Opening Day is This Friday!

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for and I’m happy to be the one to share it!

We got 9″ of base-area snow since Thursday, which means we will have just enough snow to prep our slopes for opening this Friday, December 14th.

It’s been an extremely odd year for preseason snow. We have a whopping 60″ on the summit, and barely 12″ in the base area.

That means Opening Day could look a little different than what you’re used to.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Thanks to another 8″ of fresh snow, we know FOR SURE that we will open 100% of our terrain with at least 4 of our 5 chairlifts running Friday, including the Bear Chair. All of our primary runs have been groomed at least once this week, most of them twice. See you Friday!


We know for sure that we have enough snow to open the BlueBird Quad, Lakeview Lift and Easy Street on Friday.

Main Street, looking up from ‘the flat’.

As these photos show, the upper two-thirds to three-quarters of the mountain have excellent coverage and even a nice topping of powder.

Alpine, looking up from the saddle

Super lucky slope tester, near where Alpine & Sidewinder meet.

I couldn’t make it back to Lakeview to bring you any photos, but our hearty hikers and mountain crews tell me it looks fantastic…mid-winter fantastic. And check out how much snow is up at the top of the Bluebird:

Top of BlueBird

The lower part of Main Street does have a thin cover in places, so if these twigs intimidate you, you will want to take it slow.

Lower Main Street, heading toward the base area

(The last pitch of Alpine is likely to be in similar condition.)

Still, we know for sure that our skiers and riders are eager to get up there and enjoy this!


We don’t know yet if we’ll be able to run the Bear Chair or Centennial. The thinnest snow of all is at the base of these two lifts. As you can see, it’s pretty hairy down there.

Base of Centennial

Bottom of Centennial, looking up

Some of the runs on the lower 300-400 feet of the mountain may remain closed, as well. (The slopes in question are those off the Bear Chair and the lower parts of 45th and Temptation, Sensation, Celebration, etc.)

The good news is that there is a chance of some more fresh snow – Pinpoint Forecast – and that could make a difference on those lower slopes.

We will bring you an update by Thursday to let you know exactly what you can expect for Friday’s opening day. But if what I saw on the upper mountain is any indication, confident skiers and riders have a lot to be excited about.

– April




  1. Scott Borchardt says

    The only thing that I can think to respond to this news is yes, yes, yes, swoooosh, powder,go,go,go, now!! Must ski, ski, ski!!!!I think I need to take a seditive…..YEAAAAAAA BABY!!!!!

    • says

      Hi Terri – You may be asking the wrong forum for solid advice on this one. I’m pretty sure the blogwatchers would go for the ski day. You could always write “Happy Birthday” in the snow and text a photo to someone attending the party to show her. : )

  2. Wendy says

    Better get the Lakeview area posted along the bottom cat track, there was evidence of sled high marking way up on Kickback yesterday. Last season the sleds were all over the OoB back area for the first couple of weeks before the signs were put up.

  3. cole says

    i am so excited all i can think about is skiing!!!! All i can say now is i hope we get a good storm so that we can have some more coverage on the lower 13 of the mountain. But any opening conditions are better than no opening conditions!!

  4. "stupid boi" adventurer says

    Lakeview should be “OK” since it is about 500 feet higher at the base than the “Bird” and the southern exposure really doesn’t affect it until later on in the year. I’ve been more than mildly surprised with the excellent conditions on Lakeview over the years.
    Can’t wait!

  5. Kirk says

    Terri, bring her with you. My duaghter is 4 and this will be her first year. Looking forward to getting up there this winter. By far the best place to ski in Idaho.

  6. 1speedlos says

    Terri- She’s 2. It’s not like she’s going to remember you weren’t there anyway!
    Very excited! We won’t be able to make it up until the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but we’ll be there the whole week!
    Right now, with so much bare ground showing at Bogus, looks like we’ll be making the drive to Brundage a lot this year.

  7. Katie Able says

    Brundage Mtn and the snow there are far better than any other resorts north and south of McCall! Hands down, I will always be faithful to my favorite mtn Brundage!! Whoopieeeee! SNOW!! SKIING!!!!!!! And Thanks April, for always keeping us abreast of the snow situation!!

  8. Karen says

    My 13 year old son has been giving us snow level updates one snowflake at a time since mid Nov. Thank you! Thank you! for opening!

  9. Mark says

    Coming down for a 5-day vacation on the 19th of this month. It is our first time to Brundage. Can’t wait to start skiing again and really looking forward to visiting your mountain. Sure hope that there’s enough snow so that we can experience all of it. See you in a few days.

  10. Dick Thompson says

    Fantastic news, and it is snowing. Holly, her girls, and I are excited about an opening earlier than last year. Our thanks to all of the mountain crew and others at Brundage for working so hard to make this a reality. YIPPEEEE!

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