As the cold winter days settle in, I am forced to put away all my camping and backpacking gear for the next season. Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, I am always itching for a new adventure. Here is a short list of my favorite places to visit in Idaho during the winter. The list is not in any particular order.
If you are itching for a quick hike, Jump Creek is the perfect place. The destination is a frozen waterfall coming off a gigantic cliff. Bring warm shoes because it does get snowed in. This place is also great in the summer but beware of poison ivy!
If you want to escape your busy lifestyle, drive up to McCall, Idaho. It is a small resort town that has plenty of fun activities, fine dining, and a lot of great places to stay overnight. My personal preference is to get a cabin. There are PLENTY!
If you want quality hot springs with all the possible accommodations, this is the place! They provide towels, hot coffee, and delicious food. The swimming pool is large and water is at a perfect temperature. It is advised to reserve a spot early, especially if you have a large group.
This is where I learned to snowboard. This is where majority of Idahoans will learn to ski and snowboard. Whether you are an expert or a newbie, Bogus Basin is the perfect place to go. There are plenty of easy, medium, and difficult runs to choose from. Lift tickets are affordable and there are huge discounts for students.
This cabin used to be an old ranger station. Now that the forests are monitored by planes, these cabins are available for public use. This cabin has gas and no electricity. It is heated by two wood burning stoves. There is a shed that is stocked with fresh chopped wood year round. Best of all, there are hot springs next to the cabin!
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