Silver Mountain Resort Ski Vacation Guide

Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho, features prime mountains, an indoor water park, and other activities like shopping and nightlife that make it the perfect place for a vacation.

Ski Levels

Almost 1,600 skiable areas means there are slopes suitable for every skill level including 20 percent for beginners, 40 percent for intermediate skiers, 30 percent for the more advanced, and 10 percent for the expert skier. Skiers and Snowboards have access to two mountains—Wardner Peak and Kellogg Peak. The gondola carries skiers over homes in Wardner and features 45 towers and over three miles, making it the longest gondola system in the world. Current efforts are underway to expand the resort, adding much more skiing terrain to the already 1,600 feet. Another 4,000 of vertical space will be added as well.

In addition to some of the best skiing, the Idaho State Park system has set aside land for nordic skiers and snowshoe lovers to enjoy. If you have never been snowshoeing, we suggest you give it a try, it is a lot more fun than it sounds. And cross-country skiing is one of the best all around workouts you can have.

Après Ski

Silver Mountain and Schweitzer Mountain Resort are both located near the Coeur d'Alene, a fun lakeside city. There's a floating mile-long boardwalk in Coeur d'Alene, leading to shops and nightclubs.  Shopping is a popular activity in the area. Hundreds of retail shops are in the Coeur d'Alene, where the streets have a cobblestone peel with old fashioned lamp posts and lots of family-owned stores. Art galleries, a mall, concerts, fashion shows, and book signings are popular here during the busy months. There are coffee houses, ethnic restaurants, specialty wines and liquors and five-star dining to enjoy.

There are a variety of popular restaurants, pizzerias, and cafes in the area. A popular nightspot offers  drinks in front of toasty warm fireplaces both indoors and outdoors.

The Village at Riverstone features a Main Street Center that measures over two-hundred-thousand square feet. Dozens of restaurants, retailers and a 14-screen cinema are the highlights of the mall.

Silver Mountain Resort Snowboard Vacation Guide

Riders Guide

Idaho’s Silver Mountain Resort features 73 trails, and over 1,600 acres across two peaks so that skiers and snowboarders can spend more time on the powder and less time riding on lifts. The peaks get over 300 inches of snow each year, which means prime snow during the entire season. The many gladed areas off the mainstream make it easier to find fresh snow.

Parks and Pipes

The terrain park has everything from beginner’s jibs to those for expert riders. The Little Dude line is for beginners and is the perfect place to start learning snowboarding skills, while the Ripper’s Line is for the expert rider who wants to enjoy a top jib. The slopes flow into each other, and there are a variety of rails and jump lines to add variety. The terrain park has a 56-foot "S" box, tables, sweep rails, and long rails like the Down Kink Rail, which is 35-feet long, and the 40-foot Battleship Rail. At the height of the season, the park has over 30 features.

Out of Bounds

Snow tubing is a popular pastime here. Tube down one of four lanes and then enjoy an effortless ride back to the top. Tubing tickets include the cost of a snow tube rental and tickets for the gondola ride. The snow tubing park even includes Saturday night snow tubing under the park lights. The Silver Rapids Waterpark is Idaho’s largest indoor waterpark, available to guests at the Morning Star Lodge year-round.

Hangout & Hookup

Visitors can enjoy meals and drinks at a variety of fine restaurants that offer breakfast, lunch, or dinner menus. There’s a full service bar that offers a variety of beer, liquor, cocktails and tropical drinks. Enjoy music, dancing and hot or adult beverages after a day on the slopes. And for the perfect après ski food and drinks in front of a warm fireplace.