Snow or No Snow, Brundage Will Celebrate 50th Season


  • Peter Hitt

Brundage don't need no stinkin' snow—well, actually it does need a bunch of snow to get the lifts running, but resort officials aren't letting the lousy weather pattern stop them from celebrating the McCall ski area's 50th anniversary.

The resort will mark the beginning of its 50th season on Wednesday, Dec. 28—regardless if the slopes are actually open.

The Light Up the Night party will get going at roughly 5:30 p.m. with a free fireworks display over the slopes. The celebration will then move indoors for a sit-down dinner and live music on the third floor of the lodge. Advanced reservations for the dinner are required, and tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger. Reservations can be made by contacting or calling 208-634-4151, ext. 124.

Smoky's Bar and Grill—which was recently expanded—will debut its new full menu and family friendly area during the event as well, offering another option for those who want to grab a bite after the fireworks. No reservations are required to eat at Smoky's.

Plans also call for a torchlight parade, but that depends on whether the area gets some appreciable snow in the very near future. According to a release issued by Brundage, the resort has been unable to open by the Christmas holiday only once in its history (the 1976-1977 season), and the second-latest opening was Dec. 21, 1989.

It's a safe bet that the folks at Brundage are joining the rest of the Western ski areas in doing the snow dance to end all snow dances.