by Deanna Darr
Skiers and snowboarders rejoice: An Idaho ski area has set an official opening date.Sun Valley Resort will open both Bald and Dollar mountains on Thursday, Nov. 25, scoring the area the much-sought-after Thanksgiving opening. As of this morning, the resort was reporting 10 inches at the summit, but a promising series of storms next week (as well as some serious snow-making machine overtime) could quickly bring up that total.
For those who need to ski now, Timberline on Mt. Hood in Oregon is continuing its pattern of sporadic openings that it started in October (giving the resort one of its earliest openings ever). Recent storms have been dumping some heavy powder on the mountain—2 feet have dropped in the last 24 hours, with a total of 40 inches at the base. Currently, three lifts are ferrying lucky skiers and boarders to powder bliss.
A little further down the slopes of Mt. Hood, Mt. Hood Meadows is slated to open on Saturday, Nov. 20, after the same storm created a 39-inch base.