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One poster mentioned the fact that northern Idaho is the green part. Mostly true--the Panhandle is incredibly green except when it is white. Things to see in Northern Idaho include Schweitzer Ski Area (still mostly a winter spot); Lake Pend Oreille (Pond Oray)--1500 feet deep in spots, making it home to a US Navy submarine testing facility (over 300,000 sailors trained there during WWII); Priest Lake--incredibly uncrowded even on busy days, and Upper Priest Lake (about 3 miles by 1/2 mile) is completely no-wake; Coeur d'Alene Lake and city--beautiful lake (much more crowded than Priest), golf course with a floating green; dog sled races in winter near Priest Lake, also miles of roads that are closed to cars in winter make for great snowmobiling.

Parts of Southern Idaho are fairly green (especially compared with Carlsbad, NM, where I now live). Lost Trail Pass near Salmon, ID, is beautiful (nice ski area, too--small, mostly locals); the area from Driggs to Island Park (NE corner of Southern Idaho) is quite nice. Near Driggs is Grand Targhee Ski Resort--I haven't been for about 5 years, but always liked it better than Sun Valley--less expensive, longer runs, fewer people. Also like it better than Jackson Hole Ski Area (which is on the other side of the mountains) for the same reasons.

Rick mentioned that "Unspoiled areas do remain." Especially if you're from the East Coast, you'll be amazed at how true this is--some people are even rather uncomfortable with it because it is so foreign to their experience. If you happen to decide to visit Idaho (or any of the surrounding states which also have a great deal to offer), please remember to keep the area unspoiled!!

Kathleen
4 years near Priest River (Panhandle) (parents still there)
12 years in Idaho Falls (SE Idaho)
2 years (and looking at at least 1 more) in Carlsbad, NM--nice people, but too hot for our thick blood!
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