BOISE -- Can't wait to click into those shiny new bindings and ride down a snowy mountain?
Winter has descended upon the Gem State, and Idaho's ski resorts are gearing up. Here's a list of the resorts already open, ticket prices, and those set to open in the coming weeks.
Concerned about lack of snow? Relax. Whether you ski or snowboard, December's NOAA forecast for Idaho and Montana shows above average precipitation in the forecast.
More snow is also expected later this week, with cloudy skis and flurries through the weekend.
Typically the first ski resort to open in Idaho, Sun Valley picked up 5 new inches of snow on Monday. The resort is advertising 8 runs open, with a 14-inch base and 20 inches on top of Baldy Mountain.
According to the mountain grooming report, several runs on the River Run side are open, including Upper and Lower College, Mid River, and more.
Early-season tickets cost $69 for a full day and $59 for a half day until December 15. That's when peak season prices shoot up to $99 for a full day and $72 for a half day.
Tamarack has announced it will open Friday, December 13. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The resort will stay open Thursday through Sunday through the winter.
Tamarack picked up 9 inches of snow on Monday. The resort is reporting 36 inches of snow at the summit, but a scant 3 inches at the base.
A quick check of tickets at Tamarack found pre-season, online prices from $24.99 to $49.99 for single-day lift tickets in December.
Meanwhile, Brundage Mountain near McCall picked up about 8 inches in the last two days. Brundage is advertising a summit depth of 28 inches and a base depth of 12 inches.
So, when will the resort advertising "Idaho's Best Snow" open?
"There is no ‘magic number’ of inches. We need at least 18″ of packable snow in the base and at least 24″ of packable snow on the top. If the snow is lighter, it can take up to 24″ in the base and 36″ on the top, even more if we see high winds blowing the flakes around."
Full-day lift tickets are $58.
Boise's hometown resort Bogus Basin is trailing the pack with a season total of 16 inches and a base depth of 14. Bogus picked up an inch of snow on Sunday and another inch overnight Monday.
While there's no word on when Bogus will open, the Boise sales office near Hill Road is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the weekends.
Bogus is known for offering one of the most economical season passes in Idaho -- just $299 during early-season specials. However, that price has now risen to $429 as of December 1.
A whole lot of Idaho's mom and pop resorts are chomping at the bit to open this winter!
They include Pommerelle, Soldier Mountain, Kelly Canyon, Pebble Creek, and a handful of larger resorts in north Idaho, such as Lookout Pass and Schwietzer.
You can get all the information on these resorts at a quick glance on KTVB's Ski Report Page.
WYOMING AND UTAH
Want to head out for a road trip? A drive of about 6 hours can take you to some of North America's snowiest winter recreation. We're talking about Wyoming's Teton Range and Utah's Wasatch Mountains.
Those looking for the most snow should check out Grand Targhee Resort near Driggs, Idaho and next-door-neighbor Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Both resorts are already boasting seasonal snowfall totals over 100 inches each, and both opened last weekend.