Brundage Mountain Gets Boost From New Ownership Group
Skiers and riders who favor central Idaho's Brundage Mountain may soon find more terrain, a new base lodge -- and more -- as a new ownership group has taken over the resort.
Owned by the DeBoer family since 2006, the 1,400-acre mountain with a 1,800-foot vertical is now under the control of locally-based Brundage Mountain Holdings -- an unnamed group with "strong ties to McCall and Idaho" and headed by Brundage president and managing director Bob Looper. The DeBoer family retains an undisclosed stake ownership of the resort that sits 9 miles north of McCall.
“We are looking forward to growing the resort for future generations while honoring the history that has made Brundage a special place for McCall and the surrounding region,” said Looper, a past president of the Idaho Ski Areas Association who has headed up Brundage for the past seven years.
Right away, the group announced it plans to upgrade the resort with terrain expansion in the backside Lakeview area that overlooks Payette Lake, Forest Service OK pending, and a brand-new mountain base lodge -- phase one of the development of a full-blown mountain village. They also said building year-round facilities are in the immediate plans.
Known as a powder-catcher that skis bigger than it is, Brundage has a 25-50-25 terrain mix in-bounds, and an extensive snowcat touring operation with some 18,000 acres of permitted terrain in the area.
In 2006, the resort land-swapped with the U.S. Forest Service for 388 acres around its base, and Adams County has approved a development plan for ski-in ski-out lodging, seasonal housing, and more base facilities over the next 20 years.
The Sargent's Peak area to the skier's right is currently open for backcountry hikers off of the high-speed Bluebird Express quad. The area has been included in master planning for the expansion of lift-served terrain in the future.
Brundage Mountain opened in 1961 through the efforts of McCall businessman Warren Brown, agribusiness tycoon J.R. Simplot and Norwegian Olympian Corey Engen (brother to Alta's ski school founder Alf Engen). The mountain opened with one double chair, a T-bar and rope tow, an A-frame base lodge, and a day ticket for $5.>
A steady rate of expansion occurred over the next 45 years, with the first high-speed chair going up in 1997.