Cold weather is good news for Idaho ski resorts

Cold weather is good news for Idaho ski resorts

Credit: Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin's base cam shows plenty of bare spots.

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by Matt Standal

NWCN.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 10:10 AM

BOISE -- Good news for Idaho skiers and snowboarders: the white stuff is on the way.

Last weekend's big dump at Sun Valley marked one of the earliest powder days in recent memory for North America's first ski resort.

With colder temperatures and snow in the forecast, more resorts are hoping to be opening up fairly soon.

KTVB Meteorologist Jim Duthie says colder temperatures starting Thursday night will bring snow levels down to around 6,000 feet.

Duthie also says a small storm front out of the northwest could bring a few more inches to the mountains this weekend. The chance of measurable snow is around 30% to 50%.

SUN VALLEY

Last weekend's winter storm dropped more than two feet of fresh on top of Sun Valley's Bald Mountain. The fortuitous fluff means top-to-bottom skiing is now happening at Sun Valley.

On Thursday, the resort opened its steep western bowl section on Bald Mountain. KTVB scored pictures from the opening morning, and they appear above.

The current report for Bald Mountain is 51" of snow on top, 30" at mid mountain, and 11" at the base.

Sun Valley's value pricing season continues with $66 lift tickets. The tickets will go up to $95 on Dec. 17.

BOGUS BASIN

While Bogus has seen a few inches of snow in the past month, the slopes of Shafer Butte remain suspiciously brown into the first week of December.

However, that could change to a frosty white very quickly, according to Bogus Basin Operations Director Alan Moore.

"Obviously, there's not a lot of snow up there right now," Moore said. "However, most importantly, there continues to be a couple of good weather patterns in the forecast."

Moore says he expects Bogus to open in the next two weeks, alluding to the possibility of snow throughout the weekend and into next week.

"If there's one thing that I've learned after working here for a while, is that it doesn't take a huge weather pattern to open this place up," Moore said. "Sometimes a small system will park over Bogus and just dump."

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN

Meanwhile, Brundage Mountain just north of McCall won't open for at least another week, officials say.

According to Communications Director April Russell, Brundage is being spattered with too much rain at the mountain's base.

"We've got plenty of snow on the upper mountain, Russell said, we've actually got 60 inches on the summit, the problem is we've got 7 inches at the base area."

The resort needs at least 18 inches on it's base to open.

TAMARACK

With a scheduled opening date of Saturday, Dec. 15, Tamarack Resort near Donnelly appears on track for a successful first day. (However, the long term success of this resort is anything but sure).

Tamarack is reporting a powdery 31" of snow on top, with 21" of base snow at mid mountain. However, the bottom of Tamarack looks fairly bare in Tam Cam photos.

Snow in the week's forecast could soon fill those spots in. Click here for KTVB's 7 Day forecast.

VISIT KTVB.COM FOR SKI REPORTS

Want to know the status of more southern Idaho ski resorts? Click on KTVB's Ski Reports for complete information.

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