You can drive 16 miles to Bogus or take a couple hours and hit the slopes at Tamarack, Brundage or Sun Valley this week. With the recent snowfall that blanketed Idaho mountains, ski season is officially open, with more ski lifts cranking into operation starting Thursday.
At Bogus — open Thursday, Dec. 6:
Six lifts will be in operation on Thursday, including: Deer Point Express (#1), Morning Star (#2), Coach Beginner Chairlift (#7), Discovery Carpet, Easy Rider Carpet & Explorer Carpet (terrain park). The J.R. Simplot Lodge will be open. Frontier Point Nordic Center will be open, with 20+ km of groomed trails. Pioneer Lodge will be open only for locker and restroom access.
The entire mountain will be open and ready for business on Saturday, Dec. 8.. Nine lifts will be in operation including: Deer Point Express (#1), Morning Star (#2), Superior Express (#3), Bitterroot (#5), Pine Creek Express (#6), Coach Beginner Lift (#7), Discovery Carpet, Easy Rider Carpet & Explorer Carpet (terrain park). Frontier Point Nordic Center will be open, with 20+ km of groomed trails. Pioneer Lodge will be fully open. The Mountain Coaster is also open Fridays through Sundays (and holidays) from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Night Skiing will open Saturday, Dec. 21. bogusbasin.org.
Brundage opens entire mountain starting Friday, Dec. 7
With 15 new inches of snow in the past week and 30 inches since Thanksgiving, Brundage is opening the entire resort, “top to bottom,” this Friday, said April Whitney, communications, spokesperson for Brundage.
The resort will kick off full-time operations with the BlueBird Express open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Two full-length runs will be groomed top to bottom, Temptation and 45th Parallel. North, Main Street, Alpine and Engen will be open but ungroomed. Those slopes are recommended for expert powder skiers who are comfortable riding in ungroomed, early season conditions.
The Bear Chair Triple, Easy Street Triple and Easy Rider conveyor will also be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Griz, Badger, Bear, Red Fox, Easy Street, Tater Tot and Centennial Lane groomed out of the gate.
Additionally, The Lakeview Bowl and Chair will open for ungroomed, expert powder riding.
Snow depths range from 22 to 27 inches across the mountain. Winter temperatures are expected this week, with snow storms returning to the Brundage Mountain forecast starting this weekend.
“This is our earliest full-mountain opening since 2010 and we’re stoked to deliver some early season turns to our season pass holders and the rest of our guests,” said Whitney. brundage.com.
Tamarack open seven days a week starting Friday
Tamarack is opening 7-day-a-week operations on Friday, December 7 with both the Tamarack Express and Summit Express lifts open, according to a press release. Those lifts will offer access to the northern portion of the summit including Tango, Upper Serenity, Panorama, Adrenaline and Wildwood Way. The Waltz run will be open from mid-mountain to the base plus the Discovery Chair will be open for a learning area and terrain park features.
Other than Waltz and the Discovery area, no other lower mountain terrain is projected to be open. Skiable terrain could change. Check the resort’s snow report to stay current on all available terrain.
All skiers and riders should be ready for early season conditions which may include thin coverage in some areas along with unmarked obstacles.
All services will be available including dining, lodging, retail, rental and ski school.
Tickets will be offered at a discount until more terrain is added. Prices will be $39 for adults (18+); $35 for military; $29 for teens (12-17) and seniors (70+); $19 for juniors (7-11); and children ages 6 and under are free. No half day tickets will be available. tamarackidaho.com
Sun Valley open top to bottom
The Sun Valley resort is now open for skiing top to bottom and the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain is opening with the Challenger lift running on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. Skiers and riders can expect fresh tracks that morning on Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo and Lower Warm Springs.
Dollar Mountain is also opening for the season on Saturday, Dec. 8 with three terrain parks, three lifts and seven runs.
In addition, the Sun Valley Nordic Center is open with four groomed trails and over 7 kilometers of classic and skate skiing, along with 8 kilometers of snowshoeing trails. sunvalley.com.