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Northwest Mountain Guide

Your guide to ski mountains around the west

Idaho


1.BOGUS BASIN
Fifty-two runs just a hop, skip and a jump away from Idaho's fair capital city. Rail riding at the new terrain park with day and night skiing seven days a week. Vertical drop: 1,800 feet. 16 miles north of Boise; adults $42, children (7-11) $20, seniors 70+ and kids under 6 free, nights 4-10 p.m. $20; (208) 332-5100, www.bogusbasin.com, snow report: (208) 342-2100
2.BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
Known for killer snowcat skiing and fields upon fields of untracked powder for the experts. The longest run is more than two miles and never fails to offer spectacular views of New Meadows and McCall in the valley below. Terrain park. Vertical drop: 1,800 feet. 8 miles north of McCall; adults $40, juniors (12-18) $30, children (7-11) $20, seniors (65-69) $30, kids under 6 and seniors 70+ free; (800) 888-7544, www.brundage.com, snow report: (888) ALL-SNOW
3. COTTONWOOD BUTTE
Not one of Idaho's mountain giants, but a small slope that will get you a quick fix. Open Friday nights and weekends only. Vertical drop: 845 feet. Cottonwood, 100 miles north of McCall; $12; (208) 962-3624, snow report: (208) 746-6397
4. KELLY CANYON
Tough runs on the backside with some beginner-friendly stuff on the front side. Night skiing, a terrain park and plenty of tabletops, rails and half-pipes. Tubing and snowshoeing as well. Vertical drop: 938 feet. Northwest of Idaho Falls on the Idaho/Wyoming border; adults $30 ($22 night), kids (5-11) $22 ($16 night), kids under 4 free; (208) 538-6251, www.skikelly.com
5. LOOKOUT PASS
Opened in 1938, Idaho's second-oldest ski area allows you to ski two states in one day. Located on the Idaho-Montana border with two super-kicking terrain parks that have huge launches, rails, banks and a 1,111 foot-long quarter-pipe. Vertical drop: 1,150 feet. 12 miles east of Wallace; adults $26, college students $23, juniors/seniors $16, kids under 6 free (discounted midweek rates available); (888) 512-0764, www.skilookout.com, snow report: (208) 744-1301
6. MAGIC MOUNTAIN
A great mountain for beginning and intermediate skiiers with a terrain park and welcoming, open arms snow boarders. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Kimberly, 28 miles south of Hansen; adults $25, teen/college/military $18; (208) 423-6221
7. PEBBLE CREEK
No lines for the lifts, a terrain park for play, plenty of runs for beginners and advanced skiiers and boarders, and excellent hike-to terrain. Vertical drop: 2,200 feet. South of Pocatello in the Caribou National Forest; adults $30, seniors/children (6-12) $17, kids under 6 $3; (208) 775-4452, www.pebblecreekskiarea.com, snow report: (208) 775-4451
8. POMERELLE
Vintage alpine "Mom-and-Pop" resort nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest with some nice bowls and phenomenal house-size wind-blown drifts for romp and play. Night skiing and a terrain park. Vertical drop: 1,000 feet. 13 miles south of Albion; adults $30 ($15 night), youth (7-12)/seniors 70+ $19 ($15 night), kids under 6 free; (208) 638-5599, www.pomerelle-mtn.com, snow report: (208) 673-5555
9. SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
Located high in the Selkirk Mountains, Schweitzer has a terrific open bowl, powder and tree skiing, 30K of cross country trails and two terrain parks. Night skiing. Vertical drop: 2,400 feet. 11 miles north of Sandpoint; adults $44, juniors (13-17) $35, youth (7-12) $30, kids under 6 free; (208) 663-9555, www.schweitzer.com, snow report: (208) 263-9562
10. SILVER MOUNTAIN
Perched above Kellogg with two mountains and a maze of slopes, tree skiing, abundant powder and the world's longest single stage gondola--three miles start to finish, complete with upscale facilities and a lodge at the top. Night skiing, skating rink, snowshoe trails and snow skatepark. Vertical drop: 2,200 feet. Kellogg, 45 miles north of Coeur d'Alene; adults $40 (night $12), college/senior (62-69) $27 (night $10), juniors $27 (night $10), child (7-12) $20, super senior (70+) $19 (night $10), kids under 6; (208) 783-1111, www.silvermt.com, snow report: (800) 204-6428
11. SNOWHAVEN RESORT
Another of Idaho's small but personable mountains. A beginner's bread and butter, not to mention quarter- and half-pipe action. Night skiing and a tubing hill. Vertical drop: 400 feet. 140 miles north of Boise near Grangeville; adults $13, children $9; (208) 983-3866, http://snowhaven0.tripod.com
12. SOLDIER MOUNTAIN
One of Idaho's hidden gems. Backcountry skiing--obtained through your own hard labor or, more recently, snowcats--is fantastic. Terrain park with pipes and snowcat skiing. Vertical drop: 1,410 feet (3,760 by cat). 12 miles north of Fairfield, halfway between Boise and Sun Valley; adults $30, juniors (7-17) $20, military/student $24, seniors $20, kids under 6 and seniors 70+ free; (208) 764-2526, www.soldiermountain.com
13. SUN VALLEY
Rated as the No. 10 ski resort in North America by Ski magazine readers for 2006, Sun Valley offers a breathtaking and beautiful skiing adventure vacation. With two mountains, Baldy and Dollar, skiers can choose runs on any skill level. No night skiing, no terrain park, but plenty of famous faces hiding behind ski masks. Vertical drop: 3,400 feet. 175 miles east of Boise; Bald Mountain: adult early/late season $49, adult regular season $69, child 12 and under early/late season $28, child 12 and under regular season $40; Dollar Mountain: adult early/late season $24, adult regular season $30, child 12 and under early season $20, child 12 and under regular season $24; (800) 786-8259, www.sunvalley.com, snow report: (800) 635-4150
14. TAMARACK
The nation's newest (and first in 22 years) ski resort. Enjoy Tamarack year-round for skiing, golfing, mountain biking, hiking and more. This year, the mountain has two new lifts and 10 new runs. Cat skiing, downhill, nordic, snow mobiling, snow shoeing and one very kicking, gigantic terrain park. Vertical drop: 2,800 feet. Donnelly, 90 miles north of Boise; adults $57, youth (7-17) $29, college/military $37, senior 65+ $45, kids under 6 free; (208) 325-1000, www.tamarackidaho.com

Montana


15. BIG MOUNTAIN
Skiing in the Big Sky state near Glacier National Park. Night skiing Friday and Saturday. Terrain park, 16 km groomed Nordic trails and a longest run of 3.3 miles. Vertical drop: 2,500 feet. 8 miles north of Whitefish; adults $49, juniors (7-18) $36, seniors/college students $39, kids under 6 and super seniors 80+ free; (800) 858-3930, www.bigmtn.com, snow report: (406) 862-SNOW
16. BIG SKY
A variety of terrain accommodating all levels of skiing. With everything from expert speed trails to perfectly carved bump runs to long groomed slopes to a terrain park with a pipe, kickers and tabletops, Big Sky epitomizes the well-rounded ski mountain. No night skiing, three terrain parks. Vertical drop: 4,350 feet. 43 miles south of Bozeman; adults $65, juniors/college students (14-21) $45, youth (11-13) $25, seniors 67+ $33, kids under 10 free; (800) 548-4486, www.bigskyresort.com, snow report: (406) 995-5900
17. BRIDGER BOWL
Bridger's combination of steep and deep terrain and friendly community draws avid skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers, as well as families who enjoy the gentler beginner terrain. Bridger is known for its light, dry "cold smoke" powder as well as its big bowls, long runs and short lift lines. No night skiing, no terrain parks. Vertical drop: 2,000 feet. Near Bozeman; adults $39, seniors (65-71) $33, juniors (6-12) $13, disabled $33, kids under 5 and seniors 72+ free; (800) 223-9609, www.bridgerbowl.com, snow report: (406) 586-2389
18. DISCOVERY BASIN
A variety of runs for skiers and boarders of all levels, 5 km of cross country tracks and some of the steepest terrain around on the backside. Vertical drop: 1,670 feet. Anaconda; adults $30, children (7-12) $15 and seniors 65+, kids under 5 free; (406) 563-2184, www.skidiscovery.com
19. LOST TRAIL POWDER MOUNTAIN
Affordable family skiing at the top of the Continental Divide. Lost Trail Hot Springs are nearby as are snowmobile and cross-country trailheads. Open Th.-Su., no terrain park. Vertical drop: 1,200 feet. Conner, south of Darby on the Idaho/Montana border; adults $25, children $15; (406) 821-3211, www.losttrail.com
20. MAVERICK MOUNTAIN
Another of Montana's best-kept secrets, with wide groomed trails and powder runs along with beautiful views of the Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area. No terrain park. Vertical drop: 2,020 feet. 35 miles southwest of Dillon; adults $23, juniors $15; (406) 834-3454, www.skimaverick.com
21. MONTANA SNOWBOWL
Offering some of the most extreme skiing in Montana, Snowbowl claims you could board or ski for a week, open to close, and never take the same line twice. No terrain park. Vertical drop: 2,600 feet. 12 miles northwest of Missoula; adults $33, student/senior $30, juniors $14; (800) 549-9777, www.montanasnowbowl.com, snow report: (206) 549-9596
22. RED LODGE
Skiers and snowboarders alike welcome on the quarter-mile-long run with step-ups, tabletops, spines and rails. Vertical drop: 2,400 feet. 60 miles southwest of Billings; adults $42, juniors (13-18) $38, seniors (65-69) $33, kids under 12 $15, seniors 70+ free; (800) 444-8977, www.redlodgemountain.com, snow report: (406) 446-2610

Oregon


23. ANTHONY LAKES
No terrain park, but there are 40 km of groomed Nordic trails and plenty of snowcat skiing and snowmobile racing. Vertical drop: 900 feet. 19 miles west of the North Powder Exit 285 off I-84 between Baker City and La Grande; adults $32, students $28, child (7-12) $19, senior $28, kids under 6 and seniors 70+ ski free, half-price Thursdays; (541) 856-3277, www.anthonylakes.com
24. HOODOO SKI AREA
Hoodoo gets its name from a strange weather phenomenon in which the mountain becomes encased in thick, snow-packed clouds while areas to the north and south are clear. Night skiing, no terrain park. Vertical drop: 1,035 feet. Santiam Pass, 43 miles west of Bend; adults $39 (weekend $36), juniors/seniors $28 (weekend $26), young adult (thru 25) $39 (weekend $36); (541) 822-3799, www.hoodoo.com, snow report: (541) 822-3337
25. MT. BACHELOR WINTER SPORTS AREA
Four terrain parks! For the highly skilled only--featuring 60-degree chutes and 360-degree access down the cone-shaped mountain. 400-foot-long Superpipe. Vertical drop: 3,365 feet. 22 miles southwest of Bend; adults $49, juniors (13-18) $42, youth (6-12) $30, seniors (65-69) $42, kids under 5 and seniors 70+ free; (541) 382-2442, www.mtbachelor.com, snow report: (541) 382-7888
26. MT. HOOD MEADOWS SKI RESORT
Night skiing, nordic center and three terrain parks. Vertical drop: 2,777 feet (3,739 snowcat). Mt. Hood, 67 miles east of Portland; adults $48, juniors/seniors $27, kids under 6 $6, (541) 337-2222, www.skihood.com, snow report: (800) 227-SNOW
27. MT. HOOD SKI BOWL
One of the largest night skiing areas in the country with 34 out of the 65 runs lighted. Terrain park. Vertical drop: 1,500 feet. Mt. Hood, 50 miles east of Portland; adults $36, juniors/seniors $20, kids under 6 and seniors 72+ free (last year's rates); (503) 272-3206, www.skibowl.com, snow report: (503) 222-SNOW
28. TIMBERLINE SKI AREA
With snow covering its highest peaks well into the summer months, Timberline ski area has the longest ski season in North America--typically over 350 days. Two terrain parks. Vertical drop: 3,580 feet. Mt. Hood, 60 miles east of Portland; adults $46, juniors/seniors $26, kids under 6 and seniors 72+ free; (503) 622-7979, www.timberlinelodge.com, snow report: (503) 222-2211
29. WILLAMETTE PASS SKI AREA
Its signature run, RTS, is a former training site for the U.S. Speed Skiing Team, and it tops 52 degrees, averages almost 45 degrees and has seen speeds of more than 110 miles per hour. No terrain park. Vertical drop: 1,563 feet. 60 miles southeast of Eugene; adults $35, juniors/seniors $20; (541) 484-5030, www.willamettepass.com, snow report: (541) 345-SNOW

Utah


30. ALTA
Skiers only--snowboarders are strictly forbidden. No terrain park. Vertical drop: 2,020 feet. Little Cottonwood Canyon, 27 miles southeast of SLC; adult $49, kids under 12 $21, seniors 80+ free; (801) 359-1078, www.alta.com, snow report: (801) 572-3939
31. BRIGHTON
One of the original snowboard capitals. Terrain park and almost two dozen lighted runs for night skiing. 40 miles southeast of SLC; adults $44, youth (11-15) $40, seniors 70+ $10, kids under 10 free; (800) 873-5512, www.skibrighton.com
32. THE CANYONS
One of Utah's poshest resorts. The 18-acre terrain park has 25 new rails and state-of-the-art sound system and lighting. Vertical drop: 3,190 feet. Park City, 32 miles east of SLC; adults $69, juniors/seniors $41 (last year's prices); (435) 649-5400, www.thecanyons.com, snow report: (435) 615-3456
33. DEER VALLEY RESORT
Ranked No. 1 in this year's Ski magazine readers' poll and site of the 2002 Olympic slalom, mogul and aerial events. Three mountains with 88 runs. Snowboards non grata. No night skiing. No terrain park. Vertical drop: 3,000 feet. Park City, 36 miles east of SLC; adult $74, children (4-12) $42, seniors 65+ $52, kids under 3 $19; (800) 424-3337, www.deervalley.com, snow report: (435) 649-2000
34. PARK CITY
Ranked fifth in this year's Ski magazine readers' poll for best ski resorts in North America. Night skiing and two terrain parks. Vertical drop: 3,100 feet. 37 miles east of SLC; adults $69 (last year's price); (435) 649-8111, www.parkcitymountain.com, snow report: (435) 647-5449
35. SNOWBIRD
A new Superpipe that is 340 feet long and 50 feet wide and has music. Night skiing, three terrain parks. Vertical drop: 3,240 feet. Little Cottonwood Canyon, 27 miles southeast of SLC; adults tram/chair $62, adults chair $51, children/seniors tram/chair $49, children/seniors chair $40; (801) 742-2222, www.snowbird.com, snow report: (801) 933-2100
36. SOLITUDE
A new terrain park with two table-tops a 15-foot fun box, two small hips and two sets of rollers. Vertical drop: 2,047 feet. 23 miles southeast of SLC; adults $50, juniors (7-13) $28, seniors 70+ $15, kids under 6 free; (801) 534-1400, www.skisolitude.com, snow report: (801) 536-5777

Washington


37. 49 DEGREES NORTH
Wide-open groomed runs, moguls, desert-dry powder and many acres of tree skiing. Night skiing and terrain park. Vertical drop: 1,900 feet. Chewelah, 50 miles north of Spokane; adults $37, youth (7-17) $30, college (18-25) $31, seniors 65+ $31, kids under 6 free; (866) 376-4949, www.ski49n.com, snow report: (866) 376-4949
38. BLUEWOOD
With an average of 300 inches every season, it's no wonder this mountain is known for its delicious powder. No night skiing. Vertical drop: 1,125 feet. Dayton, Umatilla National Forest; adults $34, students $30, kids in grades 1-8/seniors 65+ $27, preschool free; (509) 382-4725, www.bluewood.com
39. CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
Open since 1962, Crystal is an exciting, eclectic mountain that services skiers and boarders alike. Night skiing and terrain park. Vertical drop: 3,100 feet. Enumclaw, 76 miles south of Seattle; adult $50, youth (11-17) $45, senior (70+) $25, child under 10 $5; (360) 663-2265, www.skicrystal.com, snow report: (888) 754-6199
40. MOUNT SPOKANE
Night skiing and terrain park. Colbert, 15 miles from Mead; adults $35, youth (7-17) $29, seniors 70+ $17, kids under 6 free; (509) 443-1397, www.mtspokane.com, snow report: (509) 443-1397
41. STEVENS PASS
The terrain park features a Superpipe, table-tops, rollers, wedges, whoops, rails and quarter pipes. Vertical drop: 1,800 feet. Skykomish, 78 miles east of Seattle; adults $46, youth (7-12) $29, seniors (62-69) $31, seniors 70+ $8, kids under 6 $5; (206) 812-4510, www.stevenspass.com, snow report: (509) 782-5516
42. THE SUMMIT AT SNOQUALMIE
The Summit at Snoqualmie consists of four areas: Alpental, Summit West, Summit Central and Summit East. Night skiing and two terrain parks. Vertical drop: 2,400 feet. 45 miles east of Seattle; adults $44, youth/senior $29, seniors 70+ and kids under 6 $8; (206) 236-7277, www.summit-at-snoqualmie.com, snow report: (206) 236-1600
43. WHITE PASS SKI AREA
The childhood home of racing legends Steve and Phil Mahre, White Pass is known for its fast rolling slopes. Night skiing and terrain park. Vertical drop: 1,500 feet. 50 miles west of Yakima; adults $41, juniors/seniors $26, kids under 6 and seniors 73+ free; (509) 672-3101, www.skiwhitepass.com, snow report: (509) 672-3100

Wyoming


44. GRAND TARGHEE
Nearly 500 inches of champagne powder a year. Other activities include dog-sled rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sleigh rides. Two terrain parks. Vertical drop: 2,395 feet. 42 miles west of Jackson Hole on the Idaho/Wyoming border; adult $55, junior/senior $35; (800) 827-4433, www.grandtarghee.com, snow report: (888) SNO PHON
45. JACKSON HOLE
Two mountains await you: 2,100 feet of groomers and glades, or chutes, bowls, couloirs and glades. One hundred runs and a terrain park. Vertical drop: 4,139 feet. 12 miles northwest of Jackson Hole; adults $70, young adult (15-21) $56, juniors/seniors (under 14/65+) $35; (888) 285-8977, www.jacksonhole.com, snow report: (888) DEEP SNO