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Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg

#6 of 10 in Winter Sports in Idaho
Mountain Ski Area
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 $100,100.
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126 reviews
  • My husband and I enjoyed a lovely gondola ride to the top of Silver Mountain. The views are spectacular. At the top you can hike, have a picnic, take another lift to a different peak or enjoy lunch at...  more »
  • The World's longest Gondola (3.1miles) is an experience in itself but we wanted even more. Once at the top (5700ft) we hiked over to Kellogg Peak (6300ft). The 3.5 round trip was very steep but filled...  more »
  • Took a summer ride up this gondola with several friends. We wanted to do the Friday dinner but were not going to be in the area that long so took a morning ride and the sky and scenery was beautiful. ...  more »
  • We love visiting and staying at the lodge but its hard to find any good food, especially during the summer months. Water park is fun. Restaurants leave much more to be desired. Water park has mostly deep fried foods. I'd suggest renting a room with a full kitchen and fridge. The restaurants around the resort aren't terrible but they're not great either.
  • The town, the relaxed unpretentious vibe, the beauty, the price, the small-but-passionate&friendly management. Any useful review calls for honest disclosure of shortcomings, so here they are: not every chairlift attendant carries him or herself like an employee of the month, but I don't know if I would either with a job akin to herding cats over a mountain for 11$ an hour. Getting guests around town as well as up and down a mountain with their baggage/kiddos/snowsliding+bike-riding equipment seems difficult as a full-time job (this is ubiquitous among entry-level service positions).
  • Great spring skiing. Not crowded the middle of March 2017. The mountain is well groomed with plenty of variable terrain. The staff were all helpful and the instructors did a great job with both snowboard and skiing students. Prices are just right.
  • High quality lodging (high price to go with it). Staff is great, very helpful. Great facility. Kids LOVE the water park. Very convenient to the ski area!
  • Fantastic for skiers, boarders, tubers and mountain bikers. New owners are making it better every day.

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