ANNUAL IDAHO CITY PARK N’ SKI AREA FREE SKI/SNOWSHOE DAY AND BACKCOUNTRY YURT OPEN HOUSE
BOISE / IDAHO CITY (December 9, 2013) –Come enjoy the winter season at the Idaho City Park N’ Ski area on Saturday, January 4, 2014, sponsored by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). The Park N’ Ski parking permit fee has been waived on January 4th to encourage you to test out those new skis and snowshoes.
The Idaho City Park N’ Ski area is located 17-23 miles north of Idaho City on Highway 21. There you will find four (4) Park N’ Ski areas with large plowed parking lots and toilets.
Collectively, the area offers 56-miles of marked ski trails of which 26-miles are groomed for skiing, and are also available for snowshoeing.
For maps and more information about the areas, go to: http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/nordic
Backcountry Yurt Open House
Discover what yurting is all about! Two of the six yurts will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014.
These unique backcountry structures are fully outfitted for comfort and sleep six (6) people. The Rocky Ridge yurt located on a high rocky knob just off the Lower Lamar Trail.
Park at the Whoop-Um-Up Park N Ski area parking lot and ask the parking lot host the directions to the yurt. It is about a 1.5 miles ski or snowshoe to the yurt. Feel free to bring your dog. This is one of the four dog- friendly yurts in the system.
The scenic Banner Ridge Yurt overlooking the South Fork of the Payette River canyon is also open. To get there you will have to ski or snowshoe 2 miles, climbing 700 feet on a groomed ski trail. The parking lot host will provide directions on how to get there.
The Banner Ridge Yurt trailhead is the Banner Ridge Park N’ Ski area parking lot located about 22 miles north of Idaho City on Highway 21. Dogs are not allowed at this yurt or on nearby trails.
Hot chocolate will be provided at both yurts.