Free Ski Day at Ponderosa State Park

Scenic view of the snow at Ponderosa, trees in the background, snow on the ground, sun shining

Entrance is free to the public and winter access fees are waived on Free Ski Day- January 8, 2022.

Pre-registration is required to participate in the free lesson and rental package portion of the event. Lessons and rental packages are offered in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the following times. Rentals are returned at the end of the lesson. Please register for the rental and lesson packages at this site.

Click here to register.

Time slots are as follows:

Cross-Country Skiing*:

10 AM

11 AM

12 PM

1 PM

2 PM

*Skiers may choose a lesson in classic cross-country skiing or skate style of cross-country skiing. If you have never cross-country skiied before, it is recommended to start with classic.

Snowshoe Tours:

10:30 AM

11:30 AM

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

First Day Winter Trek – Harriman State Park

Logo of Harriman STate Park, Idaho Parks and Rec, and First Day Hikes

Join a ranger for a 2 mile snowshoe hike in beautiful Harriman State Park of Idaho. Celebrate the New Year and enjoy hot cocoa and cider at the Ranchview Shelter. Bring snowshoes, binoculars, water, and warm layers. Loaner snowshoes available. To sign out snowshoes, please arrive at Ranchview Shelter no later than 12:30 pm.

This is a free event. Winter access and motor vehicle entrance fees still apply.

ASL Interpretation is available at no cost. Please submit a request seven days, preferably two weeks, in advance by calling 208.558.7368 or by emailing

COVID-19: Park programs follow CDC guidelines.

Join a ranger at Harriman sTate Park on January 1, 2022 for a two mile guided hike