Kelly Canyon Ski Area-USA

Kelly Canyon Ski Area: Idaho’s Gem!



Overview: Maintained and operated by the Idaho Falls Ski Club in association with the Idaho Alpine Club is the Kelly Canyon Ski Area. It is situated on a private, State Endowment Land and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest – the total area of the forest next to the resort property is about 6 miles squared. Moreover, this area can be used for a whole range of adventures (non-motorized).

Kelly Canyon !

Located in the eastern parts of Idaho is Kelly Canyon. It is further categorized within the Targhee National Forest. Among the other famous destination that is so to say, a landmark for the resort is the Idaho Falls which is situated further in the southwestern direction from the resort. Kelly Canyon Ski Area is among the gems of the Jefferson County.


Kelly Canyon Statistics

Base Elevation: 5600 feet

Summit Elevation: 6600feet

Vertical Drop: 1000 feet

The resort was launched for the public way back in the year 1957 and its creator, E. Bud Johnson is immensely credited for the development of the region. The hill upon which the resort is located has an elevation of about 6,600 feet or roughly 2,012 meters above the sea level. From this point, the vertical drop is a whole 1,000 feet or 305 meters. Moreover, the entire property measures a decent 740 acres or 2.6 square kilometers. The number of lifts at the resort is six in total and they include four double chair lifts and a single rope tow. On an average, the resort receives 200 inches or 510 meters worth of natural snowfall each year and the rest is compensated with the help of snowmakers. Here at Kelly Canyon, you can ski six days and nights a week and the sad part is that the resort remains closed during Sundays.  

At Kelly Canyon, you will get to experience Nordic skiing at its best and some of the best snowshoe trails in the country. These trails can be easily reached by going just beyond the alpine lifts and these intricate designs were made possible just because of the Altas Snowshoe markers. They facilitate in easier and better navigation. The resort offers a complete family experience and a whole lot more than just skiing.



Quick Facts and Figures

The most important feature of any ski resort is its varied terrain. Here at Kelly Canyon, you will get to experience some of the most well-crafted terrain structures which cater to individuals of skill level. It is among the very few resorts who offer night time skiing and it is beautiful too. Nearly two-third of their 51 runs glitters till 9:30 pm and is quite a sight.

  • Mountain elevation: The maximum elevation that the mountain reaches is 6,600 feet
  • Base elevation: Its base elevation stands at 5,600 feet.
  • The rate of snowfall: The approximate snowfall is measured at 200 inches annually.
  • Area: The skiable area at the resort is roughly 688 acres.
  • Runs: The total number of runs at the resort is 51 in number. And, the longest run here measures 6,900 feet.
  • Lifts: There are 4 double chairs and 1 of the surface lifts.
  • Night skiing: Yes, Kelly Canyon Ski Area is equipped for night skiing and for this purpose approximately 2/3rd of the 51 runs are dedicated.
  • Slope differential: The slopes at Kelly Canyon are divided into the following:
    • Beginners: 35 %
    • Intermediate: 45 %
    • Difficult: 20 %
  • Park: There are three kinds of parks at the resort – Terrain Park, Rail Park and Jump Park. Here you can practice and try out new moves.


The restaurants at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort have been remodelled to suit each of your desires. They now are able to provide even better services to each of their customers be it in terms of the grill, checkouts, hot or cold tables or the self-service condiments – salads, soups and more traditional American specialties. All of them have grown more in size resulting in greater avenues and comfortable seating. There is the Kelly Canyon cafeteria which offers typical food items such as hamburgers and fries among others at the most reasonable prices.



Other Important Things to Know

Now, if you don’t have your own skiing gear then there is nothing to be worried about as the resort offers rental services. These gear rental services begin from as low as $ 5 and do not go beyond $ 30 for each of their items.

For particularly this season the resort is offering memberships to people of all age groups at $ 99 (these are subject to change). Night skiing specifically is the best-known feature of the resort. You can ski here at the resort till 9:30 in the night.

Another major concern among skiers is lodges and the residential places. Here, there is a facility spanning over 13,000 square feet. They are affordable, great seating areas, well-equipped rooms and also spaces for private functions and engagements.    

Skiing lessons



The resort has a skiing institution which is formally known as – the Kelly Canyon Ski School and it offers a whole range of lessons within the parameters of skiing and snowboarding. Now, irrespective of your skill level, this school is the best thing for you. So, do not shy away and come to the school if you even have the slightest of desires to improve.

As far as the affiliations go, this school is a proud member of the Professional Ski Instructions of America (PSIA). Moreover, its teaching methodology is strictly managed by the American Teaching System. Each of the instructors carries their own certifications from PSIA and delivers in the simplest of manners possible.

Their approach is nuanced and simple and dedicated towards positive results. So, even if you feel that nothing is coming out, then be patient, follow the instructions and ask questions as many times as you like. They will also teach you everything when it comes to safety measures. Lastly, remember it is all about the fun, therefore do not unnecessarily stress, just relax and soak in the greatest powder in Idaho.

The school has designed packages with adequate consideration and they are priced reasonably well. As students, you are simply required to come in (whether you want to improve or learn from the beginning) carrying the appropriate gear. Typically, if you are wondering what to wear, then just carry – a warm coat, a hat that covers the ears, water repellent snow pants (no denims), winter gloves, and goggles or protective eye wear.  Long scarves and knit mittens are discouraged, so you might as well avoid anything in that category.

Now, while you are at the school all the lift ticket prices will be included in the fee but once your lessons are over, then you will have to go ahead and purchase regular lift tickets. For more details and a better understanding, you can give them a call. The costs involved in the school are fairly nominal, they begin from as low as $ 40 and as high as $ 216. Moreover, the prices are subject to the number of hours/days you are willing to put in.



Tickets and Packages

 All you have to do is log on to Kelly Canyon Ski Areas website and sort through the listed prices and dates, and book the tickets. It’s a simple enough procedure. Moreover, if you have any doubts irrespective of the topic, just give them a call, they will be more than happy to help you out.

Look at the list below to get an idea about the holiday hours of the resort this year:

  • Monday, December 19th to Friday, December 23rd – 9:30 am – 9:30 pm.
  • Saturdays December 24th – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The resort remains closed on Sundays and December 25th.
  • Monday, December 26th to Friday, December 30th –  9:30 am to 9:30 pm. Saturday, December 31st – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The resort is closed on Sunday, January 1st.
  • Monday, January 2nd to Saturday, January 7th, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.
  • Martin Luther King Day, which falls on the Monday of January 16th, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Presidents Day which falls on Monday, February 20th 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.

Pricing during regular hours

  • Children below the age of 5 will not be charged in any manner at the resort.
  • Combo prices: This package is for the day and night skiing trips which are usually between 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm – Children between the age group of 6 and 12 years along with elderly, that is folks above the age of 65 will have to pay $ 32 for the combo. On the other, people between the ages of 13 and 64 have to pay $ 40 for the same.
  • Half Day: The timings under this category is between 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Children between the age group of 6 and 12 years along with elderly, that is folks above the age of 65 will have to pay $ 26. On the other, people between the ages of 13 and 64 have to pay $ 32 for the same.
  • Night hours: The night skiing typically begins at 5:00 pm in the evening and concludes by 9:30 pm. Children between the age group of 6 and 12 years along with elderly, that is folks above the age of 65 will have to pay $ 26. On the other, people between the ages of 13 and 64 have to pay $ 32 for the same.
  • Bunny Hill: Now, if you just want to travel to Bunny Hill alone then the prices for children between the age group of 6 and 12 years along with elderly, that is folks above the age of 65 will have to pay $ 5.While, people between the ages of 13 and 64 also have to pay $ 5 for the same.   
  • The above-mentioned details are for the Weekdays. If you are specifically travelling to the resort during the weekend, in that case, the overall ticket prices remain the same. However, just the timings change.
  • Full day: It begins early by 9:30 in the morning and closes at 5 pm in the evening. The prices remain the same. Children below the age of 5 do not have to pay any amount. While, children between the ages of 6 and 12, and the elder folks (upwards of 65) have to pay $ 32. Lastly, folks between the ages of 13 and 64 have to pay $ 40.
  • Half day: It is the same, that is from 12:30 to 5 pm and prices are: kids below 5 are not charged while those between the ages of 6 and 12 years along with the older folks (65 +) will have to pay $ 26 and finally, individuals between the ages of 13 and 64 have to pay up $ 32 for half days worth of adventure.
  • Night hours: Typically, it begins at 5 pm and closes by 9:30 pm and the charges are a nominal $ 26 for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years, and the 65 + year old elderly. People between the ages of 13 and 64 years simply have to pay $ 32 for the same.
  • Bunny hill: Charges for Bunny Hill are a maximum of $ 5 under all the categories except for children below the age of 5 years.



When it comes to season passes they are the best means to save up a lot of money. Also, if you are travelling in groups or along with your family, in that case, you will not only have a great time but end up saving a great deal as well. There are some very exciting offers that the resort comes up with and you can always enquire by either giving them a call or simply looking up on their website. A word of caution for young college students, you guys must carry your identification cards in case you wish to avail discounted passes.

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