Four inches of fresh snow fell on Brundage Mountain Sunday, exciting skiers eagerly awaiting the upcoming season.
Brundage officials say the resort received two inches in the base area and four inches at mid-mountain and above.
No natural snow has fallen at the Activity Barn, the site of Friday’s community-wide Pray for Snow Party. Live music, bonfires and a raffle will be held at the tubing hill Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. “Snowmaking efforts are underway; but so far, there’s not enough snow to open snow tubing,” said resort spokesperson April Whitney. “Snow is in the forecast -- even at the 5,000-foot level -- and crews are standing by to build tubing lanes if Mother Nature gets with the program.”
“Prospects look brighter for Saturday’s event at Brundage Mountain, where the forecast is calling for snow on Wednesday. Temperatures look more favorable for snowmaking this week at the 6,000-foot level where Brundage Mountain’s base sits,” she said.
Brundage plans to open Smoky’s Bar & Grill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is offering a free beer with purchase of a ski or snowboard wax.
Brundage Mountain had originally planned to offer a three-day event this weekend, but warm temperatures earlier this month prevented crews from operating snowmaking equipment until last week.
“Brundage will continue to make snow in the base area whenever possible and will open for weekend operations as soon as there is enough snow to properly pack and groom the slopes,” Whitney stated.
Brundage plans to open seven days a week starting Friday, December 9, conditions permitting.