What's a party without music, fireworks and a torchlight parade? OK, so those last two things tend to be reserved for special occasions. Fair enough. One of the area's most beloved ski resorts turning 50 is a special occasion, and the ensuing Light Up the Night party comes complete with all that and more.
On Wednesday, Dec. 29, the folks at Brundage Mountain Ski Resort are hosting a celebration in honor of 50 years of ski enthusiasts strapping on the sticks and schussing down the mountain. The lifts close at 4:30 p.m., but that's OK, because that's when the party starts. Instead of packing up and heading home, skiers can make their way from the slopes to the lodge, where Boise band Hillfolk Noir will be playing. Young and old alike can then head outside for the torchlight parade. Skiers of all ages make their way down the Griz run with torches (actually flares) and end up in front of the lodge. A fireworks show will round out the outdoor festivities. Once back inside the lodge, skiers can recoup carbs by indulging in a pasta feast.
All of the evening's events are family friendly, so the whole clan can celebrate their favorite ski spot. Bring the kiddos home to a babysitter if you plan on making a night of it by partaking in the late-night party at Smoky's Pub, which will be open late so partygoers can keep it going a little longer. Obviously this mountain isn't over the hill yet.