Ski the Great Potato: Idaho Ski Areas, Past and
Margaret Fuller, Doug Fuller and Jerry Painter
the Great Potato: Idaho Ski Areas, Past and Present
Idaho Magazine's March 2013 issue for an article about the
book and some information about 3 ski areas covered in the book.
You'll find the
histories of the 21 current Idaho ski areas and of the 72 historical or
"lost" areas in this interesting new book. The book gives the
basic facts about each area and how it started, and it includes little
stories of some of the people who skied at each one. There are stories
of stolen snow plows, an exploding stove, and a young woman who on a
very cold night froze to the seat of a porta-pottie.
While researching the microfilms of Idaho newspapers, we found
many hidden and forgotten stories of ski area startups in the weekly
papers. It was almost always a community deal: meet in the basement of
the drugstore on Tuesday night; we are forming a ski club, says the
paper. A rancher, farmer, or mechanic promises to donate an engine for
the rope tow. No rope for the tow? No problem, we'll hold a box lunch
social, or sell ski club memberships that include free skiing. No land
for a tow?
We can arrange
for Forest Service land, or lease land from private owners, have it
logged, and pay the lease with the proceeds.
area made a movie of cars and buses stuck in the mud and showed it
around town to motivate public officials to pave the road.
|In April 2014, Ski
the Great Potato won a Skade Award from the International Skiing
History Association for the best books on ski history published
in 2013. In Skiing History magazine, reviewer Tom
West wrote, “Ski the Great Potato opens with a fascinating
account of the Eastport-Kingsgate ski jump that was located
right on the Idaho-British Columbia border. The jump opened in
1928 and had an in-run in the United States, with the jumpers
landing in Canada.”
Idaho ski areas were successful only because of the major support and
pure goodwill of community businessmen like Warren Brown and Jack
Simplot. Most of the ski areas had the investment of several local
businessmen who are not as well known as those two, but were vital in
developing small ski areas such as Cottonwood Butte and Rotarun.
uncovered the amazing determination of the few men and women who started
Idaho's ski areas, especially the ones in remote areas. A 13-member
Lions Club built a ski area from scratch, including buying a used
Pomalift from a bigger ski area. When cement trucks couldn't drive up
its steep hill to pour the foundations for the towers, they used a
backhoe bucket and shovels to mix the cement by hand. Then they hauled
an old schoolhouse 20 miles on dollies to the base of the lift for a
lodge. Another area converted an old chicken coop.
No ski lift or likely way to get one?
early ski hill was run by boy scouts who used horse-drawn toboggans
as ski lifts.
from Ski the Great
Potato: Idaho Ski Areas, Past and Present
published by Trail Guide Books, ISBN 978-0-9911561-0-8
of the Sawtooth and Boulder-White Cloud Mountains
Margaret Fuller (updated and expanded 6th edition, 2017)
new edition provides GPS coordinates for all trailheads. 143 trails for
hiking, horseback riding and biking in and next to the Sawtooth National Recreation
Area are described. Includes 3 new wilderness areas: White Cloud, Hemingway-Boulder, Jim McClure Jerry Peak.
is the perfect reference and trail companion for those who explore this
section of the Idaho backcountry." - Cecil Andrus
few miles north of Sun Valley, Idaho, the Sawtooth Mountains rise
thousands of feet above the headwaters of the Salmon River, like saws
set on edge. To the east of the Sawtooths above wrinkled, wooded
foothills the White Cloud Mountains soar in summits of vanilla ice
Closer to Sun Valley, along the Big Wood River, swirl the pink
and gray stripes of the Boulder Mountains. All three ranges are within
the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. This book is a comprehensive
guide to that area. Trailheads included in the Sawtooths are at and near
Alturas, Pettit, Redfish and Stanley Lakes, and Grandjean, Graham
and Atlanta. In the White Clouds, trails covered begin at Pole
Creek, Fourth of July Creek, Fisher Creek, Rough Creek, Slate Creek and
along the East Fork of the Salmon River. In the Boulders, some of the
trailheads covered are the North Fork of the Big Wood River, Gladiator Creek,
Three Cabins Creek and the Bowery Guard Station.
from Trails of the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains (click on
the link): Born Lakes Trail
published by Trail Guide Books, ISBN 978-0-9911561-2-2
of Eastern Idaho
Margaret Fuller and Jerry Painter (updated and expanded 3rd edition,
guide of Eastern Idaho includes a scramblers guide to Idaho's
12,000-foot peaks, 103 trails and routes in 19 mountain ranges and on
the Snake River Plain.
dream team has produced no fluff. They have meticulously done their
research and present the plain and accurate facts of Eastern Idaho trail
and peak hiking. Here and there, trail descriptions are supplemented
with tidbits of natural and social history. You can see Margaret
Fuller’s influence here. Her longtime and passionate love affair with
the Idaho outdoors has given her a sensitivity for natural history – a
topic to which she has devoted two previous books. And you can also see
Jerry Painter’s touch in the carefully drawn maps and the crisp,
no-nonsense approach to trail descriptions that comes naturally from his
years working as a journalist and editor of a trails newsletter.”
– Ron Watters
is a great resource for outdoor lovers looking for trails in eastern
Idaho. Eastern Idaho is a landscape of variety. It includes black lava,
grotesque granite towers, multicolored cliffs and unearthly turquoise
The book guides you to trips in 19 mountain ranges and among the
lava flows of the Snake River Plain. Whether you are an Idaho visitor or
a resident, you will find fun trails for day hiking, backpacking,
mountain biking, horseback riding, and peak bagging. A guide for
reaching the tops of Idaho's nine 12,000-foot peaks is included.
from Trails of the Eastern Idaho (click on the link): Webber
published by Trail Guide Books, ISBN 978-0-9664233-9-6
Trails of Western Idaho
by Margaret Fuller (updated
and expanded 3rd edition, 2006)
guidebook of hikes in Hells Canyon, the Seven Devils, Owyhees, Smokies,
Pioneers, around McCall and Lowman and around Boise includes 107 trails,
including 13 new trails in this edition.
Fuller has done it again.
Her latest guide book to Idaho’s hiking trails is a ‘must’
for outdoor enthusiasts who desire an accurate description of an area.
It is also appropriate for people who need suggestions of where
they might visit.” – Cecil Andrus
southwestern Idaho, landscapes vary from sagebrush deserts cleft with
canyons to Douglas fir or lodgepole forests, mountain meadows and
glacial cirques. In its mountains, aquamarine lakes contrast with gray
and black peaks streaked with white, copper, and rose. Except for the
Hells Canyon Wilderness, the hikes are in non-wilderness areas.
are hikes in the Payette, Boise, Sawtooth, and Salmon-Challis forests,
and in the lower Snake River, Shoshone and Vale districts of the Bureau
of Land Management. Also included are a few state parks like the Bruneau
Sand Dunes and Malad Gorge. Trails under other management include the
Boise Greenbelt and the 85.7-mile-long Weiser River Trail.
from Trails of Western Idaho (click on the link): Halverson
published by Trail Guide Books, ISBN 0-9664233-3-X (no copies left;
of the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness by
(updated and expanded 2nd edition, 2006)
2.3 million acre Idaho wilderness is carved by the Salmon River into a
maze of deep canyons and rugged peaks. 101 trails are described in this
edition which includes 19 new trailheads.
great contribution of this book is not only to make the almost
inaccessible accessible to the outdoor person, but also to permit the
armchair enjoyment of someone who will explore this vast area only
through Margaret’s words and eyes." – Bethine Church
Salmon River and its tributaries have carved the Frank Church - River of
No Return Wilderness into a maze of deep canyons and isolated peaks.
From any high point a gigantic relief map of ridges extends to distant
blue crags. The crags and ridges hide cobalt blue lakes and bubbling hot
In most sections, the footprints you see will be those of elk
and deer, not humans.
Both popular areas like the Bighorn Crags near
Challis and remote areas like the Big Creek drainage near Yellow Pine
are included in the book. Several of the roads to trailheads, such as
the road to Sleeping Deer and the Nez Perce Trail Road are adventures in
from Trails of the Frank Church - River of no Return Wilderness
(click on the link): Sleeping Deer Lookout
published by Trail Guide Books, ISBN 0-9664233-2-1
four hiking guidebooks above give the round trip distance, elevation
gained, elevation lost, highest point, topographic maps needed, time,
difficulty, and directions for reaching the trailhead. They include
history and natural history of the areas, how to avoid damaging the
environment, and information on safety. Each trail write-up also
describes the beautiful scenery that what will be seen along the trip.
Idaho Sweet Spots
Jerry Painter and Matt TeNgaio (updated and expanded 3rd edition, 2016)
This guide to rock climbing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing,
and hiking trails in eastern Idaho is an excellent companion to
"Trails of Eastern Idaho" by Margaret Fuller and Jerry
Painter. Hundreds of easily accessible trails and climbing routes in
Eastern Idaho are detailed in this book.
is the author of other trail guides: Great Trails for Family
Hiking in the Tetons, Hiking and Biking Trails in the
Idaho Falls Area, Hiking and Biking Near Idaho Falls, Vol.
II, 10 Peaks in 10 Weeks, (all now out of print) and with Matt
TeNgaio, Eastern Idaho Sweet Spots: Hiking, Biking, Skiing,
and Climbing. He writes a weekly outdoor column for the
Idaho Falls Post Register (a daily newspaper). He and his wife,
Julie, live in Idaho Falls. They have five children and three
published by Trail Guide Books, ISBN 978-0-9911561-1-5
Berries of the West
Margaret Fuller and Betty Derig (3rd printing, 2007)
field guide identifies the most common berries of the West for hikers
and foragers. Over 150 fruits and berries are described with color
photographs, edibility, historical uses. Recipes, maps, tips about
locating plants, gardening and more, are included.
book includes detailed plant descriptions and tells whether or not each
berry is delicious, edible, insipid or poisonous. The more than 50
recipes are old time ones the authors gathered from relatives, friends
and neighbors. The book decribes how Native Americans and early settlers
used the berries and their shrubs or trees. The guide also tells how to
grow wild berries in the garden. 235 pages, 2 maps, 43 drawings, 185
from Wild Berries of the West (click on the link): Blueberry
Molasses Cake Recipe
published by Mountain Press Publishing
Company , ISBN 978-0-9664233-6-5
Weiser River Trail: Idaho’s Longest Rail Trail
Margaret Fuller and Anita VanGrunsven (updated and expanded 3rd edition,
directions and GPS coordinates for traveling Idaho’s longest rail trail are provided in
this spiral bound guide with laminated pages. Idaho’s longest rail
trail is for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and winds through
Idaho’s beautiful Weiser River valley for 85.7 miles from Weiser to just
south of New Meadows. The guide includes topographic maps, color
from The Weiser River Trail: Idaho’s
Longest Rail Trail (click on the link): Grizzly Creek To Goodrich
published by Friends of the Weiser River
Trail , ISBN 978-1-4951-4680-0