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Brundage and Tamarack Open Dec. 11, Bogus Basin Forecast Looks Good

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Nearly three feet of snow fell on Brundage Mountain in the past week, making for a powdery opening day on Dec. 11. - BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN
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  • Nearly three feet of snow fell on Brundage Mountain in the past week, making for a powdery opening day on Dec. 11.


While December temperatures have been higher than average in the Boise valley, snow has been steadily falling in the Central Idaho mountains. Both Brundage Mountain and Tamarack Resort opened Friday, Dec. 11 with impressive coverage so early in the season. 

Brundage Mountain opened the entire mountain Dec. 11 with 25 inches of snow falling in the past week. Mountain crews were able to groom all regularly groomed runs and fully open the lodge. Brundage will now operate seven days a week for the rest of the season, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tamarack Resort also opened Friday with seven inches of snow falling since early morning. Four chairlifts are servicing about 70 percent of the mountain.

Tamarack started making snow in late October, pumping 1,150 gallons per minute through its snowmaking system, according to General Manager Brad Larsen. The resort will use 25-35 million gallons of water to make snow all season long.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area had two promising weekends in a row, but the recent warmer temperatures and rain took a toll on the mountain's base. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted more than 40 inches of snow to fall on the mountain from Dec. 10 through Dec. 13, so far only three inches have fallen in the past 24 hours.

As Friday afternoon, Bogus Basin was planning to open the Coach lift on Saturday, Dec. 12 for lessons. Tickets will be $12. If more snow falls, the rest of the mountain will open accordingly. NOAA forecasts a 90 percent chance of snow the evening of Dec. 11, a 60 percent chance of snow Saturday, Dec. 12 and a 100 percent chance of snow Saturday night through Sunday, Dec. 13. An accumulation of up to 29 inches through Sunday night is possible.

Bogus Basin as of 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. Right now, the mountain only plans to open the Coach chair, but if more snow falls, more of the resort can open. - BOGUS BASIN WEBCAM
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  • Bogus Basin as of 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. Right now, the mountain only plans to open the Coach chair, but if more snow falls, more of the resort can open.