BOISE -- Fall temps are just beginning to cool down, and southern Idaho's major ski resorts are already preparing for powder, but in slightly different ways.


Snow guns were blasting early Thursday morning as freezing temperatures descended on Bald and Dollar mountains at Sun Valley ski resort.

No, you can't go ski on it yet -- but Sun Valley marketing director Jack Sibbach says the freezing fluff is a step in the right direction.

About 3 in the morning they started snowmaking, Sibbach said. I'm looking out my window and I can see it.

Sibbach says Thursday's brief blast was simply a test of Sun Valley's equipment, but did add that crews will start making snow on the regular when temperatures allow.

Sun Valley reports that temperatures dropped to 17 degrees Wednesday night, but are expected to rise into the mid 60s Thursday. They say temps are expected in the freezing range again on Thursday and Friday nights.

Sun Valley's ski lifts are scheduled to open on November 22nd.


Crews at Bogus Basin ski area don't anticipate making snow anytime soon -- and that's because they typically rely on the natural stuff.

General Manager Alan Moore says his resort is currently in pre-season mode, and he doesn't expect snow until mid-November.

Temperatures in the Treasure Valley and surrounding mountains dipped into the low 30s Thursday. So far, not even a dusting of snow has been detected on the Boise foothills.

Moore says no matter when the lifts open this winter, he expects better conditions for skiers and snowboarders.

That's because crews have been clearing large amounts of brush that grows on the mountain using an all-terrain back-hoe tipped with a device called a masticating head. When it hits the brush, it tears it all up, Moore told KTVB.

Moore says the his brush buster has now eaten its way around the front side of the mountain, and is expected to reach the Pine Creek and Deer Point areas in the next few weeks.

Bogus Basin didn't fully open until January 19th last year. The short season cost the popular Treasure Valley resort millions in lost revenue.


The resort advertising The Best Snow in Idaho is currently experiencing freezing temps, but so far there's no powder in sight.

It's freezing up here, but we don't have any moisture in the forecast, said April Russell with Brundage Mountain. Russell did say temperatures around McCall were in the low 20s Thursday, but said she doesn't expect any appreciable snow for several more weeks.

It can be as early as September, but it doesn't usually stick, Russell said.

Brundage logged its earliest opening day on November 12th, 2005.

The resort plans to be open 7 days a week by December 14th.

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