The stretch of Interstate 90 that crosses North Idaho is a gateway to some of the most exciting winter adventures in the Northwest. A plethora of activities awaits those looking for a vacation to remember, from skiing legendary powder to backcountry snowmobiling, from hospitable towns to a year-round indoor waterpark.
To explore the region from west to east, begin your adventure at Silver Mountain Resort above the town of Kellogg, only an hour east of Spokane. At this family-friendly resort, you can pick your pleasure—you’ll find skiing, snowboarding, lift-served snow tubing and snowshoeing. For indoor excitement, head to the Silver Rapids Indoor Water Park located in the Silver Mountain Resort village. This year-round waterpark is primarily for guests who are lodging at Silver Mountain Resort, but individual day passes are also available for non-guests. The water park has several fun features from floating down the Lazy River to facing the challenges of a water obstacle course and everything in between.
Heading 10 miles east on Interstate 90, you’ll come to Wallace, a charming, historic town that was once known as the “Silver Capital of the World.” Today, it’s known as “Snowmobile City, USA.” Start your Wallace adventure with a snowmobile excursion on your pick of more than 250 miles of groomed trails. Wallace even allows snowmobilers to ride city streets and access area trails directly from anywhere in town. Of course, carve out time to explore Wallace—the entire town is on the National Historic Register, and it is home to breweries, great eateries and more.
Next, drive 14 miles east to the Idaho-Montana border where you’ll find Lookout Pass Ski Area, which gets an average of 400 inches of snow every season. Lookout Pass is famous for getting light, dry powder earlier and more often than any other region in Idaho. This season, skiers can enjoy breathtaking views on the new Eagle Peak Quad Chairlift to ski brand new trails for the first time.
Whether you are looking for snowy adventures or simply want to enjoy the region’s beauty, the drive across North Idaho on Interstate 90 is well worth it for the forested mountain scenery under a blanket of fresh snow.