mountain except for the restaurant with a few options but that is about to change.
Brundage has begun a 10-year build out that includes ski-in/ski-out accommodations, a revitalized base village and an expansion of terrain with new lifts. With the best snow in all of Idaho, it will be exciting to get to visit Brundage and never have to leave the mountain side.
Ski Schweitzer Mountain For A Luxury Vacation Feel Without The California Crowds
Schweitzer Resort is in northern Idaho and a solid 6 and a half hour drive from Brundage but only a 2 hour drive from Spokane Airport. On your way here you’ll pass through the posh town of Coeur de Alene and if you’ve never been here you’ll probably want to set aside a day to check it out.
With 2900 acres of terrain and an average of 300″ of annual snowfall, Schweitzer Resort is the largest ski area in Idaho (& Washington). Being much steeper than Tamarack and Brundage, it’s a great resort for advanced skiers who love steep groomers.
I love skiing Schweitzer because you get incredible views of Lake Pend Orielle below you and 360 degree views into Canada from the summit.
Like Tamarack, the Ski village has everything you need but personally I love the town of Sandpoint so much that I wouldn’t want to miss out on staying down in town to go out for food and drinks and do some shopping.
Sandpoint has my favorite ice cream shop, Panhandle, and I really enjoyed the beer and burgers at Matchwood.
If some of your group isn’t up for skiing, or if you just think inner tubing down packed snow sound awesome, check out Hermit’s Hollow at Schweitzer.
If you are looking for a easy and inexpensive stay in Sandpoint, check out Ruby’s Inn. We’ve stayed there before and loved that it had an outdoor fireplace, indoor jacuzzi and pool, and our favorite, a pool table in the lobby.
Lift Tickets for this Idaho Ski Road Trip
Full Day Lift Tickets at Tamarack Resort: Adults $115, Teens 13-17 $75, Kids 7-12 $55.
If you are a beginner and just want practice, the Discovery Chair lift free.
Full Day Lift Tickets at Brundage: Adults $80, Teens 13-17 $52, Kids 7-12 $34.
If you are a beginner looking to stick to the Bear area that Tatiana loved so much, the price is only $34 for adults and teens and $22 for youth. And if you are truly a beginner and just want practice on Easy Street it’s only $10 and the magic carpet is free.
Brundage and Tamaracks are both part of the Indy Ski Pass which, for only $299, includes two days at both of these resorts.
Full Day Lift Tickets at Schweitzer: Adults $95-110, Kids 7-17 $55-60.
Musical chair lift is only $25 and the magic carpet is free. Schweitzer is also part of the Ikon Ski Pass.
Summary of Idaho Ski Road Trip
Overall, Idaho ski resorts have such a great community vibe that what might be lacking in diversity or number of trails is made up for in the feeling of connection with nature and with down to earth people who are still willing to make eye contact and ask you how your day is going. Idaho always makes me feel welcome and invites me to be part of their village and personally, I love that about Idaho.