Idaho ski resorts look toward opening day
With a severe lack of snow during the 2011-2012 skiing season, the early snowfall across Idaho is good news for the local ski resorts.
"It is so nice to see some snow," said Alan Moore, general manager for Bogus Basin. He said it has rejuvenated the place after a short season last year. "Typically we open sometime between Thanksgiving and sometime in December, he said, and that is what they are still thinking.
He did say that they currently have eight "pretty heavy" inches at the base. But with the temperatures expected next week, that may melt.
Sun Valley said they are opening Baldy and Dollar Mountains on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22. But according to Jack Sibbach with the resort, Dollar Mountain may close weeks after Thanksgiving, depending upon conditions.
Brundage Mountain is reporting 13 inches of new snow in the past seven days, with three of those inches falling since 5 p.m. Tuesday night.
"We do not have enough snow yet to set an opening day," said April Russell with Brundage. But they plan to "open for the Winter Season as soon as we have enough snow to properly pack and groom the slopes."
Russell said as soon as conditions permit, they will open Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday, and daily operations will commence starting Dec. 14.
Pomerelle Resort also received their first snow on Monday and are optimistic about the season.