Lost Trail Ski Area, ID/MT Report: Cliffs & Couloirs

Martin Kuprianowicz | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

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Report from Saturday, February 27, 2021

These powder-charged Idaho ski areas I’ve never heard of just keep delivering. 

We got into Salmon, Idaho late last night and skied Lost Trail Ski Area this afternoon, which sits right on the Idaho/Montana state line and is about an hour’s drive north of town. 

The drive to Lost Trail follows the Salmon River and is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

An unnamed skier skis down a soft run next to Chair 3. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

Once you get on top of Lost Trail Pass near the ski area the snowbanks really start piling up.

We showed up around noon today, and this place is located in what feels like absolute nowhere.

It was sunny with blue skies and fresh snow. 

The ski area has an old, eclectic feel to it with three chairs and A LOT of skiable terrain—1,800 acres to be exact.

A posse of skiers rip down the skier’s right run besides Chair 3. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

We started off the day by taking up Chair 1 and skiing groomers over to Chair 2 which is in Idaho.

A couple of mellow laps on Chair 1 and Chair 2 and then we went over to where the real money was at today—Chair 3 on the Montana side. 

Chair Three is a long, rustic two-seater and accesses what feels like a whole nother mountain.

The snow everywhere at Lost Trail today was super soft—probably having something to do with the 34″ of new snow they got this week. 

Leftover powder was to be had everywhere—especially on Chair 3.

Chair 1 | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

A friendly South African man on the chairlift recommended we go check out Hollywood Bowl off skier’s right of Chair 3 so that’s what we did.

He knew what he was talking about.

Hollywood Bowl is huge and we found tender snow amongst steep trails, cliffs, and fun couloirs.

We sent cliff-drops and charged through fast chutes.

Cliffs and chutes. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

The snow was a little chopped up but still light, dry, and fluffy, allowing you to bomb right through it.

In the trees, there were deep stashes and massive pillows you could pop left and right.

A little bit of snow—or a lot—goes a long way here.

Tomorrow we take off for the Sawtooths, three-and-a-half hours south of here…

Is the Salmon River the prettiest river in Idaho? | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

Snow Numbers

Courtesy Lost Trail Ski Area 2/27/21

Trail Map

Courtesy Lost Trail


Courtesy NOAA 2/27/21


Photo courtesy SnowBrains
Snow art at the top of Chair 1! | Photo courtesy SnowBrains
Drink beer outside. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains
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On the road again. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains


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6 thoughts on “Lost Trail Ski Area, ID/MT Report: Cliffs & Couloirs

  1. Actually, Lost Trail has 5 chairs, and you access Hollywood Bowl by Chair 4, not Chair 3. The map and one of the photos you posted both depict the 5 lifts at Lost Trail.

  2. Actually, Lost Trail has 5 chairs, and you access Hollywood Bowl by Chair 4, not chair 3, which starts near the bottom of Chair 4 but goes up less elevation in a different direction. One of your photos depicts that all 5 chairs were running.

  3. One minor correction. The oldest Ski Area in Idaho is actually Ski Lookout Pass which was operational before any other Idaho ski area. Opening in the winter of 1935. The first lift served ski area in Idaho was Sun Valley!

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