Bogus Basin to open Thursday

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by ALYSON OUTEN / KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on December 16, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:02 PM

BOISE -- All this rain in the valley is translating into snow in the mountains. 

Bogus Basin announced Tuesday that it will open the mountain to skiers and snow boarders on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Historically, this is a late opening, but it's almost exactly the same time they opened last year and the year before.

As of Wednesday morning, Bogus Basin has received seven inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, bringing its summit depth to 41 inches.

And that means, Bogus Basin will open on Thursday  -- the exact same day it opened last year!

"This kind of a storm where it's raining in the valley and it's snowing on the mountain is perfect for us.  What it gives us is that little bit of moisture content in the snow that gives us a great base; it's packable and stays where it is," said Gretchen Anderson, Bogus Basin.  "We're thrilled!  The most important thing is that we're open when everybody goes on school vacation and parents take time off and they can head to the mountain and enjoy the holidays."

Meanwhile, in McCall, Brundage Mountain is also inching closer to opening.

The Wednesday morning snow report recorded 20 new inches of snow since Tuesday bringing the summit depth to 26 inches.  Twenty-four inches is needed before Brundage Mountain will consider opening.  

"We are getting close, but too close to call at this point. If the heavy end of the forecast is correct, we could be making an announcement soon," said April Russell, Brundage Mountain

Sun Valley has been open since Thanksgiving, but it also has a big announcement for this coming weekend.

The resort's 18-foot super-pipe on Baldy will be open this Saturday, as will the brand new terrain park on Dollar Mountain -- which features 4 jumps and 13 different types of rails.

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