Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho may be famous for the summer skiing on the waters of the nearby lake – but it also has options for downhill skiers in the winter months.
Three different ski resorts are located within relatively easy reach of the city, with two of them being among the largest ski areas that Idaho has to offer.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer is the largest of the three ski areas near Coeur d’Alene. Located to the north of the county seat, the ski resort is just outside Sandpoint with views of Lake Pend Oreille on a good day.
The total of ten lifts includes eight chairlifts of varying capacities and the area offers 92 trails, with half of them being classed as advanced or expert.
Distance from Coeur d’Alene: 56 miles
Silver Mountain Resort
Silver Mountain is the closest ski resort to Coeur d’Alene. Easily reached along the I-90 and near the town of Kellogg, the ski area is a favorite of powder skiers and is known for its lack of crowds.
Silver Mountain has seven lifts, including a gondola from Kellogg itself, and the terrain covers 1600 acres.
Distance from Coeur d’Alene: 36 miles
Lookout Pass Ski Area
Lookout Pass ski area straddles the border between Idaho and Montana on the crest of the Bitterroot range of mountains and claims an average of 400 inches of snowfall per year.
The small ski area offers four chairlifts covering just over 500 acres of terrain (scheduled to double with a new ski expansion in the future).
Distance from Coeur d’Alene: 60 miles
Discover more about skiing in other parts of the state with our Best Ski Resorts in Idaho page or try a couple of the ski areas which are over the Washington state line but still not too far from Coeur d’Alene: Ski Resorts near Spokane