Don’t get caught inside just because there is some snow on the trails. When you put the bike and hiking shoes up for the winter, break out the skis, snowshoes, and snow boots. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to get some exercise and see the backcountry in a way you may never have before. Below you will find a complete guide to cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Pocatello.
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Local Outdoor Sporting Goods Shop
Element Outfitters is Pocatello’s local cross country ski shop. To start a recipe of a great winter, we provide quality skis, boots, and accessories from Alpina. Complete packages start at $299 for adults. For those of you who only get out a couple times a year, our cross country ski rental program is perfect for you. Rentals are only $15 per day.
We also carry a wide variety of snowshoes, snow boots, and winter apparel perfect for the winter lover.
Call or visit either of our two locations in Pocatello for more information. The trails are calling, Just Add You!!!
222 S 5th AVE- 232-8722
1570 N Yellowstone- 238-3500
East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center in Pocatello
If you are looking for groomed cross country ski trails in Pocatello, visit the Pocatello nordic center at East Fork Mink Creek. Trails range in difficulty from beginner to expert, and are groomed for classic and skate skiing. There is a total distance of 20 km of trails that wind around the scenic Mink Creek area. A snowshoe trail and sledding hill are also part of the fun. The nordic center offers restrooms, a warming hut, info station, and a plowed parking lot. There is also a yurt that can be rented out. They do charge to park and ski. Follow the links below for more information.
Porteuf Range Yurt System
A series of four back country yurts are nestled in the Portneuf Mountains in Southeast Idaho. Adventurers can cross country ski or snowshoe into one of these yurts for a night in the mountains, or send several days playing in the snow and traveling between all the yurts. You must reserve the yurts in advance and pay a nominal fee.
What is a yurt? A yurt is a domed hut that is usually semi-portable and setup in the winter. These yurts have a skylight for viewing the stars, bunk beds, Coleman cooking stove, and a wood burning stove to keep it toasty warm. One of these yurts will comfortably fit 5 to 8 people.
Whether you have a family with kids, or a couple powder hounds looking for backcountry skiing/boarding, you will love spending time at one, or all, of the Portneuf Range Yurts. Visit the link below to get all the information you need to Just Add You.
Other Pocatello Area Trails Suitable for Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Pocatello Cross Country Ski Foundation
The Pocatello Cross Country Ski Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to promoting and improving Nordic skiing for all levels of experience in Pocatello. They believe that a quality ski experience for novice and expert skiers depends on well maintained trails with excellent grooming. PXCSF assists the City of Pocatello operate Mink Creek Nordic Area with volunteer labor and equipment for trail maintenance and grooming. PXCSF also promotes local skiing through events such as the Potato Cup race, Fun Race Series and fall Trail Runs with volunteer work days. We also support both masters and junior ski programs based on interest.
Please support this local organization. To learn more visit Pocatello X Country Ski Foundation website