Hopping onto I-90, it’s a quick 20 minute drive from the Historic town of Wallace up to the snowiest ski resort in Idaho, Lookout Pass. In the parking lot, you’ll probably arrive to only a handful of cars! Nonexistent lift lines and amazing snow is the typical theme at Lookout. Throwing on your gear, you’ll look up to the slopes. The front face is wide and has a gentle pitch perfect for carving. Even if you show up late, there’s a good chance the majority of the corduroy will still be untracked! Three lifts are laid out to access separate zones across the 540 acres.
Great place to learn
Even though the trail map doesn’t show a lot of easy terrain, it’s a great place to learn. Most of the steep slopes can be avoided, but if you do accidentally end up on one, you’re able to navigate down smoothly. For the easiest terrain other than Chair 4, head to Huckleberry Ridge and follow it around the mountain. Besides a gentle run, the views are spectacular. Take it slow and snap lots of pictures!
If you’re an intermediate, this resort is perfect for you, especially if you just graduated up from beginner. Red Dog and Marmot are a good introduction to intermediate runs, located on the North Side. For something a bit more steep, hit runs off the Idaho side like Bonanza or Black Bear, heading over to Gold.
There aren’t any massive cliff bands or scare-your-pants-off descents, but they do have a few quick shots of steep runs that will keep you alert and entertained. Even though there wasn’t a ton of fresh snow for us, we did hear the Lucky Friday Glades are a lot of fun when it’s dumping as well as the trails off of Chair 3. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t share fresh Pow with us but it just means we have to come back another season.
Be VERY aware of schedule
Without a large population in the area, Lookout Pass’ lift schedule varies quite a bit. During January/February, they run their operation 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays. In March/April, they’re open Thursday – Monday, still giving you 5 days of ride time. This just means you get more powder days on a Wednesday or Thursday depending on the time of year!
The Future of Lookout Pass – Steep Terrain is coming!
If you look from the top of the Montana side the steep terrain in the St. Regis Basin can be seen. These massive steep faces dropping down into the valley will be accessed over the next few years by them installing two new lifts.