By Genevieve Rowles

This consultant explores the activities on supply in Idaho, equivalent to snowboarding, dog-sledding, mountaineering, wildflower recognizing and swimming in mountain lakes. It provides finished insurance of ski parts, with information on travel operators and explores attractions and sights in significant cities and towns.

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Research the market before making an expensive purchase. Ski rentals are widely available. Always carry extra food and water when venturing into the backcountry. Don't forget sunscreen. And wear a hat and sunglasses. This is mountain country. The closer you are to the sun, the more intense the ultra violet rays. And "dazzling" understates snow glare. You may wish to pack insect repellent, especially if you'll be on a lake or in wet terrain. Idaho's state bird may be the mountain bluebird, but sometimes I'd have sworn it was the mosquito.

This guide will clue you in on where to locate such spur-of-the-moment trips. Jetboating the Snake into Hells Canyon is an adventure everyone can enjoy. Page 14 Not all Idaho rivers boast the high profiles of whitewater rivers like the Salmon and Lochsa. Numerous quieter rivers, notably the shadowy St. Joe and Coeur d'Alene, offer pleasant canoeing. Jetboating trips on the Snake into Hells Canyon, and on some segments of the Salmon, are big draws for those who want to experience these rivers, but haven't the time or the inclination to go the whitewater route.

These and numerous other areas lend themselves uncommonly well to cross-country skiing over miles of groomed trails. Park N' Ski, an Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation program, utilizes 18 separate trail systems and four State Park Ski Areas throughout the state. Permit decals can be purchased at sports shops, State Park offices, US Forest Ranger Stations and chambers of commerce. Not all trails are level and not all are near populated areas. Some are hilly, some penetrate the backcountry, where snow conditions are often unstable, with avalanches a possibility in certain areas.

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