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Welcome to Lookout Pass, where great snow, easy access and affordable prices have earned us the honor of "Most Family-Friendly" mountain resort in the Pacific Northwest by visitors to OnTheSnow.com, one of the most widely viewed travel sites on the web.
Lookout Pass is known for its light, dry snow. With an average of more than 400 inches annually. We're sure you'll enjoy our world class powder here at Lookout Pass. In fact, during a 7-day period ending March 1, 2011, Lookout had more snowfall, 6 and a half feet, than any ski resort in the world according to skiinfo.com!
We're also known for our famous "Lookout Pass Free Ski School" for kids. This season marks our 75th year of helping and providing opportunity to those who would like to learn how to ski or ride. The Famous Free Ski School program has had more than 60,000 youngsters participate in the program and we are happy to see generations of families enjoy the life skill of skiing and riding at Lookout Pass.
Here at Lookout Pass, we focus on the things that matter. Our family friendly environment, our world class powder, and our friendly staff are only a few things that you will find while enjoying your visit. Our tree skiing is fantastic, our groomers are great, and our terrain parks are better than ever before. Come up and enjoy all the good times that Lookout Pass has to offer!
Lookout Pass also offers a high level of instruction for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. David Lawrence is our new Ski School Director. As a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America National Nordic Team, a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, PSIA Certification in: Cross Country (level 3), Alpine (level 2), Telemark (level 2), Children's Specialist (Level 1), PSIA NW Cross Country Clinician and Examiner, and PSIA National Team Member since 2008 - present, you know David is always on the move. Lookout Pass has many programs available for a variety of groups such as: the Senior Workshop on Mondays, Downhill Divas for women only on Fridays and Next Level for intermediate and advanced skiers on Sundays. Individual group lessons are offered every day the mountain is open.
Photo of David Lawrence Skiing:
In a timeline spanning the next 15-20 years, Lookout Pass has planned to expand lift-served terrain by about 2,000 acres. Our master plan includes opening to two additional 6,200 foot peaks west-southwest of the existing ski area that stand as the gateway to the St. Regis Basin. The concept includes a new 20,000 square foot base lodge, and the existing lodge (the oldest continuously operating ski lodge in Idaho), will also be added to and continue to offer full services.
Phase 1 of the expansion plan has undergone the prescreening process required by the National Environmental Act. The U.S. Forest Service has accepted the concept for Phas 1, including 2 double chairs off a mountain now christened "Eagle Peak" that straddles the Idaho/Montana border. The trail plan seeks to take advantage of as many north-facing slopes as possible. The expansion will be about 700 acres, and about 1,400 vertical feet on intermediate and advanced terrain.
Phase 2 includes a new lodge and parking lot at the base of the second additional peak in an area covering about 30 acres. The new base area will continue to be accessed by Exit 0 on I-90, but instead of taking a right turn into the existing parking lot, visitors will take a left and drive down the old Highway 10 - the route over Lookout Pass before the interstate was built. About a mile down the road, the new base area will take shape.
Lookout Pass is one of the original Idaho ski areas having documented skiing and a home-made rope tow in 1935. The local ski pioneers chose Lookout Pass because of the abundant snowfall and excellent snow quality which they could access by jumping on the Northern Pacific railcars as they proceeded east from the mining towns of Wallace and Mullan, Idaho. These ski adventurers would hop off the railcars at the summit and utilize a highway storage shed as a warming hut that they nicknamed “Buzzards Roost”.
Lookout Pass has operated every winter season since 1935 and has a reputation for legendary powder, earliest openings, and the longest seasons in the region. Lookout Pass was voted the most “Family Friendly Ski Area in the Pacific Northwest” by an independent vote from OnTheSnow.com, the largest on-line winter resort website in the country. The ski area has tripled in skiable terrain since 2004 and has recently submitted a new Master Development Plan to the USFS for an additional 700 acres of expanded terrain.
Lookout’s historic base lodge is the 2nd oldest ski lodge in the northwest. The cedar interior offers delightful warmth reminiscent of vintage lodges of the 1940’s.
You will always find a good time and smiles here at Lookout Pass. So round up your friends and family, grab your gear and come on up to Lookout Pass! We are sure you'll have a memorable time!
Lookout Pass Ski Area
Location: Interstate 90 at the Idaho/Montana state line
Mailing address: P.O. Box 108, Wallace, ID 83873
Physical address: I-90 Exit 0, Mullan, ID 83846
Phone: 208-744-1301; Fax 208-744-1227; Toll Free: 888-512-0764
Web Site: www.skilookout.com
34 named runs plus some of the best glade areas of tree skiing in the west!
540 skiable acres
Vertical Drop: 1,150'
Base elevation: 4,500'
Summit elevation: 5,650'
Longest run is 1.5 miles in length
Average annual snowfall: 400 inches
3 Terrain Parks: Boarderline, Rolling Thunder, and Huckleberry Jam with up to 35 rails, and 6 jumps!
Type of lifts: 1 triple chair and 3 double chairs.
Hours of operation: Thursday through Monday plus Wednesdays in January & February. Seven days a week during Christmas vacation
9 a.m.- 4 p.m. PST weekdays
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. PST weekends
Fun Fact: Lookout Pass straddles the Idaho/Montana state line. Ski two states on one mountain!
Lookout Pass is also proud to be a part of and run the Route of the Hiawatha. Once historic and booming train tracks, has now become a scenic and memorable bike trail that can be enjoyed by friends and family. It has been labeled the "Crown Jewel" of trails, and also the Route of the Hiawatha has been labeled one of the top bike trails of America. To learn more about the Route of the Hiawatha, click on the link below!