Friday, March 7, 2008

Escape to Cottonwood Butte for a change of pace.

Great snowriding is so abundant in Idaho, it turns up where you might least expect it. Cottonwood Butte is such a place: a diverse, compact ski hill overlooking the Camas Prairie.

For a different kind of skiing or riding experience, a trip to Cottonwood Butte is an adventure worth taking. Chances are every mountain you've been to is bigger, taller and busier. But you can't go wrong when a lift ticket is just 15 bucks. Plus, after a few runs through powder-filled trails, over mini cliff drops and through the trees, the place really grows on you.

Established in 1967, Cottonwood Butte is 56 miles south of Lewiston and 100 miles north of McCall off Highway 95. The area is easy to get to on a paved, all-weather road. The little red ski lodge offers ski and snowboard rentals, a repair shop, a lunch counter and ski lessons. It's your gateway to 845 vertical feet of surprising variety.

A 3,000-foot long T-bar serves 260 acres parceling out at 28% beginner, 29% intermediate and 43% advanced. The longest run is 4,000 feet. When the sun sets at Cottonwood Butte, the trails are lit and the fun goes on.

It's easy to make friends at Cottonwood Butte. We hooked up with local patroller Pat Hylton to discover the choicest lines. There's never a crowd. Skiers and riders at any level will have an excellent day of skiing and a great time when you're through. So take a little drive and escape to Cottonwood Butte.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

On a good snow day you cannot beat Cottonwood Butte. Great runs, short lines, this mountain is fun to play on. Check out the secret stash:

Off of Roops Loop just before you start heading down the first major hill, stay left and throw yourself off a couple tight chutes and cliffs. When you get to the bottom stop by the log cabin and say "hi" to Old man Greene...he'll direct you on how to get back to the lift.