Top 3 Reasons to Visit Boise in the Winter

February 5, 2019

by hotel43

Winter in Boise is a wonderland for many reasons. You can enjoy skiing, ice skating, and tobogganing along with other fun activities. For the winter traveler, there is no shortage of reasons to visit this state capitol at the chilliest time of the year. Here are three to entice you to pack a bag and put on your parka.

1. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation


For the skiers and snowboarders, Bogus Basin is the place where you will be headed. Bogus Basin Recreational Association is a not-for-profit organization started in 1942 by the Boise community. It's located just 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho. Typically, the winter season runs from early December through mid-April. Early and late season hours are subject to change, so check their website for conditions and even live webcams. The rec areas are open for the summer months as well, but the fun is really packed in during the snowy months with lots of winter activities in Boise.

skier coming down the mountain through fresh powder

Activities at Bogus Basin Mountain range from alpine skiing to snowshoeing. Tubing is great for groups of friends, and if you are a real thrill seeker, then you may wish to try the Glade Runner, the only high-speed mountain coaster in Idaho. You and a friend are seated in a single mountain cart and then released for an exhilarating ride through the forest.  You are in full control of your speed, so you can have a realizing cruise or push your control handles full-forward and unleash the Glade Runner's top speed!

Bogus Basin Mountain has something for everyone. No need to worry about packing a lunch, you can just stop in at Bogus Creek Plaza for some hot and tasty eats.

2. Hot Springs


There is nothing quite like the experience of soaking in natural hot springs in winter. You’ll be surrounded by ice and snow while you soak in the soothing waters of Idaho hot springs. Your worries will just seem to evaporate, as all the tensions of everyday life melt away.

two feet floating in the hot springs

Coming from Boise, there are a few well-known hot spots for a nice dip. Choose to take a splash in one of these hot springs:

Whether you are with the family or on a romantic getaway, a soak in Idaho's natural hot springs is an enjoyable experience for all travelers.

3. Sports


For Boise visitors who are looking for some indoor refuge but want to keep the fun and excitement high, why not take in an Idaho Steelheads hockey game or a BSU basketball game? The Steelheads play in the CenturyLink® Arena, located in the heart of downtown Boise while the Boise Broncos play on BSU’s campus at the Taco Bell Arena. Check their websites for home games, start times and ticket information.

Explore the winter wonder of Boise, Idaho and book your stay now at Hotel 43 today.