Looking Back On a Decade of Progress…
Brundage Mountain’s goal is to provide the best experience possible for our new and returning guests. Over the past decade, the resort has invested millions of dollars in upgrades and improvements. Here’s a look back at some of the most noteworthy changes:
FREE tickets on Easy Street – for everyone, EVERY DAY
Brundage Mountain started offering free lift tickets on our beginner chairlift to encourage new people to try the sport. We also added a ticket kiosk at the bottom of Easy Street for even more convenient access to those free tickets. It’s open Saturdays and holidays. Crews also cleared brush and trimmed back a large tree island to add a groomed forest trail to the “Big Easy” Terrain Garden.
Completion of Lodge Expansion
Brundage Mountain crews finished a multi-year lodge expansion designed to provide a more convenient experience for winter visitors.
The final piece, the ‘lower plaza’, was built in the summer of 2015, completing a 5,000 square foot, tiered, paver patio area at the entrance to the lodge.
Largest Piece of Lodge Expansion Adds 3,200 Square Feet
A more spacious and hassle-free lodge experience was the goal of a half-million dollar project at Brundage Mountain Resort. The 2014/15 season saw completion of the largest piece of the phased expansion project in progress since 2011.
14/15 highlights include new ticket windows and Guest Services facilities just steps from the parking lot. The new ‘plaza’ level allows visitors to purchase passes and tickets and book lessons and snowcat trips without climbing a long staircase to the upper floors.
It also doubled the size of the Rental Shop and Retail areas and helps ease congestion during busy periods.
New decks added to the south and southeast sides of the lodge allow for outdoor table service from Smoky’s Bar & Grill in both the winter and summer seasons.
New Snowshoe Trail & Rentals
Brundage trail crews constructed a scenic, one-mile nature trail which serves as a dedicated snowshoe trail during the winter months. The trailhead is conveniently located in the upper parking lot right next to the Pet Area. Snowshoes are available for rent in the Fall Line Shop and the fleet includes youth and women-specific models.
Brundage welcomed President and Managing Director, Bob Looper in July 2013. Looper has served on the Brundage Mountain Company Board of Directors since 2008 and previously spent nine years on the Board of Directors at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.
Main Street Market & Eatery
The serving space on the third (top) floor of the lodge was redesigned to provide a more convenient experience and reduce wait time on busy days. An expanded prep area also allows our cafeteria to offer some fresh new menu items.
Third Floor Expansion
In 2012/13 Brundage added 1,000 square feet of heated indoor space to the third floor of the lodge. The changes added a significant amount of seating space and eased congestion in the 3rd floor cafeteria. This expansion paved the way for the updated Main Street Market and Eatery.
Brundage History Book Published
The 2012/13 season also saw the release of a new history book: Brundage Mountain: The Best Snow in Idaho written by Idaho author, Eve Chandler. The book traces the colorful history of skiing in McCall with hundreds of vibrant photographs and heart-warming stories. Perfect as a holiday gift, you can purchase the book on-line here.
Second Floor Expansion
A remodeling project on the second floor of the main lodge added more seating to our popular adult space, Smoky’s Pub, and allowed us to enlarge Smoky’s Kitchen. The expansion created 100 additional seats and gave kitchen crews the ability to offer a fresh, tasty menu.
In 2011, we welcomed a friendly new face to our Kids Program. Bruno the Brundage Bear is now a fixture on the mountain and a favorite for photos ops among visitors of all ages.
2010/11 – Celebrating our 50th Season!
Brundage Mountain celebrated its 50th season with our very first “Light Up the Night” Party. The celebration, which features live music, Torchlight Parade and a fantastic après-ski fireworks show has now become a beloved holiday tradition at Brundage Mountain.
Slope side Relief Stations
For those who want to take a break without heading to the lodge, we added two new slope side ‘log cabin’ outhouses. One is located near the base of the Blue Bird quad and the other is in the area near the base of the Bear Chair and Centennial chairlifts. Two more of these spiffy biffies were added in 2010/11 at the bottom of Easy Street and the top of the BlueBird Quad.
The Bear’s Den
This charming log cabin structure is perched at a lovely mid-mountain location. It’s an 8-sided log building with 1,300 square feet of space inside and seating for 88 people.Operating Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the Bear’s Den offers another dining alterative during our busiest times.
Its convenient location at the top of the Bear Chair allows families to take a break and grab some refreshments while staying close to their children’s favorite runs.
The Bear’s Den has a 2,100 square foot wrap-around deck with great views of some of our favorite runs, like Alpine, Engen and Sidewinder.
Two New Chairlifts & Brand New Terrain
Brundage Mountain Resort took a big leap forward in 07/08 with the construction of two new chairlifts and the addition of nearly 160 acres of brand new terrain.
CHAIRLIFT #1 – THE “BEAR CHAIR”
The first chairlift to be completed is the Bear Chair. Spanning 2,482 feet, with a vertical rise of over 600 feet, the Bear Chair loads at the base of the existing Centennial Triple chairlift, and unloads at the top of the knob that was previously serviced by a Platter Tow. This fixed-grip triple chairlift provides easy access to under-utilized terrain and eases congestion on the Easy Street run.
CHAIRLIFT #2 – OPENING BRAND NEW TERRAIN
The second new chairlift opened up nearly 160 acres of brand new terrain on the south side of Brundage Mountain. This terrain includes four new groomed runs, which vary from rolling slopes to steep pitches, and provides access to a whole new wonderland of powdery glades.
This chairlift, also a fixed-grip triple chair, spans 3175 feet, with a vertical rise of 805 feet. The bottom terminal was installed at 6,600 feet elevation. The top terminal was built at 7,400 feet on the summit ridge, just south of the terminal for the existing Centennial Triple Chairlift.
How big is 160 acres?
* Boise’s Ann Morrison park covers 145 acres
* Brundage’s new terrain covers 160 acres
* Boise State’s main campus covers 175 acres
Together, the two new chairlifts increased the resort’s uphill capacity from 3,100 people per hour to 6,700 people per hour.
Would You Like to Learn More About Brundage Mountain?
Our delightful history book, published during our 50th Anniversary, takes you on a visual tour of the most interesting parts of Brundage Mountain history. Learn the story behind Brundage Mountain Resort’s origin and meet the colorful characters who shaped the resort into what it is today. This beautiful book will earn a permanent place on your coffee table.