We’re standing on the brink of the holiday season, which can mean only thing: it’s nearly time for some overdue family fun in Idaho’s snowy winter wonderland. There are dozens of winter activities in Idaho, including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and sledding. We recently wrote about our prime snowmobile trails, so now it’s time to explore many of the other family-friendly winter activities in the area. The Ashley Inn, chief among hotels in Cascade, has free snowshoe rentals, cozy fireplaces, and considerable knowledge about the region’s best winter adventures. Keep reading if you’re interested in sleigh rides, alpine skiing, and snow tubing.
Elk-Feeding Sleigh Rides in Idaho
Easily the best wintertime activity in the Cascade area is the elk-feeding sleigh rides at Hap & Florence Points. This bucket-list-worthy mountain adventure is bound to blow your entire family away. Upon arrival, you’ll hop aboard a sizable sleigh, pulled by majestic, black draft horses. Tall mountains and open countryside will completely encircle you. The horse-drawn sleigh will venture into the vast Idaho wilderness in search of a pack of local Rocky Mountain elk. These wild elk stay in the area because they’re well-fed by Hap and Florence. Your entire family will have the rare opportunity to feed a massive 12-point elk.
Alpine Skiing in Idaho
On the other side of Lake Cascade, approximately 30 minutes away, rests the Tamarack ski area. After decades of financial battles and instability, the area’s homeowners purchased the ski resort in 2016. The future seemed very bleak until recently for this Donnelly staple, but the mountain has been steadily turning a profit since its rebirth. We couldn’t be happier to have a ski resort back in the Cascade area. Tamarack has 45 runs, six lifts, 1,020 acres, and a summit elevation of 7,700’. This gorgeous ski area has splendid views of Lake Cascade, Tamarack Village, and the snow-capped mountain range to the west.
Snow Tubing at the Activity Barn
McCall’s Activity Barn will be hosting its annual Pray for Snow Party on Black Friday in hopes of persuading Ullr & Skadi (the god and goddess of skiing) to send an abundance of snow to Southwestern Idaho. The Activity Barn has six, meticulously-groomed snow tubing runs and five kilometers of Nordic skiing and fat biking trails. Each run is at least 800 feet long, and a two-hour session only costs $18!
Hotels in Cascade, Idaho
There simply aren’t any other hotels in Cascade that radiate elegance quite like The Ashley Inn. Not only are we minutes from the area’s best winter activities and restaurants, but we provide each guest with a relaxing, warm, and beautiful destination. Each guest room features old-world charm, luxurious finishes, and modern amenities. The Ashley Inn provides the personal touch of a B&B and the convenience of a four-star hotel. Give us a call today at 1-208-382-5621 to book an overdue family wintertime getaway to Idaho.