Vital Stats: Lookout Pass, Idaho - Ski Mag

Vital Stats: Lookout Pass, Idaho


Information 208-744-1301,

Ticket Prices Adult: midweek, $20, weekend, $22; Ages 7-18: $15; six and younger ski free. On Thursdays (excluding holidays) tickets are two-for-one. On Fridays (excluding holidays) Baby Boomers (over 40) ski for $12. (Open Thursday-Sunday.)

Skiable Terrain 195 acres

Lifts 1 chair, 1 ropetow

Base Elevation 4,850 feet

Summit Elevation 5,650 feet

Vertical Drop 800 feet

Annual Snowfall 387 inches

When To Go The best conditions are in January and February.

Length Of Season Lookout Pass opens by mid-November and usually closes in mid-April, sometimes in mid-May.

Getting There From Spokane, Wash., drive 90 miles east on I-90. From Missoula, take I-90 100 miles west. Take Exit 0 at the Idaho-Montana Border. The parking lot is 200 yards from the I-90 off-ramp.

Lodging The Best Western Wallace Inn (800-643-2386), built in the Eighties, has an indoor pool and offers multinight discount packages that include lift tickets. The Brooks Hotel (208-556-1571), built in 1905, has 21 clean, retro rooms in the heart of historic downtown Wallace.

Eats In Wallace, the 1313 Club (208-752-9391) is the friendliest, most happening place in town (great burgers and fries). Albi's Steak House (208-753-3071) is good for traditional American cuisine if you don't mind a dining room full of cigarette smoke. For a weird and wonderful northern Idaho experience, check out the Buffalo Burgers at the Enaville Resort's Snakepit (208-682-3453).

Après-Ski Snowmobiling is one of the biggest reasons visitors come to the Silver Valley. For more information on the region's network of trails, contact the Wallace Ranger Station at 208-752-1221 or the Silver Valley Snowmobile Association at 208-556-4271.

Locals' Tip Rent the entire Lookout Pass Ski Area on any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (except during holidays) for a whopping $3,000.