Thursday, November 17, 2011

Snow Starts Piling Up at Ski Resorts

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Brundage Mountain from its top cam.
  • Brundage Mountain Resort
  • Brundage Mountain from its top cam.
If diehard skiers and boarders hadn't already been chomping at the bit for the upcoming ski season, the next couple of days may have them actually drooling in anticipation.

Why? Well, we're glad you asked.

No. 1: Early season storms are dumping some serious snow in the mountains of Central Idaho. Brundage Mountain in McCall was reporting 4 inches of snow as of this morning, and images from the ski hill show a solid blanket of the white stuff.

Sun Valley's Bald Mountain had received anther 2 inches, which combined with the resort's man-made snow, brings the base up to 14 inches and keeps the area on target for a Thanksgiving opening.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is even showing a trace of snow on its slopes.

Pomerelle Mountain Resort has also been getting some snow, reporting 4 inches in the last week.

A little farther away, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is reporting 11 inches mid-mountain, and some upper mountain trails are open, although the lifts aren't running yet. Grand Targhee Resort is on track for a Friday, Nov. 25, opening and is reporting a 25-inch base as of this morning. Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore., is reporting a 14-inch base, although no formal opening date has been set.

No. 2: You can actually start getting your fix this weekend, if you're willing to travel.

Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint will offer a limited opening, beginning Saturday, Nov. 19, with two chairs running. The resort will be open for the weekend, then reopen for the Thanksgiving holiday on Friday, Nov. 25. This marks the resort's earliest opening in 25 years, and opening weekend lift tickets will be $40 for anyone age 7 or older.

Alta Resort in Utah is opening up on Friday, Nov. 18, with part of the mountain open, and plans to open Sugarloaf for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

No. 3: Weather reports call for far more snow in the mountains through the weekend.

There, happy now?

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