The Hottest Cold Spots in SW Idaho

Snow Guide

Snow Guide

Southwest Idaho is all about exploring. That doesn’t stop when it snows.

If you’re looking for fun in the snow, then Southwest Idaho is the place for you. McCall, Idaho gets an average of 132 inches of snow a year! The snow starts in November and lasts until May – sometimes even into June! If you are looking for some great snow, look no further. Whether you want to find skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing, or just a little sledding, you need to take a trip. Head up HWY 55 to McCall or HWY 21 to Idaho City and find your bliss.

Snowy Paradise



  • Brundage Mountain – McCall, Idaho
    With 320 inches of snow a year and over 18,000 acres of  backcountry terrain, Brundage is full of winter adventure.
    Learn more about Brundage
  • Tamarack Resort – Tamarack, Idaho
    Escape to the rugged alpine wilderness of Idaho’s Central Mountains, surrounded by fresh powder and stunning views.
    Learn more about Tamarack
  • Bogus Basin – Boise, Idaho
    Located in Boise’s backyard, Bogus Basin offers unparalleled views of the city as visitors race down the slopes.
    Learn more about Bogus Basin
  • Little Ski Hill – McCall, Idaho






 Ice Fishing

  • Lake Cascade State Park – Cascade, Idaho
  • Warm Lake – Cascade, Idaho
  • Horsethief Reservoir – Cascade, Idaho





Hot Springs

Gold Fork Hot Springs

Southwest Idaho has some of the best natural warm springs in the world. You haven’t experienced winter until you are in the mountains surrounded by snow… in a swimming suit. There are so many to choose from, but here are our favorites:

  • The Springs – Idaho City, Idaho
  • Kirkham Hot Springs – Lowman, Idaho
  • Haven Hot Springs – Lowman, Idaho
  • Mundo Hot Springs – Cambridge, Idaho
  • Gold Fork Hot Springs – Donnelly, Idaho
  • Roystone Hot Springs – Sweet, Idaho
  • Givens Hot Springs – Melba, Idaho

Read our Hot Springs Guide for more details on where and how to get to these dreamy locations.

Snow Time Events

Winter Garden Aglow at the Boise Botanical Garden

Do you want to visit a cozy mountain town for one of the best winter festivals in America? Do you want to see a garden glow (not just grow)? Southwest Idaho knows how to have a good time.

  • Winter Garden aGlow – Boise, Idaho
    Late November through early January
    Join us at the Idaho Botanical Garden and see our dazzling display of over 300,000 sparkling lights artfully displayed throughout the holiday season.
  • McCall Winter Carnival – McCall, Idaho
    Late February
    Enjoy the famous snow sculptures, torchlight and Mardi Gras Parades. Plus, live music and daily events spanning everything from comedy shows to art auctions to the Monster Dog Pull and much more!
    Click here for full event schedule
  • Winter Wonderland – Caldwell, Idaho
    Mid-November through mid-January
    To kick off the holiday season the city of Caldwell will use over 1,000,000 lights to decorate the historic downtown! Not to mention the additional 35,000 lights they use to construct a tunnel feature along Indian Creek. Don’t miss out on this spectacular free light show.
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  • Sleigh Full of Smiles

    Sleigh Full of Smiles

    A bright blue sky, a horse drawn sleigh ride, and Idaho elk create happy smiles and the perfect winter outing!

  • Three Mountains in Three Days

    Three Mountains in Three Days

    Whether you’re gliding through pockets of pristine powder, snowshoeing through frozen forests, or curling up in a cozy lodge, these three mountains deliver the ultimate winter adventure.

  • Winter Events in Southwest Idaho

    Winter Events in Southwest Idaho

    Sure, Southwest Idaho is known as a haven for skiers and a magnet for snowmobilers, but that’s just the tip of the Idaho iceberg!