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Sun Valley Resort Opens Baldy

While Idaho ski resorts wait for flurries

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OK, we get it. You're anxious to hit the slopes for the season, and looking up at the scant dusting at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is doing nothing to slake your thirst for powder turns.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature hasn't been particularly kind to Northwest ski areas so far this season. While snow has fallen, it has only stuck around in the highest elevations, leaving most ski area operators with plenty of time to choreograph their snow dances.

Thankfully, there are a few resorts that have been able to open for the season, giving skiers and boarders an outlet for their angst--as long as they're willing to drive a ways to get there.

While Bogus Basin, Brundage Mountain Resort and Pomerelle Ski Area are crossing their proverbial fingers as they wait for snow, Sun Valley Resort is once again kissing its snowmaking equipment and saying a prayer of thanks for its Thanksgiving opening.

Only a portion of Bald Mountain is open at this point, but the resort opened some additional terrain on Nov. 30, including Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo, Lower Warm Springs, Roundhouse Slope and Lower Canyon. It also opened the Warm Spring Day Lodge and plans to open Dollar Mountain for the season on Saturday, Dec. 8.

For more info on current conditions, visit sunvalley.com.

If you want to head east, both Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyo., and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson, Wyo., are both open for the season, although both have limited terrain and early season conditions.

Because of those conditions, Targhee is offering special early season prices on lift tickets, which means skiers can pick up an adult day pass for $59.

Get more info at grandtarghee.com and jacksonhole.com.

If you want to head west instead, Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood is open with some limitations, but those who plan ahead can take advantage of a killer lodging deal.

To celebrate the lodge's 75th anniversary, it's offering rooms for just $75. The hitch is they are only available Sunday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 10. To get more details, visit timberlinelodge.com or call the reservation line at 800-547-1406.

Timberline's neighbor, Mt. Hood Meadows, is also partially open for the season. Get more info at skihood.com.

Finally, if you're looking for more open terrain, head for Bend, Ore., and Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. The area also scored a Thanksgiving opening, but it was done entirely with natural snow. Get more details at mtbachelor.com.