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Brundage Mountain Opens Friday!

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN OPENS FRIDAY

 McCall, IDBrundage Mountain Resort is pleased to announce that it will open for winter operations on Friday, December 20th.

Current snow depths range from 12” at the base to 28” inches at the summit, which will allow the mountain to open for the 2013/14 season.

Brundage plans to operate the Easy Street Lift, the Blue Bird Quad and the Centennial Triple Chair on Friday, December 20th. Visitors can enjoy a discounted $36 all-mountain lift ticket on opening day or purchase a $15 ticket for Easy Street only.

“Favorable temperatures this week have consolidated our snow base nicely, so we have just what we need to start running Friday,” said resort spokesperson, April Whitney.

“We’re also seeing encouraging signs in the forecast which leads us to believe we may be able to open more terrain very soon,” added Whitney.

The National Weather Service is predicting 1-2” of snow Wednesday night, with another 5-11” possible by Saturday morning. Updates on additional terrain and lift operations will be made as warranted at www.brundage.com.

A link to the pinpoint forecast is available on the snow report page: http://www.brundage.com/the-mountain/snow-report/

Brundage Mountain managers want visitors to be aware that early season conditions exist, off-trail riding is not advised at this point, and that visitors need to obey closures and markings for their own safety. Guests are also encouraged to check the grooming report daily for changes to normal grooming patterns.

Light Up the Night Party Set for Saturday

 Brundage Mountain’s annual holiday party is set for this Saturday. The “Light Up the Night” event will feature a bonfire, beer garden, torchlight parade, tree lighting and a slope-side fireworks show. Smoky’s Bar & Grill will be open late with a special menu for Light Up the Night guests. Live music will be provided for guests who choose to purchase tickets for a special holiday sit-down dinner right after the light show.

Full details are available at: http://www.brundage.com/event/light-night/

Sledding is For Everyone!

Sledding isn’t just for little kids.  Although perfect for families looking to be outside, it’s also great for teens, adults and grandparents!  So why not make plans to grab a group of friends or families and head to your local resort for some serious tubing fun!  Here’s the goods on your Ski Idaho Resort tubing hills:

Bogus Basin (Boise):

The Pepsi Goldrush Tubing Hill is where you can experience an 800 foot downhill slide, then take a leisurely ride back up the mountain on a lift served rope tow.  More…

Grand Targhee (outside of Driggs):

Tubing is a blast and is one of our most popular family activities for all ages! Enjoy the thrilling rides and convenience of our Papoose Conveyor Lift which will whisk you back up to the top of the hill.  More…

Schweitzer (Sandpoint):

Hermits Hollow Tubing is 2 lanes of sliding fun that stretch over 100 yards.  Then sit back and relax as you get pulled back up to the top!  More…

Silver Mt (Kellogg):

There’s no hiking back to the top thanks to our moving carpet that effortlessly whisks you and your snow tube back to the top for another run in one of their four lanes.  More…

Snowhaven Tubing Hill (Grangeville):

Snowhaven is the place for family fun without the crowds.  This tubing hill features a 150 foot vertical drop and two lanes for 1100 feet.  Plus the hill is lift serviced. More…

Sun Valley Resort (Sun Valley):

Dollar Mountain is the home of the Tubing Hill. Rubber meets the snow in three 600-ft. lanes. The Park is located by the Half-Dollar Lift and is serviced by a new 400-ft surface lift. New customized tubes are used for rides offering nearly 100 ft. of vertical.  More…

Holiday Ski & Ride Camp

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If you are wondering what you should do with your kids during the Winter Break from school, look no further!  Why not sign them up for a Holiday ski or snowboarding camp?

Holiday Race Camp at Brundage: The McCall Winter Sports Club is hosting a holiday race camp from Dec. 27 – January 5 at Brundage. Kids can do all sessions or ala carte.

FreeRiders Camp at Lookout Pass: December 21-23  Freeriders Camp.  A daily camp for ages 10 years and up.  Ride with the Pros and experience new heights and landing zones in Lookout’s 3 terrain parks.  Call (208) 744-1301 for more information and to register.

Bogus Passport Program: December 26-29 and December 30-January 2 (plus dates in January, February and March).

All mountains have lesson, lift ticket and rental packages that are single day or multiple day options.  So grab the fam and a friend or two and head to the mountains!

Schweitzer’s Birthday Weekend, December 13-15

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Community Day, Founders Day, Sunday Solution

 Sandpoint, ID – Schweitzer Mountain Resort turns 50 years old this December and would like everyone to join in for their birthday weekend, December 13 – 15. Guests can ski all three days for less than the price of a typical adult lift ticket.

The weekend starts December 13 with Community Day, a fundraiser for Bonner Partners in Care and Community Cancer Services of Sandpoint. That Friday all lift tickets will be just $10 – with all proceeds benefiting those two organizations. Guests can select which organization they’d like to donate to by purchasing online at Schweitzer.com. Tickets will also be for sale at the resort ticket windows on Friday morning.

The big birthday party, Founders Day, is Saturday, December 14. Schweitzer will be celebrating with $19.63 lift tickets in honor of their 1963 opening season. That afternoon; complimentary birthday cake will be served as supplies last, a re-dedication ceremony will take place to honor key figures in Schweitzer’s history, followed by live music in Taps Lounge and the opening of Schweitzer’s 25 year old time capsule.

On Sunday, party goers can sleep in and take advantage of Schweitzer’s Sunday Solution. Sunday afternoon tickets will be just $25 when purchased online.

 

“Schweitzer Mountain Resort want’s to celebrate our 50th anniversary with the people who matter most, our loyal guests” said Tom Chasse, Schweitzer’s President and CEO. “This weekend is about helping the community, celebrating 50 years of service, and exceptional skiing”.

 

 

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About Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is quickly rising in the ranks of the nation’s top destination resorts with 2900 acres of amazing terrain and renowned tree skiing. Located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of the northern Idaho panhandle and the northwest Rocky Mountains, Schweitzer overlooks the town of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille. Schweitzer is well known for its two massive bowls, breathtaking views and amazing gladed terrain. For more information on Schweitzer Mountain Resort call 877.487.4643 or visit www.schweitzer.com.

 

Gift Ideas for the Powder Hound

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If you need a gift for the powder hound or the snow junkie  in your life here’s our top suggestions for gifts both large and small.

 

Ski Idaho License Plate: If your loved one is driven by their passion for skiing or riding, then help them show it with a Ski Idaho License Plate.

Ski Idaho Gear: We have shirts, hats, mugs, water bottles and more starting as low as $5.

The Gift of Skiing!  Purchase a lift, lesson and rental package for the loved one in your life so they can have a life time of powder turns!  Available at all resorts.

Brundage Mountain Gift Cards: Brundage Mountain Gift Cards can be used to purchase any service, ticket or product at any on-mountain point of sale and have no expiration date!

Brundage  History Book: This hard cover book, written by author Eve Chandler, includes more than 250 photos and illustrations documenting the proud history of skiing in McCall and the birth and growth of Brundage Mountain Resort.

Kelly Quad Kard:  4-pack of tickets for $110 – a 30% discount!  Makes a great holiday gift.

Sun Valley Gear, Gift Cards and Lift Tickets: There’s nothing better than an iconic trip to Sun Valley.  Can’t make it this year?  How about some gear to full the dream until you get here.

Schweitzer Ski 3 Pack: Each pack includes three fully transferable lift tickets that are valid any day during the 13/14 season.

Schweitzer Gift Cards: Perfect to purchase lift tickets, food, souvenirs and more.  Really anything  sold at the resort can be purchased with a gift card!

5 or 10 Punch POW Cards from Tamarack: Valid January 9-the end of the season any day, any age and are fully transferable.

Terrain Parks in Idaho

Hittin’ it at Lookout Pass.

Terrain Parks are a great place for the young and old and the seasoned rider or the beginner to learn new jumps, tricks and more.  Check out all these great parks at your local Ski Idaho mountains.

Brundage Mountain Resort:  Brundage Mountain Resort has two terrain parks which offer a wide selection of features to give riders the opportunity to build skills as they progress and try new tricks.  Kickback Rail Park is a new terrain park this season that will focus exclusively on box and rail features and be located at a new elevation.  With the new placement of the park the features will be built earlier in the snow season and will provide more sunshine and better photo ops for freestyle. 

Grand Targhee: 
  Grand Targhee is a resort that has something to offer to every level of rider hosting a multitude of features from beginner to expert.  The terrain park offers: jumps, boxes, rails, vertical taps, spines, and more! 

Kelly Canyon: The KC Terrain Park is a great place to have fun.  From rails to pipes to jumps to boxes, we’ve got it all!

Lookout Pass:  Lookout Pass has 3 terrain parks!  The first is The Huckleberry Jam  where you can learn the basic features.   Next hit the “natural” terrain park features in Rolling Thunder where every feature is created from trees that needed to be cut down and set on a rolling terrain with a mini valley running down the middle.  Then head to Borderline where you can hit the big features such as The Lighting Bolt, The Tear Drop and The Down C.

Lost Trail: Test your courage in LT’s premier Frontcountry park Situated on South Face, in direct view of the lodge, this park is a proving ground. Big air, big features and big egos collide… Or if powder and layed back jib lines are more your style, head to Powder Park for natural bumps and jumps.

Pebble Creek Ski Area:  Pebble Creek boasts  two groomed terrain parks with a continually changing and growing array of boxes, rails, corrugated tubes, jumps, rollers, and even an old lift tower. Rail Yard is on the upper mountain for intermediate and expert riders with 40ft jumps and challenging rails.  Aspen Park is a playground for anyone looking to have fun with jumps, rollers, and banks as well as a mini half pipe.

Pomerelle:  Pomerelle is home to two terrain parks.  Buttermilk Terrain Park is their entry level park and a great place to learn and practice on smaller features.  Colt 45 is their intermediate to advanced park with rail and jib options including two large back to back kickers.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort:  Schweitzer is happy to announce the opening of a new terrain park, Southside Progression Park.  Taking the place of Starfish Terrain Park, Soutside will be located next to The Stomping Grounds Terrain Park, where their largest features can be found. The new progression park will be larger in size, and allow for a greater number of features and will be a perfect place for those looking for medium sized features.  And then, don’t forget about the Terrain Garden where the focus is on family fun and is perfect for even the youngest riders.

Silver Mountain Resort: The Silver Mountain park has a smooth slope style flow and an assortment of rails to mix up the jump lines. Learn more…

Sun Valley Resort:  Sun Valley’s terrain parks are nothing less than world class with a 22 foot superpipe on Dollar and over 70 features in their terrain park.  Featured in numerous magazines, videos and photo shoots, Sun Valley’s pipe and park are top notch but perfect for those beginning to pros.   Click here to see pics of the pipe and park…

Tamarack Resort:  This season Tamarack will continue improving their two terrain parks with the addition of numerous hips, rails, and other features.  As well, a special park for younger and more inexperienced riders is also available in the Discovery learning area called, The Family Fun Park.  All of the rails are “Ride on” and low to the ground. The jumps are small and low risk. This a great Park to tune your skills and get ready for the No Business Terrain Park!

Terrain parks are also available at Bogus Basin and Soldier Mountain.

 

Soldier Mountain Names Runs

Soldier Mountain Ski Area, in Fairfield, ID, just 90 minutes south of Boise, is excited to announce they have a new trail map and run names for the mountain’s 36 ski runs.   The runs are named after local hero’s, original mountain skiers, and legends.  (Click on image to enlarge.)

Make Your Holiday Plans

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Light up the Night at Brundage this season.

If you’re looking for a different way to celebrate the holiday’s this year then we have the answer for you!  Grab your family or friends and head to a resort for the holiday celebration of a life time!  Here are some of the great events and deals you can “snag” to enjoy a GREAT season!

Thanksgiving at Sun Valley:

Celebrate the opening of ski season with the four-night Thanksgiving Package which includes a three day lift ticket, four nights lodging and a lavish Thanksgiving Buffet starting at $311/p.*  More…

Surf Your Cares Away at Silver Mountain:

Hit the slopes and then hit the waves in Idaho’s largest indoor water park!  Start the holiday by enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner in Noah’s. Weather permitting, the mountain is scheduled to open for snow riding on November 29th and we will light up the village on Saturday.  Ski, Surf and Splash packages start at less than $87 per person* and available during Christmas holidays as well.  More…

The Grandest Christmas Ever at Schweitzer:

Give your family the memories of a lifetime with 3 nights lodging, 3 days of lift tickets for the fam, breakfast and more and all for under a grand!  More…

Light Up the Night at Brundage:

Based in beautiful McCall on in north central Idaho at Brundage Mt Ski Resort you won’t want to miss the chance to celebrate the holiday’s all lite up!  So on December 21 don’t miss the fireworks, torchlight parade and more at Brundage!

Ring in the New Year at Tamarack:

Don’t miss the Burning Glove Light Parade at Tamarack this December 31.  Make your plans to stay with one of these great ski and stay packages.

Grand Targhee Holiday Celebrations:

This Holiday Season, join the family at Grand Targhee Resort December 20-31 for a memorable celebration, featuring holiday-inspired events, activities and menus, this 2nd Annual Holiday Celebration will be fun for your entire family.  Be sure you don’t miss the torch light parade and fireworks to bring in the new year on December 31!  Par the fun with one of these great lodging packages for the best holiday’s ever.

Check out all of our great Events and Ski-Stay Deals on SkiIdaho.us.

 

 

What’s New at Ski Idaho

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Upgrades, New Terrain and Added Spaces at Idaho Ski Areas Welcome Skiers

Idaho, revered by winter outdoor enthusiasts as the soul of skiing and snowboarding, is often considered the birthplace of the American Ski Resort and is home to the nation’s first chair lift.  With more than 28,000 vertical feet and 20,000 skiable acres, Idaho boasts 18 ski areas of varying characteristics and offering a wide variety of services such as  nordic trails, terrain parks, cat ski trails, heli-ski opportunities and tubing hills.  Idaho is a destination ski mecca for those seeking crystal blue skies, fresh powder and no crowds.  Here’s what’s new about Idaho ski areas this season:

Sun Valley Resort – Sun Valley, Idaho
America’s original ski resort located in Sun Valley, Idaho kicks off it’s 78th year with several updates.   The Sun Valley Snow/Sports School will introduce a ‘Terrain Based Learning Program’ tailored for early learners and intermediate skiers and borders.  Traditional teaching methods will be combined with the Adventure/Discovery Model .

Sun Valley’s ‘Dollar Mountain’ has quickly become ‘Park Central’ for children and families and will feature a new 620 ft. long ‘SUPER PIPE’ with a 22 foot high wall, North America’s largest pipe.

A new lift ticket will be added to the variety of passes currently available.  The new ‘Young Adults Pass’ is available at $ 1199 for the season for skiers and snowboarders 29 years and younger.  As well, an new pass has been created giving unlimited access to Sugar Bowl & Royal Gorge Resorts Sugar Bowl & Royal Gorge to Sun Valley skiers/riders holding a Full Season or Sun Plus pass.

The ‘U.S. Revolution Tour’ will once again return to the slopes of Sun Valley March 3-7, 2014.  The tour has proved to be a progressive venue for today’s top junior riders to take the competitive stage in half-pipe, slope-style and ski-cross.  The tour is designed as a stepping -stone for athletes transitioning from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level.

Sun Valley’s ‘Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports’ will introduce the new ‘Wintersteiger Mercury Machine’ one of only 11 in the U.S. and the only one in Idaho.  This new tuning machine enhances performance on the mountain by improving turning qualities, creating a better grip on hard slopes for increased safety keeping edges sharper for a longer period.

So come check it all out!  If you are looking for a great ski and stay package at this amazing resort, click here.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort – Sandpoint, Idaho

Schweitzer Mountain Resort is kicking off it’s 50th Anniversary year with  a  1 + million dollar infrastructure expansion and many resort enhancements.   Schweitzer is also spending capital on cutting a new F.I.S. homologated downhill course, new progression terrain park and a new sun deck outside of the popular après ski spot, ‘Taps Lounge.’

Schweitzer’s new downhill course is located on Stella, crews widened the Shortcut Trail to 30 meters to connect upper Cathedral Aisle with the lower section of Zip Down.  The new start lets racers start on a steeper pitch, allowing them to maintain a higher rate of speed suitable for downhill racing.

Schweitzer’s new terrain park, Southside Progression Park, will replace Starfish Terrain Park and will be located next to The Stomping Grounds Terrain Park where Crystal Run is currently.  The new progression park will be larger and offer a great number of features.

In the village, Schweitzer added a new 50’ by 28’ sun deck  outside ‘Taps Lounge’.   Among other improvements,  Schweitzer has added a new groomer to it’s fleet, will roll out a new website this fall, is strengthening the wireless internet throughout the village and has upgraded the electrical system on Musical Chairs.

If you’re looking for a great winter vacation, be sure to check out their ski and stay packages, here.

Silver Mountain Resort – Kellogg, Idaho

Silver Mountain Resort is home to the ‘worlds longest gondola’ and the nations only “Snow, Splash & Golf” Pass providing season pass holders unlimited access to ski and snowboard the mountain, surf and splash at ‘Silver Rapids’, Idaho’s largest indoor water park and golf at Galena Ridge Golf Course.

Updates this year include two new intermediate runs  – ‘Skier’s right of Moonshine’ off Chair # 4, and  ‘Bootlegger’  bringing total runs to 74.  In addition ‘Gold Pan Alley’ a children’s adventure trail has been expanded and the seasonal locker room expansion in the Mountain House Lodge has been completed.    Additionally, an extensive summer and fall campaign of brush and alder removal and thinning of glades will open more terrain and reduce lift lines.

Don’t miss your chance to “ski, splash and stay.”  Click here to see their great vacation packages.

Brundage Mountain Resort – McCall, Idaho

Skiers and riders will appreciate Brundage Mountain’s on-going brush cutting efforts. This year’s targeted the lower half of the front side runs, with significant trimming performed on Main Street, Lower Alpine, Griz, Badger, Red Fox, Bear, Lower 45th Parallel, Sensation, Celebration and Lower Temptation.

Brundage has relocated its main terrain park to Kickback and changed its approach to park construction. The Kickback Rail Park will focus exclusively on box and rail features. The elevation and aspect of the new location allows features to be built earlier in the snow season and moving the park on the south side of the mountain will provide more sunshine and better photo ops for freestyle riders.  In the lodge guests will notice enhancements to the third floor cafeteria where the serving space has been redesigned to provide a more convenient experience and reduced wait times.

Come check out Brundage Mountain with the help of their vacation planners, here.

Soldier Mountain Resort – Fairfield, ID

Soldier’s Cat Skiing is back in action! As southern Idaho’s only Snow Cat Skiing operation they are excited to invite you to come experience their new 11 passenger snowcat carriage.  Inside you’ll find a  flat screen TV to enjoy on your way up the mountain, an optional over night stay in a yurt, and fresh powder all day long at only $275 per person.

Soldier Mountain Ski Area is excited to announce that they now have a new trail map and run names for the mountain’s 36 ski runs, named after local hero’s, original mountain skiers, and legends.

Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area – Wallace/Mullan, Idaho

Located on the Idaho – Montana border Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area receives an average annual snowfall of 400+ inches each season.   Improvements this year include the expansion and relocation of the ‘Huckleberry Jam’, family-friendly terrain park.   To grow participation in the park it has been relocated to the other side of ‘Huckleberry Ridge’.    In addition ten super easy new features have been added to introduce ‘Free Style Skiing’ and ‘Snowboarding’ to all ages and levels of skiers.

Grand Targhee Resort – Teton Valley (Idaho Wyoming Border)

Situated on the western slope of the Tetons in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho, Grand Targhee Resort is proud to be celebrating its 45th Anniversary.  Grand Targhee’s Youth Ski and Snowboard Lease Program offers discount ski and snowboard packages for kids.  Parents can carve out their own ski days at Targhee when youngsters enroll in the Youth Multi-Weekend programs.  During the five week program, kids can have fun on the slopes, make friends and learn to glide with Grand Targhee’s professional ski and snowboard instructors.  Check out their ski and stay packages, here.

Pomerelle Mountain Resort -  Albion, Idaho

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary Pomerelle Mountain Resort is located in the Sawtooth Mountains just 12 miles from Albion, Idaho.  With 24 expertly groomed runs, 2 terrain parks,  a vertical drop of 1000 ft and an annual snowfall of 500+ inches.

Lost Trail Powder Mountain  (Idaho – Montana Border)

Proud to celebrate its 75th Anniversary this year, Lost Trail Powder Mountain was very busy this summer and fall adding hundreds of new acres of terrain and thinning and expanding more in-bound areas all over the mountain.

 

Fall Fun and Early Booking Discounts

Fall Fun!

The weather is PERFECT at your Ski Idaho resorts with great events going on and even great stay and play packages!  Check one of these out fun events:

Final Weekend of Fall Fun at Grand Targhee Sept 21-22
Sun Valley Harvest Fest Sept 19-22
Bogus Twilight Dinner on Sept 27
Ride the Hiawatha at Lookout Pass thru Sept 29
Harvest Fest at Silver Mt on Sept 28-29
Sun Valley Trailing of the Sheep Festival on Oct 10-13
Last day of the Golf Season at Tamarack on Oct 13

Look for more great events at your Ski Idaho resorts here.

New San Francisco/Sun Valley Non-Stop Flights Begin December 12

This winter it just got easier to get to Sun Valley Resort with a new service between Sun Valley and United’s San Francisco hub.  United flights to Sun Valley from San Fran will run daily from December 12 through March 30 for the 2013-14 winter season and from July 2 through September 23 for the 2014 summer season.  The flight schedule for upcoming ski season will be:
*Departs SFO at 10:40 am, arrives SUN at 1:22 pm
*Departs SUN at 1:57, arrives SFO at 2:54 pm
Passengers on the new United Express San Francisco flights to Sun Valley also will receive great benefits. For the upcoming winter season, passengers who present their SFO-SUN boarding pass to the Sun Valley ticket window receive a free demo /ski/board package or a free morning, two hour group lesson the day following arrival. Some date restrictions apply.

Sun Valley also has direct flights from Los Angeles, Seattle and Salt Lake CityLearn more about getting to Sun Valley here…

Early Booking Discounts, Season Pass and Ticket Sales

Right now is THE BEST time to save BiG on ski and stay packages, multi-day lift ticket packs and season passes.  Check them all out here on our deals page.

Hot Lodging Deals

Hiawatha Highlight: Includes 1 Night, Route of the Hiawatha trail and shuttle passes for two for $149.95 each*. More…

All Schweitzer Winter Lodging Deals on SALE: Save 10% on winter lodging if booked by October 31, promo code “fallblast”.   More…

Save 40% on Winter Lodging at Grand Targhee when you book before September 29.   More…

Family Fun at Silver: Stay 1 night get 2 days to Silver Rapids Water Park starting at $49.95/per*. You’ll also enjoy: Movie nights under the stars, S’mores roasts, bike trails and More…

Book Now and Save at Tamarack:  Book by Dec 1, 2013 and pay only $199* to Ski and Stay.  More…

Fall Golf at Sun Valley:  Enjoy fall golf at its best for as low as $124 per person*.  More…

For more lodging deals go to skiidaho.us

 

 

 

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