- Brundage Mountain Resort
- At Brundage Mountain Resort, snow guns have been firing since early November.
Tamarack will open for the season Friday, Dec. 8, and Brundage will welcome the public for a weekend of free skiing on Easy Street, its lower slope, that same weekend, with the rest of the resort to open as soon as more snow falls. Bogus is in a similar position, with an opening date still to be announced. Even closer to home, Gateway Parks, the terrain park and tubing hill located in Eagle Island State Park, announced in a press release Thursday that it will open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 9, despite the fact that significant snow has yet to fall in the valley.
"We're going to have tubing [ready to go], and we're trying to get our rail set up so that we can have a little terrain park [too]," said Syndey Gottsch, the office manager at Gateway. She added that the park has three snowblowers, and has been loading its hill with man-made snow since overnight temperatures dropped below freezing.
The three-lane tubing hill will be the main attraction for the season opening, and Gateway has stocked it with 150 "turbo tubes" in anticipation of a crowd. Check out the Gateway website for hours and prices, and to skip the line by purchasing tickets in advance.