Wednesday, February 27, 2008

You don’t need deep pockets for deep powder at Pomerelle

There’s nothing better than fresh snow and few people. You’ll find that at Pomerelle Mountain Resort, hidden in Sawtooth National Forest about 190 miles away from both Boise and Salt Lake City. It’s 25 miles off Interstate 84 via Idaho 77. Look for the Declo/Albion exit, #216.

Pomerelle is a great hill for families who love to ski and board. Crowds are unheard of, food is good, lift tickets are cheap, and the staff is friendly. Check out the Ladies Day package, which includes a lift ticket, lunch, and a lesson. The most expensive ticket tops out at under $40. Children under the age of 6 ride free with a paying adult. Full, half day, day and night, or night-only passes are available.

Challenging runs for skiers, exciting terrain for snowboarders and scenic trails for cross-country enthusiasts make this a well rounded mountain for any skill level. Most importantly, Pomerelle gets huge amounts of snow--the most in Idaho—about 500 inches a year. At nearly 9,000 feet, often snow totals here are equivalent to Utah resorts three hours south.

Pomerelle grooms 24 slopes serviced by a triple chair, a double chair and a new 450-foot Magic Carpet boardwalk lift. Ride the triple and see the 50 mile-panorama of the Magic Valley.

With 500 acres and 1,000 feet of vertical, the gentle wide runs are a great place to practice your carving skills. And if you go off the groomed trails you can hit deep, iight powder.

The terrain park gets rave reviews. The mountain constantly works with locals to improve the park. The cool instructors will teach anyone how to feel comfortable. Every week it gets better and the hits are always well maintained.

The beautiful and historic Albion Valley is the place for apres ski. Check out the Albion Café, or for fine dining: Annie's Saloon. The Sage Mountain Grill has homemade pies and bread.

If you are looking a private resort experience without the outrageous price, come make some turns at Pomerelle. Why not spend a couple of days. You can stay at the the Marsh Creek Inn , located on Highway 77, the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway.

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