Brundage to open two chairlifts Thursday; top to bottom skiing starts Friday

McCALL, ID - The latest winter storm to move through the central Idaho dropped nine inches of fresh snow on Brundage Mountain near McCall. As a result, resort officials say they will open the Bear Chair and Easy Street lifts on Thursday, December 21 -- with the Bluebird Express opening for the season on Friday, December 22.

Snow depths range from 14 inches at the base to 35 inches on the summit. Early-season conditions exist and grooming will be limited until more snow arrives. Visitors are expected to obey all posted run closures.

“Grooming crews are targeting five runs for Thursday. When the Bluebird Express opens Friday, Temptation will likely be the only run groomed top to bottom, with Lakeview Ridge also groomed,” said Brundage spokeswoman April Whitney. “Alpine, Engen and the 45th Parallel will be open, but not groomed. All runs North of the Bluebird Express, including Main Street and North, will be closed until further notice.” 

Skiers and riders can check the Brundage Snow Report page in the coming days for updates on grooming and lift operations.

The Ski and Ride School, The Fall Line Retail, Rental and Tune Shop, Smoky’s Bar and Grill and the SideStash Café will all be open for the season starting Thursday, Whitney said. 

Brundage Mountain, however, is now closed to uphill travel. Equipment is operating on the slopes -- and uphill travel is closed until further notice.   

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