Brundage Mountain Resort to open Friday

STATESMAN STAFFDecember 18, 2013 

Brundage Mountain Resort near McCall will open Friday with limited terrain and discounted lift tickets. The resort reported snow depths ranging from 12 inches at the base to 28 inches at the summit on Wednesday with more snow expected.

Brundage plans to operate the Easy Street Lift, the Blue Bird Quad and the Centennial Triple Chair.

Skiers and boarders can get a discounted $36 all-mountain lift ticket on opening day or purchase a $15 ticket for Easy Street only.

“Favorable temperatures this week have consolidated our snow base nicely, so we have just what we need to start running Friday,” said resort spokesperson, April Whitney. “We’re also seeing encouraging signs in the forecast, which leads us to believe we may be able to open more terrain very soon.”

The National Weather Service is predicting 5 to 11 inches by Saturday.

Brundage will announce the opening of additional terrain and lift operations as conditions change.

Brundage Mountain managers say early season conditions exist, so off-trail skiing and boarding are not advised, and visitors need to obey closures and markings for their own safety.

People are also encouraged to check the grooming report daily for changes to normal grooming patterns.

The opening date is later than usual for Brundage, which relies solely on natural snow. Last year’s opener was Dec. 14.

Brundage’s opening announcement leaves Soldier Mountain Resort as the only Southwest/Central Idaho ski resort waiting to open. Soldier was reporting 5 inches at the base on Wednesday. It has not announced an opening date.

Sun Valley, Bogus Basin and Tamarack are all open, but terrain open for skiing is limited due to low snowfall.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Brundage Mountain’s annual holiday party is set for Saturday.

The Light Up the Night event will feature a bonfire, beer garden, torchlight parade, tree lighting and a slope-side fireworks show. Smoky’s Bar and Grill will be open late with a special menu for Light Up the Night guests.

Live music will be provided for people who buy tickets for a special holiday sit-down dinner right after the light show.

Details are available at www.brundage.com.

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