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Plenty Of New At Idaho Ski And Snowboard Resorts

Brundage-Tree_20191208-165816_1 Idaho resorts worked over the summer to improve their mountains, like more thinning at Brundage. (Brundage/Facebook)

As the 2019-2020 season opens in Idaho, skiers and snowboarders who venture into the northern tier of the Rockies will find lots of new lifts, terrain and facilities to explore.

Idaho resorts divide up in northern, central and southern regions. Here's a look at what's been happening over the summer at them:

Sun Valley opens for the 84th year this season with more terrain. Crews thinning trees in the Frenchman’s of Baldy area for 56 new acres of glades. It’s a prelude to a major expansion of the Cold Springs area next season – with special ski patrol tours available this winter.

Up in the panhandle, Schweitzer has finished installing two lift to serve backside North Bowl. A high-speed quad will deliver intermediates to the back bowls, and a new triple fixed will get experts to the summit more readily.

A bit to the south, Lookout Pass has replaced its venerable two-seater Chair 1 with a fixed-grip quad. Next door at Silver Mountain, there's a new ski shop at the base, another groomer working the trails and more glade skiing and riding along Moonshine and Terrible Edith runs. Plus the beginner progression terrain park has new features.

In the west-central region, Brundage Mountain continues an all-mountain brush cutting and thinning project Northwest Passage, Lower Kickback, Stump and others. The Idaho mountain added more snowcat capacity for its backcountry powder tours.

Neighbor resort Tamarack continues to work its way back, with new owners putting cash into on-mountain improvements. Most exciting is the new detachable quad installed in the Wildwood area to skier's far left. Without lift access since 2009, the intermediate and expert trails -- plus lots of glades -- now can be lapped on the Wildwood Express. Crews spent summer sprucing up the trails to reestablish this portion of the mountain.

In the southern tier of Idaho, Pomerelle has put up more lights so that it can continue to be the place to go skiing and ridng after the sun goes down.

At Bogus Basin -- the favorite (and nonprofit) home hill for Boise skiers and 'boarders -- the addition of a high-speed quad will reduce ride time between the lower base area and Pioneer Lodge, to give skiers and riders a quicker way to get into Bitterroot Basin and runs off Superior Express.


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