Snow Reports for Christmas Weekend 

click to enlarge El Nino has brought nearly seven feet to the slopes of Sun Valley Resort since the season began. - RAY J. GADD, SUN VALLEY RESORT
  • Ray J. Gadd, Sun Valley Resort
  • El Nino has brought nearly seven feet to the slopes of Sun Valley Resort since the season began.


For many, the Christmas tradition isn't complete without a day on the slopes, which are looking exceptional for the upcoming holiday.

Sun Valley has gotten a grand total of nearly 7 feet since the season began in November, with no sign of letting up soon. According to the resort's blog, the exceptional amount of snow has allowed the mountain to open terrain that hasn't been ride-able for years. 

Some people are calling it a "flashback to being like the 'good old days,'" according to the blog. Bald Mountain has received 2 inches of snow since 5:30 a.m., on top of 11 inches in the past 72 hours. Snow is expected throughout Christmas Day. 

The Christmas season brings lots of celebration opportunities to the Wood River Valley, including a torchlight parade down Dollar Mountain and fireworks on Christmas Eve and live music in the various ski lodges through Monday, Dec. 29.

click to enlarge Ski with Santa on Christmas day at Brundage Mountain. - BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN
  • Brundage Mountain
  • Ski with Santa on Christmas day at Brundage Mountain.
click to enlarge Bogus Basin has received nearly as much snowfall in the past month as it did all last season. - CHRIS THORNTON
  • Chris Thornton
  • Bogus Basin has received nearly as much snowfall in the past month as it did all last season.
Skiers and snowboarders at Brundage Mountain have also been enjoying the plentiful snow from this season's El Nino weather pattern, with nearly 160 inches of light, powdery snow falling so far. The resort received 49 inches of snow in the past week, and 5 inches overnight. It's still coming down, with more in the forecast over the weekend.

If you're skiing around Brundage on Christmas, expect to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus ripping the slopes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 26, Brundage will host its annual Light up the Mountain celebration, which includes fireworks and a torchlight parade on the hill.

Tamarack Resort is offering free skiing on Christmas day to anyone showing up in a Santa Claus suit. Get to the ticket desk by 11 a.m. wearing the works: Santa hats, red coats with white trim, red pants and beards and get a free lift ticket. The mountain has seen 16 inches of snow in the past two days, with another three inches falling overnight. Christmas Eve should bring more snow, but the forecast for Christmas day is cold and cloudy, with a bit of sunshine.

Closest to home, Bogus Basin is still having one of its best seasons in recent years, with a base of 57 inches and a season total of more than 90 inches of snowfall so far. The mountain got 17 inches of snow in the past 48 hours and the forecast calls for up to 14 more inches by Christmas Day. 

The mountain will run the lifts from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.
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