Enjoy this age-old sport made new in the Lost River Valley! The word ski comes from an old Scandinavian Norse word meaning “stick of wood” because skiing began in the Nordic countries as a practical way to get from village to village through the heavy snow covering those areas. Today, cross-country skiing is essentially walking on skis, on top of the snow, moving up and down rolling hills without the aid of a ski lift, or sliding on freshly fallen snow on the flats. Here in Central Idaho, you can enjoy cross-country skiing on serene trails deep in the Salmon-Challis National Forest surrounding Mackay.

If you’ve never tried cross-country skiing, rent skis over in Idaho Falls to enjoy cross-country skiing trails in the Lost River Valley.