Ski Areas in Idaho

-A wild and scenic state with abundant outdoor activities year round. Most of the state is covered by America’s famous Rocky Mountains, and although their peaks do not compare in altitude to neighboring states, they more than make up for it with abundant snow and generally uncrowded slopes. Idaho boasts 17 ski areas spread throughout the state ranging in size from “Town Hills” to Large resorts.

Silver Mountain (ID)

Resort Classification: (Class 3) Medium

Opened for business in 1968 as “Jackass Ski Bowl”, then renamed “Silverhorn” in the 1970’s, the area now known as Silver Mountain is a ski area in the town of Kellogg, Idaho.

As subsection of the Rocky Mountains, Silver Mountain Ski Area splits it’s terrain between Wardner Peak and Kellogg Peak in Northern Idaho’s Bitterroot Range. Silver Mountain has a peak of 6,300ft and is known for having the longest (single stage) gondola in North America.

Famous For:

-Having the longest “single stage” gondola in North America! The Silver Mountain Gondola picks up below the snow line down in the center of Kellogg at an altitude of 2,300ft and whisks riders 3.1 miles up the slopes to the top gondola station at roughly 5,650ft on Silver Mountain. The ride is about 17 minutes.

-Light and drier snow than other Northwestern ski areas.

-Great groomed runs, and wide variety of off-piste terrain, including some hike-to powder stashes.

-Has been known to extend the ski season or re-open with late season snow.


Infamous For:

-Long lines at the base gondola on weekends and powder days.

-An unfortunate side country incident years ago for which they have made significant safety improvements since.


Closest town with lodging:

The closest town with lodging for this ski area is: Hotels and Motels are available near the base gondola terminal in the town of Kellogg, Idaho.


Closest City with An Airport:

The closest major city with a commercial airport for this ski area is: Spokane International Airport in Washington is 75 miles West on I-90.


Season Pass Reciprocation:

Silver Mountain is a member of the Powder Alliance, with 3 days free access at: Angel Fire, NM, Bogus Basin, ID. Castle Mt. AB. China Peak, CA. Dodge Ridge, CA. Eaglecrest, AK. Loveland, CO. Mission Ridge, WA. Mt. Hood Skibowl, OR. Timberline Lodge, OR. Mountain High, CA. Sierra @ Tahoe, CA. Silver Mt. Idaho, Marmot Basin, AB. White Pass, WA. & Kiroro in Japan. 

Silver Mt. is also a member of the Indy Pass, which gives it’s holder 2 free days of skiing and riding.

Mtn stats



Base Elevation: 4,100ft

Peak Elevation: 6,300ft

Vertical Drop: 2,200ft

Skiable Acreage: 1,600

Annual Snowfall: 340″

Number of Trails: 73


Terrain Stats



Beginner Terrain: 20%

Intermediate Terrain: 40%

Advanced  Terrain: 30%

Expert Terrain: 10%

Av. Opening Date: Late Nov

Av. Closing Date: Early Apr


Chair Lifts



Low Speed Doubles: 2

Low Speed Triples: 2

Low Speed Quads: 1

High Speed Quads: 0

High Speed 6 Packs: 0

High Speed 8 Packs: 0


Other Lifts


Half Day

Rope Tows: 1

Magic Carpets: 0

T-Bar / Pomas: 0

Gondolas / Trams: 1

Chondolas: 0

Snow Cats: 0




Mile long gondola ride from town to the base lodge.

  • Snow Making
  • Night Skiing
  • Snow Tubing
  • Nordic Trails
  • Backcountry Gates
  • Uphill Traffic Allowed



Midweek (non-holiday) lift tickets.

  • Ski Lessons
  • Snowboard Lessons
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Snowboarding Allowed
  • Small Terrain Park
  • Big Terrain Park



Peaks to chose from: Kellogg and Wardner!

  • Slopeside Lodging
  • Free Parking
  • RV Camping Allowed
  • Wifi Available
  • Cell Service
  • Pass Reciprocation

This chart represents the different difficulties of terrain.

Beginner Runs


Intermediate Runs


Advanced Runs


Expert Runs


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Below is a series of ratings for this ski resort that is based upon the opinion of skiers and snowboarders directly associated with the Snow Life network of web pages. These ratings are based on personal experience from us actually going there and shredding it up. If an NR appears instead of the rating, it means we haven’t shred there yet, but rest assured, it’s on the list!!! Ratings are from 1-10, with 1 being poor, and 10 being the best.

sl rating:   7.8


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Silver Mountain has some epic “hike to” terrain, but be sure to bring your beacon and check the forecast before heading up.

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Resort hours and location

Below are the operating hours for the lift system during the Winter Season according to this ski resort.


610 Bunker Ave, Kellogg, ID. 83837

Weekdays: 9am – 4pm

Weekends: 9am – 4pm

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