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Look up, Boise - it’s snow time…

Snow frosts the mountains above Boise on Tuesday, Nov. 10 (Betsy Z. Russell)
Snow frosts the mountains above Boise on Tuesday, Nov. 10 (Betsy Z. Russell)

It’s snow time, folks. The mountains above Boise are frosted white, and Idaho ski resorts are reporting impressive snow totals and looking ahead to opening for the season. None are actually open yet, but Grand Targhee, just over the state line in Wyoming, has announced it’ll open on Nov. 20; Targhee is reporting a 26” base and 6 inches of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. Sun Valley, which will open Thanksgiving Day, is reporting 16 inches at the top and 4 inches new in the past 24 hours; the photo at right is from Sun Valley’s webcam this afternoon.

Brundage Mountain is reporting a base depth of 14 inches and 18 inches at the summit, with 14 new inches in the past 24 hours. It’ll open “as soon as we have enough snow to properly pack and groom the slopes,” with plans calling for opening Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays “as soon as possible” and seven-day operations starting Dec. 11. Tamarack is reporting 13 inches at mid-mountain and 6 inches in the past 24 hours. It has a projected opening date of Dec. 11, but today is gleefully referring to this month as “Snowvember.”

Bogus Basin is reporting a base of 11 inches, with 8 inches new in the past 24 hours. There’s been no announcement on a projected opening date, but managers told KBOI2 news today that Bogus is hoping to open its tubing hill for Thanksgiving, thanks to two new snowmaking guns, and to open slopes for skiing in early December.

This week, skiers are getting in the mood with the annual Warren Miller ski film, this year entitled “Chasing Shadows.” It shows at the Egyptian Theater in Boise Thursday, Friday and Saturday; there’s more info here and here.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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