Cascade Idaho is home to some great nordic skiing just minutes away from Alpine Lodge and RV. In addition, all throughout Valley County you’ll find some of the finest nordic trails in the state. Here are our recommended cross country ski areas in Cascade and surrounding areas.
Lake Cascade State Park
Lake Cascade State Park has several groomed cross country ski trails that are open to cross country skiing, snowshoes, fat bikes, and some trails are even dog friendly. There are 3 different areas to choose from. Two of the areas are along the shores of Lake Cascade offering stunning views and relatively flat terrain. For intermediate trails head to Hasbrouck Ranch where you’ll have about 5 miles worth of trails in rolling terrain.
You can find trail maps HERE.
Tamarack Ski Resort has miles of nordic trails that wind through forested paths and vast open meadows. You can choose your own adventure with classic or skate ski, Fat Tire Bike or snowshoes. The trails are well maintained with regular grooming on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.
You can find more information HERE.
Jug Mountain Ranch
Jug Mountain Ranch is a 4-season resort complete with golfing, mountain biking and hiking trails, and some great cross-country ski trails. The rolling golf course turns into a network of groomed nordic skiing and fat tire biking trails. It’s our favorite when the temps are a bit chilly because you’ll have plenty of sunshine here with very few trees.
Activity Barn has over 5-Kilometers of groomed trail that are free to use. This is a great beginner spot and it even has a tubing hill complete with conveyor belt(fee required to use the lift).
Ponderosa State Park
Ponderosa State Park has over 12-miles of nordic trails from beginner to advanced as well as 3 miles of snowshoeing single track trails. The park sits along the shores of Payette Lake with towering Ponderosa pines that the trails meander through. They have a dedicated dog loop for the pups and one of the finest viewpoints in the area atop Osprey Point. Be warned, it’s a but kicker getting up there but well worth it.
With over 30-Kilometers of groomed trails Bear Basin Nordic Center is massive and the perfect place for an all-day epic. There’s no shortage of hills here so if you’re looking for a workout this is a great place to get the heart pumping. They also have a dog friendly loop as well as dedicated snowshoe trails.