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Idaho Ski Resorts Opening Thanksgiving Weekend


If Bogus Basin gets a bit more snow this week, the resort may open a few runs on the front side. - BOGUS BASIN WEBCAM
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  • If Bogus Basin gets a bit more snow this week, the resort may open a few runs on the front side.

While Thanksgiving travelers are nervously eyeing weather forecasts, hoping they'll be ahead of big winter storms, ski resorts are watching those same forecasts with fervor.

"We're hoping to squeeze a few snowflakes out of this next storm," said Bogus Basin's marketing director John Hart. "The predictions are sketchy on whether or not we'll get more snow. The final decision will be made [Wednesday, Nov. 25]."

If the snow hits home, Bogus could open the beginners' Coach lift and the tubing hill. Hart is crossing his fingers for enough snow to open the Deer Point quad, as well. In the meantime, the park crew is working on building a little terrain park near Coach to add a little excitement to the run.

As of today, Bogus has a base of 13 inches, with up to six inches of snowfall in the forecast for tonight, Wednesday and Thursday.

Closer to the valley, Gateway Parks near Eagle Island State Park has promised to open by Friday, Nov. 27 on its Facebook page. According to the post, the park has doubled the size of its ski hill, tripled The hours on Friday are 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

A little farther away, Tamarack Resort announced its opening day will be Friday, Dec. 11—so far, Tamarack has a base of 23 inches. The resort did open the Discovery beginners' lift on Nov. 21 and attracted around 300 guests, according to the resort's general manager, Brad Larsen.

Brundage Mountain Resort is taking advantage of the Thanksgiving weekend to open the Easy Street beginner lift on Saturday, Nov. 28. Ski for free 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday only.

"Right now, we don't have enough snow to open the steep, rockier slopes on the upper mountain," said April Whitney, Brundage's communications director. "But we do have plenty of snow to open Easy Street for a fun family event this Saturday."

It currently has a depth of 20 inches on the summit.

Sun Valley will partially open on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 9 a.m., operating the River Run Quad, the Lookout Express, Christmas, Kindelspeilplatz and the Roundhouse Gondola. Sun Valley currently has a base of 19 inches at the top and 12 at the bottom of the mountain. A few early season storms and a lot of snowmaking will let Sun Valley skiers enjoy a long season this year, according to the resort's blog.

Pomerelle Mountain will also be open on Thanksgiving 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Much farther away, Sandpoint's Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open the Basin Express Quad and magic carpet 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 and throughout the weekend. Lift tickets will be discounted to $40.