Upgrades to make your vacation the ultimate winter getaway.

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how you’re going to spend the holiday season. This year, Southwest Idaho invites you to jingle all the way to the mountains and start a new holiday tradition of adventure! In Idaho, you can trade the typical for the terrific, the ordinary for the awe-inspiring, and create a family vacation that none of you will soon forget.

Trade the In-Laws for the Outdoors

Picture this: an idyllic log cabin, a crackling fire, snow capped mountains, and fresh pine trees dusted with new powder. It might sound like a scene from your favorite holiday movie, but it’s actually the setting of the Brundage Inn or Brundage Cabins. These charming lodges are a perfect place to set-up home base near Brundage Mountain where the excitement begins. The Activity Barn at Brundage Mountain features sleigh rides, skiing, snowshoeing, and an impressive inner tubing hill, providing fun for any experience level. The tubing hill also offers nighttime tubing for a unique adventure after dark.

To satisfy your need for speed, you can explore the mountain on guided snowmobile tours or snowcat ski trips. Experienced guides will take you through the stunning terrain while you shred powder, tear up the trails, and make memories. After all, why walk in a winter wonderland when you can ride through it?

Trade the Christmas Tree for the Mountain Pines

Southwest Idaho is the perfect setting for wintertime festivities. Snow capped mountains and fresh pine trees as happy as a Bob Ross painting inspire the spirit of the season.  It’s a “choose your own adventure” vacation where every day holds new possibilities. Interested in doing something social? Visit McCall during the Winter Carnival to watch parades, marvel at snow sculptures, listen to live music, and much more. Or maybe you’re in the mood for some holiday cheer. In that case, take a sleigh ride with Hap and Florence Points Sleigh Rides in Donnelly for a chance to see wildlife up close as you feed the elk. Or, if you’re into more of a city vibe, take a holiday lights trolley tour through downtown Boise. There’s no shortage of ways to make the best out of your winter vacation.

Trade Lines in the Store for Tracks Down the Mountain

Whether you’re new to wintertime outdoor activities or well-acquainted with the slopes, Southwest Idaho has plenty of options for thrill-seekers of all skill levels. Bear Basin Nordic Center has nearly 20 miles of cross country and snowshoeing trails that range from easy to challenging. For beginners, there are lessons, guided tours, and, if all else fails, beautiful resorts and lodges with brews, spirits, and food. For the experienced rider, hit the trails and experience some of the most beautiful countryside out there. Take advantage of the frequent bluebird days and get your fill of adrenaline.

Trade the Tree Topper for Real Stars

After spending a day trekking through the beautiful winter escape of Southwest Idaho, take a dip into some hot springs for a night under the stars. Gold Fork Hot Springs in Donnelly is open year-round until 9 p.m. or later, giving you the opportunity to soak your muscles while you soak in the views. A perfect way to treat yourself after a hard day of adventure.  

Your winter adventure awaits in Southwest Idaho. Ready to start planning your trip?