cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Idaho

Skiing and visiting the Sun Valley, ID area is highly recommended for a great destination experience (an xc skiing mecca). It is a bit more involved to get there but well worth the trip. What other ski town can claim that a movie was made about it? The "Sun Valley Serenade" runs on a special channel at the Sun Valley Lodge all day long. For info about xc skiing in Sun Valley, ID click Galena Lodge. Sun Valley is one of the original ski destinations in the US and other ski trails are operated by the Blaine County Recreation District and the Sun Valley Resort Nordic Center.

North Valley and Galena Lodge have 130 km of groomed trails and are connected with 22 km from Galena Lodge to Ketchum, ID. The lodge is known for fine cuisine and a great trail network that is seemingly in the wilderness. And there are yurts to visit or stay in overnight. The county has many different trail networks in the region and the Sun Valley Lodge is a grand traditional facility laced with history and a new cross country ski headquarters.

The Sun Valley Resort (208-622-2250 or 208-622-2251, www.sunvalley.com), is just a mile from the historica and newly renovated Sun Valley Lodge. The center is known for its trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and a state-of-the-art clubhouse for skiers of all levels and it is part of the Sun Valley Resort that also includes the famous alpine ski area, lodging and dining, Beautiful views of the area with 40 km of ski trails and 15 km of snowshoe trails. For a full page of info click Sun Valley Resort.

Sun Valley Trekking (208-788-1966, www.svtrek.com) is the backcountry adventure sports specialist that offer services in the Sun Valley region, Yellowstone National Park, and Alaska. These licensed outfitter guides lead guided backcountry trips for xc skiing, snowshoeing, telemarking, randonnee skiing, snowboarding, and mountaineering. Experience 2-5 day adventures to discover secret powder stashes, spectacular mountain vistas, and a warm, cozy hut. There are trip destinations to six different backcountry huts and yurts in three Idaho mountain ranges.

Bogus Basin (208-332-5390, www.bogusbasin.com), is only 16.5 miles from Boise, Idaho's capital city at the Bogus Basin Mountain Resort (alpine ski area). There are 32 km of groomed trails, xc ski equipment rentals and lessons available. Snowshoe rentals are also available and there are separate snowshoe trails.The first permanent night lighting operation powered by photovoltaic solar panels illumintaes 5 km of xc ski trail loop and a half km trail with flatter terrain for beginners is lighted from the Frontier Point Nordic Lodge. CCSAA member

McCall offers cultural amenities such as restaurants, theater and music. Local parks include Little Ski Hill and Ponderosa State Park with 16 km of groomed trails and 2 km of lighted trails.