Bald Mountain Ski Area

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Bald Mountain
Bald Mountain is located in Idaho
Bald Mountain
Bald Mountain
Location of Bald Mountain, near Orofino, Idaho
Location Clearwater County,
Idaho, U.S.
Nearest city Pierce - 10 mi (16 km)
Orofino - 28 mi (45 km)
Coordinates 46°34′N 115°52′W / 46.57°N 115.87°W / 46.57; -115.87Coordinates: 46°34′N 115°52′W / 46.57°N 115.87°W / 46.57; -115.87
Vertical 684 ft (208 m)
Top elevation 4,400 ft (1,341 m)
Base elevation 3,716 ft (1,133 m)
4,000 ft (1,219 m)
main lodge
Skiable area 140 acres (0.57 km2)


Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 25% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 40% more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 35% most difficult
Lift system 1 T-bar
1 rope tow
Snowfall 100 in (250 cm)
Snowmaking none
Night skiing none
Website Ski Bald

Bald Mountain Ski Area is a modest ski area in north central Idaho, located ten miles (16 km) northwest of Pierce in Clearwater County. The area first opened 57 years ago in January 1960, with a cotton rope tow powered by a gasoline engine.[1][2] Originally for employees of the Potlatch Corporation (forest products) in the village of Headquarters, it opened to the public in the 1960s.[3][4][5]

The summit elevation is 4,400 feet (1,341 m) above sea level, with a vertical drop of 684 feet (208 m).[6] The north-facing slopes are served by two surface lifts: a T-bar and a rope tow, and the main lodge and parking area are at mid-mountain. The area is open only on weekends and the average snowfall is 100 inches (250 cm).[4] The T-bar made its debut in late January 1969,[1][7] and the A-frame lodge was built in 1971.[8]

This ski area is independent of the much larger Bald Mountain, the primary ski mountain at Sun Valley, a major ski resort in southern Idaho's Blaine County.


  1. ^ a b "Bald Mountain lift dedicated despite blizzard conditions". Lewiston Morning Tribune. January 27, 1969. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "Good skiing expected at Bald Mountain run". Lewiston Morning Tribune. March 19, 1960. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Potlatch plays its part". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (advertisement). June 22, 1967. p. 17. 
  4. ^ a b "About". Ski Bald Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Huntington, Rebecca (January 30, 1997). "Big fun on the small hills". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1C. 
  6. ^ Jennings, Bill (January 18, 2008). "Remote slopes offer skiers a little variety". Spokesman-Review. 
  7. ^ Speer, Gary (February 23, 1986). "Bald Mountain keeps Idaho skiers happy without celebrities". (Lewiston) Sunday Tribune. p. 2E. 
  8. ^ "Idaho ski lift ready". Spokesman-Review. December 31, 1971. p. 7. 

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