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Pro Tips for Avoiding the Crowds as You Chase Your Powder Dreams

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Pro Tips for Avoiding the Crowds as You Chase Your Powder Dreams


Managing Crowds & Expectations as We Chase Our Powder Dreams

PLUS – Sell Out Alert: Buy Your Presidents Weekend Lift Tickets NOW

Fresh snow continues to fall from the sky and that’s keeping the powder passion alive and well here at Brundage Mountain.

A fresh blanketing of powder means another busy weekend is on the way, so we wanted to offer some tips on how to beat the crowds as we all chase those powder dreams:

# 1 – Pick Your Days

Saturdays and Holidays are always significantly busier than weekdays and non-holiday Sundays.

If you’re hoping to get maximum laps in minimum time, you should definitely look at the calendar and plan accordingly.

(There’s a reason we call it #SundayFunday!)

Fun Fact: Sundays are typically 35% to 45% LESS BUSY than Saturdays.

Taking the road less traveled can make ALL the difference. That goes double for weekdays!

#2 – Timing is Key

Even on the busiest days, there is a ‘flow’ that happens as skiers and riders hit the parking lots and hit the slopes.

Most days, catching first chair on the BlueBird or Centennial right at 9 am sharp is going to give you a head start on your ski day.

Base Area lift lines tend to be longest between 10 am and noon. If lift lines tend to kill your stoke, consider an early start – OR – a late arrival ticket after 12:30 pm.

ONE CAVEAT: Powder Days. When that snow box fills up with light, fluffy powder, EVERYONE is stoked to arrive right at 9 am.

The only tip we have in that situation is to be patient, and be KIND. We’re all here for the same reason: to share a great day on the slopes!

#3 – Check the Snow Report (ONLINE)

Brundage Mountain’s goal is always to open all six lifts right on time every day.

This year, the weather, and the COVID situation, has thrown us some curveballs.

We post regular operational updates on the Snow Report page. This is where you’ll find the most timely and comprehensive information on any weather or mechanical delays or operational changes due to COVID staffing shortages.

Please note: The old-school phone recording of the snow report is updated ONLY in the early mornings, so that is not a good source of information on lift statuses or other operational updates.


Single Day Tickets for this Saturday (2-6) and NEXT Saturday (2-13) are almost SOLD OUT

Brundage Mountain will continue to reduce the number of day tickets available for sale in an effort to ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience for our guests. We expect demand to be VERY HIGH for Saturday, February 13, and it looks like Single Day tickets will sell out very soon for that popular date.

If you’re visiting Presidents Weekend and are not a 2020/21 Season Passholder, you’ll want to purchase your tickets ASAP and definitely consider a Multi-Day Ticket to cover the whole weekend.

Pro Tip: The “2 of 3 Day” ticket locks in access to the Best Snow in Idaho but still give you some flexibility to pick your days depending on conditions.


IMPORTANT CHANGES to the Presidents Day Launch of the 2021/22 Winter Season Pass Sale

Our early bird Winter Season Pass Sale will kick off Monday, February 15, and just like seasons past, the first phase of the sale will offer a DEEP savings across the different season pass categories.

There will be some changes this year, however. For one thing, your 2021-22 Winter Season Pass will include FREE Scenic Chairlift rides for Summer 2021 AND a FREE Brundage Bike Park Season Pass!

We are also changing the value-added free skiing benefit attached to the 2021-22 Winter Season Pass. In the past, this benefit was available starting at the date of purchase.

In order to keep our promise to current passholders to not require them to make reservations, Brundage Mountain has decided to push back the start of the free skiing benefits for new 2021-22 season passholders.

So while you can purchase your new pass starting Monday, February 15, your free skiing/riding benefit will be limited to the last three weeks of the 2020-21 season. (March 22 – April 11, 2021).

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We appreciate your patience and understanding this season with all the changes that Team Brundage has made in order to ensure a safe, long, and healthy ski season. We are grateful to be here and want our guests to know that we appreciate your kindness, flexibility and patience as we’ve navigated a ski season like no other.

Furthermore, to everyone who has taken the time to personally say ‘thank you’ to our lift operators, ski instructors, ambassadors, patrollers and the team at work in the lodge, we want you to know that your kind words have made a huge difference and definitely help keep us going when the going gets tough.


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