The Opening Day Scoop

Brundage Snow Blog
December 13, 2012 by

The day before opening day is always lively here at Brundage Mountain. Activity and enthusiasm are high as we get ready to greet our first guests of the season.

This year, it’s even more exciting because we are so confident that our Opening Day guests are in for a real treat.

Allow me to take you on a brief photo tour of the mountain so you can get a feel for what’s in store…

The Frontside

Let’s begin with a ride up the Bluebird Quad. Snow coverage looks terrific even at mid-mountain.

And gets even deeper and more impressive as you near the summit.

Snow ghosts are everywhere, which is always a good sign that there’s plenty of snow and not too much wind drifting.

I couldn’t help but pause for a moment to enjoy the crystal clear view off the backside.

But then it was time to check out the slopes! We tried to ski Engen but some irresistible force pulled us off-trail into the powder.

I kept expecting the bases of my skis to feel something solid or crusty underneath the top layer of powder…but they never did.

Even when I headed down Skid Row and across other people’s tracks.

This year, all of our primary runs have been groomed. Main Street, Alpine, Engen, 45th , Temptation, Kickback, Dropline, Bear, Griz, and Badger.

Alpine, looking up from the saddle.

Main Street

45th Parallel


Lower Temptation

Many of our secondary runs will be left as powder for opening day, including Sidewinder, Beeline, Skid Row, Stump and Swinger.

A couple of the lower runs, Sensation and Celebration are also ungroomed and powder chasers should be cautious about brush on those runs. (Personally, I’ll be avoiding Rappel and Ski Daddle until another storm system comes through.)

Top of Celebration, looking down.

Lakeview Bowl

Lakeview is poised to have its best opening day ever. Some seasons, this area’s snowpack takes a couple weeks to fill in. Not so this year. This photo is from the bottom of Lakeview yesterday:

There was so much snow, it took an eight person crew nearly three hours to shovel and snowblow it into submission.

We’ve groomed Kickback and Dropline, but Springboard, Hot Shot and countless acres of glades all remain untouched for opening day visitors.

Top of Springboard

This would probably be a good time to mention that the powder is light and fluffy. Even on my ‘early season’ legs, it was forgiving and a pleasure to ride. Overnight temperatures are expected to be in the teens, so that snow should stay nice and soft.

The Bear Chair

For Bear Chair fans, we’ve got a mixture of corduroy and powder and are suggesting a fair dose of caution.

The main runs, Bear, Griz and Badger have been groomed.


The tops of these runs are really smooth, but the very bottom of Griz and Badger have some brush showing that you’ll want to take care to avoid.

Lower Griz, looking up toward Race Course

Upper Jammer

Jammer has been left as a powder run, and the top looks really nice. Just make sure you don’t get in over your head, because the bottom of the run is not so welcoming:

Bottom of Jammer

The vast majority of the slopes are in really terrific condition, but it’s always a good idea to take it easy on your first trip down any run, so  you can get a feel for its features and potential surprises.

It may also be a good idea to take it easy on your legs, because the forecasters are telling us we have some more fresh snow coming Saturday night and Sunday. It’d be a shame to be too sore to enjoy it!

– April