Monday, November 5, 2007

RESORT SPOTLIGHT - PEBBLE CREEK

Friendly atmosphere, challenging terrain and affordable lift tickets.

Ask a local about Pebble Creek and they will tell you it’s “skiing the way it used to be.” The snowriding community here is a tightly knit group that really cares about their mountain. And what a mountain it is. Located just south of Pocatello in the Caribou National Forest, Pebble Creek is known for its friendly atmosphere, challenging terrain and affordable lift tickets.


The locals will also tell you "If you can ski Pebble Creek you can ski anywhere." The mountain’s 2,200 feet of vertical on 1,100 acres attracts extreme skiers, but also offers plenty of terrain variety for every skill level. Plus, the old beginner double lift has been has been converted to a triple chair that on busy days will cut down on waiting in the beginner area.

The mountain does feature a large amount of expert and advanced trails. Pebble Creek is also known for its easy access to huge helpings of excellent backcountry terrain. For overnight adventurers, the Idaho State University Outdoor Program operates a system of yurts behind the mountain and to the north.

A strong sense of emotional ownership is evident at Pebble Creek among the locals.
Recently a late, loyal Pebble Creek skier left money for the Pocatello Ski Association to use to encourage kids skiing and boarding. A group of Senior Olympians runs a free kids racing program allowing kids, who may have otherwise not had a chance, experience the thrill of racing. Idaho State University also operates a large adaptive skiing program.

After meeting the challenge of Pebble Creek, soothing therapy awaits in Lava Hot Springs. Natural volcanic mineral baths are located at the base of lava cliffs in a town filled with charm and Western hospitality. In nearby Pocatello, you’ll find major hotels and restaurants featuring cuisine with a regional flair. Both towns are just 25 minutes from the slopes.

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