Discover the magic of winter

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(BPT) - Were you lucky enough to grow up making snow angels? Did you spend the better part of a day building a snow fort or rolling up a snowman? If you have fond memories of playing in the snow, but for some reason haven’t put on insulated pants or boots in a long time, then it’s time to rediscover winter.

And if you’ve never gone out and tromped through fresh snow or witnessed how amazing snow-capped mountains can look, you’ve been missing out! So, make this the year to discover the wonder of winter for yourself.

One of the best places to experience winter to its fullest is in the mountains of southwest Idaho. It’s here that you can explore new activities, cross items off your bucket list and see for yourself why so many find winter to be their favorite season.

Discover untouched powder

There’s a reason thousands of diehards devote so much time to chasing down that perfect line on either skis or a snowboard. While resorts in Colorado get a lot of attention, they’re crowded and many people feel like they spend more time in line than on the slopes. Both first-timers and lifelong ski bums have discovered their favorite slopes in southwest Idaho. With three world-class resorts, plenty of snow and less people, there's good reason why this area tops many vacation lists.

Get out of your comfort zone

Some of the most rewarding vacations begin with a decision to try something new. Maybe you haven’t gone ice skating since you were a kid, or perhaps you want to know what it’s like to surf down a mountain on a snowboard. Whether it's sleeping in a yurt, feeding elk or taking a snowmobile ride into the backcountry, winters in southwest Idaho offer plenty of challenges to discover more about yourself.

Indulge your comfort zone

While there are plenty of opportunities to push your boundaries out west, you should take plenty of time to relax, indulge and give yourself the pampering you deserve. The resort town of McCall, Idaho might be the ideal place to do this. Situated on the beautiful Payette Lake and nestled in unforgettable mountains, the many spas and resorts here have the services that will completely rejuvenate you after a long day of shopping.

Replenish those lost calories

Just a 30-minute drive from skiing and the pristine wilderness are luxuriant spas (and plenty of hot springs that are open all year). Boise, Idaho is one of the premier gateways to the west. With its full-service airport, it’s an ideal launch pad for a winter vacation. But be careful: with world-class cuisine, nightlife, numerous wineries and other cultural events, you might find it hard to leave.

To learn more about these and other adventures, go to www.visitsouthwestidaho.org and start planning today!

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