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Idaho's Skiers and Snowboarders Begin Snow Countdown

Frost has hit the lawns, but the white stuff may be around the corner

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Frost has hit the still-green lawns, so it's time to talk about skiing, right? Well, if you're in the ski industry, it's past time. In fact, Brundage Mountain Resort has already announced the second phase of the expansion plan for its main lodge.

Last season, Brundage remodeled the second floor of the lodge, which added more seating, turned Smoky's Bar and Grill into a full-service restaurant, and added designated areas for adults-only and families.

This time around, the resort is adding 1,000 square feet to the third floor, which will include a whole lot more seating and make the third-floor cafeteria more user friendly. Apparently it will also make getting to the bathrooms easier as well, so big bonus there.

The resort also upgraded its webcam network and resort officials said in a press release that the system would now include 24-hour snowstake images from both the base and the summit, as well as a custom weather forecast just for Brundage.

The resort has even made the jump to the smartphone with a new mobile app that will give users the most up-to-date info on mountain conditions.

To help take advantage of what officials hope will be a very snowy year, the resort is offering several pre-season pass specials. You can pick up an unlimited season pass with bonus bucks for $519 for an adult or $999 for a family. The deal is good from Wednesday, Nov. 7-Wednesday, Nov. 21.

During that same time period, you can also pick up a midweek club card for $249, which covers all non-holiday Mondays through Fridays (yes, Fridays are included this season). The card also allows holders to buy holiday or weekend lift tickets for $30 rather than the standard $57.

From Wednesday, Nov. 21-Wednesday, Dec. 5, skiers can also get deals on the Select Card, allowing discounted lift tickets for three, four or five days of skiing. For more details on all the pass programs and any upcoming specials, visit brundage.com.

Also in north-of-Boise ski news, Soldier Mountain Ski Area has just transformed from a celebrity-owned getaway to a nonprofit community ski area.

The resort just outside of Fairfield announced Oct. 11 that former owner Bruce Willis donated the ski area to a newly created nonprofit organization, Soldier Mountain Ski Area, Inc., that will take over operations this winter.

The nonprofit hasn't announced what changes might be made at the resort, but check for details on the coming season at soldiermountain.com.

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