Brundage Ski Resort Operators: 'Be Ready'

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Following a week of frosty mornings, Treasure Valley motorists were greeted with warmer temperatures today. But don't let that fool you. A series of storms feeding off of tropical moisture from the south Pacific are crawling toward the region, promising four straight days of precipitation and lower temperatures.

The National Weather Service office in Boise is forecasting no flooding for mainstem rivers but significant rises are expected to occur on the Weiser and Payette rivers, and there is a potentital for flooding of small streams in the west-central mountains and the Boise Mountains through Sunday.

The region's ski resort operators are anxiously awaiting the precipitation.

"People are excited, and I just don't think they're buying the idea that we'll have two terrible years in a row," Mike DeBoer, owner of inIdaho.com and president of Brundage Mountain's board of directors told Boise Weekly. "People are booking for Christmas right now, and I can tell you, that's a pent-up demand."

And Brundage President and General Manager Rick Certano told BW that his staff has "the plan" to activate the resort's 7,600-feet-high operations.

"They get the core people, and we build from there," said Certano, who employs 100-120 staff at season's peak. "We don't want to hire any sooner than two weeks before we open. I just tell my staff, 'Be ready.'"

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