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Reviews for Kelly Canyon Ski Area
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This place is a joke. Expect bad prices for an absolute horrible hill that hasnt had money put back into fixing it up in atleast 10 years. The ownership needs to retire and get out of the way. The lifts are always broke down. The snow is horrible. They write there own reviews so that the public doesnt know really just how bad they are. No holiday discounts here, expect prices to jump 20-30%.... Full Review
Friendly place and perfect for learning to ski. It is very affordable especially with a group discount or nightly special. They have one of the most efficient rental shops anywhere. They can set up large groups fast! Too bad they don't run a groomer and get the lights fixed for night skiing.... Full Review
I love skiing pretty much wherever I go. If I can go, I will. I LOVE Kelly Canyons, but the ski lifts are kind of slow. They could use some speed. I also really like the trail Earnies. They need to put lights on that trail. It's my favorite, but at night (when I usually go with my school) I can't see the trail.... Full Review
I don't care what anyone says, I love it here!! I started snowboarding last season and love that I can try new tricks without the pressure that I feel at Targhee. It's laid back and way inexpensive, perfect for your average struggling college student. I love it. ... Full Review
This is a good place for beginners, as its really cheap, but other than that, its not very good. There are 4 double chairs that go maybe 500' vertical. The runs arent steep, and most the time I go there the snow is bad. Its a fun place to learn, though. I sometimes would rent telemark skis (I snowboard) and teach myself there. It was cool cause rental included i paid less than $30.
Good for beginners or trying something new (tele skiing, snow skates, snow bike, why not!) but thats about it... Full Review
when i went to kelleys last year it was great i have been snowboarding for five years and i have 2 sponsorships so i have snowboarded alot of mtns. but i must say for kelleys being so close and not a very big mtn its still great to go have fn on the terrain park could use a little work but its good the diambacks you should not really go on until you know how to carve and stop or you might get hurt haha but other wise its a great place try it out... Full Review
Kelly Canyon is a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard. As a matter of fact, this is where I learned how to ski. But throughout the years I have kept coming back to this little resort. The snow is fairly reliable. The atmosphere is friendly. It is close to Idaho Falls, Rigby, and Rexburg. Plenty of students from the university in Rexburg come for a day of fun. Above all, it has night skiing, with many of its runs well lighted. For that, the "nightlife" of night skiing is very good. It is one of my favorite areas to ski. ... Full Review
I moved up to Idaho Falls Idaho the spring of 2006. Having grown up in tropical South Florida I never really experienced much snow.
My first winter turned out really well. I took a trip to Jackson Hole and took my first snowboarding lesson. After only 2 hours, I broke away from the class and took off on my own and by the end of the day had tackled 3 of their intermediate slopes. From that first day I was hooked. I think I caught on much quicker because I spent many years surfing and personally I think surfing is alot harder to master than snowboarding is.
For the rest of that winter and the following winter I frequented Kelly Canyon at least 4 -6 times a month during ski season. Often times more. By the end of last ski season there wasn't a black diamond run I couldn't tackle. (on Kelly Canyon that is) Granted I'm 40 y/o and am not doing crazy jumps and whatnot, but I've definitely gotten it down to a science and snowboarding is now a passion of mine. It's just like surfing in the aspect that, once you learn how and you've really connected with your board and your environment, there's no other rush like it in the world. (well except maybe for bungie jumping or ski-diving) but I digress.
Back to the mtn itself. Kelly Canyon is a great place to take the family. It's more of a "locals" mountain than your larger resorts like Jackson Hole or Sun Valley. But at the same time, you lack many of the ammenities that come with going to a larger resort, such as lodging, great restaraunts/bars, or misc entertainment. This is a "no frills" locals only ski resort. And while they do have a nice little lodge it is very limited and during busy times can get quite crowded. They do have a couple of nice big fireplaces inside where you can get warm and grab a bite to eat. They have a fairly decent snack bar that serves hot chocolate, cappuchino, coffee, a wide variety of soda, water and energy drinks. Food wise they make some awesome french fries, chicken fingers and a decent cheeseburger (as long as you have them cook it well) They get so busy at times they often dont cook the burgers all the way through, so make sure to have them cook it "well". They also serve breakfast sandwhiches before noon as well as homemade brownies which are awesome.
As far as the mountain is concerned, they've got 4 main lifts with 26 different runs. About half of the mtn is intermediate and 20% black diamond, 15% easy. But as noted earlier, the black diamond runs aren't very tough, compared to say Jackson Hole or Grand Targhee. For the most part you've got plenty of room to roam and you will really enjoy this mtn. Also the runs aren't very long say compared to other larger ski resorts, but they all end where you can jump right back on the lift and head back up to do it all over again. The lines are usually pretty short as well.
They keep the four main runs groomed nicely and the rest of the mtn is deep powder. And that is one thing I love about Idaho/Wyoming area, the snow here is the lightest fluffiest snow i've ever experienced. (although the Park City ski bums in Salt Lake will claim they have the best snow), but we know better. :)
It's only a short 30 minute drive from Idaho Falls and it's the least expensive place to ski/snowboard in Idaho.
Have fun and see ya on the mtn!... Full Review
Woke up on a beautiful Wed morning to go boarding. Checked Kelly's web site for open times, said 9:30am. Called their message line to check open times, said 9:30am. Got to Kelly's at 10:00am found it was closed until 12:30pm. At least they let us wait in the lodge until it opened. Otherwise, the snow was pretty good, slopes could have used some grooming but the sun was out and the wind wasn't blowing for once. Not to bad of an experience just make sure they're open before you go!... Full Review
kelly offers a varity of runs they suit all people their enployes are very custumer friendly and have good attitude the lodge is great and very warm their carfiteria is quick and easy and the lifts dont take long to get to the top of the mountain they have a great terrian park also so i give kelly a four out of five rating... Full Review
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