The view from the top still looks good at Tamarack, which will close March 29.
The end of ski season has come depressingly early this year. After an unseasonably warm February and a dry March, ski resorts in southwestern Idaho are struggling to hang on through April.
announced that Saturday, March 28, will be the last day of its ski season. The resort got 156 inches of snowfall this season, compared to 228 inches last year.
"That's still 100 inches below our average," said Brundage spokesperson April Whitney. "The last three seasons have been tough. 156 inches is the lowest we have on record since we started keeping track in 1988."
Last season, the resort closed on April 6, but on good years, resort operators try to extend bonus weekends into May. Not this year.
Brundage owners and operators have started talking about installing snowmaking equipment
on the lower third of the mountain, though that's still a few years out. Whitney said that would help the resort open sooner with a deeper base that could withstand warmer days.
"This is the perfect example," she said.
"Right now, the upper two-thirds of the mountain, all those groomed runs are well-covered. It's the lower third—mainly the south-facing slopes—that are really thin."
Brundage Mountain Resort
Last year's end-of-season Crazy Days party on April 6 was nothing short of colorful.
Brundage's end-of-season Crazy Days
party will take place March 28 with live music, a costume contest and a treasure hunt. The resort is offering discounted lift tickets from now until closing, costing $45 for a full day instead of $60. For Bogus Basin season pass holders skiing at Brundage, lift tickets cost $25.
"It's been a tough season for everyone in our region, but we feel fortunate that we can offer some great skiing and riding during out local spring break week," Whitney said.
The first resort in the area to close this season was Soldier Mountain Ski Area, turning off the chairlifts after Presidents' Day weekend, Feb. 16. According to KBOI
, the resort outside of Fairfield usually expects around 25,000 skiers and snowboarders. This year, they counted about 4,500.
The small ski resort struggled last season
, too, when it wasn't able to open until Feb. 13, 2014. That ski season lasted 13 days.
"Try running a business with 13 days of income," the chair of Soldier Mountain's board Kristi Schiermeier told Boise
Bogus Basin Webcam
Bogus Basin experienced its earliest closing in recent years on Saturday, March 14.
back in May 2014. The resort lost $60,000 last season, and struggled again this year.
Following Soldier Mountain's closure this season, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area
hung in until March 14. The resort had to close early on its last day due to "rainy, difficult conditions" according to its Facebook page.
"Thanks to everyone who joined us today and this season," the post
"It was a tough one, but there's always next season!"
The resort finished the season with a total of 81 inches of snowfall since November. This was the resort's earliest closing
since it started keeping track, with the next earliest closure taking place March 22, 1992.
Along with Brundage, Tamarack Resort
has also announced its final day—March 29. The resort's "season finale" will include an easter egg hunt, music and games. Full-day lift tickets are discounted from $52 to $39 for the rest of the season.