Have a (Snow) Ball and Enjoy Free Parking This Weekend 

Saturday, Jan. 7

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but how about free snow sports? For the 26th year, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free snow fun. On Saturday, Jan. 7, parking at all State Parks and State Park 'n' Ski locations will be free. That gives you free rein of 180 miles of marked trails at more than a dozen locations around Idaho.

While there aren't a ton of places in the valley to get your powder on, Idaho City is just a short jaunt away. And if you make the pilgrimage on Saturday, Jan. 7, you can join a free guided snowshoe tour at any one of the four Idaho City Park 'n' Ski locations.

This opportunity is open to people of all skill levels, but be sure to bring your own snowshoes or borrow a buddy's pair.

The Whoop-Um-Up, Gold Fork, Banner Ridge and Beaver Creek Summit spots are all located between 17 and 25 miles north of Idaho City on Highway 21. Each location has a backcountry yurt available with reservations, but Whoop-Um-Up is the only trail that welcomes your canine. Whether you snowshoe or cross-country ski, Parks and Rec offers these groomed and ungroomed trails for free winter fun.

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