BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN STATION
McCall, Idaho • brundage.com
1,921 vertical feet • 67 slopes, 6 ski lifts
The resort, located in the Payette National Forest, encourages cyclists to explore the snowfields and glades between its trails, where 320 inches of average annual snowfall translates to long stretches of untracked powder. And already this year the snowfall has been epic, with record totals in December. Among its various health and safety protocols, Brundage requires masks indoors and will handle the total number of skiers on the slope, so customers are encouraged to pre-purchase lift tickets. Stay at McCall and take the free 30-minute shuttle to the mountain. In McCall, just under five hours from Spokane, you can access miles of Nordic ski trails, dine and sample local beers along the McCall Ale Trail, and try snow tubing Friday through Sunday at McCall Activities. Barn, just south of town.
SUN VALLEY STATION
Ketchum, Idaho • sunvalley.com
3,400 vertical feet • 122 slopes, 18 ski lifts
This resort, nestled above a once-secluded Idaho valley, embodies all the glamor of skiing. Opened in 1936 as a destination station for the Union Pacific Railroad, it really struck the public consciousness in 1941, when Valley of the Sun Serenade hit the big screen. With Norwegian superskier Sonja Henie and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, outdoor stages were filmed in Sun Valley and a legendary ski resort was born. It’s a long trip from Spokane, so it will take a multi-day commitment – and well worth it. Not only are the 2,054 acres of long corduroy descents and steep open bowls world-class, but the après-ski scene is among the best in North America, with too many great dining options to try in one. only visit and live music at Ram and the Duchin. Sun Valley and the Town of Ketchum require face coverings indoors.
Tamarack, Idaho • tamarackidaho.com
2,800 vertical feet • 50 slopes, 7 ski lifts
Situated above scenic Cascade Lake, the Tamarack Resort hits all the right buttons for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Steep slopes give way to long, winding snow groomers, with plenty of trees to hide in for the occasional face. Powderhounds can also access a plethora of out-of-area bowls boasting an annual average of 300 inches of snowfall. And if you’re looking to have fun beyond the downhill trails, Tamarack has it all, with guided ice fishing, fat tire snow biking, snowshoeing, and Nordic trails. To fill your tummy, Tamarack has combined four excellent dining options under the roof of Rendezvous Food Hall. For alpine-inspired northwest cuisine, try the brand new The Reserve Bistro. Tamarack is about four and a half hours south of Spokane on Hwy 95, south of Riggins. ??