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Bogus Basin to open Saturday; Tamarack, Brundage, Gateway set openings, too

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area will open at least its beginner skiing area on Saturday and perhaps the Deer Point Express chairlift for top-to-bottom skiing, General Manager Brad Wilson said Tuesday.

Bogus will at minimum open the Coach chairlift, Easy Rider magic carpet and Stewart’s Bowl terrain park Saturday, Wilson said.

“If the forecast is correct, we will open Deer Point also,” Wilson said.

Bogus needs about 6 to 8 inches more snow to open Deer Point, he said. That could provide access to runs such as Showcase, Upper Ridge and Bowl.

Snow is in the forecast Thursday and Friday at Bogus Basin. In fact, according to The Weather Channel, Bogus Basin should get snow for 10 consecutive days beginning Thursday.

Bogus Basin had received nearly 6 inches of snow by 10 a.m. this morning. Courtesy of Bogus Basin

Bogus will announce by noon Friday what terrain will be open Saturday.

Tamarack Resort plans to open Friday. The terrain available will be announced Thursday.

Tamarack opened its beginner area for a preview last weekend and drew more than 150 skiers each day, General Manager Brad Larsen said. Check out the scene in the video above.

Brundage Mountain will open at least its Easy Street beginner lift Saturday. The lift will be open for the remainder of the season.

“Our snowmaking efforts have been the key to getting Easy Street ready,” said April Whitney, communication director for Brundage. “We’ve also laid down a great base at the bottom terminals of the Bear and Centennial chairs. With a little help from Mother Nature, we’ll be rolling more lifts and open more terrain very, very soon.”

Sun Valley Resort has been open since Thanksgiving with limited runs available. Ridge, Blue Grouse, Roundhouse Slope and Lower Canyon were added Tuesday for a total of 12 runs and four lifts open. Warm Springs chair No. 10 and Dollar Mountain will be open this weekend.

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Gateway Parks will open its tubing hill and ski/snowboard park at Eagle Island State Park on Friday, owner Ryan Neptune said.

The park will be open from 4 to 8 p.m.

Regular hours are 4-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hours also are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on holidays and other no-school days. Prices are $15 every day.

Among the upgrades this year, Neptune said: There is more space for tubing and snowboarding, more lights, more snowguns and larger bathrooms. Plus, Eagle Island State Park has a new entrance from State Street/Highway 44.

The Activity Barn tubing hill in McCall also will open Friday. The first of up to six 800-foot tubing lanes has been completed. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Open days/hours are extended for holidays and school breaks. Tickets range from $15 to $18 for two-hour sessions.

For more on the tubing options in southern Idaho, check out our season preview here.