Lookout Pass Stats:
Summit Elevation: 5,650',
Vertical Drop: 1,150’,
Base Elevation: 4,500'
540 acres with 34 named runs plus glades,
4 Lifts: 3 double chairs and 1 triple chair
Longest Run: 1.5 miles Lookout Pass Skiing Photos
Lookout Pass is a relaxed ski mountain that gets a load of snow in northern
Idaho, on the Montana border. Just 90 minutes from Spokane or
equidistance both ways on I-90, Lookout Pass has a high base elevation in a
snowy mountain pass at 4,500'. Lookout is just 22 miles to
Silver Mountain skiing in
Kellogg Idaho. Lookout Pass's distinction of skiing in two states Idaho and
Montana adds to the fun.
Lookout Pass proclaims more snow other Idaho ski resort, 400", and we concur, so
does the US Forest Service and NOAA.
We found Lookout's snow to be softer and fluffier (in a side by side Idaho ski
snow taste test).
See our Lookout Pass Skiing Photos
Lookout Pass Ski Videos for evidence.
Lookout is a special spot – no slopeside lodging, so you park real close to the
lifts and $40 tickets are a real deal. The liftees and locals at Lookout are so friendly, they might be
calling you by name by midday if you make enough runs to earn their recognition.
Lookout is humble, has been since 1936 – which is old for a western ski area –
Sun Valley vintage. Idaho Ski Club started Lookout with a rope tow powered by an
abandoned car’s engine found on the old Yellowstone Highway, now I-90.
The Idaho Ski Club sold the ski area in 1992 to a local group to become Lookout
Pass Ski Area. Today, classic center-pole Riblet double chairlifts climb
methodically up the three sided mountain, spreading out the few skiers and
contributing to the mellow mountain vibe here.
Lookout’s Front face is the
Idaho side – with beautiful groomed trails like Gold, Silver and Copper, a
centerpiece Boarderline Terrain Park and some playful glades. Skiing off Lookout’s back side
you are on the Montana side skiing long well-pitched runs like Keystone and
Cloud 9. You don’t need to change your watch from Pacific to Mountain time as
you cross state lines. Lookout’s Northside, back in Idaho, added in 2007, offers
expert terrain with well protected natural snow on steeper runs like
Purgatory and Hercules and beautiful views down toward the Coeur d’Alene River
Lookout is rustic but really fun - reminding me of Homewood at Lake Tahoe, Grand Targhee in Wyoming and
Saddleback in Maine. Lookout’s 1941 base lodge is
homey too, the 2nd oldest lodge in the Pacific Northwest built by the CCC,
following Timberline Lodge in Oregon. Have a local brew in the
upstairs Loft Pub, surrounded by ski memorabilia and lore, and a
view of Lookout’s slopes.
Lookout Pass has big plans, having received 2011 U.S. Forest Service approval
for a long-range plan to expand 2,000 acres on two 6,200’ peaks with two double
chairs and 1,400’ vertical at Eagle Peak that straddles the Idaho/Montana
border. See our Lookout Pass Skiing
Lookout Pass Ski Videos.