03
Mar

With an annual snowfall of 500”, Pomerelle is known for being Idaho’s snowfall leader and usually one of its first ski resorts to open. I experienced Pomerelle’s famous deep powder on a past trip -one that inspired me to coin and use the name POW’daho for the rest of that Idaho tour. This time, however, there was no new snow. But still, Pomerelle had the deepest snow pack in Idaho: snow depth was (and currently is) 100″ at their base area (8,000 ft elevation) and 112″ at the top (about 9,000 ft elevation).

 

We pulled into their small lot at 9am on a Saturday and still got front row parking. Needless to say, there were no lift lines. Despite being Idaho’s snowfall leader, Pomerelle remains surprisingly uncrowded. The lack of crowds enables Pomerelle to groom their runs in the morning. That Saturday was no different. Grooming was underway as we got on the lift so we decided to follow and be guided around the mountain by the groomer. It’s easy to see why Pomerelle caters specifically to families and those learning to ski or board. Their soft, expertly groomed runs are easy to navigate and well designed along steady but gentle fall lines. We skied all of them and found consistently perfect corduroy run after run. That made for a super fun day even though our original plan to explore the backcountry was thwarted by very high winds. Speaking of the backcountry, theirs is easily accessible via a short ski and hike along the top ridge. We’ve heard a lot about their easy to get to backcountry terrain so plan to return for that another time.

 

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