In 1885 Noah Kellogg, a gold prospector, lost his donkey while traveling down the great north fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. When he finally found his steed it was standing on a large outcrop, an outcrop that was filled with precious lead ore. Soon after the largest Idaho mining operation began. The lost donkey lived to a good age of 21 and was known as "The 12 million Burro" for it's lucrative discovery. Long after the mining operation stopped the Jackass Ski Bowl opened in 1967. The first Skiers enjoyed the precious slopes and its fresh powder, but less than 10 years later the Jackass Ski Bowl went bankrupt. The land was auctioned off and switched hands until it finally became the beautiful Silver Mountain Resort, which was opened June 30th, 1990.
Today the Silver Mountain Resort is home to a variety of summer activities including concerts, hiking, huckleberry picking, scenic chairlifts, Gondala rides, and mountain biking. Their winter activities include their famous ski slope. One year round attraction at the resort is the Indoor water park. The park includes a Surf Wave, a lazy river, an interactive spray deck, a multi-level water play area, a warm spring, a water obstacle course, several water hoops, a kitty pool, and two exciting water slides. For those wanting to relax there is the Cabana area for visitors to lounge as well as Trestles. Trestles is a full bar that guests can visit and it includes several hot tubs for guests to enjoy a cold drink in a warm relaxing tub.
Whether your visiting in the summer or the winter Silver Mountain Resort is a perfect place to visit for your Idaho Vacation. With amazing skiing in the winter, huckleberry picking in the summer, and fun slides year round, there is something for everyone at the Silver Mountain Resort.