Idaho Resorts Welcome New Season With Upgrades; New Triple At Pomerelle
Ski and snowboard resorts all over Idaho have lifted the ropes on the 2015-2016 season as timely snow and low temps have produced solid bases at most of the state’s 17 mountains.
Southern Idaho’s Pomerelle began operations on Thanksgiving – highlighted by a new chairlift. After four decades, the double chair that serves the whole west flank of the day-trip mountain is now a triple-seater. It will run up the same line as the old chair that carried skiers and riders into the prime intermediate (blue) area on the hill.
It also serves the night-skiing terrain at Pomerelle. Beginning Dec. 26, the resort illuminates four runs and the Colt .45 Terrain Park from 4 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.The resort’s schedule is to open only on weekends until Dec. 11, when daily operations begin for the rest of the season.
The what’s-new list in Idaho this season is that construction of a new mountain-top restaurant at Schweitzer. Also new that skiers and riders will see in Idaho this season is lots of newly cleared terrain on expert runs at Tamarack Resort, plus the steeps on the north side will be reopened.
The iconic Sun Valley Lodge underwent major renovations that included more rooms, spa and fitness center, and plenty of remodeling.
Photos: Top -- New triple chair is ready to roll at Pomerelle (Pomerelle/Facebook); Below -- Schweitzer is looking for a snowy winter (Schweitzer/Facebook)