More than nine inches of fresh snow has fallen on the McCall, Idaho ski area in the last 48 hours, giving mountain crews just enough snow to prep the slopes for opening. The resort has a total of 18” of snow in the base area and 24” on the summit. (more…)
Forecasters are predicting significant accumulations of snow starting Tuesday Night and continuing through Thursday and beyond.
Check out the pin-point forecast for Brundage Mountain.
This is the best looking forecast we’ve seen all season, and if we get a direct hit, we could be open in a matter of days. (more…)
Brundage Mountain Resort is still waiting for more snowfall before it can open the slopes to skiing and riding, but ‘the show will go on’ when it comes to the resort’s 50th Birthday Party, scheduled for Wednesday, December 28th.
UPDATE: Jeff Crosby and the Sloppy Hog Trio will be performing at the Light Up the Night event, which will now include a huge ‘Pray for Snow’ bonfire. Tickets are also available for a sit-down dinner on the third floor. (more…)
Payette National Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom signed a Special Order on December 15, 2011 closing 4,730 acres of terrain on Granite Mountain to over-snow motor vehicle use from January 15 – March 31, 2012.
“The focus of this initiative is to provide exceptional winter recreational experiences for all. The Payette and its partners, such as the Winter Recreation Forum, and area communities worked together so that this area continues to be known for offering high-quality winter outdoor activities for experts, families, and people of all ages and abilities,” said Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom.
The Special Order is a one-year trial and is the result of several years of collaboration and public comment.
“We want to thank the Winter Recreation Committee for coming together to find consensus on this issue,” said Brundage Mountain President and General Manager Rick Certano. “Both local and regional recreationists, including snowmobilers, backcountry skiers, alpine skiers, as well as the County Commissioners, worked with the Forest Service to find common ground and get this accomplished.”
The two and a half month closure means no snowmobiles would be allowed to operate in this area from January 15 through March 31.
“This will allow our backcountry Snow Cat clients and other backcountry skiers to enjoy prime conditions on top-notch terrain like North and South Dead Tree, Baby Face and Free Willy,” said Brundage Mountain Snow Cat Adventures Manager Niki LeClair.
Snowmobiles can still access Granite bowl via the boulevard or from the Twin Lakes area.
The Winter Recreation Committee also found consensus on winter use of some other popular areas, and agreed to support the continued shared use of Slab Butte and another area known as ‘76’.
The Payette National Forest has produced a map that shows areas closed to motorized over snow vehicles This map is now available to the public, free of charge, and is available at all PNF offices, at major winter Trailhead kiosks, and on the PNF web site.
The Granite closure area was specifically designed to utilize the already existing and approved snow-cat roads for closure boundaries. The southern boundary is Six Mile Creek, and the western boundary is Road 294, both are easily definable geographic and man-made features, which should help snowmobilers easily recognize the boundaries on the ground.
The name Bruno was the top selection from our naming and coloring contest.
11 year old Olivia Nelson suggested the name and submitted this colorful rendition of Bruno.
McCALL, ID – Brundage Mountain Resort celebrates its 5oth Anniversary in November, and in honor of that milestone, the ski area is offering its biggest pre-season sales event ever.
“We want to make it as easy and as affordable as possible for everyone to help us celebrate our anniversary season,” said resort spokesperson, April Russell.
The promotion, which is dubbed the “Best of Brundage” Anniversary Sale, begins on Thursday, October 20th and features six different products that will be on sale for a limited time only.
“Our goal was to provide a wide variety of special offers in order to fit everyone’s needs,” said Russell.
Most deals will be offered for two weeks at a time, but a pair of very special products will be sold only to the first 50 people who purchase.
The “Best of Brundage” Package goes on sale at 9:00 am on Friday, November 4 and includes an unlimited 2011/2012 Adult Season Pass, a full-day backcountry SnowCat Adventure, a two-hour Private Lesson session, and a full-day high performance rental package. Only 50 of these packages are available.
Also limited to the first 50 sold will be the “Legacy of Learning” Package, which includes an unlimited 2011/2012 Adult Season Pass and three visits to the Brundage Bears children’s program. That also goes on sale at 9:00 am Friday, November 4th.
“We would love to offer more of these great deals, but space is limited on our Cat Ski trips and in our popular Bears program, so we can only offer that to our most enthusiastic shoppers,” added Russell.
Gift Cards, Season Passes and Select Cards are deeply discounted in the other phases of the sale. Full details are available here.
McCall, ID– Brundage Mountain Resort is extending its hours for the final weekend of the summer chairlift season. In addition to regular operations from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the BlueBird Express will be running on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday. (more…)
Brundage Mountain to Open Summer Chairlift Season with FREE Lift Rides, Most Persistent Snowpack EverMonday, June 20th, 2011
Brundage Mountain Resort is offering free chairlift rides on Thursday, June 30 as the resort stages a special celebration to kick off the summer chairlift season.
The Grand Opening Celebration takes place Thursday, June 30 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors can stop by the Bike Shop to get their free scenic lift tickets for a ride up the Blue Bird High Speed Quad to Brundage Mountain’s 7,640 foot summit. Once there, they’ll find the deepest summer snowpack since the resort starting offering summer lift service in the early 1990’s.
“Summer has now officially arrived, but we’ve still got between four and six feet of snowpack remaining on the summit,” said resort spokesperson, April Russell. “Our long-time employees have never seen anything like this, and it will make for an incredible photo opportunity.”
Brundage Mountain crews will be clearing a sizable flat area right on the summit so people can unload on foot and take photos. Visitors will enjoy spectacular 360-degree views from the summit, highlighted this year by snow-capped mountains ranging from Idaho’s Seven Devils to Oregon’s Eagle Cap Mountains.
The Grand Opening Celebration will also feature a base-area barbecue and live music from Idaho-Down headliner, Jeff Crosby. Crosby will play two sets, at 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm. IdahoDown tickets will be available for sale and several local organizations will be on hand to answer questions about summer recreational opportunities in the area.
Due to the late season snowpack, mountain bike trails will not be open by June 30th. Visitors will not be allowed to bring bikes, skis, snowboards, sleds or tubes up the chairlift for safety reasons, and ‘sensible footwear’ is strongly recommended.
Mountain bike trail crews are hard at work preparing the bike trails as the snow melts, but the snowpack is still considerable on the upper half of the mountain.
“We expect the snow to start melting off more quickly now that the days are getting longer and temperatures are beginning to warm,” said Russell. “We hope to be announcing mountain bike trail openings very soon, and guests can follow that progress on our website or Facebook pages.”
“In the meantime, our friends from CIMBA (Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association) will be on hand with tons of helpful information, so mountain bikers can find out about the latest developments in the area.”
The persistent snowpack has also prompted Brundage Mountain to reschedule its annual Brundage Mountain Bike Festival. Downhill and Super D events will now be held on August 6 & 7.
“We had nearly 100 inches of snow fall during the month of March and another 50 inches during April and May, but we had no idea that snow would be sticking around so long,” said Russell.
Regular summer lift hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, with Bonus Days Monday, July 4 and Monday, September 5.
Skiers and snowboarders who showed up today to celebrate Brundage Mountain’s latest closing day in history were treated to a surprise afternoon snowstorm which dropped two inches of fresh snow on the slopes. It’s a fitting way to end a season marked by incredible spring snowfall.
Brundage Mountain added a record five Bonus Weekends to the regular season, resulting in the 50-year-old ski resort’s latest closing day ever, today, Sunday, May 15. The previous record was set on May 10, 2008 during a season that boasted 428 inches of cumulative snowfall. Today’s snow will bring this season’s total snowfall to 365 inches.
“It was not a record year for overall snowfall,” said resort spokesperson, April Russell. “But our spring conditions have been incredible. We got 97 inches in March, 35 inches in April and 7 inches in the first half of May. That allowed us to extend our season longer than ever before.”
Visitors experienced sunshine and spring snow conditions Saturday, with fog giving way to fresh snowfall for those who visited today. Guests gathered for group photos to commemorate the final day of Brundage Mountain’s 50th season.
Brundage Mountain Resort is also reporting its most successful season to date. The ski area set a new record for skier visits, exceeding last year’s previous record by 12%.
2010/2011 also brought record overall revenues and a record number of season pass holders to Brundage Mountain.
“Season Pass holders understand that when we extend our season, we are giving them more value for their dollar,” added Russell. “We’ve had very positive feedback on our Bonus Weekends and the experience that we offer here all season long.”
Brundage Mountain is now closed mid-week, but is planning to operate for a final Bonus Weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. (more…)