It’s the silver anniversary of Idaho’s free ski and snowshoe day at state parks and park-and-ski areas. On Saturday Jan. 8th, Nordic skiers and snowshoers will be able to use the parks and park-and-ski lots for free to access the trails, from Priest Lake to Island Park; it’s the 25th annual event. Entrance and ski trail fees will be waived that day for everyone, as will park-and-ski parking permit fees, and some parks will host special events ranging from clinics to welcome parties.
Among them: Farragut State Park will offer free Nordic lessons from 10 a.m. to noon (bring your own equipment, meet at the Visitor Center), along with free cookies, coffee and park access. Priest Lake State Park will offer free cross-country ski lessons, hot chocolate and coffee; Harriman State Park will have free lessons all day and free rentals while supplies last; and Ponderosa State Park will offer snowshoe lessons and tours, Nordic ski lessons and free equipment rentals from 11-2:30. Said state parks chief Nancy Merrill, “The goal of Free Ski/Snowshoe day in Idaho is to introduce newcomers to the wonderful terrain and winter recreation opportunities across the state.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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