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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 80th 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 70,000 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 impeccable, 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.
Abby is our new Ski School Director. As a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America PSIA Certification in: Alpine (Level 2), Snowboarding (Level 1), Children's Specialist (Level 2). Abby 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 a Childrens program offering 1/2 day lessons on weekends in our Mini-Moose program. Private & group lessons are offered every day the mountain is open.
Photo of PSIA National Team Member - David Lawrence, a Past Lookout Pass Ski School Director out enjoying the snow at Lookout Pass:
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 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 a 14,000 square foot expansion to our 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 approved Phase 1, including 2 new chairlifts 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 take Lookout Pass to over 1,100 acres, and bring us up to a 1,650 vertical feet. The terrain is mostly comprised of intermediate and advanced trails. Trail clearning has started and for winter 2017-18 we'll have one new trail cut, cleared and ready for winter. The new trail (a blue square) is named Tamarack. We also finished two short connector trails for winter 2019-20 called R2C2 (Return to Chair 2) and Get Back which will get you back to Chair 2 from the new terrain. In addition 3 other trails were cut part way up the mountain last summer. All Trails have now been marked and surveyed by the Forest Service and will be Logged over the 2021 summer. Lifts are scheduled to be added for winter 2022-23.
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 and been approved for a new Master Development Plan to the USFS for an additional 565 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 - Exit 0.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 108, Wallace, ID 83873
Physical address: I-90 Exit 0, Mullan, ID 83846
Phone: 208-744-1301 or 208.744.1234; Fax 208-744-1227; Toll Free: 888-512-0764
Web Site: www.SkiLookout.com
38 named runs plus some of the best glade areas of tree skiing in the west!
560 skiable acres - Growing soon to 1,028 acres
Vertical Drop: 1,150' - Growing soon to 1,650'
Base elevation: 4,500'
Summit elevation: 5,650' - Growing soon to 6,150'
Longest run is 1.5 miles in length
Average annual snowfall: 400 inches = 33+ feet
2 Terrain Parks: Rolling Thunder, & Huckleberry Jam. In total they will feature up to 35 rails, and 6-10 jumps!
Lifts: 1 Quad, 1 Triple chair and 2 Double chairs - With 2 new chairs coming soon as part of our expansion to Eagle Peak.
Hours of operation: Opening in mid Nov. - operating Seven days a week from 12/18 thru the middle of March. then 5-6 days a week thru end of March and into April. We usually ski thru the 2nd or 3rd weekend in April but occasionally later.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PST weekdays
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. PST weekends & over all our Holiday Periods.
Fun Fact: Lookout Pass straddles the Idaho/Montana state line. Ski/Ride two states and cross two time zones in the same run on one mountain!
NEW - Summer Operations at Ski Lookout Pass. Starting in the summer of 2020 the mountain opened up 5 Downhill Mtn Bike trails! In addition a 9 hole Frisbee Golf Course was laid out at the mountains summit. Scenic Chairlift Rides were also offered with both up & down access as well as some choosing to hike down the mountin. These options were and will continue to be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 3:30 pm.
Lookout Pass is also proud to be a part of and run the Route of the Hiawatha. At one time the Hiawatha was home to historic train tracks. It has now become the most scenic Rail-to-Trail Mountain BIke Trail in the country! It is truely a memorable bike trail that can be enjoyed by friends and family of any age. 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 in America". To learn more about the Route of the Hiawatha, click on the link below!