Closing Day is Saturday, April 21

Several inches of new snow this week will put a fresh topping on the slopes for our final day of the 2011/2012 ski season.

We received 3-6 inches of fresh snow across the mountain early this week and we’re proud to offer the longest spring season in Southern Idaho.

The snow base currently ranges from approximately 60” to 100”, thanks in part to the 69” of snow that fell during the month of March.

“Our slopes still look terrific and coverage is impressive,” said resort spokesperson, April Russell. “We’re proud to offer the longest spring season in Southern Idaho.”

Brundage Mountain plans to run 3 of 5 chairlifts, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. 1,340 of the mountain’s 1,500 acres will be open Saturday.

Partly sunny skies are forecast for Saturday. Unseasonably warm temperatures are expected Saturday night and there’s a chance of rain on Sunday, so we are no longer planning to operate on Sunday, April 22.

Food and Beverage service will be available in the Main Lodge and in Smoky’s Bar & Grill. The mid-mountain Bear’s Den will be closed.

The Brundage Mountain Snowsports school will offer lessons. Reservations are highly recommended for the Brundage Bears Childrens program and Brundage Mountain Day Care services.

Keeping with tradition, visitors are invited to meet at the main lodge at 1:00 pm Saturday, April 21 to be part of the resort’s commemorative “Closing Day” group photograph.

Bonus Weekend pricing:

Kids 11 & Under – FREE
Juniors (12-17) and Seniors (70+) – $27
Adults (18 – 69) – $45

Individuals who hold a current season pass at any other ski area will get an additional $5 off the prices listed above.

2011/12 Mid-Week Club Card Members can purchase day tickets for just $20 on Bonus Weekends.

The end of the ski season also marks the final weeks of Brundage Mountain’s Early Season Pass Sale. Visitors can save up to $150 if they purchase their 2012/13 Winter Season Pass by April 30th. Purchase on-line here.

Comments

    • says

      Hi Casey – not a stupid question. Yes, what we really mean is free lift tickets, both for skiers and snowboarders.

  1. Wayne says

    Excited to see the projected Bonus weekends, April! Let’s ski into May again! Whoop – whoop!

    • says

      Hi Bill -
      UPDATE: We plan to have 1,340 of our 1,500 acres open during ‘free week’, with either 3 or 4 of our 5 chairlifts operating, depending on the number of visitors. If we are busy, we will run Centennial in addition to the BlueBird, Bear and Easy Street. Lakeview will not be open.

  2. Chris says

    Can I get the free lift tickets from the window and then try sell them in the parking lot to some unsuspecting people with 1A license plates?

  3. Bruce says

    Chris- If there was a “like” button, I would push it several times for that comment – and I’m from 1A. Thanks for the laugh.

  4. Thomas says

    Will you open lakeview Friday for all the new snow we should get during the free week?

    • says

      Hi Thomas – probably not. But we are ready to open Centennial at any point this week if the front side gets busy.

  5. Kevin says

    A friend of mine skied last week. She’s an advanced skier. She complained of a lack of grooming. In fact, she tore something in her leg and had to be taken down in a basket, due to the difficulty of the powder.

    In looking at the grooming report, it doesn’t show much of the runs groomed. What will be the grooming schedule this week?

    Thanks…

    • says

      Hi Kevin -
      We plan to do our regular amount of grooming on the front side, which is pretty much what you see listed today: http://www.brundage.com/the-mountain/maps-stats/grooming-report/. Several of the runs are groomed in the evenings (Labeled ‘Last Night’), so if we get fresh snow overnight like we did last week, they can be covered with several inches of fresh snow. When that’s powder, it’s usually a bonus. When the snow is thicker, that can be challenging. We encourage everyone to view the grooming report each day or pick up a print out at the ticket office in the morning so that they can find the runs that best suit their preferences for that day. I hope that information helps.

  6. Brundage doesn't groom says

    Why not groom key sites in the morning? Why wasn’t easy street or the cat track groomed at the bottom of the mountain last week? How can other areas do it, and do it well, but Brundage can’t? I know…it is a powder day. Powder day on the bunny hill doesn’t make sense. Powder day = lazy day and more money in the owner’s pockets at Brundage.

    • says

      Hi there -
      Thanks for taking the time to write in with your question. Let me provide you with some information you may not be aware of. The very last slopes that we groom prior to the opening of the lifts are those on the Bear Chair runs and Easy Street. Those get groomed between 8:30 am – 9:30 am daily. Last week was no exception. When we get a sudden dump of fresh snow in the morning, it can seem like those slopes were not groomed. For safety reasons, we do not operate groomers on the slopes while lifts are open. Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out a way to prevent snow from falling on beginner slopes, wouldn’t that be nice for the first timers???

  7. Wayne says

    Its all a matter of perspective… I skied last week too and found it to be AWESOME! I would rather see nothing groomed when there’s fresh snow, but that’s just me. We all like something different and Brundage always works hard to deliver something for each of us! Be happy – there’s snow on the ground and we’ll be skiing for at least the NEXT 3 WEEKENDS! That gets a huge WAH-HOO! from me!

    Brundage Rocks!