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Free Ski Day

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 8:00am to 8:00pm

Free Ski Day - January 4, 2020

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to come explore the mountains with us! Free Ski Day applies to any of our 18 Park N’ Ski Locations

>>>Click here for a list of statewide Park N' Ski locations<<<

Many of the parks will be hosting additional events and activities, such as free lessons, refreshments, and rental discounts.

**This list will be regularly updated as more information becomes available.

*** Keep in mind, all of the park-related events are weather-dependent. There needs to be snow.


Event List:


Idaho City Park N’ Ski 

There are several events happening in the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt area. 
Don't forget to bring your snowshoes (or skiis), warm clothes, and water!

  • Stargaze Yurt Open House
    From 10am - 4pm
    Park in the Beaver Creek Park N' Ski lot. There is about a 1 mile hike up to the yurt. Stop in to meet IDPR Non-Motorized Trail Manager, Tom Helmer, and learn more about the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt and Trail Program. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Guided Snowshoe Hike
    From 10 am - 2 pm
    Meet at the Banner Park N' Ski lot at 10 am for a 1.76 mile guided hike around the Snowshoe Loop with IDPR Yurt Coordinator, DeEtta Petersen. 
    Beautiful views, good exercise, and a chance to get out and enjoy the Boise National Forest!
    Max size: 20 people.
    Contact DeEtta to get signed up:
    Email: DeEtta.Petersen@idpr.idaho.gov
    Phone: 208-514-2419
  • All Day Guided Snowshoe Hike
    Join retired Non-Motorized Trail Manager, Leo Hennessy, for a five-mile guided hike. 
    Meet at IDPR Headquarters (5657 Warm Springs Ave.) at 9 am. 

    Event description: Four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are required, carpooling is preferred due to limited parking. Have your vehicle prepared for winter driving with good snow tires, a shovel, and a full tank of gas. You must provide your own snowshoes, and poles. Other items you will need are sunglasses, pack, waterproof boots, gaiters, lunch, water, wind/rain coat, warm clothes and emergency gear (wicking layers preferred, no cotton or jeans).

    From Boise we will drive about 60 miles to the Gold Fork Park N’ Ski parking lot to drop a couple shuttle vehicles off and then we will drive about five more miles down the highway to the starting point at the Beaver Creek Summit Park N’ Ski parking lot. From there we will snowshoe up the trail about 1.6 miles to the warm and cozy Stargaze Yurt where we will have a cup of hot chocolate and snacks waiting for you. After a nice rest and a tour of the yurt, the group will climb off-trail to Stargaze Point, the highest point in the area to get a spectacular 360 view of the Boise National Forest and the Stargaze yurt below.  We will then head downhill on steep slopes working our way off-trail trail to the Gold Fork parking lot where we will have shuttle vehicles to take the drivers to the Beaver Creek parking to get the rest of the vehicles. We should be back in Boise around 5:00 pm. Dogs are allowed but are not recommended due carpooling and shuttle issues. This trip will be lead by Leo Hennessy, retired IDPR Park N’ Ski Area Coordinator. The trip is free and  group size is limited to 20 snowshoers. 
    To reserve your spot or if you have any questions please e-mail Leo Hennessy at idmtnguy@aol.com or call him at 208-866-6471.

Ponderosa State Park 

- Free Nordic Ski lessons with free ski use during lessons

- Free showshoe use, tours, and instruction

- Winter health information

If you have never tried Nordic skiing or snowshoeing and would like to; join us between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm at the Activity Center in Ponderosa State Park. Bear Basin Nordic Center Instructors will be providing free classic and skate ski lessons. Gravity Sports and Hometown Sports will donate the use of equipment during the lessons. McCall Master Naturalists will be offering free snowshoe instruction with guided tours of some of the park’s trails. Snowshoes use is donated from McCall Outdoor Science School and the City of McCall Parks and Recreation. The Agents of Discovery will demonstrate how to use the winter time app for learning about nature in Ponderosa State Park and give out information about other sites in the area. There will also be a Winter Health information from St Luke’s McCall Center for Health Promotion. Ponderosa State Park, with the help of McCall Master Naturalists, St Luke’s McCall and Albertson’s will provide hot drinks and snacks. Hopefully, Scout the Fox will be visiting, too.

For more information, call 208-634-2164
Or visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov
Or Ponderosa State Park on Facebook

View their flyer here!(link is external)

Priest Lake State Park

The Priest Lake Nordic Club is a co-sponsor of the Idaho Parks and Recreation annual "Free ski day" at the Indian Creek Unit of the Priest Lake State Park. 2020's Free Ski Day will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday January 4th.

Skis, Boots, Poles are provided so participants can explore the sport of cross country or nordic skiing. Last year over 200 people attended this event. Volunteers are needed to assist with equipment, etc.

We hope to see you there!

Farragut State Park                                                                                                          

Come Join Us for a Free Day of Winter Fun; Skiing, Snowshoeing, Sledding & Fat Tire Biking!

  • Free Ski Lessons 10:00AM and 12:30PM
  • Refreshments in the Park Visitor’s Center
  • 27.5 km of Groomed Set-track Cross Country Ski Trails
  • Fat Bike Groomed Trails; access at Thimbleberry
  • Pets are Only Allowed on North Side of Park During Winter; access is at Thimbleberry Campground
  • Two designated Snowshoe Trails
  • Sledding Hill

Idaho at 5657 E WARM SPRINGS AVE, BOISE, ID 83716

Contact: Tom Helmer @ (208) 514-2430 or Chelsea.Chambers@idpr.idaho.gov