Skiing out-of-bounds at Brundage Mountain opens up thousands of acres of fluffy Idaho powder to those looking for a quick fix. The ski area's open-boundary policy and one-ride pass option provides for an easy, one-stop backcountry trek. Popular tours begin at the top of Brundage's Bluebird Quad and head up to the summit of nearby Sargeant's Mountain. Both the east- and west-facing aspects of Sargeant reveal unforgettable skiing routes. Once you've made your epic descent, point your skis westward towards the main snowmobile road back to civilization.
NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
If chairlifts are simply not for you, look to Jughandle Mountain and Squaw Point for a heady haul of a climb and old-fashioned face shots. Strap on your skins or snowshoes, and scramble to the summit, where a world of fun awaits you. Be sure to say hello to the local snow experts and safe keepers—this area is a popular avalanche forecast test site. Looking for solitude? Head to Lick Creek for winter camping and spend the week waist-deep.