Idaho ski resorts optimistic about opening days

There's not much snow at Idaho ski resorts right now.

BOISE - Snow in the forecast may have many people thinking about hitting the slopes soon.

“Everyone is jazzed,” Bogus Basin general manager, Brad Wilson said. “They're waiting for ski season."

Right now it looks like waiting is what they have to do. There’s not much snow if any at all the ski resorts in the area, but representatives from the resorts aren’t worried that this will push back opening day.

"It's looking great. I mean last year at this time we already had some snow on the ground,” Wilson said. “They're predicting some significant snowfall coming.”

"It's early November, there's no reason to worry and cold weather storms is on the way,” Brad Larsen, general manager of Tamarack Resort, said.

Bogus Basin and Tamarack still have about a month before they plan on opening. They’re aiming for early to mid-December. But Sun Valley’s opening is set for Thanksgiving.

"Oh, we're very excited and very confident we will be opening on Thanksgiving,” Jack Sibbach, Director of Marketing and PR at Sun Valley Resort, said.

In addition to colder temperatures on the way, another reason all three resorts have confidence they’ll make their predicted opening days is because of their snow-making machines.

"There's an old saying where people say ‘pray for snow,’” Larsen said. “Luckily at Tamarack we don’t have to pray for it, we can just make it ourselves."

"We'll [Bogus Basin] start making snow around the base area and on our tubing hill and on our beginner lift,” Wilson said.

"We're very lucky that our [Sun Valley Resort] ownership has invested in one of the largest computerized efficient snowmaking machines in the country,” Sibbach said.

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