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MCCALL, Idaho -- Officials at Brundage Mountain Resort announced Monday that they will begin winter operations this Friday.

The McCall ski resort has received nine inches of snow at the base since last Thursday, giving crews what they need to prepare the slopes for skiers and snowboarders.

There is now more than five-feet of snow at the summit and about a foot of packed snow at the base of the mountain.

This has been an incredibly odd year for preseason snowfall, said resort spokesperson April Russell. We ve seen wet snow come and go at the base but continue to pile up and create an extremely deep snowpack on the upper mountain.

Falling temperatures have given the mountain the boost it needed to open. The BlueBird Quad, Easy Street, and Lakeview Chairlifts will operate on Friday.

At this point, upper and mid-mountain slopes are displaying mid-winter snow coverage, but the lowest 300-400 feet of the mountain have a thin cover. More snow is needed to open the Bear Chair and some of the low-elevation runs. More snow is forecast between now and opening day.

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