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Early Freshies Propel Northwest, Idaho To Put Upgrades On Display


More pow' in the trees at Tamarack. (Tamarack Resort/Facebook)

Early season snow storms are tracking right over the Cascades and Northern Rockies, and many resorts have already opened – some with improvements made over the summer.

More snowmaking capabilities and emphasis on making the beginner experience easier and less frightening continue to be a trend all over the nation, including the Northwest.

Here’s a look at what’s new at a sampling of Washington, Oregon and Idaho resorts:

New mountain coaster ready to go at Bogus Basin. (Bogus Basin/Facebook)

Bogus Basin. The new mountain coaster at Boise’s local hill is expected to be open before Christmas. Bobsled-like cars load at Simplot Lodge and top out at Pioneer Lodge for a 4,100-foot ride down. Also, beginner area is larger, and new conveyor to run for tubing hill.

White Pass. Covered conveyor carpet – one of longest in state -- went in for beginners at Washington mountain. A new ski patrol building went up to increase space by five times.

Tamarack. More tree skiing and riding at Idaho resort with Hibernator Glade. Main Tamarack Express serves new area, and skiers and ‘boarders can pop out onto major groomer Showtime afterwards.

Crystal Mountain. Resort under Mount Rainier now boasts the most snow guns in state of Washington. Night skiing and riding hours extend with new lights for Quicksilver area, and five new gondolas hike uphill capacity.

Timberline. The year-round area on shoulder of Mount Hood added to snow cat fleet, and put a new motor on venerable Palmer Lift.

Bluewood. Local loyalists of the Richland, Wash., hill will have a quieter time this winter, as crews worked to reduce generator noise in the base lodge.

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