How many people will hit the roads this year? In Idaho, 204,000 people are expected to drive or ride in a car for the holiday, according to AAA. Nationally, 39.2 million people plan to drive to their Thanksgiving destination, a .6 percent increase from last year.
What about my flight at the Boise Airport? The number of people expected to fly this holiday (7.2 million Americans) is down by 1.7 percent. Still, the Boise Airport is prepared for a crowd. Officials told travelers to arrive at least two hours before their flight and confirm reservations at least 24 hours in advance.
Is the airport doing anything extra for holiday travelers? An economy parking lot on West Victory Road near South Orchard Street opened Tuesday morning. The lot was completed in 2009 and has been open off and on since to accommodate peak demand. A $13 million expansion of the parking garage slated for next year will add 770 spaces by Thanksgiving.
Hows the weather looking? The National Weather Service expects Thursday to be the coldest day of the week, with a highs in the mid-40s. Its also expected to be cloudy, but no strong wind or rain is in the forecast.
What about the important stuff, like skiing? A bit of good news. Baldy and Dollar mountains will open Thursday at the Sun Valley Resort. Skiers will be able to access Upper College, Roundhouse Lane and Mid and Lower River Run on Baldy and the Quarter Dollar lift, Poverty Flats and Quarter Dollar Bowl on Dollar. The Kinderspielplatz moving carpet also will be open on Baldy for younger skiers. Check conditions at www.sunvalley.com or call 800-635-4150.