Where did fall go?
Rain and cooler temperatures are giving Idaho resorts the first taste of winter ranging from Bogus Basin receiving a small dusting of snow to Tamarack Resort getting hammered with high winds and several inches.
Tamarack officials are looking forward to a solid base which will support new snow from their specialized snow guns.
“The snow guns are working great,” said Brian Amundson, the Snowmaking and Grooming Manager at Tamarack Resort. He continued, “With cold temperatures and little help from Mother Nature – we hope to be open by Friday, December 11.”
Brundage Mountain has seen its fair share of snow dustings since Labor Day, but the resort has officially called the first snowfall of the year after recording two inches at the resort’s base since 1 p.m.
“First of all, our official ‘snow season’ starts October first, so the Labor Day snow doesn’t count in our season total. Unlike many other areas, we measure snowfall at the base area until we have our mid-mountain system in place on opening day. Why? Because we like to be 100% transparent with the public about how much snow we're getting,” resort spokesperson April Whitney wrote. “If you can't see it, we don't count it. We did get a half inch in the base area yesterday, but we try not to 'round up' so we didn't claim that.”
Pomerelle is looking forward to a new season with crews putting the finishing touches on the Skytrac fixed-grip triple chairlift which will replace a 39-year-old double chairlift. The new chair will increase uphill capacity an estimated 33%.
“We take this as an encouraging indication for the 2015-16 season,” said Jody Burrows, general manager.“Our mountain needs the moisture—so this is a really good thing. We want a steady stream of snowstorms, our guests deserve them.”
Grand Targhee Resort is reporting five inches in the last 24 hours.
Not quite ready for winter? Head to the 65rd Annual Ski Swap at Expo Idaho from November 6th through November 8th to get the gear you need to hit the slopes.