Winter Fun: Hot Spots in Idaho, Utah, & Nevada

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For family fun in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada, try some of the lesser-known winter hot spots. Whether travelers are looking for a rugged ski slope or a quiet ski lodge, an affordable vacation is just a click away for people of all ages. At just a fraction of the cost of a theme park vacation or cruise, a family can enjoy a full Winter Wonderland vacation with all of the added luxuries.

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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – In this beautiful city, enjoy a Fantasy Light Cruise to the North Pole (from late-November to mid-January), watch the bald eagles at Wolf Lodge Bay, simply go skiing at one of the many ski resorts and lodges in the area.

Heber Valley (Midway), Utah – Take a sleigh ride along the quiet, snow-covered hills or visit the Midway Ice Castles, over two acres of illuminated, carefully-formed icicles. With walkable caves full of glacial formations and ice slides, the kids will never forget this underground winter experience.

Lamoille Canyon, Nevada – If an escape from the crowds is in order, a trip to Lamoille Canyon is a good idea. Not far from the town of Elko, this 12-mile, two-lane roadway is a great sightseeing adventure with three pullover areas for viewing the most spectacular mountain peaks, glacial canyons, and lakes in the region.

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Sun Valley, Idaho – A variety of winter activities await anxious travelers at the Sun Valley Resort, which has airline service from San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City. Cars are not needed because a complimentary bus service provides transportation throughout Wood River Valley, including the towns of Ketchum and Elkhorn Springs. Activities like skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and snowshoeing are available everywhere, and classes at the SnowSports School help beginners of all ages learn skiing techniques.

Bryce, Utah – Bryce Canyon National Park is well-known for travel in the summer months, but a winter display is on hand because of the snow-covered hoodoos (odd-shaped rock pillars created from the forces of erosion). Take one-of-a-kind photographs in front of the natural wonders in the park, which is open all year except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. and New Year’s Day.

Gold Point, Nevada – Pack away the skis and snowshoes and take a tour of the Gold Point Ghost Town. Visit the museum, hear bone-chilling accounts of mining experiences, and browse through the books and artifacts (there are over 9,000 of them!) about the gold mining days. Rustic cabins reminiscent of the mining lifestyle are on site, and RV spaces are in the area also.

Create stellar memories and reestablish bonds on these family trips that most people could only dream about. This rich history and picturesque landscapes are full of energy, enough to keep the kids entertained throughout the vacation. As with any vacation plans, book as far in advance as possible to get the best spaces, rooms, and rates.


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25 thoughts on “Winter Fun: Hot Spots in Idaho, Utah, & Nevada

  1. We get plenty of “winter” here in Boston and throughout New England, but I wouldn’t mind visiting one of these places. They sound fun!

  2. These all look like such wonderful places to play this winter. Unfortunately we do not have many big ski or sled slopes so it looks like a trip out West is needed!

    1. Yeah, I live in a ski/college town. Its what the college kids do for fun. 😉 As for me I like my feet planted firmly on the ground, although I do like ice skating. I’ll go sledding, but sking or snowboarding seems very scary for me. I’ll gladly watch though.

  3. I have to admit that I have never planned a winter vacation out west. That said, I love all your ideas especially Sun Valley, Idaho. I loved that you don’t need a car. I hate renting cars because I drive so infrequently, I just dont feel like dealing with GPS gadgets to get from one place to another. I do definitely to plan in advance for west coast winter vacation. I know my daughter wants to learn to ski.

  4. I’m already freezing just looking at the pictures of snow covered mountains! We just got snow a few days ago ( just in time for Christmas) and I am itching to pack up my kids and head somewhere warm for a week. LOL! I would love to go snowboarding in Idaho just to see the scenery though. Beautiful!

  5. I’ve got mountains in my blood & am always happiest when you have that ‘top of the world’ feeling! I can’t hill walk anymore after an accident but at least I can look at a peak & think to myself ‘I’ve climbed that!’.

  6. I have been to this city many times- Coeur d’Alene, Idaho- and it has a lake right in the middle of town and it is so pretty and Summer swimming and picnics are so much fun. They also have a lot of attractions to keep visitors busy!

  7. I am not too crazy to see snow right now – we have a bunch of it! But seeing snow on the tops of some of those mountains is sure beauty!! We have been to Bryce Canyon. Absolutely breath taking!!

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