60% of Idaho ski areas offer mountain biking in summer


It’s summer, but that doesn’t mean going to the ski resort is out of the question. Eleven of Idaho’s ski areas offer mountain biking serviced by ski lifts, and northern Idaho resorts offer plenty of options.

Near Wallace, the Lookout Pass ski and recreation area and Hiawatha Road, which the resort operates under a special use permit from the US Forest Service, are open.

Considered the crown jewel of the National Trail Rail Initiative, the 15-mile Hiawatha Highway, a gentle 1.6% to 2% descent, straddles the Idaho-Montana state line, digs 10 tunnels , crosses seven train trestle summits, and has a shuttle service back to the top. Attracting more than 70,000 cyclists last summer, the Route of the Hiawatha is one of the most popular ski trails in the country.

It opened on May 28, is accessible every day until September 19, and offers full moon night walks on June 24, July 24 and August 22 by reservation only. In fact, the Route of the Hiawatha strongly encourages guests to book this year for the day they wish to ride, especially when renting equipment.

Meanwhile, Lookout Pass opened its ski area for the summer on June 12. It offers mountain biking and hiking trails served by ski lifts, scenic chairlift rides up and down the mountain, a nine hole frisbee golf course at the top of the mountain, bungee jumping and bilberry. picking later in the season. Lookout Pass will operate Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 19, with the exception of July 9-11, when only scenic ski lift and bungee jumping tours will be offered during the three days of shooting. Mountain Archery Festival’s 3-D arc.

New since last summer, Lookout Pass Mountain Bike Park offers impressive views of the Saint-Régis Basin and features five top-to-bottom downhill mountain biking trails with more to come. There are no jumps or wooden features on its family-friendly trails, which vary from a singletrack that winds through woods and across ski trails to wider access roads. at the mountain.

Visit SkiLookout.com and RideTheHiawatha.com for more details.

During this time, Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg opened summer weekend operations – which include mountain biking and scenic rides on North America’s longest gondola – on May 29. Daily operations begin June 19 and run through Labor Day September 6. At this point, weekend operations will continue until October 3.

The Silver Mountain Bike Park offers nearly 40 single track trails that stretch over 3,300 vertical feet.

He recently added electric bikes to the Silver Mountain Sports fleet. The new locations make it easier for customers to explore the sections of the neighboring Coeur d’Alènes Trail.

The resort also has the state’s largest indoor water park, Silver Rapids, which opened on weekends during the Memorial Day vacation and began daily operations on June 11. However, due to concerns over COVID-19, the resort limits access to the water park on high-occupancy days to Saturdays and holidays to Silver Mountain accommodation guests only. Regardless, the resort does not sell drop-in tickets for Silver Rapids – all tickets must be pre-booked online or over the phone.

The Stix and Stones Silver Mountain Xtreme Challenge returns June 19-20 after taking a hiatus last summer due to the pandemic. Hundreds of enduro motorcycle racers from around the world compete against each other on one of the country’s most gnarled off-road motorcycle courses, ascending, descending, rounding and crossing some of Silver Mountain’s most popular ski trails.

The resort will begin hosting its Ride & Dine BBQ series on Friday nights atop the mountain with live music and 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks on June 25.

Silver Mountain will host its annual July 4 fireworks display at 10 p.m., with the fireworks display kicking off from behind the resort’s gravel parking lot.

It will host Brewsfest, an annual mountain-top craft beer tasting event, on August 14.

On August 22, Negative Split makes Silver Mountain the second stop in its Back to Nature series of races. Participants can choose from 6 km (3.7 miles), 9 km (5.6 miles) and 18 km (11.2 miles) courses.

And Silveroxx, its annual three-day mountain biking festival, returns September 24-26.

Visit SilverMt.com for more details.

The cycling season at Schweitzer near Sandpoint begins June 18, with daily operations continuing through September 6.

Schweitzer summer visitors can also play disc golf on its 18-hole course and enjoy scenic chairlift rides on the Great Escape Quad to the top. The latter offers breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk, Bitterroot and Cabinet mountain ranges.

Other summer activities include hiking and running, geocaching, bungee trampolines, a 25-foot climbing wall, gold panning, lingonberry picking, and horseback riding.

The resort is hosting the Race the Wolf Ultra Trail Race on June 27. Participants can choose from 52 km, 26 km and 8 km ultramarathon courses.

The family-focused Huckleberry Color Fun Run & Walk returns on August 8. Participants can choose between 5 km and 2.5 km routes.

All events are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Schweitzer.com for more details.


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