MCCALL, Idaho — Two popular central Idaho ski resorts will open for full-time operations Friday.
After nearly a foot of base-building snow fell over the weekend, Brundage Mountain slopes are prepped and ready to open.
Brundage plans to run the BlueBird Express, Centennial Triple, Bear Chair and Easy Street lifts for opening day. This kicks off the resort’s full-time, seven-day-a-week operations.
“We’re very excited to kick-off our 59th ski season by opening the entire front side of the mountain,” said resort General Manager Ken Rider. “The early season snow conditions are great -- and we can’t wait to share the stoke with all our loyal skiers and riders.”
Regular lift ticket pricing is in effect. Brundage offers special pricing for those who ski on the Bear Chair only -- and Easy Street lift tickets are always free to all ages, all season long.
Smoky’s Bar and Grill, The Upper Lot Pub, and the Main Street Market will all be open, along with Fall Line Shop Rentals and Retail, the Ski and Ride School and the daycare.
Grooming and lift operations will be expanded as snow conditions permit.
Full details are available on the Snow Report page at www.brundage.com.
Meantime, Tamarack is also gearing up.
Officials there anticipate operating the Discovery, Tamarack Express and Summit Express lifts. The upper mountain lifts will offer access to the northern portion of the summit including Tango, Upper Serenity, Panorama, Adrenaline and Wildwood Way.
They will have Waltz open from mid-mountain to the base, plus the Discovery Chair will be open for a learning area and terrain park features.
No other lower mountain terrain is expected to be open on Friday.
All skiers and riders should be ready for early season conditions which may include thin coverage in some areas along with unmarked obstacles.
All of the resort’s services will be available including dining, lodging, retail, daycare, rental and ski school. Plus, Canoe Grill will now be open daily for the winter from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Friday.
Tickets on Friday will be offered at a discount until more terrain is added. Prices will be $39 for adults (ages 18+), $35 for military personnel, $29 for teens (ages 12-17) and seniors (aged 70+), and $19 for juniors (ages 7-11). Children ages 6 and under are free.
No half day tickets will be available.
If more terrain is opened over the weekend, then prices may increase.
Prices will be posted at tamarackidaho.us9.list-manage.com.
(Brundage photo courtesy: April Whitney)