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Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg
(3.9/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
Silver Mountain Resort is a ski resort in the western United States, located in the Silver Valley region in the Idaho Panhandle, just south of Kellogg and Interstate 90 in Shoshone County. Originally opened as "Jackass Ski Bowl" in January 1968 on Wardner Peak, it was renamed "Silverhorn" in 1973 following an ownership change. With planned improvements, most notably the gondola from the city of Kellogg and expansion on Kellogg Peak, the name was changed to "Silver Mountain" in the summer of 1989.HistoryJackass Ski BowlJackass Ski Bowl, near Wardner, was constructed in the summer of 1967 on lands leased from the Bunker Hill Mining Company. It was named for Noah Kellogg's borrowed ore-discovering donkey (Jenny) of 1885. The ski area began operations in January 1968 and the first seasons were promising, with plans for lift expansion and a 1971 season that extended to mid-May. But the next two years of poor skiing weather caused the operation to fall into financial difficulty. Following its sixth season, its assets were liquidated in a foreclosure sale by the SBA in August 1973 in Wallace, and were purchased by the Bunker Hill Co. for $100,100.
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  • Went up to go hiking, drink, and hanging out with friends and family. Beautiful from the top. Not many people hanging around for a weekend. Employees super nice. Cool area! Hidden gem for sure. 
  • The staff turns over so often you are never sure what the quality of service or of food is going to be. Often, i have had bartenders who seem to think they are some type of floor show that I came in t...  more »
  • This is a fun gondola ride. A relaxing ride to the top. Beautiful views. The down side is that the widows on the gondola cars are extremely scratched from years of being banged by snowboards and skis....  more »
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  • We've gone on the gondola here several times over the years. The staff in the gondola areas are not particularly friendly or welcoming. The lodge at the top is always terribly busy. We've always intended to eat a quick lunch or to try the lounge at the top level, but we can never find a table. The view from the gondola is great, however, and the ride is quite relaxing so long as the weather is cooperative. We have not stayed at the resort or experienced much of the resort area at the base of the gondola, so my review does not reflect upon the resort in its entirety.
  • Two winters ago, I took my son (5 years old at the time) to this resort. It was just him and me, and it was magical. We still talk about how much wonderful fun we had together. This place is perfect for families, because you can go skiing, AND you can go to the water park (plus other things, but for our trip, those were the Big Two for winter activities and younger children). We'll be going back.
  • Could have a few more trails. Signage for finding the backside chairlift and whether or not it's open eluded me this last trip, so my run selection was even shorter. Parking is fantastic and it's a quaint little town it's in! It's an interesting experience to have almost Spring weather at the bottom and still good snow at the top; as well as being secluded from the actual hillside when you first get there. Gondola ride to access parking lot is both good and bad. Gives you time to relax, but it's also long enough that it's kind of a hassle if you are just making a quick trip. Definitely makes you plan accordingly!
  • Our room was on the small side but very nice otherwise. The staff was friendly and check-in was quick.
  • Great rooms, fun water park, and loved the atmosphere there. Plus you ride the gondola straight up the mountain! Will be returning for sure!