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Brundage sets record for skiers; Sun Valley total best in decade


Brundage announced Friday that it expects to finish the season with 146,000 skier visits, the most in the ski area’s 54-year history.

“Snow conditions were the best in five years, we had tons of great powder days, and the investments we’ve made to expand and improve our lodge and restaurant facilities are being very well received,” Brundage spokeswoman April Whitney said in a press release.

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Sun Valley Resort and Brundage Mountain capitalized on early and consistent snowfall this season to post their best numbers for skier visits in a decade.

Sun Valley closed Sunday with 419,248 skier visits for 2015-16. That’s the most since 2005-06, when the resort welcomed 420,517 visitors.

The snowfall was the best in five years. Other factors included increased flight capacity into Hailey, the early arrival of snow, a series of March storms that prevented an early melt and the success of the Mountain Collective pass, a season pass that combined a dozen destination resorts and attracted first-time visitors from around the West, Sun Valley spokesman Jack Sibbach said.

Brundage Mountain in McCall will be open for one more weekend, so final numbers aren’t available. But “it is safe to say we will end up with the most skier visits in more than a decade,” spokeswoman April Whitney said.

Bogus Basin near Boise reported 320,000 skier visits this season. The ski area topped 350,000 visits in 2010-11 but was down to 240,000 visits in 2012-13.

Tamarack Resort declined to provide skier numbers but General Manager Brad Larsen said this season topped the resort’s three-, five- and 10-year averages.

Brundage will be open Saturday and Sunday with a base still at 51 inches. Four of five chairlifts will be running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with access to the entire mountain. Adults are $42, juniors (12-17) and seniors (70 and up) are $27 and youth (7-11) are $18.

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