XC Skiing

Galena Lodge is surrounded by some of the best cross-country skiing in the nation! Extending right from our doorstep is the North Valley Trail System with over 50 kilometers of immaculately groomed trail for both skate and classic skiing.  What makes this trail system so nice?  First of all, it’s laid before the gorgeous backdrop of the Boulder Mountains – 10,000 foot peaks that glisten above the lodge presenting consistently amazing scenery.  Secondly, the terrain offers variety for all abilities from first-time skiers to experts.  We have several very mellow loops from the lodge for beginners.  Additionally, the majority of the Harriman Trail (a 30-km trail from Galena Lodge to the SNRA near Ketchum) is flat or gradually rolling with great views.  That being said, the more comfortable you get on your skis, the more fun to be had.  We have long challenging climbs with screaming descents, fun corners, and consistent grade changes.  Frankly, it’s as good as it gets.  The BCRD (Blaine County Recreation District) maintains and grooms these trails impeccably – not to mention that the dry Idaho air and high elevations combine to almost guarantee several months of deep, packed powder conditions!  If cross-country skiing isn’t your style, Galena Lodge has an extensive system of snowshoe trails for all abilities with beautiful views!

The Ski Shop

We have all the rental equipment you need.  We carry high-quality cross-country ski equipment for both skating and classic skiing.  You can rent full equipment packages at an affordable price, or just a pair of poles or boots if you forgot yours at home.  We also rent snowshoes, over-boots, and snowshoe poles.  The shop is an information booth for our trail system so come and bring us your questions – we’re happy to help.  We also have ski apparel, books, tees, and more for sale!

The Ski School

We want YOU to learn to ski with US!  The Galena Lodge Ski School can make cross-country skiing more fun!  We teach for all abilities from first-time skiers to full on race instruction.  Our instructors are life-long skiers who will ensure that your lesson is enjoyable, informative, and pressure-free!