Last season, portions of Idaho were among the few locales in the West that got normal snowfall, so hopes are high for an even better season in the Gem State.
Here’s a sampling of what skiers and snowboarders will find when they pull into the parking lot at an Idaho resort this winter.
Heavy investments in snowmaking over the summer are expected to pay off for Bogus Basin, with top-to-bottom capabilities, as well as on beginner and Nordic areas, and tubing hill. Plus, a wider drop-off behind Simplot Lodge makes access easier.
Novices continue to get priority at Brundage Mountain just outside McCall. “Beartopia” between Bear and Easy Street can be navigated by youngsters with a new adventure map. For everyone, the bathrooms in the base lodge got a summer upgrade, and brush cutting has opened up more off-trail terrain.
It’s been a summer of upgrading lodges at Sun Valley. The Warm Springs Day Lodge, which was damaged by fire two years ago, is set to reopen with more seating and new bar location. Full-bore renovation of the 83-year-old Sun Valley Lodge is about done. Guests will find fewer rooms but much larger with more amenities, and a new spa.
On the mountain, summer thinning produced 18 more acres in Can Can and Graduate areas on Bald Mountain. And, skiers and riders can get a preview tours of the Cold Springs Canyon area (lower section of Bald Mountain) that will add 380 acres and a new chairlift.
Over at Tamarack, a new eatery opens in the Osprey Meadows lodge. But the big news is a new ownership group that may – finally – get the Donnelly-area resort off the schneid brought on by the 2008 recession. New owners Tamarack Resort Holding has some industry heavy-hitters on board, including former Aspen Ski Corp. head Jon Reveal, and veterans of development at Copper, Mammoth, Stratton and others.