What’s New for Idaho’s 2009-2010 Ski Season
Boise, Idaho (October 20, 2009) – Idaho is a popular winter destination for skiers and boarders offering beautifully groomed runs and glades of feather-light powder for all skiing and boarding abilities. With more than 26,000 leg-burning vertical feet, 22,000 skiable acres, and an endless array of Nordic trails and loops, Idaho has become a hub for skiers and boarders seeking blue skies, fresh powder, and few crowds. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s new for the 2009-2010 ski season.
Bogus Basin announced the release of Building Bogus Basin, a multi-year history project creating a Bogus Basin history book. The hard cover, coffee table stylebook is filled with photographs and stories recounting Bogus’ past and is available through the Bogus Basin Offices.
Brundage Mountain Resort remodeled their base lodge with sustainability in mind. The lodge has a new roof, new windows, fresh paint, and a new layout for Smoky’s Pub. On the mountain, the run Engen now connects with 45th Parallel directly, eliminating traversing on any cat tracks.
Lookout Pass focused on safety during the summer, adding a new ski patrol and first aid lodge at the base area. For visitors’ convenience, Lookout Pass also added an additional acre of parking and a new 500 square-foot outside patio.
Lost Trail remodeled and expanded their offices, ticketing area, and built a new back deck. In order to keep skiing affordable, Lost Trail also announces they will keep their tickets at the same prices from last season.
Pebble Creek enhanced their lodge’s seating area. They finished and repainted walls, installed new larger windows and new carpet to create a more comfortable, “homier” feel. Pomerelle expanded their snowmaking abilities and added a second terrain park as a way to meet the needs of both beginner and advanced snowriders.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort finished phase two of their snowmaking system by building a lined pond at the top of Stiles Saddle, left of their Great Escape Quad. The reservoir will provide enough water to create 18 inches of snow from the top of the Basin Express lift to the bottom of the run Midway. The resort is also developing additional options to own a piece of Schweitzer through the new slope-side neighborhood Mountainside Homes, featuring the latest LEED certified techniques in sustainable building.
Soldier Mountain’s new lodge will be done before ski season starts. The new lodge will replace the old one that burnt down last March. The new building is completely framed, siding is on, and staining/painting will be done in time to give skiers a warm place to rest.
Sun Valley Mountain Resort will open the 2009/2010 season with their new Roundhouse Gondola. Featuring 56 eight-passenger gondola,it will ascend 2,000 vertical feet in eight minutes and transport more than 1,800 people per hour. The gondola is the largest Doppelmayr project in North America, and will carry more people at a faster rate than any other lift in the state.
5th Grade Passport Ski Program Don’t forget about this exciting opportunity for all 5th graders. All you have to do is sign up for the Passport! Visit www.SkiIdaho.us for more information.
E-Z Ski or Ride 1.2.3 Program Another great program for kids to learn to ski or board at their favorite resorts across the state. Package includes lift tickets, rentals and lessons. Visit www.SkiIdaho.us for more information.
Visit www.visitidaho.org/winter or www.SkiIdaho.us for more information on all the great things happening this winter in Idaho.
Idaho—Adventures in Living Idaho is home to thousands of miles of biking trails, mountains to climb, lakes to fish, 17 ski resorts and more whitewater than any other state in the lower 48. So take a break from it all and come out to play. Idaho—adventures in living. Visit www.visitidaho.org for more information and vacation ideas.