Thursday, December 20, 2007

Getting the Gift of Snow!

I hope you’re all going to get a chance to reap nature’s bounty this holiday season by visiting one of Idaho’s 18 ski areas. Another epic storm hammered the Panhandle with snow this week and more storms are forecast for the entire state. Check out the photo Phil Edholm, President/CEO of Lookout, sent me this morning! It looks like the great Idaho winter that meteorologists have been talking about for months is finally building a full head of steam. Get all your work done and go get it! - Bill Jennings

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You won’t find another place quite like Silver Mountain

The most obvious feature setting Silver Mountain apart is the gondola—a 3-mile, 3,800 scenic ride taking you 3,800 feet from the Silver Valley floor to the Mountain Haus a mile high in the Bitteroot Mountains.

The most obvious feature setting Silver Mountain apart is the gondola—a 3-mile, 3,800 scenic ride taking you 3,800 feet from the Silver Valley floor to the Mountain Haus a mile high in the Bitteroot Mountains.

Thanks to the gondola, access to Silver Mountain couldn’t be easier. East or west, it’s a straight shot to Kellogg on 1-90. Just off the exit ramp you will find an emerging five-star alpine village with shops, restaurants and the Morning Star Lodge, the region's newest premier condominium resort.

But there’s more. Early next year, you’ll be able to ski in the morning and surf in the evening when the Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark opens in the village. Up and away on the mountain, a six-lane snow tubing park with a conveyor lift offers alternative thrills.

When you arrive in Kellogg. Simply pull off the freeway, park your car right across the street, check in and you’re ready to ski or ride. Board the gondola and 20 minutes later you’re clicking in and hitting the slopes. In this way Silver Mountain is virtually unique in North America—you ski down from the base lodge, instead of taking another lift.

Regardless of what kind of skier or rider you are, you won’t be disappointed. First of all, the snow is light, dry and arrives in generous dumps. Plus, a nearly 360-degree layout packs so much adventure into 1,600 acres you have to personally experience it to really understand.

It’s possible to explore most of Silver Mountain in a single visit—if you ski non-stop and don't care about the breathtaking views. But the incredible variety of terrain on Kellogg and Wardner peaks is best enjoyed over a weekend or more.

Gentle, expansive beginner runs branch out directly from the Mountain Haus. Jibbers flock to a terrain park that has doubled in size for this season under chair two. For cruising, hit the ridge lines off chair two and the boulevards under chair four. Around and in between, glades, chutes and bump fields proliferate.

Ultimately, Silver is an enthusiast’s mountain at its best on a powder day. For the good stuff, head directly to chair four and the Wardner Peak Traverse. Bear in mind that your visit here won’t be complete without a hike to Wardner’s summit. The view, the sweet powder turns and the sense of accomplishment are all well worth the effort.

Good quality fuel is available in the Mountain Haus cafeteria. Huge piles of nachos and excellent burgers are served in the bar upstairs. After a huge day on the mountain, watch the sunset turn the snow from silver to crimson as you the Gondola down to the base. Have a nice dinner in Noah’s Canteen and then soak in a rooftop hot tub at the Morning Star Lodge.

The upscale rooms are reasonably priced, have lots of amenities, and great service. Studio, one and two bedroom units and family suites with lofts are available (link underlined text to: http://www.silvermt.com/Plan_Your_Trip/default.aspx?page=Hot_Deals_And_Packages)

The alpine experience here will only get better as the resort continues to upgrade and expand. Easy access, great terrain and plenty of powder make Silver Mountain a must see for all adventure seekers.

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Eight Things Every Skier and Rider Must do at Silver Mountain.

1. Find and pet Ezekiel the Squirrel, our terrain park mascot.

2. Traverse to Wardner Peak and ski waste deep powder after a big powder dump.

3. Cruise Centennial, our longest run at 2.2 miles.

4. Relax in the rooftop hot tubs at Morning Star Lodge in the Village.

5. Try the huckleberry elk skewers in Noah's Canteen

6. Conquer high score with your favorite game in Noah's Arcade

7. Go Tubing!

8. Jib the groomer cab in the terrain park

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Brundage Mountain is bigger and better than ever with new lifts and terrain

This winter two new chairlifts are rolling at Brundage this season, opening the south side of the mountain for the first time ever. The new Lakeview Bowl encompasses 160 acres overlooking Payette Lake. This $3.5 million investment is the largest in the resort’s history.

This winter two new chairlifts are rolling at Brundage this season, opening the south side of the mountain for the first time ever. The new Lakeview Bowl encompasses 160 acres overlooking Payette Lake. This $3.5 million investment is the largest in the resort’s history.

Together, the new lifts more than double the resort’s uphill capacity to 6,700 people per hour. This should help maintain Brundage’s uncrowded character as it grows.

Brundage is also the first Burton Snowboard Learn to Ride Center in Idaho. Burton has designed special snowboards for new riders and rental shop associates here get special training on how to properly fit this revolutionary gear. Brundage Mountain Snowboard Instructors go through clinics to get the most out of this equipment using proven teaching techniques endorsed by the AASI.

The Lakeview Lift Triple Chair takes you to breathtaking views of Payette Lake. In typical Brundage style, only four runs in Lakeview Bowl will be groomed. Most of the acreage will be untouched powder fields and glades.

The second fixed-grip triple, the Bear Chair, provides easier access to under-utilized runs and ties together the Brundage Kid’s Center facility with more beginner terrain. For those of you who have children of different ages and abilities, the drive-up Day Care Center/Snowsports School offers a unique convenience.

Most of the groomers here are intermediate, but experts have endless options. Shoot over to the extreme skiers right side of the hill to Hidden Valley (follow the expert only signs) and go big. For real powder hounds, try the backcountry snow-cat program operating on 19,000 acres of Payette National Forest. Splurge on an overnight trip and enjoy an experience you won’t forget.

To truly embrace the mountain lifestyle, stay in a private cabin or chalet. Contact www.inidaho.com for a variety of packages that offer a third night of lodging and third day of skiing for free with the purchase of the first two days. Midweek, Brundage Mountain is offering a special deal with one night’s lodging and two days of lift tickets for two people for under $165. Full details available at www.brundage.com/lodging.aspx.

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Eight Things Every Skier or Rider Must do at Brundage:

1 Take in spectacular views of Payette Lake as you explore 160 acres of new terrain in the Lakeview Bowl.

2 Venture out into Hidden Valley to understand what people mean by “Nature’s Terrain Park”.

3 Ski with a Pro. Meet at the bottom of the Blue Bird quad on weekends from 9:30 -10:30 am to take some free runs with our top instructors. They’re full of tips to help you improve your technique or challenge new terrain

4 Pop into our mountain-top yurt for a warm greeting, warm drinks and snacks. In Spring, it moves outside and you’ll enjoy the view of the Salmon River Mountains from our Ice Bar.

5 Backcountry SnoCat Adventures on 19,000 acres of backcountry. It’s the biggest Cat operation in the lower 48 – Meow!

6 Make a donation to the Centennial Tree. Just follow the trail of lacy underwear after Winter Carnival…or ask any local where to find it.

7 Let out a loud “Yoo Hoo” as you drop off-trail on a powder day. Your call will likely be answered in kind.

8 Get nostalgic about your last visit by looking for yourself in the Photo of the Day or Video of the Week on www.brundage.com.

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HOLIDAY EVENTS

Happy New Year!
Ring in 2008 doing your favorite thing--skiing & riding--at your favorite place an Idaho mountain resort!

SCHWEITZER

An Elegant Evening in Chimney Rock Grill
Enjoy live acoustic music and choose from a special dinner menu for an elegant evening in Chimney Rock Grill. Appetizer and dessert functions will also be available. Reservations are required. Please call the Chimney Rock for details at 255-3071.

Happy New Year!
Ring in 2008 doing your favorite thing--skiing & riding--at your favorite place an Idaho mountain resort!

SCHWEITZER

An Elegant Evening in Chimney Rock Grill
Enjoy live acoustic music and choose from a special dinner menu for an elegant evening in Chimney Rock Grill. Appetizer and dessert functions will also be available. Reservations are required. Please call the Chimney Rock for details at 255-3071.

Teen’s Night out at the Tubing Hill
New Year’s Eve party for 12-18 year olds. Tubing, snowskate jam, music, pizza, light-your-own fireworks, and more! Tickets are $25 at the Activity Center (Please purchase in advance). Ticket price includes cover charge and snacks, & space is limited. Call the Activity Center for tickets. 208.255.3081

Tween’s Party in the Lakeview Lodge
Calling all 7-11 year olds, this New Year’s Eve party is just for you! Games, crafts, food, movies with popcorn and more! Tickets are $25 at the Activity Center (Please purchase in advance). Space is limited, so buy your tickets today! Call the Activity Center for tickets. 208.255.3081

And for the Wee Ones…
Kinderkamp will be open until 12:30am for children ages 4 months to 6 years. Reservations required. Enjoy food, games and movies! Please call 255-3038 for additional information and reservations. Sorry season passes do not apply.

SUN VALLEY

Galena Lodge Holiday Dinners
December 28, 2007 - December 31, 2007, 7PM
http://www.bcrd.org
Location: Galena Lodge, 24 miles N on Hwy 75
Phone: 726-4010
Five-course plated and served dinner during Holiday Season. Sit at large tables and meet new friends. Take the stress out of the holiday and escape to Galena. Reservations required.

Children’s New Years Eve
December 31, 2007, 6PM-1AM
http://www.sunvalley.com
Location: Sun Valley Playschool
Phone: 622-2288
Admission: $15 per hour per child
Children age 18 months to five years will enjoy games, crafts, movies and entertainment at the Sun Valley Playschool, including a visit to the Sun Valley Inn Continental Room. Snacks provided. Sleeping facilities available. Charge is $15 per hour per child. Dinner is optional for an additional $8. Advance Reservations required.

Kid’s New Years Eve Party
December 31, 2007, 7:30pm-1am
Location: Continental Room, Sun Valley Inn
Phone: 622-2135
Admission: $75 per child
Guests age 6-14 years are invited to join the fun in the Sun Valley Inn Continental Room. Arcade games, prizes and Fast Track auto racing are only a few of the fun activities to be provided. Food & beverages included. Adult supervised.

Limelight News Years Eve Party
December 31, 2007, 9PM
Location: Limelight Room, Sun Valley Inn
Phone: 622-2135
Admission: Tickets $65-$95
The Limelight Ballroom party includes hors d'oeurves, champagne toast, music, dancing. The High Street Band will be performing. Call 622-2135 for information and reservations.

Lodge Dining Room New Years Eve Dinner
December 31, 2007, 8PM
Location: Sun Valley Lodge
Phone: 622-2800
Admission: $425 per couple
Celebration in the Lodge Dining Room includes three-course dinner, champagne, dancing. Music by Sun Valley Trio. Call 622-2800 for reservations.

TAMARACK

New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
Join the festivities and celebrate at Tamarack on the snowfront from dusk to midnight!

GRAND TARGHEE

Celebrate the Holidays with Torchlight Parades, New Year's Eve Fireworks & Teton Valley Shuttle Service
Grand Targhee’s Annual Torchlight Parades begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. on both Christmas day and New Year’s Eve. Participants (12 & older) are to meet by 4:45 p.m. at the Ski and Snowboard School for registration. There’s also a special Children’s “Glowstick Parade” on the beginner terrain on both occasions. Children 12 & younger can register before 4:15 p.m. at the Ski & Snowboard School and be prepared to load the Shoshone lift at 4:30 p.m. sharp (minimum age for children’s participation is 5). A special fireworks display will immediately follow the Torchlight Parade on New Year’s Eve with complimentary refreshments available on the plaza. Participating in the parades is free of charge.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

SEASON TAKING SHAPE!

An Epic storm hammered Idaho's Panhandle with snow earlier this week. The impact lessened in the south but everyone got a peice of the action! At this writing Sun Valley, Tamarack, Lookout Pass and Grand Targhee are open. Brundage, Schweitzer and Lost Trail opened today, Silver is opening Friday, Soldier Saturday and the balance are waiting to open after the next big storm. Game on!

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TAMARACK WANTS TO CHANGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR WINTER ADVENTURE

Located in the heart of the scenic Payette River Mountains, Tamarack is the first newly permitted four-season resort in North America in more than two decades. It was established with the mission to redefine the upscale winter experience.

Few luxury resorts have the assets that Tamarack has to work with. Its east-facing aspects shelter the slopes from wind, allow maximum snow retention and give you spectacular views of Lake Cascade. The terrain is remarkably balanced with cruisers, steeps, glades and cornices. Vertical totals 2,800 feet with 41 runs served by seven lifts, including three high-speed quads.

Best of all there’s a limit of only 2,000 skiers a day on 1,110 acres.

Inside scoop:
Intermediate skiers, and experts looking for a thigh-burning warm-up should head to Bliss, a rolling run featured in SKI Magazine this fall as Rookie of the Year in its Best of the Blues roundup. SKI noted, ""The views of Lake Cascade and the surrounding mountains are sublime, and while Bliss is steep enough to make your thighs burn, it mellows out from time to time to give you a break"

Looking for untracked powder and prime tree skiing? Head to the Mystery Glades toward the southern boundary of the resort. Insiders recommend the glades off Enigma and in the Tamarack Grove on the northern resort boundary. Here the tamarack trees are tight, but they’ve dropped their needles for the winter and the sight lines are great.

This season Tamarack has made a big commitment to freeriders. If that’s your scene, don’t miss out on one of just six Olympic-sized SuperPipes in all of North America. The Hells Canyon Pipe should open in mid-January, featuring 22-foot high Olympic-caliber walls and a length of 450 feet.

Olympic and XGame Medalists will converge on Tamarack February 8-10 for the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. Top snowboard athletes will compete in the SuperPipe and on a specially constructed Snowboard Cross course

Powder hounds in search of an epic day, should start with a guided tour in 5,000 acres of expert backcountry terrain and get face shots all morning. Then have yourself an epic lunch.

Food for thought:
How does a Peanut Butter & Bacon Burger with a fried pickle spear sound? If it gets your mouth watering, or your curiosity peaked - the place to be for Après Ski is Seven Devils Pub on the snowfront. Kicking back on the patio with a mug of your favorite microbrew and check out the action in the SuperPipe at the same time. The place rocks with live music every Saturday throughout the season.

Morels Restaurant in the Lodge has some of the best gourmet fare in the mountains, from Wild Game Bolognese to Ostrich appetizers to Kobe Beef Hot Pastrami Sandwiches and Gourmet Mac & Cheese.

Stay and Play:
Stay slopeside in two- and three-bedroom cottages, chalets and vacation homes at the base of Tamarack Mountain. Various packages are available all season long. For more information visit www.tamarackidaho.com/vacation_planning/lodging_packages.php . Rooms are also available in the nearby towns of McCall to the north and Cascade to the south.

The whole family will find slopes at Tamarack that are competitive and challenging. The staff is very friendly and the food is excellent. It will make you appreciate the world class experience that can be found at a smaller resort that doesn’t get overrun. Over the years, more runs will open and amenities will continue to grow. It’s not too far fetched to say this place could one day become one of the premier ski resorts in America.

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Eight Things Every Skier and Rider Should Do at Tamarack:

1. Take the Summit Express to the 7,700-foot summit and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Payette River Mountains (grab a snack or cocoa at the Packer's Station Yurt to enjoy with your view)

2. Ski Bliss or Serenity top to bottom - no stops (beware the lactic acid)

3. Have a go at the Hells Canyon SuperPipe

4. Ski through the Tamarack Grove - key is to look for the space, not the trees!

5. Enjoy après ski on the Seven Devils or Canoe Grill patios

6. After a powder dump, go for first tracks off the cornice on Adrenaline or Me First

7. Book a Backcountry Experience (5,054 acres of powder - super-accessible terrain)

8. Stay overnight in a ski-in/ski-out cottage or chalet - hot tub included!

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GRAND TARGHEE - DEEP POWDER AND BIG TIME TERRAIN

Your satisfaction is guaranteed at Grand Targhee. It’s a pretty safe bet for management, especially with the way the season is going so far.

During Thanksgiving week Grand Targhee opened 1,500 acres of skiable terrain, more than any other resort in the Rockies, including Utah and Colorado. Tickets were discounted because of the “limited” terrain, but their unconditional snow guarantee applied. If not happy within an hour, you could trade your ticket in for a pass to be used on another day. There were no takers.

It’s not hard to imagine why. More than 500 inches of snow a year falls on Grand Targhee. And you can bet it’s light, dry champagne so often dreamed about but never indulged enough by most of us, except the Targhee locals.

With such abundant powder, national ski magazines rate Targhee among the top resorts in the West for snow quality and quantity-- less than 5% water content, and you know what that means.

Inside scoop:
Deep powder and big time terrain are the main attractions here. For the best of both, book a SnowCat Adventure on Peaked Mountain—a huge powder reserve of 1,000 untracked acres accessible only by snowcat. Until December 21, you can get a screaming on a SnowCat Adventure Package with lodging.

Two peaks at Targhee total more than 3,000 acres of terrain. The snowcats get 1,000 of them all to themselves on Peaked Mountain, where you can rack up 20,000 feet of exclusive vertical in 10 to 12 epic runs. The huge powder reserve is better than ever this season, with ten new trails off the top, plus new glades through old growth Douglas Fir and White Bark Pine. The spectacular views of the Tetons from the southeast ridge-line will blow you away.

There’s powder everywhere at Targhee. On Fred’s Mountain, only 400 of 1.500 acres are groomed. Black diamonds take 70 percent of the terrain. But there’s something for everyone. There is a beginner's powder area and hundreds of acres of wide-open slopes for intermediates and other cruisers.

More Targhee Treats:
Three terrain parks include Middle Earth, a new ‘natural’ terrain park with a rolling landscape that changes with every snowfall. As snow accumulates, long gliding slopes become rolling moguls that flow into a ‘fish bowl’, then split into three different levels draining into the ‘Water Fall’ natural half pipe, and end at the Power Reserve Traverse.

Here are a few of the other treats at Targhee: You can ride a sleigh on a starlit evening to a roundtable dinner in a snow-buried yurt; your kids can enroll in the Powder Scouts program, which gives kids ages 6 to 12 a full day of instruction, food, and skiing; and a spa offers everything from massage to a mineral mud wrap, along with hot tubs, sauna, exercise room, and heated outdoor pool.

The intense adventure at Targhee requires a lot of fuel and you have a lot of dining choices. For a quick bite, grab a snack from Snorkel’s, scarf killer nachos from the Trap Bar & Grille, or load up in the full-service cafeteria. For fine dining, you can’t go wrong at the Targhee Steakhouse. At night, The Trap Bar and Grille jams with bluegrass, rock, reggae and blues.

Lodging options abound:
It’s easy to get to Grand Targhee from the Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole airports. Midweek lodging specials are available at three slopeside lodges. Townhomes and condominiums are available at Teton Creek and Aspen Pointe, less than11 miles from Targhee. Beautiful homes are available at Creekside Meadows near Driggs.

Make no mistake, Grand Targhee is paradise for powderhounds, But if you’re looking for a laid-back, friendly, uncrowded ski resort where you can relax with friends or family, this is your place.

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Eight Things Every Skier and Rider must do at Grand Targhee:

1. Snowcat skiing on peaked Mountain – ten new runs this year, over 1,000 acres

2. Ski or ride the North Boundary accessible off of the Blackfoot chair. It’s a huge powder reserve with untracked POW until at least 1:00 p.m.!

3. Ski or ride in Grand Targhee’s new “natural” Middle Earth Terrain Park

4. Snowboard in “Ladies Waist” a natural half pipe located on the face of the mountain under the Dreamcatcher quad chair. Fun for skiers too!

5. New this season – Cosmic Pizza – Montana’s best pizza is now served at most Grand Targhee food outlets (5 total restaurants)!

6. Nordic skiing in Rick’s Basin. It’s the most beautiful terrain and offers incredible views of Teton Valley – all 15k of it. Great for the novice but also offers challenging terrain for the tougher track skiers.

7. Hiking up to Mary’s for fresh tracks long after the lift served terrain is tracked out – the gates leading to Mary’s are open about 90% of the time. Only avalanche work closes these gates to paradise!

8. Skiing or riding in the “The Good” - “The Bad” and “The Ugly.” The fall line can’t be beat - for advanced intermediate and expert snow sliders.

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LOOKOUT PASS FIRST OUT THE GATE IN PANHANDLE

True to form, Lookout Pass was the first Panhandle hill to open on November 29. This little hill in the back pocket of the Bitterroots is a snow magnet.

An epic storm that is hammering the Panhandle as I write this dumped 51 inches in two days at Lookout.

To ski early in Idaho this season, Lookout is the place. It has great early season conditions, especially the wide-open cruisers on the front side, which has been meticulously tended in the off-season for 70 years.

Lookout Pass strives to be a family ski hill, and families never had it so good: cheap lift tickets, deep snow, free ski school, down home atmosphere--and with the brand new North Star lift this season, steep expert terrain. There’s truly something for everybody at Lookout.

The North Star lift adds five new runs with steep, sustained fall lines and 400 more feet of vertical to Lookout’s stats. But the numbers that really count are $30 lift tickets ($19 for juniors) and 400 annual inches of the lightest, driest powder you’ll ever ride. Ticket prices are even less on weekdays. And if you’re over 40, Boomer Fridays are 18 bucks!

To get in on the good stuff at Lookout, stay in the historic town of Wallace about 10 miles west on the interstate. Go to the Wallace Inn and say you heard about it in the Ski Idaho eNewsletter and get great ski and stay packages starting at $109. For more information on additional places to stay, go to skilookout.com/new/lodging.php.

It may not be the biggest, but size isn’t everything. At Lookout, its all about the snow.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

BOGUS BASIN BOISE'S WINTER GETAWAY

Boise’s winter getaway celebrating Black Diamond Anniversary.

The first thing a visitor notices about Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is the scenic, twisting road to the slopes. Ada County Highway District engineers report that Bogus Basin Road has 172 curves from bottom to top.

What they will always remember however, is a large resort with a local feel that has it all: high speed lifts, night skiing, trees, bumps, double diamonds, cruisers, terrain park and great backcountry--all in a non-profit, affordable package.

This year Bogus Basin celebrates its Black Diamond Anniversary—65 years as Boise’s winter getaway. The mountain recreation area has been a non-profit, community-based ski area since it opened in 1942.

It couldn’t be easier to join the Bogus Basin celebration this year. The slopes are just 16.5 miles from Boise. Despite the curves, the drive only takes about 35 minutes. Book a room in Boise at participating hotels [link to http://www.boise.org/stayandplay/] in the mountain’s Stay and Play program and get two for one lift tickets for every night you stay.

With seven lifts and thousands of acres, Bogus Basin is a great mountain fit for any type of skier, whether you like your snowriding long and leisurely or difficult and challenging. Take time to explore. Hook up with a local and ask for a trip OB and down "Chair 7" or through the infamous Triangle or Waterfall/911 areas on Pine Creek.

Enthusiasts agree the place to check out is The Face--several hundred acres of steep black and double diamond terrain, peppered with widely spaced trees, cliffs and cornices. Hike to the very top above Superior and follow the crest to cornices, cliffs and deep Idaho’s signature powder snow.

Beginners enjoy Silver Queen for hill skiing and Cabin Traverse for trail skiing. Lift 5 is great for intermediates, with gentle slopes interspersed with trails. For kids, there’s a mountain full of hidden "jump trails" to enjoy. Just ask a local where they are, and make sure you keep up.

If you like long cruisers, Pine Creek is the place to go. With one of the longest chair lifts you will ever ride. Spend all day there and always find places you haven’t been.

Do it all. You’ll find the best of the Idaho winter at Bogus Basin.

Sidebar:

Eight things every skier and rider must do at Bogus Basin:

1. Check out the view of the valley from the top of Deer Point chair #1. Take a picture to send to your friends and family to make them jealous.

2. Eat an order of our famous bodacious chili cheese fries...yummy...

3. Enjoy mountain views from Pioneer Lodge, spectacular at night

4. Go night skiing or riding, a magical experience during a full moon. Chair 3 is open at night and it's your own private Idaho on the backside at night.

5. Scope at the action at any of our 3 terrain parks: the Sunshine terrain park (for beginners and young kids) off of Morning Star #2; or the Playground and Claim Jumper parks off of Deer Point #1 (for intermediate to expert freeriders)

6. Sit by the gas fireplace at the Frontier Point Nordic Center

7. Ride the Pepsi GoldRush Tubing Hill for a different kind of thrill

8. Free popcorn every day at 4pm in Simplot Lodge-just follow the aroma and help yourself!

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SKI LOOKOUT FOR A DROP DEAD BARGAIN ON DEEP POWDER

Ski Lookout for a drop-dead bargain on deep powder

Lookout Pass strives to be a family ski hill, and families never had it so good: cheap lift tickets, deep snow, free ski school, down home atmosphere--and with the brand new North Star lift this season, steep expert terrain. There’s truly something for everybody at Lookout.

The North Star lift adds five new runs with steep, sustained fall lines and 400 more feet of vertical to Lookout’s stats. But the numbers that really count are $30 lift tickets ($19 for juniors) and 400 annual inches of the lightest, driest powder you’ll ever ride. Ticket prices are even less on weekdays. And if you’re over 40, Boomer Fridays are 18 bucks!

To ski early in Idaho this season, Lookout is the place. It has great early season conditions, especially the wide-open cruisers on the front side, which has been meticulously tended in the off-season for 70 years.

Phil Edholm, President/CEO of Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area, credits Lookout’s abundant snowfall to a pair of weather phenomena called “orographic lift” and “continental effect.” The effects combine to deliver generous dumps of high quality snow.

Edholm said the snow is a benefit of the resort’s location on the saddle of the Bitterroot Range, smack dab on the Idaho/Montana border. Higher peaks stand immediately to the southwest. A microclimate exists here, on the western edge of a colder, dryer continental air mass.

Orographic lift occurs when moist Pacific air moves east over the steadily rising terrain. The air mass gains altitude, expanding as it cools. Less dense, cooler air can’t hold moisture like warm air. When Pacific air spills over the mountains above Lookout, it’s ready to unload. The cold, dry continental air triggers lots of fresh powder.

Edholm says that historically when a ski area expands it sees a 20 percent increase in skier visits. He’s expecting a great year, combined with the La Niña climate forecast for a big winter. Another snowcat has been added to the fleet, food service has been expanded and 120 new K2 skis and 50 snowboards have been added to the rental shop.

To get in on the good stuff at Lookout, stay in the historic town of Wallace about 10 miles west on the interstate. Go to the Wallace Inn and say you heard about it in the Ski Idaho eNewsletter and get great ski and stay packages starting at $109. For more information on additional places to stay, go to skilookout.com/new/lodging.php.

It may not be the biggest, but it’s one of the best run, most impeccably maintained mountains you will ever ski or ride. You truly haven’t experienced winter in the Panhandle until you experience Lookout Pass.


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Eight things every skier and rider must do at Lookout Pass:

1. Ski or ride "Cloud 9" on a powder day for the perfect pitch.

2. Enjoy a long cruise down Rainbow Ridge on perfect seamless corduroy early in the morning.

3. Take in the spectacular views of the St. Regis Basin and Copper Basin from the top of the mountain.

4. Try a bowl of famous Lookout Chili.

5. Relax in the Loft Pub & Grub with a cold one from the tap and a hot bratwurst sandwich.

6. Snowride the longest quarter-pipe in the nation, at 1,111 feet in length, in "B-52" Terrain Park.

7. Join the fun by participating in the Pacific Northwest Wife Carrying Championship on January 13.

8. Catch some BIG AIR during the Winter Games of Idaho competition on February 9.

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THE WORD IS GETTING OUT ABOUT SCHWEITZER

This expansive mountain in the Idaho panhandle with world-class terrain and Tahoe-style lake views, used to be a well-kept secret. But people around the world are now discovering that Schweitzer offers a special winter experience.

For decades locals have reveled in its two massive bowls, breathtaking views and abundant glades. Now they have to share, but there’s plenty of room on nearly 3,000 acres, and even more outstanding out of bounds terrain.

This fall Skiing Magazine rated Schweitzer number 21 in its annual readers’ survey of the top 25 ski resorts in North America. The same issue rated Schweitzer among the continent’s top three hills for tree skiing.

With all the attention, the mountain isn’t resting on its laurels. Visitors this year will notice over $10 million in upgrades and improvements, including renovation of the Lakeview Lodge and new snowmaking capability. The original double Riblet has been replaced by two new lifts: the Basin Express, a high-speed detachable quad, and the Lakeview Triple. This new tandem will increase total uphill capacity at Schweitzer by 28 percent this winter.

About the only thing Schweitzer lacked up to now has been convenient access to easier skiing on the front side. The Basin Express makes the mountain more family friendly, unloading mid mountain to wide-open gentle slopes and the Stomping Grounds terrain park. The Lakeview Triple starts mid mountain and takes snowriders to some of Schweitzer’s most challenging steeps and chutes.

It probably takes a week at Schweitzer to experience all the mountain has to offer. Off the back of the mountain, 2,000 acres of cat skiing await from the top of The Great Escape Quad. Don’t miss the Idyl Hour T-bar for a ride to Little Blue and some of the mountain’s fastest, longest cruisers and classic glades. The T-bar also gets you closer to some of Schweitzers more legendary out-of-bounds terrain. If you’re lucky, you can tag along with a local for a hike to Big Blue. The sweet, deep powder turns are worth the hard work.

Another great amenity Schweitzer has going for it is the town of Sandpoint, just 11 miles down the hill. Sandpoint sits along the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. The town is full of great places to shop, eat and stay. Numerous Sandpoint properties offer lift tickets with their lodging.

Of course, there’s nothing like staying slopeside at Schweitzer. Check out the Slopeside Ski and Stay deals [link to http://www.schweitzer.com/plan_vacation/vacation_packages/great_deal/]. Starting at only $64 per person, per night, you can stay in Schweitzer Village and get lift tickets for up to four people.

With all the new amenities and the great La Niña weather pattern taking shape, this is the season to check out Schweitzer. Gorgeous views in every direction, great terrain and a nice atmosphere will make this one of your all-time favorite places to ski.

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SIDEBAR:

Eight things every skier and rider must do at Schweitzer:

1. Dig into a loaded baked potato at the Outback Inn on a snowy wintry afternoon

2. Pause at the top of the new Lakeview Triple chairlift to take in the amazing view of Lake Pend Oreille

3. Explore the trees off the Idyle Hour T-bar and find a new line and some powder stashes.

4. Refuel at the end of the day with Buffalo Stew and a glass of hearty red, fireside at the Chimney Rock Grill.

5. Spend some time with the kids on the tubing hill

6. Resolve to start the new year with a new sport - take a lesson in nordic skiing, rent your gear at The Source, and see the wonder and peace and quiet of the nordic trails.

7. Say hi to the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park rangers, who are always there to fine tune jumps and supervise the action. Whether you hit the rails and jumps or just watch other get airborn, our terrain park is not to miss.

8. Re-connect with friends or family over a long weekend in a winter wonderland. Stay at the White Pine Lodge and soak in the hot tub after a long day on the slopes.

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IT WON'T BE LONG . . .

For most of the state so far, La Nina has just been a tease. But the long-range weather pattern has everyone excited at the Idaho Ski Areas Association. In a perfect world, you’re skiing powder on Thanksgiving weekend. Years when I’ve found myself getting face shots in mid-November I could hardly believe it was actually happening. That’s what you call a dream come true. We’ll have to settle for anticipation for now.

Anything can happen in the mountains from the time I write this to the time you read it. Grand Targhee was ready to open on Friday, November 16th with 31 inches at mid mountain. But alas, it was a false alarm. Targhee guarantees their snow and it didn’t quite meet that standard yet. But you can always count on the cruisers at Sun Valley for the holidays. With the world’s most sophisticated snow-making system, including 12 additional acres on Dollar Mountain, they can guarantee your turns on Turkey Day.

This time of year, conditions can change in a heartbeat. Before long the storms will be waiting in line off the Pacific coast. When they finally hit, Lookout Pass in the Panhandle cannot be overlooked for great early season conditions,. Check out the feature in this issue about Lookout, and learn more about a microclimate that delivers the most powder in Idaho, early and often, to this small but mighty mountain.

And in the meantime, put on your dancin’ shoes, get on your knees, sacrifice an old pair of boards on a bonfire—do whatever it takes to make it snow!

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Welcome to Prime Snowrider Habitat!

Bill Jennings

Imagine the winter of your dreams. November powder days. Frequent dumps of high quality snow. Terrain equal to the best in the world in your backyard. Paradise, right? This fantasy plays out for real in Idaho: a snowrider’s paradise in the heart of the Northwest Rockies.

The statement above was chosen as the tagline for the Ski Idaho e-Newsletter because here at the Idaho Ski Areas Association, we can’t think of a better way to describe the winter abundance we’re blessed with. The Ski Idaho e-Newsletter is our invitation to you to get out there and make the most of it.


Somebody’s got to set a good example, and I’m so glad it’s me. As the Editor of Ski Idaho News, I’ll keep a line of communication constantly open with all 18 of Idaho’s ski areas. You can count on me to give you up to date information about what’s new, where the action is, where to score the best deals on lodging, and how to plan your winter adventure in Idaho.

I’ll personally check out as many hills as possible during the course of the season-- like the resorts we have featured in this issue. Sun Valley, the place where skiing began in America, has an experience that speaks for itself. Brundage is an Idaho gem you won’t want to miss. Pebble Creek is an undiscovered glory hole of awesome terrain and affordable prices.

Every mountain’s got a story, and I’m looking forward to finding some good ones.

I’ll see you on the slopes.

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WHAT'S NEW IN IDAHO

From the Panhandle to Pocatello, Idaho’s resorts have something for everyone. And this season there’s even more to bring you here and keep you coming back. Check out a few samples of what’s in store.

Brundage -Two News Lifts and 160 Acres of New Terrain
Brundage Mountain is pleased to announce the largest on-mountain investment in the resort's history. Two new chairlifts will adding 160 acres of brand new terrain and more than double the mountain’s total uphill capacity.

Grand Targhee - New Employee Housing
Dreaming about the ideal winter job? Grand Targhee Resort has brand new employee housing that will outclass any in the industry.


Lookout Pass - New Northstar Lift opens coveted north flank
The new North Star double chairlift will provide access to six new runs on the north aspect of the mountain. Three of the runs are rated expert and three are intermediate runs. Enjoy fall-line skiing on the coveted north flank of the mountain with panoramic views of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Coeur d'Alene River Valley.

Magic Mountain - New management upgrades terrain park
Magic Mountain is under new management and eager to server your winter activity needs. New terrain park features with rails and jumps will increase the challenge for jibbers.

Pebble Creek - New triple lift improves beginner area
The Aspen double lift has been converted into a state of the art triple that will shorten lines and brighten smiles in the beginner area.

Schweitzer - Two New Chairlifts and over $10 million in upgrades and improvements
Two new chairlifts including the Basin Express, a high speed detachable quad, and the Lakeview Triple, will increase total uphill capacity at Schweitzer by 28% this winter. These lifts will ease access to low angle intermediate terrain for skiers and snowboarders, the Park and Schweitzer Bowl’s steeps and chutes.

The Cirque Group Welcome Center, a new group services office conveniently located in Schweitzer Village, houses Schweitzer’s expanded group services staff.

The Lakeview Lodge sports a new outdoor patio for après ski fun, and there are additional upgrades to the building’s interior. Other investments include grooming and snowmaking equipment as well as improvements to the chairs on the Great Escape Quad.

Silver Mountain - Improvements and upgrades throughout enhance the experience

Glading in the Chair 2 Basin - mountain crews were busy all summer long busting out some sweet new gladed areas in the chair 2 basin.

Red & Black is Back - Chair 4 has been completely refurbished and repainted to the original red and black Riblet colors.

New Restaurant & Bar– Noah’s Canteen. History comes to life at Noah’s Canteen, Silver Mountain’s new restaurant located in the gondola village. Everyday at high noon and 4pm the historic Bunker Hill Mine whistle blows, brining back the unique sound of the past. The whistle has been resurrected, restored and permanently placed in the gondola village. For resort guests, they’ll hear the sound of lift tickets going on sale at noon as well as the signal to kick-off happy hour.

Expanded Terrain Park - Silver's terrain park saw the highest number of park junkies ever last season. So much so – that they carved out some extra real estate and cleared out a couple tree islands, giving the park nearly double the terrain. Look for some new “Spinny” signature features this season.

Beginner Terrain Doubles in Size - More room to learn how to carve. After your trip down the slope, take an easy ride back up on our moving carpet lift.

Extended Snow Tubing Park - Tubing down the hill just got better with an additional 100 feet of fun. A 6th lane has been added to ensure that you are capturing as much tubing vertical as possible.

Sun Valley
Dollar Mountain adds two quad chairs and more snowmaking - Two new high-speed detachable quad chairlifts will replace Quarter and Dollar lifts on Dollar Mountain, doubling the lift capacity on Sun Valley’s beginner and children’s ski mountain.

Sixty percent of Dollar Mountain’s ski runs will be under snowmaking. Twelve acres and 27 new York Safyr Tower Guns will be added to the existing snowmaking system. Ski runs that will be covered include Sheepherder’s Dip, New Bowl, Graduation, Poverty Flats, and Quarter Dollar Bowl.

Tamarack
Village and lodge facilities continue to take shape - Construction on the heart of Tamarack’s Village Plaza is in full swing. Completion is scheduled for late summer 2008. In addition, construction is underway on the Mid-Mountain Lodge – a 30,000 square foot building steps from the Tamarack Express – and the Lodge at Osprey Meadows Lake Wing – a $28 million extension to the Lodge.

A new, 22-foot Olympic-sized SuperPipe--one of only six in North America to showcase the new Olympic standard: 22-foot high walls.

Two new runs for this season for a total of 41.

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RESORT SPOTLIGHT - SUN VALLEY


It happened in Idaho first.

Sun Valley introduced North America to alpine skiing with its creation in 1936 and to this day sets the standard for world-class mountain resorts. The legendary mountain where the chair lift was invented, the world’s first ski school started is right in your backyard. And to top it off, the world’s largest snow-making system lays down a perfect base.

Any Idaho passionate skier or boarder worth their salt should make a pilgrimage to Sun Valley this winter. You’ll find a mountain with 3,400 feet of sustained, impeccably maintained vertical. Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley’s Director of Sales, Marketing and P.R. says that with the abundance of high speed lifts, constant pitch and lack of lines, it’s not uncommon to rack up 50,000 feet of vertical in a day.


The huge vertical total you will rack up at here is bound to wear you out. Fortunately Sun Valley’s accommodations provide all the amenities a snow rider could imagine and more. From the historic elegance of Sun Valley Lodge to cozy condominiums throughout the mountain village, there’s something for everyone here.

There’s even more to Sun Valley that no other mountain in the country can offer. It’s innovative Lift Exchange Program lets destination skiers who buy a multi-day lift ticket exhange a day of skiing for another activity.

“If the weather’s not good or you overdo it on the first day, you can exchange skiing for another activity,” Sibbach said. “There are 10 or 11 different things you can do instead—massagae, dinner and a movie, sleigh ride—either way you’ll get your money’s worth.”

Last season hundreds of guests took advantage of the Lift Exhange. Sibbach said that some people came on five-day packages and did different things every day without skiing.

You can do a lot more at Sun Valley that just ski or board. But with such a great mountain, that should definitely come first—and soon. State of the art snowmaking virtually guarantees that Sun Valley begins its 56th season on Thanksgiving Day.

Lodging Deals

Thanksgiving Package -- a new family tradition at Sun Valley:

Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, 2007.
Includes four night’s lodging, three days of skiing topped off with a lavish Thanksgiving feast. Rates begin at $293 per person double occupancy (tax not included).

Pre-holiday Package – normally you can’t get a room for half the price, and it comes with lift tickets:
Sunday, November 25 through Monday, December 18, 2007.
Includes one night’s lodging and one day of skiing for only $70 per person double occupancy ($113 per person single occupancy). This package may be booked multiple days.

To take advantage of these special offers, call Reservations toll-free (800)-786-8259 or e-mail reservations

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RESORT SPOTLIGHT - BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN

Brundage Mountain Ski Area is celebrating 46 years as one of Idaho’s premiere ski and snowboard areas.

This winter, there is even more of Brundage Mountain for visitors to enjoy. Two new chairlifts will be ready to roll at season’s opening, whisking powder lovers up the south side of the mountain for the first time ever. The new Lakeview Bowl encompasses 160 acres overlooking spectacular Payette Lake.


Conditions are usually outstanding, which is why Brundage Mountain has earned the reputation for the Best Snow in Idaho™. It's no secret that the snow is deep and the lift lines are usually short. The mountain gets frequent storms, so skiers and boarders can cruise on freshly groomed runs or search for powder stashes in the trees and bowls.

For beginners, Brundage is one of the best mountains in Idaho to learn on—the drive-up daycare and Kid’s Center makes it easy to get the whole family where they need to go. The new Bear Chair triple provides easy access to beginner and advanced beginner terrain close to the Kid’s Center.

A majority of the groomed runs are rated for intermediates, but experts who like to head off-trail have endless options. Shoot over to the extreme skiers right side of the hill to Hidden Valley (follow the expert only signs) and go big. For the real powder hounds, try the backcountry snow-cat program which operates on 19,000 acres of Payette National Forest. Splurge on an overnight trip and enjoy an experience you’re not likely to forget.

Visit Brundage and you’ll pick up on that authentic Idaho feeling. Just eight miles away, the town of McCall will impress you with its friendly, low-key vibe. For a great steak dinner, try The Mill. Traditional lodging options include the Hunt Lodge, a brand new AmericInn and the Hotel McCall, a quaint old hotel with unique character.

To truly embrace the mountain lifestyle with a stay in a private cabin or chalet, contact http://www.inidaho.com/ for a variety of packages that offer a third night of lodging and third day of skiing for free with the purchase of the first two days. Midweek, Brundage Mountain is offering a special deal with one night’s lodging and two days of lift tickets for two people for under $165. Full details available at www.brundage.com/lodging.aspx.

With the best snow in Idaho, a family atmosphere, affordable prices, friendly people, and an uncrowded powder experience, Brundage is a true snowrider’s mountain.

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RESORT SPOTLIGHT - PEBBLE CREEK

Friendly atmosphere, challenging terrain and affordable lift tickets.

Ask a local about Pebble Creek and they will tell you it’s “skiing the way it used to be.” The snowriding community here is a tightly knit group that really cares about their mountain. And what a mountain it is. Located just south of Pocatello in the Caribou National Forest, Pebble Creek is known for its friendly atmosphere, challenging terrain and affordable lift tickets.


The locals will also tell you "If you can ski Pebble Creek you can ski anywhere." The mountain’s 2,200 feet of vertical on 1,100 acres attracts extreme skiers, but also offers plenty of terrain variety for every skill level. Plus, the old beginner double lift has been has been converted to a triple chair that on busy days will cut down on waiting in the beginner area.

The mountain does feature a large amount of expert and advanced trails. Pebble Creek is also known for its easy access to huge helpings of excellent backcountry terrain. For overnight adventurers, the Idaho State University Outdoor Program operates a system of yurts behind the mountain and to the north.

A strong sense of emotional ownership is evident at Pebble Creek among the locals.
Recently a late, loyal Pebble Creek skier left money for the Pocatello Ski Association to use to encourage kids skiing and boarding. A group of Senior Olympians runs a free kids racing program allowing kids, who may have otherwise not had a chance, experience the thrill of racing. Idaho State University also operates a large adaptive skiing program.

After meeting the challenge of Pebble Creek, soothing therapy awaits in Lava Hot Springs. Natural volcanic mineral baths are located at the base of lava cliffs in a town filled with charm and Western hospitality. In nearby Pocatello, you’ll find major hotels and restaurants featuring cuisine with a regional flair. Both towns are just 25 minutes from the slopes.

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LODGING DEALS - SKI, STAY AND SAVE!

Great early season lodging deals are available everywhere in Idaho.

Brundage -
Midweek Ski & Stay Packages 2007/2008 Starting at $78 per person: 2 full-day lift tickets for each person + 1 night's lodging at McCall's brand new AmericInn. (Price based on double occupancy, non-holiday, midweek, price does not include lodging tax.) For Reservations: Call 208-634-2230 or http://www.americinn.com/

Bogus Basin -
Stay and Play - Stay at a participating Boise-area hotel this winter, and play at Bogus Basin Mountain for FREE! Buy one alpine lift ticket or nordic trail pass and get another one FREE (of equal or less value). No blackout periods. One lift ticket voucher per guest, per night of stay in Boise. Lift tickets valid during time of stay only. Mention the "Stay and Play" offer when placing reservations at these participating hotels. Stay and Play is offered through a partnership with the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau with underwriting grant support from the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor, Tourism Division.


Grand Targhee -
Midweek Lodging Special - Limited time offer - Book now! SnowCat Adventure Package - Valid : November 16, 2007 to December 21, 2007. 3 night/ 3 day Lodging/Ski Package includes 3 full-day lift tickets, 3 nights lodging PLUS a FREE SnowCat Adventure Trip!

Lookout Pass -
Mention the Ski Idaho e-newsletter for ski packages starting at $109.00 plus tax! The Wallace Inn (wallaceinn.net) and Stardust Motel in historic Wallace Idaho have the best and least expensive ski packages in Idaho and the surrounding northwest area. Wallace Inn- queen bedded room for #2 persons with ski passes to Lookout Ski Resort including a complimentary glass of wine or beer each.

Stardust Motel- even more economical; a single bedded room at the Stardust with the same offer- $86.00!!!!!!!!!!!!

*special group rates also available.
**silver mtn packages also available

Pebble Creek -
Buy one, get one free, lift tickets when you stay at participating Lava Hot Springs Hotels! Aura Soma Lava - in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, conveniently located less than an hour from Pebble Creek Ski area, includes The Oregon Trail Lodge, The Courtyard Inn & 5 Vacation Rental Homes. Aura Soma Lava also has a private, natural mineral hot pool, just a one minute walk from the Oregon Trail Lodge. Take advantage of our Ski Packages all winter long: 800-757-1233.

Schweitzer -
Early Season Lift/Lodging Deal! November 21, 2007 to December 20, 2007. Stay Slopeside & Ski Free from only $64 per person at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Your package includes a one night stay for up to four people and free skiing for each person. Package is based on quad occupancy.

Silver Mountain -
Thanksgiving Day Ski Package. Stay 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Free! Looks like an early snow year - La Nina is coming. Book your special now. **This special not available in conjunction with any other offers or discounts.

Sun Valley -
The Pre-Holiday Package. Begins Sunday, November 25 and includes one night’s lodging and one day of skiing for only $70 per person double occupancy ($113 per person single occupancy). This package may be booked multiple days through Monday, December 18, 2007. To take advantage of this special offer, please call our Reservations office toll-free (800)-786-8259 or e-mail reservations@sunvalley.com

Thanksgiving Package. Complete with all the trimmings begins Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21 and runs through Sunday, November 25, 2007. The package includes four night’s lodging, three days of skiing topped off with a lavish Thanksgiving feast. Package rates begin at $293 per person double occupancy (tax not included).

Visit the Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau for more information about hot lodging deals.

Tamarack -
Discovery Package. Starting from $130 per person, per lodging night. Package includes a Discovery ticket per person, per lodging night. Package Details »

*Valid Winter Opening - December 20, 2007. Package is based on double occupancy in a Hotel Room in The Lodge at Osprey Meadows. Two nights minimum stay is required. One-day Discovery Ticket per person per night booked is included in package. Discovery ticket includes access to the lifts, as well as the nordic and snowshoe trails. Taxes and surcharges not included. Subject to change and availability. Not valid with other promotions or groups and other restrictions may apply. Other lodging options available for this package.

Stay & Ski Free
Starting from $96 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a lift ticket per person, per lodging night.
*Valid Winter Opening - December 20, 2007. Package is based on double occupancy in a Hotel Room in The Lodge at Osprey Meadows. One daily lift ticket per person per night booked is included in package. Three nights minimum stay is required for arrivals on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Four nights minimum stay is required on arrivals Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Taxes and surcharges not included. Subject to change and availability. Not valid with other promotions or groups and other restrictions may apply. Other lodging options available for this package.

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SEASON KICKOFF EVENTS

As if all this talk about La Niña hasn’t got you excited enough, there’s a ski area in your backyard planning a festive celebration to jump-start the season! Put on your dancin’ shoes, think snow, and check out the lineup of pre-season shindigs:

Silver Mountain, November 10
Season Pass Party, Annual Bonfire & Snow Dance

Brundage/Tamarack, November 10
Pray 4 Snow Party – 6-10 p.m. Raise a glass, Praise Ullr, Let's Get That Snow Fallin'! Join us in downtown McCall at Babblefish with bonfire, music, food, drink and fun to pray for another great snow year!


Bogus Basin, November 10
Annual Snow Blast & Dance, 12-4 p.m. at the Bogus Basin office and parking lot (in Boise at 2600 Bogus Basin Road). Help us kick off the season and encourage Ol' Man Winter to "let it snow"!
Live music & dancing
Raffle Drawings
Chants and dance to the snow gods
Food and drink specials

Grand Targhee, November 16
Opening Day - Scheduled opening of the resort for Winter operations. Conditions permitting.

Sun Valley, November 17
Galena Lodge opens for the winter season. Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.

Sun Valley, November 22
Galena Lodge Thanksgiving Day dinner, plus, ski season opens on Bald Mountain!

Lookout Pass, November 24
Season Pass holder Spaghetti Fest from 3 till 5 pm. Foods on us! Get your pass picture too.

Other Activities in Idaho

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