Brundage Mountain to open Friday
Brundage Mountain Resort has announced it will open for winter operations on Friday, December 14.
The McCall ski resort has received nine inches of base-area snow since Thursday, giving mountain crews just enough snow to prep the slopes for Friday’s opening.
Brundage Mountain has over 60 inches of snow on the summit and about 12 inches of packed snow in the base area.
“This has been an incredibly odd year for preseason snowfall,” said resort spokesperson, April Russell. “We’ve seen wet snow come and go at the base, but continue to pile up and create an extremely deep snowpack on the upper mountain.”
This past week, falling temperatures gave the base area the boost it needed, officials said. Temperatures have remained low since Thursday ,and the fresh snow that fell since then has created an adequate snow base to open. The BlueBird Quad, Easy Street, and Lakeview Chairlifts will operate on Friday.
The upper and mid-mountain slopes are displaying mid-winter snow coverage, but the lowest 300-400 feet of the mountain have a thin cover, Russell said. More snow is needed to open the Bear Chair and some of the low-elevation runs. More snow is forecast between now and opening day.
“We will be keeping people posted about the changing conditions in our SnowBlog,” said Russell. “We know for certain that we can open at least three of our lifts and provide excellent skiing on the upper two-thirds of the mountain. We know our loyal skiers and snowboarders are eager to get on the hill.”
(photo: courtesy Brundage Mountain)