LKB 014: Southern Idaho, Skiing Like it Used to Be

Southern Idaho

Introduction to the Episode

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Skier at Pomerelle. Photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism.

Welcome to the fourteenth episode of Locals Know Best! I’m your host, Cindy. I’m a full-time RVer and lover of all things travel-related. Years of adventuring on the road have taught me one fundamental lesson; locals ALWAYS know best! Every episode of this podcast will dive into one local’s perfect day of outdoor adventure in their town!

Today, I’ll be speaking with Tony Harrison about a bunch of different outdoor activities in Southern Idaho, but with an emphasis on all of the skiing and snowboarding possibilities.

Join Tony and me as we spend a day skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in Southern Idaho and then wrap up the day back in Twin Falls, Idaho!

Why visit Southern Idaho?

Tony: “Well, for starters, you should definitely pick Idaho over more popular areas to ski like Colorado and California, because we’ve got very short lift lines, very inexpensive lift tickets, and oftentimes people consider Idaho to be the soul of skiing.

It’s skiing like it used to be, I mean, it’s unpretentious and it’s just really great snow, tons of terrain and it’s under the radar.

Anybody can go ski Vail. How many people come out and ski Soldier Mountain, Pomerelle? You’ll definitely have as much fun, if not more fun than some of those big hills. You’ll definitely spend a lot less time waiting in lift lines, a lot more time on skis. And the people are so unassuming and nice, it is really a breath of fresh air when you come here.”

What is there to do in Southeast Idaho?

Links to all the places and activities we talk about in the episode (and a map of the area) can be found below!

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Pomerelle’s North-facing slopes in the Sawtooth Mountains piles up over 40 feet of snow each year. Photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism.

About Tony Harrison

Tony Southern Idaho skier

Learn more about Idaho at: Ski Idaho, Visit South Idaho & Visit Idaho

Tony was born and raised in the spud state.

He’s a lifelong skier and the publicist for Ski Idaho.

He has personally skied at 12 of Idaho’s 18 ski resorts in the past three years.

His love for the great outdoors has left him with a wealth of insider knowledge about all of the area’s outdoor recreation options.

When Tony’s not skiing, he maintains a solo PR practice, working with various clients in the tourism, tech, and agriculture industries. 

Listen to the Episode

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Kids ready to snowboard at Pomerelle. Photo courtesy of Amanda Reeder.

What We Cover in This Episode

  • Tactics to help get nervous skiers back out on the slopes.
  • The importance of a ski resort’s grooming operations.
  • What makes Southern Idaho so awesome.
  • The best time to visit Southern Idaho.
  • What about Southern Idaho’s climate makes warm-weather activities possible year-round.
  • Where to stay in Southern Idaho.
  • The best spots to get breakfast near Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • The three best ski resorts to hit up from Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • A resort where you can snowcat ski in two-thousand acres of backcountry skiing.
  • A resort that is great for those who enjoy glade and tree skiing.
  • A resort with a fantastic cliffs section.
  • Where you can go snow tubing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
  • The best craft breweries and dining options in Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • The best things to do in Southern Idaho that aren’t skiing and snowboarding.
  • The top attractions in Southern Idaho for rock climbers, mountain bikers, kayakers, paddleboarders, base jumpers, and hot springs seekers!
  • A dairy farm you can visit with some of the best cheese in the country.
  • Why you should pick Idaho over some of the more popular areas to ski in Colorado and California.
Southern Idaho skier
Pomerelle’s glades and trees are unmatched on a powder day. Photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism.

Tony’s Travel Itinerary Southern Idaho Map

Links to Places Mentioned in this Episode

Where to Stay in Southern Idaho:

Magic Mountain. Photo courtesy of Ski Idaho.

Idaho Ski Report Blog Mentioned by Tony:

Where to Ski in Southern Idaho:

A nice twofer Thursday on Sequoia in Soldier Mountain’s backcountry. Photo by Tony Harrison.

Outdoor Activities Mentioned in the Episode & Things to do in Southern Idaho:

Magic Mountain. Photo courtesy of Ski Idaho.

Hot Springs in Southern Idaho:

Tubing at Magic Mountain. Photo courtesy of Ski Idaho.

Southern Idaho Restaurants & Southern Idaho Craft Breweries Mentioned in this Episode:

The Soldier Mountain snowcat — looking N-NW towards the Sawtooth Range from Peak 2 in the backcountry — deftly ascended the summit. Photo by Tony Harrison.

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