Snow sports enthusiasts have something to smile about in North Idaho, because recent winter storms mean ski resorts are starting to open.
Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Lookout Pass Ski Area in Shoshone County near the Idaho-Montana border opened for the season on Sunday. Lookout had a base depth of eight inches, with 14 inches of snow at the summit, as of Sunday morning. More snow is in the forecast through Monday.
Silver Mountain Resort opened its beginner hill for scenic rides, snow tubing and skiing during Thanksgiving weekend. Silver needs another foot of snow to open the rest of the mountain, but with snow expected all week, they hope to be fully open by Friday, December 2.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort near Sandpoint reported an additional three inches of snow in its village Saturday, totaling 23 inches in the past week. Schweitzer hopes to open Friday.
In South-Central Idaho, Sun Valley Resort opened the River Run lift on Thanksgiving Day.
Tamarack Resort in Valley County plans to open on December 9.
Bogus Basin managers predict a December 10 opening, but general manager Brad Wilson told KTVB that some runs could open a bit earlier, thanks to snowmaking capabilities.
Brundage Mountain, Soldier Mountain and Pomerelle have not announced opening date projections.