Soldier Mountain Resort will open for the ski season Thursday with full operations including food, rentals and lessons. Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Check the weather and double check Soldiers website at soldiermountain.com before you go. More snow fell Wednesday and was expected Thursday, but theres a possibility of rain.
Soldier operates Thursday through Sunday and holidays, so it will be open Monday for Presidents Day.
Daily lift ticket prices are $38 for adults 18 to 69, $22 for youths 7 to 17, $32 for college students and military, and free for ages 6 and under and 70 and over.
Soldier also will offer cat skiing this season as soon as conditions allow. Cat ski trips are $275 per person. The cat holds 12, but a backcountry guide is included so up to 11 guests can go per day. Catskiing is all day, and includes a sack lunch.
Soldier also added a yurt on the mountain this year that is available for rent.
The cost is $300 first night, $250 second, and the yurt sleeps 12. It has a kitchen, a fully stocked wood stove and lantern. Beds have mattresses on them. The only thing needed are sleeping bags, pillows, warm clothes and food.
The yurt is located near the top of the chairlift, and you can access it several ways. You can take the snow cat for a $120 one way for up to 12 people and gear. Individuals can also take a one-trip ride up the lifts for $12. A snowmobile and trailer can haul 100 pounds of gear to the yurt for $65, one way.
Groups can take their snowmobiles up the groomed trail to the yurt. People staying at the yurt will be offered half-price, all-day lift tickets during their stay.
SKI AREAS UPDATE
Here is a look after recent storms that dumped from 1 to 9 inches of new snow at ski areas Wednesday. The following are ranked by summit depth though Wednesday:
Kelly Canyon: 95 inches.
Lookout Pass: 94 inches.
Grand Targhee: 92 inches.
Lost Trail: 92 inches.
Tamarack: 74 inches.
Pomerelle: 67 inches.
Brundage: 66 inches.
Schweitzer: 66 inches.
Silver Mountain: 63 inches.
Bogus Basin: 54 inches (mid-mtn.)
Pebble Creek: 44 inches.
Sun Valley: 43 inches.
Cottonwood Butte: 38 inches.
Soldier Mountain: 39 inches.
* Stats provided by Ski Idaho.