Break out the wax, the bindings and those new-fangled hourglass skis. The Inland Northwest ski season starts Saturday.
Lookout Pass Ski Area in Mullan, Idaho, traditionally the first ski resort to open in the region, will fire up its only chairlift this weekend.
A weeks’ worth of decent snow has covered the mountain, according to Dean Cooper of Lookout. He measures 30 inches on top, and about a foot and a half at the base lodge - much better conditions than last year’s opening.
Two years ago, Lookout opened Nov. 5, its earliest start in several decades. Last ski season started late and didn’t feature good snow until midseason.
Lookout’s Saturday kickoff could signal a decent season for all five resorts in the area.
Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint and Silver Mountain in Kellogg are reporting decent snow packs on top of their mountains, and need only enough snow at their base lodges for good skiing.
Cooper said three-quarters of the terrain at Lookout will be skiable Saturday, but the forecast for more snow could increase that percentage.
Some brush is still sticking through the snow, so your favorite rock skis or snowboards may be a wise choice, he said.
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