BOISE — Thanks to heavy snowfall the first weekend of December, nearby ski resorts are gearing up to open this week.
Boise's own Bogus Basin is starting the ski season with soft openings on Dec. 6 and 7, a much earlier opening date compared to last year's Dec. 26.
All the mountain recreation area's slopes will be completely open on Dec. 8, and night skiing will start on Dec. 21.
Bogus was able to open earlier this year with the help of major investments into snowmaking operations and the last big snowstorm dumping 28 inches on the mountain.
Tamarack Resort is also opening all lifts this week - at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.
So far the mountain summit has 23 inches of snow and advises visitors that there might be thin coverage of snow in some areas.
The resort's new owners plan to finish the long-stalled Village Plaza and open "enhanced" retail, restaurant and lodging offerings for the 2019-2020 winter season.
Brundage Mountain will open for full-mountain operations on Friday, Dec. 7. The resorts had previously fired up its Bear Chair and Easy Street lifts for limited operations. Lifts will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
This is the resort's earliest opening date since 2010, according to Brundage.
Sun Valley Resort had a jump start on the ski season, opening on Nov. 22. The resort announced on Tuesday that it will open the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain this weekend. Sun Valley reports 28 inches of snow at the summit of Baldy.
Other Idaho and regional ski resorts have already opened up, giving skiers and riders plenty of options.
Pomerelle Mountain Resort in Albion is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 15 when daily operations begin.
Wyoming's Grand Targee Resort started up their winter operations on Nov. 16.