The love Boiseans have for their own Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area simply cannot be stopped. Even with a $70 price increase on individual season passes for the upcoming 2016/2017 ski season, the mountain sold more than 16,000 passes during its annual President's Day season pass sale. With higher revenues, mountain managers have promised the recreation experience at Bogus will just keep getting better. bogusbasin.org
2nd Place: Brundage—Few ski areas in southwestern Idaho stay open as long as Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall. It is often the first to power up its lifts in late November and usually operates through the last weekend of April with plenty of snow left for skiing. The mountain gets more than 320 inches of snowfall annually. After all, they do call it the "best snow in Idaho." brundage.com
3rd Place: Sun Valley—Folks who ski at Sun Valley Resort ski with the stars. While enjoying the 2,000 acres of skiable terrain and 3,400 feet of vertical drop the mountain offers, it's not at all uncommon to catch a glimpse of Jamie Lee Curtis standing in front of the River Run Lodge or Arnold Schwarzenegger wandering around town. From the Kennedy's to Hemingway to dozens of Olympians, Sun Valley attracts them all. sunvalley.com.