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Sun Valley, Brundage, Bogus Receive a First Blanket of Snow

Autumn is gone, skiers and snowboarders prepare

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That sonic boom you heard recently was apparently autumn shooting by, making room for what feels distinctly like winter--or at least something very close to it.

With snow accumulating in the Foothills, it's hard not to think about ski season, and it's probably the reason hard-core skiers and boarders can be found drooling a lot lately.

Sun Valley Resort, which got more than 8 inches of snow out of the first storm of the season, has already set an opening date of Thursday, Nov. 22, otherwise known as Thanksgiving Day.

The fact that Sun Valley has an extensive snow-making program pretty much guarantees a holiday opening, but that doesn't make the fact that the slopes will be open in roughly three weeks any less exciting.

Get more information on hours and lift prices at sunvalley.com.

Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall received roughly 9 inches from the same storm, although the resort has not yet announced a planned opening date. According to a press release issued by the ski area, it needs at least 24 to 36 inches of snow before it can open.

Brundage officials are hoping for an early weekend opening sometime in November, with plans for daily operations beginning Friday, Dec. 14. The earliest Brundage has been able to open was Nov. 11, 1984.

Visit brundage.com for more info.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is a bit further out from an opening day, although the few inches of snow it received were welcome, especially considering last season's record late opening date.

Alan Moore, Bogus general manager, said crews have already been busy clearing runs and doing maintenance on lifts and facilities. Winter visitors will reap the benefits of several summer improvement projects, including the repaved surface of parking lot No. 1 and a new shuttle bus from that parking lot.

"Bogus Basin will look a lot shinier," he said.

Boiseans can get a preview of what the Bogus crew has been up to at the Bogus Basin Snow Ball from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, on the Basque Block. As the reincarnation of 2011's Louder for Powder event, the Snowball will include $1 beers, music by the David Andrews Band, and a chance to see what improvements have been made to Boise's community ski area.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Visit bogusbasin.org for more info.

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