Although the spring semester is in full swing, winter seems to have no end in sight.
If you’re one of the many people who dream of adventure, why wait until it gets warmer?
Weather to get outside and enjoy all of Idaho
has to offer? Pocatello contains excellent
opportunities for outdoor recreation,
even in winter!
Pocatello offers easy access to snowshoeing, cross country (XC), downhill skiing and snowboarding. pebble skis
The area is only 25 minutes drive away
The ISU campus and surrounding foothills offer world-class snowshoeing and XC
Ski possibilities too.
Eizaak Jordan, senior in politics
science, grew up with winter pastimes. Jordan is an avid
Outdoor boy who spends his winters
Snowboarding, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and thermal baths.
Locally, Jordan enjoys the East Fork Mink
Creek Nordic Center for cross country skiing
is affordable, accessible and has equipment
Jordan advises students to move in a natural space to encourage balance
school stressors. “You really did
this powerful way to tackle your stress
it is enriching and fulfilling. It’s one of
the best ways you can really manage that
Bob Ellis who has worked with the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) on campus
has been a great resource for almost 17 years
all free time. When asked what
His advice is for those interested in trying winter activities for the first time
Sometimes Ellis encourages the students to just walk away
Therefore. “It’s never too late to be happy
childhood,” says Ellis, who is personal
motto of him.
Ellis says you can’t beat the Nordics
center as a great place for cross-country skiing. If you are
To save some money, trekking up
Scout Mountain Road leads to many
to explore the picturesque hinterland.
Many students are often unaware of this
The OAC builds and maintains four remote yurts during the winter. These are
leased to the ISU at a discount
Students. Each yurt varies in height
Effort and experience are required to achieve them, meaning students of all backgrounds can find a journey that is both challenging and enjoyable for them. Ellis advises everyone to still take a lot of time for the ghetto of the yurt.
For a yurt trip, Jordan recommends booking two nights. “It’s a good way to reward the effort you put into packing and heading back. You have time to relax and really enjoy the space.” It’s a good idea to prepare snowshoes here, but also to pack light.
Jordan is also President of ISU’s Sustainability Club, a group focused on connecting students with their local communities through education and activities. The club is hosting an exploratory education day on geothermal features on February 19 in Idaho. The event begins with a lecture by geothermal experts discussing hot springs and related topics, followed by a dip in Lava Hot Springs. If you are interested and would like more information, you can email the Sustainability Club at ude.usizero@bulcelbaniasus.
The Outdoor Adventure Center is an incredible resource that we as ISU students have. They are always ready to ask questions and seek advice. The OAC also offers cheap gear rentals for everything you need for a winter adventure. The OAC is located on the first floor of the Studentenwerk building.
If you’re looking for an excuse to try something new, the OAC has some winter trips planned as well. On February 5th and 6th they do an All Abilities Yurt Trip to Mink Creek Yurt. On February 12th they go cross country skiing at Craters of the Moon. On February 26th and 27th, OAC is hosting an XC ski and snowshoe hike in a yurt. On March 5th they will be cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Harriman State Park. So find an open weekend and visit the Outdoor Adventure Center for winter recreation!