Snowfall and snowmaking in Southern Idaho has ski resorts announcing their official opening dates for the 2018-19 ski season.
UPDATE (Dec. 4):
▪ Bogus Basin: The front side of the mountain opens Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a reduced ticket price. The full mountain opens on Dec. 8. Regular season hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
▪ Brundage: The mountain opens Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Several full runs will be groomed, but Brundage suggests only expert powder hounds take on the ungroomed slopes.
▪ Tamarack: Tamarack opens operations on Dec. 7 starting at 9 a.m. The northern portion of the mountain will be open as well as two areas of the lower mountain. Tamarack Resort sold to new owners last month.
▪ Sun Valley: The River Run side of Bald Mountain is open at Sun Valley from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the resort is opening the Warm Springs side of the mountain on Dec. 8. Dollar Mountain also opens for the season on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. Sun Valley Resort has been operating since Thanksgiving.
Check out the ski conditions at Idaho’s ski areas before you go with our map below.
UPDATE (Nov. 30):
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area reported 8 inches of snow in 24 hours from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon as the white stuff begins to accumulate at Southern Idaho’s ski resorts. The season total at Bogus is up to 16 inches.
Bogus opened for Nordic skiing Nov. 24 and started a free Hike Park (terrain park) near the Simplot base area on Nov. 30. The Hike Park is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Brundage Mountain Resort near McCall has received more than 14 inches of snow this week, the resort reports. The Easy Street beginner area will be open and free this weekend (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The Bear Chair will run at 11 a.m. Saturday for expert skiers who want to try the powder (it’s not deep enough to groom yet). The Powder Preview is free, but a lift ticket is required. The Brundage summit has a 22-inch base.
The Activity Barn in McCall opens for snow tubing Saturday.
Sun Valley Resort’s Bald Mountain opened Thanksgiving. It has a 24-inch base with four lifts and 11 trails open.
Tamarack Resort reports 10 inches at mid-mountain. The projected opening date remains Dec. 14.
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It’s almost time to start skiing.
Sun Valley Resort plans to kick off the Southern Idaho ski season on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) with top-to-bottom skiing. Here are the projected openings for the four major ski areas in the region:
▪ Bogus Basin: The ski area hopes to open Dec. 8. The new snowmaking system has limited capacity right now — the pond is less than 10 percent full. The system is designed to hold water from the spring to make snow for the following season but the pond wasn’t completed until this fall.
▪ Brundage: The ski area near McCall is targeting Nov. 23 for the opening of the Easy Street beginner lift, which is free to ski. Other lifts will be added as snow allows.
▪ Sun Valley: Sun Valley Resort has the region’s largest snowmaking system, and that means top-to-bottom skiing will be ready for the traditional Thanksgiving Day opening. The Lookout Express and River Run lifts will be open. Check sunvalley.com for updated information.
▪ Tamarack: The projected opening is Dec. 14 but it could happen sooner. “We’ve opened earlier than that each of the last four years,” General Manager Brad Larsen said.
Our annual guide to skiing in Southern Idaho will be posted Monday at IdahoStatesman.com. Our winter recreation guide publishes in the Thanksgiving Day newspaper.
And we’re planning a public event to preview the ski season on Tuesday, Dec. 4. More details to come.