Idaho Resorts Get Summer Tweakings In Preparation For New Season
This summer in Idaho saw crews working on trails, lodges and terrain parks at mountain resorts, and the fruits of those labors are now ready for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Eight resorts announced improvements and upgrades that were completed during the offseason, and one, Tamarack Resort, is back to a full-week schedule under new ownership.
Here’s a look at what’s new in the Gem State for the 2014-2015 season:
Schweitzer. New grooming ‘cat and upgraded snowmaking on the lower mountain should improve conditions. Main parking lot got paved, and there are new bathrooms near the tubing center. “Ski FREE in 3” gives free skiing and riding from mid-March to end of the season if three paid lessons are completed.
Silver Mountain. Bootlegger and Shady Lady runs got widened, and the progressive terrain park expanded. Ski school is now terrain-based, and First Tracks on Saturdays lets early-risers carve up powder before lifts officially open.
Lookout Pass. All three terrain parks got attention, with upgrades of features and a themed park in the works.
Sun Valley. Thanks to Forest Service thinning, some 25 acres of new glades come on line in Frenchman’s area of Bald Mountain. Visitors also will see some hints of the first phase of a re-do at the iconic Sun Valley Lodge.
Brundage. Base lodge is more spacious, with new ticket windows so that ticket-buyers don’t have to climb stairs to get their day pass. Rental, retail and restaurant spaces have expanded, plus new decks around the outside.
Tamarack. The resort will go back on a seven-day-a-week schedule. Terrain park is getting attention, with new and larger features, and more grooming machines mean more corduroy.
Grand Targhee. Snow biking is now an everyday activity in the winter, with fat-tired bikes available for those who buy a day or season pass for the resort’s Nordic trail system.
Soldier Mountain. A new 12-seat snowcat has a 47-inch TV inside to keep skiers and riders entertained during full- and half-day powder trips.
Photo: Fresh powder at Tamarack signals the start of a new season. (Tamarack/Facebook)