Brundage Mountain has a reputation for powder, and slopes will be more accessible thanks to brush cutting during the off-season.
Early-season skiers and riders will appreciate less brush on the lower half of the front-side runs.
Brundage reported significant brush trimming on Main Street, Lower Alpine, Griz, Badger, Red Fox, Bear, Lower 45th Parallel, Sensation, Celebration and Lower Temptation.
Trimmed slopes can be packed and groomed with less snowfall than untrimmed slopes, which means a better chance of opening early and better early-season skiing and boarding.
Brundage is relocating its main terrain park to Kickback in the Lakeview Bowl area off Lakeview Chairlift and changing its approach to park construction.
The Kickback Rail Park will focus exclusively on box and rail features.
The elevation and aspect of the new location should allow features to be built earlier in the ski season than at the prior location, and putting the park on the south side of the mountain will provide more sunshine and better photo opportunities for freestyle riders.
There are other changes at Brundage that you might not notice when youre sliding on the slopes.
Brundage welcomed a new president and managing director, Bob Looper, in July. Looper said his primary goal is to upgrade and expand facilities while keeping the resort affordable for families and skiers.
Maintaining the uncrowded slope experience at Brundage is a priority, Looper said.
He has served on Brundages board of directors since 2008 and previously spent nine years on the board at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.
Looper also has an extensive background in development, management and entrepreneurship.
Skiers and riders tracking snow reports will notice big changes on the Brundage Mountain website, brundage.com.
The snow report and home pages are being redesigned to better feature the sites most popular content.
A more mobile-friendly and responsive design will also improve performance on all types of digital devices, so you can get snow reports and other updates on your cellphone and tablet.
Inside the lodge, people will notice some major changes to the third-floor cafeteria.
The serving space was redesigned to improve convenience and reduce wait time on busy days. An expanded prep area will also allow the cafeteria staff to offer some fresh new menu items.
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On the second floor, new ventilation equipment and updated fixtures will improve the sensory experience for those using the womens bathroom, Brundage officials said.
Lift ticket prices: Adult (18-69) $58, junior (12-17) $27, youth (7-11) $23, ages 6 and under free. There are discounts for late arrivals after 1 p.m., and Brundage also offers discounts for multi-day lift tickets.
Catski operations begin when snow conditions allow. Guided trips give you access to 17,000 acres of snowy steeps, tree-lined glades and powdery bowls. Trips are $269 per day.
All trips include lunch and avalanche safety gear, and powder skis are available.
Details: brundage.com or 332-5100.
Roger Phillips: 377-6215, Twitter: @rogeroutdoors