Video: Good Times In Idaho, Yep Idaho

Jul 2, 2014 at 14:00
by Ride My Domain  
Summer season is in full swing and we are itching to get up to the mountains for some high alpine lift access. Our first stop this summer is Coeur d'Alene and Kellogg, ID just across the border from Spokane, WA. Nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains of North Idaho, Coeur d'Alene sits at the edge of the Rockies on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene. This small, lake resort community is home to the rich and famous with the likes of John Elway, John Travolta and even Oprah owning homes on its shores. But don't let all that fool you. All the glitz and glamor aside, this area is an amazing spot for any outdoor recreation. From a lazy boat-ride around the lake to an Official Ironman, everyone can enjoy this extraordinary area.


In this edition of RMD, we caught up with the Terra Sports bike crew whose shop in downtown Coeur d’Alene is minutes from the lake and regional trailheads. New owner Alex Castagno, has transformed the business into an all-inclusive bike shop catering to any cyclist’s needs at any skill level. To add to their biking options, Alex and shop employee Chris Caro recently put their heads and shovels together and built a pump track in Alex's back yard, and according to Alex: "It's pretty RAD." In addition, Terra Sports was named the number one dealer in the country for sales of the Cannondale Jekyll in 2013 and is on track to beat their record in 2014. With world-class trails on Canfield Mountain, a short 5 minutes from the shop, there is no wondering why the Jekyll is so popular around here. Terra Sports is now working together with the bike park at nearby Silver Mountain Resort in order to ensure and promote a great bike scene in North Idaho.

After checking out the shop and backyard pump track we were stoked to suit up and head to Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, ID to catch the gondola. Kellogg, an old mining town just 30 minutes on the freeway from Coeur d’Alene, may not be as glitzy but the mountains just keep getting bigger and better the closer you get. Willy Bartlett, a marketing associate at Silver Mt., invited us to check out the terrain for a few days, and we were extremely impressed. The gondola at Silver is the longest in the world and runs 2-8 pm on Fridays, 9:30-5pm on Saturday and 9:30-4 Sunday-Tuesday. While it may not be the highest gondola, it is over 3 miles long with an impressive 3,400 vertical descent, and believe me, after every run you are definitely feeling every one of those 3,400 feet. In addition, they run a chair lift at the top of the gondola for hot laps on the upper section of trails. Silver Mountain Resort has something for every skill type, from the beginner just building confidence to the seasoned veteran looking for a challenge with several trails boasting over 7 continuous miles of downhill. Riding at Silver is looking great for the future as the Resort plans to continue building more trails and hiring more trail crews.

If you want to turn a day of riding into a full vacation experience you can stay in the village with numerous lodging and restaurants options. A huge indoor water park with a surf wave will convince any hesitant family member that going to Silver Mountain Resort will be fun for everyone, no biking required.

Thanks to Willy and the boys from Terra Sports who took the time to show us all the sick trails. The beautiful soil, some serious flow and berm after berm will not leave you disappointed when you come up to Kellogg, ID. With all the new work being done on the trails and the vision here at the mountain, we definitely recommend you check this place out. We know we will be back!

For more info please visit:
www.silvermt.com
www.terrasportsinc.com
www.ridemydomain.com

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28 Comments

  • + 10
 Hi Everyone, I just wanted to say that our trail crew has been busting their humps all season and the trail system is looking better than ever. We have 5 years of expansion planned and we are stoked on all the support we've been receiving from the riding community. Thanks !
  • + 3
 Rode it opening day, so awesome!!! Thank you Silver MT Crew!
  • + 4
 Same as above here. I bought the summer/winter combo pass, been going to 49degrees north for a few years but you guys have converted me. Can't wait to see all the future developments.

Huge thanks to silver and the trail crew.
  • + 3
 Very well done Miller!!! I've traveled around and rode alot of places and this area holds it own. The scene is so amazing and the trails are a abundant. Thank you silver mtn crew, terra crew, bike hub crew, and Ride My Domain for everything you do to help the biking community and Matt at the Mtn Cafe for making me addicted to your burritos. Check out the races series at northernpeaksalliance.com
  • + 2
 Yup totally addicting
  • + 2
 idahoians: any good trails north of Coeur d'Alene? family has a place on the north end of the lake; been going for a few years, but don't bother bringing the bike due to (assumed) lake of trails. what's the local 411?
  • + 3
 Where on the north end? There are tons of good trails. Let me know where your basing out of and I'll let you know what's closest.
  • + 3
 Call us up at the shop(Terra Sports) and we will get your dialed in. Sick trails.
  • + 2
 You really need to ride Bernard Peak, about 30-40 min north of CDA. It's amazing. That, and Caribou Ridge/Trail 257.
  • + 1
 we're at beyond hope (on the peninsula). was up schweitzer a couple weeks ago (again, without bikes); looks like a fairly meagre selection of trails there, though was entertaining the idea of bringing the kid up there if there's a couple easy trails.
  • + 1
 Yep the trails on the mountain are ok but below that there are sweet trails you can shuttle on the road up to Schweitzer. For backcountry adventures right in Hope you have an epic up and over and DH into Clark Fork on Round Top. Also like Scottrallye said both those trails are great but south of you a bit.
  • + 3
 DM here in the USA office is from there! He helped build some of the trails on Canfield Mtn!
  • + 1
 He the man!
  • + 3
 Silver Mountain is off the chain! Those guys have some great trails and they put on a good DH race series too!
  • + 4
 Great series! It's good to see average joe's and not pro bikers for once
  • + 2
 MTN Cafe is the greatest breakfast anyone can imagine after a night of shenanigans the night before getting pumped for a Silver Mtn Bike Park day!
  • + 4
 IDAHO!!!!!!
  • + 4
 Idaho?! Youdaho!

sweet looking place top ride
  • + 3
 @xy9ine you can never go wrong with Canfield it's epic!
  • + 3
 I love being local, cant go wrong with any of these trails!
  • + 3
 Still killing it Miller, good work boys
  • + 1
 Word Kev!
  • + 3
 potato
  • + 2
 Crazy to see these guys at my home town!
  • + 2
 Awesome Job Justin!
  • + 1
 Thanks man!
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