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BOISE -- It was the middle of December before Bogus Basin opened last year, so, by comparison, the 2013-2014 ski season is off to a good start.

Winter storms have dumped enough snow on the mountain to get a few lifts and runs up and running.

Those who took advantage of Bogus' first day said they were pleased.

The snow has been awesome with all the powder they have gotten in the last couple of days, said Sam Sanchez from Kuna.

So far the Deer Point, Showcase and Coach lifts are open.

I am pretty excited, said Sanchez. I had to travel last weekend to go to another resort so it s nice having the home town resort back open.

Jeff Carmichael from Boise also came out, but admitted it was a bit chilly.

We are diehards, said Carmichael. It was great, great skiing.

For the time being, the mountain is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.Resort officials have not said when night skiing will begin.

Day tickets are $25 to start and will go up as more lifts are opened.

Meanwhile, Tamarack Resort near Donnelly and Pomerelle south of Twin Falls both plan to open this coming Friday.

Sun Valley opened on Thanksgiving.

Brundage Mountain near McCall and Soldier Mountain near Fairfield have not yet announced openinging dates - but both are getting close.

Brundage needs another 10 inches at the base to begin operations, according to communications director April Russell. However, the summit of Brundage is boasting enough snow for those who want to hike for turns.

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