Share:

Galena Lodge Nordic Center

Sun Valley

Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Start Exploring
Galena Lodge Nordic Center

Share:

  • The parking area for the lodge.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Off to enjoy a long day cross-country skiing on the tracks.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • The Galena Lodge.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Clicking in and heading out to the Gladiator Creek Loop.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Gladiator Peak in the distance (10,234 ft).- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Gladiator Creek runs alongside the track and really adds to the beauty. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Heading down a small hill on this green run.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Gladiator Creek runs alongside the track and really adds to the beauty. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Senate Meadow ahead. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Senate Meadows Loop is a nice wide green run.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • There are tracks for Nordic skiers and groomed areas for skate skiers.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Everything is very well marked in the greater Blaine County Recreation District. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Cross-country skiing near Galena Lodge.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Everything is very well marked in the greater Blaine County Recreation District. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Gladiator Creek runs alongside the track and really adds to the beauty. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Checking out the Titus Creek area, located just across Highway 75 from the lodge. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Checking out the trail map.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Looking back towards the lodge. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • The employee housing isn't too shabby!- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Heading up the hills of Titus Creek, where the trail has a blue difficulty rating. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Feel the burn! Small hill on Titus Creek Loop. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Open views from the Titus Creek Loop.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Walking up the hill just outside the lodge on the way to Senate View Loop.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Cross-country skiing near Galena Lodge.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Big smiles are guaranteed!- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • A skate skier heading back to the lodge. - Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Galena is a great spot to ski for the day.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • Stop in to warm up and grab a bite or a beer!- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • The restaurant is the only nearby option for food and drink; fortunately the food is delicious! Be sure to try the chili.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
  • The rental shop in the lodge, where the location is very convenient and the staff is helpful. You can rent all of your cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment here.- Galena Lodge Nordic Center
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Over 50 kilometers of groomed trails. Dogs allowed on certain runs. Rental facility and restaurant on-site. Stunning beauty.
Cons: 
No cell service.
Region:
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Highest point: 
7,580.00 ft (2,310.38 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
261.00 ft (79.55 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
31.07 mi (50.00 km)
Total elevation gain: 
261.00 ft (79.55 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,319.00 ft (2,230.83 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
Published in collaboration with
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Pro Contributor

The 30 miles (50 kilometers) of cross-country tracks at the Galena Lodge offer a wide variety of green, blue and black trails just 30 minutes north of the town of Ketchum, Idaho. One of the crown jewels of the Blaine County Recreation District's (BCRD) gigantic trail system, Galena offers a unique experience for anyone who wants get a little further from potential crowds while still having a great restaurant and rental house on location. Three of the trails even allow you to let your dogs run alongside you as you make your way through the exquisitely groomed trails and the seriously stunning scenery.

There are many options for those who prefer their terrain to be as flat as possible and several that are legitimately steep. Regardless of the trail or the difficulty level you prefer, one thing that everyone here gets is a heavy dose of beauty. Galena Peak sits to the east above Senate Meadows, and Gladiator Peak towers to to the north. Both feed several creeks and small rivers that hug the skiable terrain. With 16 different cross-country tracks and a dozen snowshoe trails, there are days and days worth of adventures to be had here. Even if you are staying in Ketchum, the beautiful drive to the lodge is short, and the on-site restaurant and rental facilities for cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment mean you won't have to prepare too heavily to enjoy what feels like an isolated destination. Four yurts are also available for nightly rentals, but they are located along snowshoe trails, not the cross-country tracks. This is a really special place to enjoy active fun in the winter.

Beginners may want to start out from the lodge on the Gladiator Creek Loop or the Senate Meadows Loop. Cross Highway 75 to check out the Titus Creek area to get the heart pumping on some intermediate trails; if you are really experienced, Psycho, Rip and Tear, and Cherry Ridge will challenge even serious cross-country skiers. Skate skiing as well as traditional Nordic cross-country are both available thanks to the pre-cut tracks alongside the groomed open paths. Dogs are allowed on the North Wood River, Cabin Loop and Titus Creek Loop runs, but make sure to stop and clean up after them along the way. You can purchase an annual BCRD pass online or pay the day use fee at the lodge.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Published in collaboration with
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(19 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(90 within a 30 mile radius)

Published in collaboration with
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
Become a pioneer and be the first to add this adventure to your Bucket List
Who's Done It
Have you done this adventure? If so, be the first to check this adventure off your list.
Submission by
Pro Contributor
243 Adventures Explored
231 Adventures Published

Published in collaboration with Visit Sun Valley

They named it Sun Valley for good reason. Welcome to a land with 250 days of sunshine a year with a constant stream of opportunities to put more adventures and experiences on your "Done That" list. After all, the Vitamin D comes free; the hardest part might be figuring out how to do it all!

04.15.08
01.15.18

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info