Winter fun begins at Idaho ski resorts this weekend

BOISE - A big helping of snow last weekend combined with cold temperatures this week has local ski resorts eagerly anticipating opening day. 

While Sun Valley has already opened, and Tamarack will do so on Friday, others are planning to open up limited terrain such as beginner runs and other activities this weekend.

Here is the latest on expected opening dates:

BOGUS BASIN

Bogus Basin announced Thursday that the recreation area will open its tubing hill and Frontier Point Nordic Lodge this weekend. The terrain park near the Deerpoint Lift opened last weekend.

"We're continuing to make snow on a daily basis and anticipate opening more terrain next weekend," General Manager Brad Wilson said. "If the current weather pattern continues, we expect to have the Coach lift open along with our two new beginner conveyer lifts on December 16." 

The Pepsi Gold Rush Tubing Hill will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are available here. The Frontier Point Nordic Lodge will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN

Brundage will open its beginner run - Easy Street - on Friday. The chairlift will run Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Lift tickets for Easy Street are free for all ages, all season long.

While no date has been announced for opening the resort's quad-chairlifts, the front side of the mountain is open for uphill travel. All hikers are required to sign in before beginning their climb.

SOLDIER MOUNTAIN

Soldier Mountain, outside of Fairfield, is expected to open for the season on Dec. 15

SUN VALLEY

Sun Valley opened for the season on Thanksgiving Day with limited terrain available, but has been steadily been firing up more lifts and opening more terrain over the last couple weeks.

Currently five of Bald Mountain's 12 lifts are running daily, and officials expect to open the entire Warm Springs side of the mountain this weekend. Dollar Mountain is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 9.

TAMARACK RESORT

Tamarack will open up for seven-day-a-week operations on Friday, Dec. 8. The resort reports that the upper mountain will be open with groomed and ungroomed trails off of the Summit Express lift. Terrain south of Upper Showtime and below mid-mountain will remain closed, so guests will need to ride the Tamarack Express down when they are ready to return to the base area. Skiers and riders are being told to watch out for early-season conditions such as unmarked obstacles.

The Discovery Chairlift will also open on Friday, providing access to the learning area and a small terrain park.

Resort officials say they will continue making snow, and hope to open Showtime and Waltz as soon as possible, which will eliminate the need to download on the Tamarack Express.

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