Silver Mountain Stats:
1,600 acres, 7 Lifts including a summit gondola, 73 Trails
Summit Elevation: 6,297’
Village Elevation: 4,100’
Vertical Drop: 2,230’
Longest Run Centennial 2.5 miles Silver Mountain Ski Photo
Silver Mountain ski resort is a quiet but cool Idaho ski resort, tucked in the
scenic Silver Valley region of Idaho’s northern Panhandle, in the quiet town of
Kellogg off Interstate 90 in Shoshone County, an hour East of Spokane
Washington. See our Silver Mountain Ski Photo
Silver Mountain was originally called Jackass Ski Bowl when it opened in January
1968 on Wardner Peak. To tribute the town’s silver mining heritage, from boom in
the late 1800’s to bust to a ski town, the ski area was named Silverhorn in 1973
and finally Silver in 1990 when the gondola from Kellogg debuted. Silver has 73 trails, 1,600 acres of terrain, 2,200’
vertical served by 7 lifts, and gets 300+ inches of snow. Silver Mountain's
gondola, the longest single-stage gondola in the world when installed, takes
skiers 3.1 miles from the Village up to the skiing in 25 minutes, the only way up
to the ski slopee. You download on the gondi at day’s end as well – time to
unbuckle your ski boots, unwind and enjoy the views of the Silver Valley.
Silver is all about minimal lift lines, only open Thursday-Monday and holidays,
typically with plenty of untracked lines. For a humble ski mountain, Silver is
sizeable - 1,600 acres spread across two expansive peaks - Kellogg at 6,300’ and
Wardner at 6,200’. We loved the long authentic trails like Bootlegger,
Prospector, Centennial and Eureka plus acres of powdery glades stashed between,
served by reliable doubles and triples.
As you can imagine Silver doesn’t get too busy, it’s Idaho, you know. Soft
natural snow on Steep and Deep, Quicksilver and Moonshine were a treasure, and
we had long runs all to ourselves. Silver has extensive glade skiing, and so
many hidden stashes you can get fresh snow days after the last storm.
That’s a signature of Idaho skiing, even if it comes with less sun. Moguls upstairs
bar at the Mountain Haus, top of the gondola, has great vibe and views,
inexpensive drinks and friendly waitresses serving pub fare. Many folks ride the
gondola just to for snow tubing, sightseeing and drinks at Moguls.
Lodging is super convenient at Silver Mountain Resort's Gondola Village. The
Morning Star Lodge is modern and beautifully-appointed with Rocky Mountain décor in suite or
resort condominium style. We loved the washer dryer and kitchen in our unit, and
the 5th floor roof top hot tub with views of the mountain and the gondola that
goes by until 5pm.
Kids will like the wet and wild après ski at Silver Rapids water park – like Jay
Peak’s ski resort waterpark complete with a flow rider, a lazy river and Tiki
Bar. Parents will like the walk to convenience of Silver's compact village –
the waterpark, cafes, a
ski shop, a pizza joint and the friendly Noah’s Canteen for après ski and casual
dinner. Otherwise there's not much to Kellogg. A nearby
snowmobiling tour in Idaho's Panhandle National Forest makes a great add on to your Idaho ski trip.
Visit the historic silver mining town of Wallace some afternoon for antique shops, funky diners
like the Red Light Garage (I’d call it the land where time stands still) and a
few friendly brewpubs, or Coeur D'Alene - a more sophisticated resort town a
half hour to the west.