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In winter, the Boise National Forest offers snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing for great winter outings. Many of the snow trails are regularly groomed.
The Idaho City Ranger District for example, is great area for winter activity and only about a 2 hour drive from Boise. There is cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and snow mobiling. Like all winter outdoor activities make sure you take plenty of water, appropriate clothing, and a map or GPS unit. Any questions contact the local Idaho City Ranger District office at 3833 Highway 21 in Idaho City and phone number is 208-392-7300.
In the winter trails are maintained and groomed by Idaho Parks and Recreation. Grooming starts when there is at least 24” base of snow and grooming stops mid-march. Idaho Parks and Recreation phone line that is updated often for trail conditions is 208-514-2423. There are snowshoe specific trails throughout the system. No dogs are allowed on trails at this time. You must have a Park N’ Ski pass or Permit, follow link below for information on how to obtain one. Permits cost is between $25.00 and $7.50. If you do not have one you can be issued a citation and be fined $56.50.
Idaho Parks and Recreation web site http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/index.aspx. Click on link to recreation on the left hand side; choose the sport you need information on. All information for Boise National Forest is located in Southern Idaho area. Make sure you are on the right link. Areas are; Banner Ridge Park N’ Ski, Gold Fork Park N’ Ski, Whoop-Um-Up Park N’ Ski. Maps can be downloaded at this site.
Boise Snowmobile Club http://boisesnow.com/snow/index.php This link gives you access to grooming reports, grooming maps, snow reports, and much more.
Bogus Basin Ski Area, just north of Boise, is partially located on the Boise Forest. There are seven ski lifts, 45 groomed runs, and 2,000 acres of night skiing, as well as 12 miles of groomed Nordic skiing trails at Bogus Basin.