Long-awaited snowstorms finally arrived and dumped about 21 inches on the Soldier Mountain Ski Area near Fairfield, which means it finally will be able to open for the 2014 season. According to the ski area's website, it will open Thursday, Feb. 13.
There was no immediate word on how much terrain would open Thursday.
The ski area has a total of 1,150 skiable acres serviced by three lifts. It is 114 miles east of Boise and 65 miles west of Sun Valley.
For those of you keeping score at home, here's your cheat sheet for Idaho ski areas ranked by summit depth. (Note: Bogus Basin reports only base depth, and Sun Valley does not list snow depth on its website:
Kelly Canyon: 95 inches
Grand Targhee: 93 inches
Lost Trail: 92 inches
Lookout Pass: 89 inches
Schweitzer: 66 inches (tie)
Pomerelle: 66 inches (tie)
Tamarack: 65 inches
Silver Mountain: 63 inches
Brundage: 61 inches
Bogus Basin 46 inches (base area, not summit).
Cottonwood Butte: 38 inches.