Prospecting Idaho Season 2

What do you get when you take the world’s leading eyewear/helmet company, sprinkle in some of the world’s best snowboarders and skiers, and drive 45 minutes to a private 900 acre backcountry training facility? Three months of pow, kickers, and yurts…Prospecting Idaho.

Smith’s backyard boasts the Sawtooth Range and deep in the wilderness lies Smiley Creek Lodge, a small wilderness lodge/restaurant/outfitter.

It is here that Smith has created the ultimate backyard park. A former mining property makes a winter transformation into 900 acres of what can only be described as every snow slider’s dream come true.

The tailing piles from the mine make perfect landings for big kickers… kickers built by a big, bad Prinoth Snowcat. The upper cirque area has cliff drops, cornices, and windlips.

The trees are thick and deep, and the back side has a seemingly endless expanse of sunny pow fields. What more could one ask for? How about an eight-person cat and 2 sleds from Ski-Doo waiting at the bottom to zip you right back up to the top of the ridge.

Mix in a handful of the world’s best winter athletes, wearing the world’s best goggles and helmets, and the stage is set for one heck of an expression session. Skiers Bobby Brown, Tim Durtschi, and Tyler Ceccanti joined snowboarders Austin Smith, BJ Leines, Iris Lazzareschi, Shayne Pospisil, Yancy Caldwell, and a handful of other notable shreds for some serious winter action.

Lucky for you, Smith had a crew of media professionals on hand to capture all of it. The finished product is a twelve webisode tour de force chronicling the entire season in Smith’s backyard.

But Smith knows you have a backyard too, and they’ve teamed up with Ortovox and the American Avalanche Association to raise backcountry safety awareness and give out gobs of gear.
Head to to post an image of you in your backyard zone and you could walk away with full Smith set-ups. Don’t forget to support your local avalanche center as we head into the white season.

Starting in early October, Smith will be posting a new webisode every week to kindle your wintertime stoke. Check out the teasers and stay tuned for Season Two of Prospecting Idaho, brought to you by Smith Optics.

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