Winter does not mean you have to hole up and hibernate. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite: especially in Idaho, there are several winter sports you don’t want to miss out on! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner, Cascade, Idaho, is the place to be this season. The landscape here is not only gorgeous but perfect for any winter sport that you can think of. Learn a little bit more about the various winter sports, which spots to go to, and where you can get gear and equipment like Idaho snowmobile rentals before your stay at The Ashley Inn.
Snowmobiling Trails and Idaho Snowmobile Rentals
There’s a reason that Lake Cascade Recreation Area (LCRA) was rated one of the top ten places to snowmobile in the Northwest by SnoWest Magazine. In the LCRA alone, 250 miles of groomed trails await you when fresh powder has just fallen. Find opportunities for high marking and ridge running in places like Big Creek Summit and Warm Lake Basin. Although you can find fuel stops, a warming station on West Mountain, and elevations from 4,500 to 9,000 feet, almost no crowds populate the area for the best snowmobiling in Idaho possible. If you need Idaho snowmobile rentals before you get going, visit places like Intermountain Power Sports Rentals or Lake Cascade Sport & Marine.
Nordic and Alpine Skiing
In winter, one of the best things to do in Cascade, Idaho, is to drive to Tamarack Resort for all kinds of skiing. If you didn’t bring your ownpair, don’t sweat it because Tamarack has rentals available. In addition to the mountain trails for downhill skiing, Tamarack also has 15 miles of cross-country trails, if you don’t want to ski around Lake Cascade on Crown Point and Park Loop Trail.
Unlike Idaho snowmobile rentals, you can easily pick up a pair of snowshoes to borrow from The Ashley Inn, free of charge. Some of the best snowshoeing takes place along the banks of Lake Cascade, in fresh snow, if you can. You’ll likely see cross country skiers going around the lake on the trails, so make sure you don’t snowshoe on their path.
Sledding and Tubing
For a winter sport with a little less effort but all the fun, try sledding and snow tubing. Go sledding for free on Cascade’s golf course, or go tubing at the Activity Barn, where six 800-foot-long lanes shoot you down the hill faster than you can say “go.” Once you reach the bottom, the conveyor belt will bring you back to the top again—so you won’t have to worry about getting physically tired before you want your adventure to end.
Cascade, Idaho Lodging
Don’t forget about ice fishing on Lake Cascade or elk-feeding sleigh rides! The Ashley Inn is the best place to stay after a full day of winter sports, especially because you can pull your Idaho snowmobile rentals right into our parking lot. Warm up in the on-site heated pool, or in therapy tubs in some of our suites. Plus, you can get complimentary fresh warm cookies and cold milk to pair if you’re hungry. If you’re not convinced, there are so many more reasons why you should stay in Cascade in the winter. For more information about staying at The Ashley Inn, visit our website or give us a call at 208-382-5621.