Upgrades and Expansions at Idaho Ski Areas Welcome Skiers This Season
Contact: Laurie McConnell, Tourism Media Specialist, 208.334.2470
x 2144, firstname.lastname@example.org
Idaho is a popular winter destination for
skiers and boarders with 18 ski areas offering beautifully groomed runs and
glades of feather-light powder for all skiing and boarding abilities. With more than 28,000 leg-burning vertical
feet, 20,000 skiable acres and a wide array of Nordic trails, terrain parks, cat
ski trails, heli-ski opportunities and tubing hills, Idaho has become a hub for
skiers and boarders seeking blue skies, fresh powder and few crowds. Learn more about Idaho’s ski areas at www.skiidaho.us, or explore all of
Idaho’s winter recreation opportunities at www.visitidaho.org/winter.
A family does not need to live in Idaho to take
advantage of the Ski Idaho Fifth and Sixth Grade Passport Program. With the passport, any fifth grader can ski
or ride free three times and sixth graders can ski or ride free two times at
participating ski areas. Families may
learn more and submit passport applications at www.skiidaho.us/5th-grade-ski-or-ride-free-passport.
Here’s a look at what’s new for Idaho’s 2012-2013
Mountain Resort, Sandpoint
2,900 acre playground will benefit from more than $1 million in improvements
for the 2012-2013 ski year. The resort completely
remodeled and expanded the Ski and Ride Center, doubled the size of the
Gourmandie market and upgraded the rooms at the Selkirk and White Pine lodges
to include new LCD HD televisions, media chests and new bedding. On the snow, beginners will enjoy new, highly
efficient chairs on the Musical Chair beginner chairlift, and two Surly Pugsley Snowbikes will be available to rent at the Ski and
Ride center for use on Schweitzer’s cross country terrain.
Schweitzer Mountain’s snow cat operation, Selkirk
Powder Company, has added a second 10 passenger snow cat, increased snow cat access
points and thinned tree areas. This
season, backcountry skiers and boarders can swiftly glide through Selkirk’s 3,000
acres of powder. http://selkirkpowder.com
For budget-minded skiers and boarders,
Schweitzer is offering many ways to save, including a limited time offer
purchase price for a packet of three single tickets for $162 (20% discount off
window price - offer available through November 11). Most Sunday afternoons, skiers and boarders who
hit the mountain after 12:30pm pay a reduced price of $25 online or $35 at the
window. Season pass holders may take advantage of various “passholder perks”
this year including a 50% discount at Whitewater Resort in British Columbia and
5 days of free skiing at White Pass Ski Resort.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard month (January), Schweitzer will offer
introductory packages beginning at $39 for
first time skiers and riders ages seven and older which include lessons,
rentals, and a beginner lift ticket.
Dave Kulis, 208.263.9555
x2210, email@example.com, www.schweitzer.com
208.255.3031, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.schweitzer.com
Silver Mountain, Kellogg
Mountain offers two mountains, 73 trails and 1,600 acres of terrain, 2,200
vertical feet and more than 300 inches of snow annually. Over the summer, the glades in the Chair 4 Basin
were expanded to add a new intermediate level run. Skiers will also enjoy upgrades to Silver’s seasonal
locker room area at the Mountain House; the added space enhances skier comfort
208.783.1111 x8209, email@example.com, www.silvermt.com
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Boise
winter, Bogus Basin boarders and skiers will instantly notice the freshly
painted exteriors and updated signage.
Also new this season, the Mountain Dew sponsored “Top to Bottom Terrain
Park” has been relocated and includes features suitable for all ages and
ability levels. Off-trail skiers and
riders can cruise through expanded terrain thanks to the resort’s new brush
cutting machine, “The Masticator.” Beginner
skiers and boarders can learn to glide on a new lesson knoll located near the
Basin’s popular Stay and Play program is back this season. Stay at a participating Boise area hotel, and
play at Bogus Basin Mountain for FREE! Buy
one alpine lift ticket or Nordic trail pass and get another one FREE (of equal
or lesser value). Mention
“Stay and Play” when making your reservation at a participating Boise area
hotel. (No blackout dates, but some restrictions
Alan Moore, 208.332.5131,
Lookout Pass, Wallace/Mullan
story at Lookout Pass for this season is the installation of a new triple seat
chairlift serving the beginner terrain. The
Success chairlift will replace the existing rope tow, providing comfortable uphill
transportation and an enhanced learning experience for beginning skiers and
Sports School program at Lookout Pass has added a new age group, the Polar
Bears, for kids ages 7 through 9.
Additionally, Lookout Pass will offer its EZ Ski & Ride 1-2-3 package
this year for first time skiers and riders ages 13 and older. The package includes three rentals, three
lessons, one rope tow and two lift tickets for only $99. New for 2012-2013: graduates completing all three EZ Ski &
Ride lesson sessions will receive a bonus offer of one FREE season pass.
Christopher Barrett, 208.744.1301
x21, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.skilookout.com
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley
season, the Adventure Trail System, themed adventure trails designed to excite
skiers and boarders ages six through twelve, has been expanded to include two
additional runs: Pine Martin Plunge and
Deer Hollow. Skiers and riders might
also be interested in Bald Mountain’s new “So You Want to Be a Ski Patroller?”
program. Each week, two ski patrol
enthusiasts will be selected through a drawing for the program and will experience
the life of a ski patroller presented in two safety-focused sessions.
Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain
recent developments, Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain is quickly becoming “Park
Central.” This season, Dollar Mountain
will boast an expanded 22 foot super pipe, 76 rails, two cross courses, and three
parks. Dollar’s state of the art super
pipe is now Olympic standard size, one of only a few this size in North America. Additionally, the Family Cross Course has
been extended and the new Competitive Cross Course will be located on Otto’s
Valley will kick off its 77th ski season year with superb ski
packages offered almost all winter long.
Stay at the elegant Sun Valley Resort this winter and save! Kids 15 and younger can Stay and Ski Free at
Sun Valley Resort. (One child per skiing parent staying in the same room,
blackout dates apply.)
21 through December 20, skiers can book Sun Valley’s Pre-Holiday Package. Beginning at $79.50 per person (double
occupancy), this package includes one night lodging and one daily lift ticket. Also, guests staying in the Sun Valley Lodge
or Sun Valley Inn between January 3rd and March 31st can
ski free, starting at $139. The Ski Free
Package includes one night lodging (double occupancy) and one daily lift
ticket. (Blackout dates apply.)
Brundage Mountain, McCall
season, skiers and boarders can relax and unwind in 1,000 square feet of additional
indoor space at Brundage Mountain’s main lodge.
The expansion to the third floor cafeteria comes just one season after a
major remodel of Smoky’s Bar and Grill, transforming it into a full-service restaurant.
Skiers can have Brundage Mountain snow
conditions at their fingertips with a new mobile app, custom daily weather
forecasts from www.snowforecast.com and an upgraded
webcam system featuring both summit and base coverage.
Learn about the colorful history of skiing in
McCall in Eve Chandler’s new book, Brundage
Mountain: The Best Snow in Idaho. The
book recounts the history of skiing in McCall with hundreds of vivid
photographs and touching stories. Perfect for a holiday gift, the book can
be purchased on-line at www.brundage.com/book.
is offering more ways to ski and save this winter with special pre-season deals
and ticket packages. Early birds who buy
season passes November 7th through 21st will receive a
$100 gift card with their purchase. Also,
for a limited time, skiers and boarders can save on multiday lift tickets with Brundage
Mountain’s flexible Select Cards and mid-week skiers and locals will love
Brundage’s Mid-Week Club Card, now with fewer blackout dates.
April Russell, 208.634.4151 x120, AprilRussell@brundage.com, www.brundage.com
Targhee Resort, Teton Valley
Situated on the western slope of the Tetons in
Wyoming, Grand Targhee Resort’s 2,600 acres are accessible only through Teton
Valley, Idaho. This winter, families can
take advantage of two new programs aimed at making family skiing
effortless. Grand Targhee’s Youth Ski
and Snowboard Lease Program offers discount ski and snowboard packages for
kids, allowing families to lock-in next year’s rate and save. Parents can carve out their own ski days at
Targhee when youngsters enroll in the new Youth Multi-Weekend programs. During the five week program, kids can have
fun on the slopes, make friends, and learn to glide with Grand Targhee’s
professional ski and snowboard instructors.
Ken Rider, 307.353.2300 x1312, email@example.com, www.grandtarghee.com
Tamarack Resort, Donnelly
is a lot going on at Tamarack this season.
Six lifts, with the addition of Buttercup this year, will give skiers
access to the resort’s 900 acres and 2800 vertical feet of spectacular skiing. Opening day is scheduled for December 15,
2012 with lifts turning 9:00am–4:00pm Thursday – Sunday and holidays. The resort will be open daily December 20th
through January 6th for Christmas break, adding seven consecutive days to the 2012-2013
season. Tamarack has increased its snowmaking
capabilities, guaranteeing a December 15th opening regardless of mother nature. Lodging is available at the resort seven days
a week, and skiers who stay four nights ski free! Also, for the first time, groups may rent the
mountain for a fun-filled day on the slopes -- available Monday through
Wednesday and non-holidays. Also new
this year, smartphone users will have easy access to snow reports, web cams,
and more when using the resort’s new mobile website.
This season Tamarack will continue improvements
at the terrain park. Numerous hips and
rails will be added and a special park for younger, more inexperienced riders will
be available in the Discovery learning area.
Nordic trail system has doubled in size to offer approximately 20 km of groomed
trails including a new golf course loop with bi-weekly grooming. Nordic trails are open seven days a week. New this season, skiers may purchase Nordic season
passes individually for families, adults and youth. Additionally, access to the Nordic trails is
included with the purchase of a 2012-2013 alpine season pass.
will be offering two multi-week lesson programs: The Trailblazers ski school
program is geared for youth ages 4 – 11. This program is expanding to include
higher level competitive, multi-day skiing.
The Beginner’s Mountain Adventure Program is for ages 13 and up. Both options include multiple lessons,
rentals, and a season pass for the 2012- 2013 season.
208.325.1067, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tamarackidaho.com
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Idaho-Montana
were busy removing brush over the summer, opening almost 300 new acres of tree skiing for Idaho powder hounds
this season. Thinning also opened up new glade terrain that will be a hit
with anyone who likes off-run powder.
Johnson, 406.531.3336, email@example.com, www.losttrail.com
Idaho Winter Giveaways
winters promise bluebird skies, rays of sunshine, fantastic snow and
spectacular skiing and boarding. Idaho
Tourism and Ski Idaho want to offer everyone a cure for the wintertime blahs
with spectacular skiing in Idaho. Beginning
in October and running through early March, 2013, visit www.idahowinter.org to enter to win Idaho winter
getaways. New offers are available every Friday and you can enter online
with an email address. See the site for complete offer information and to
Ski Areas Association
The Idaho Ski Areas Association (www.skiidaho.us) is a consortium of
all Idaho ski areas with the goal of increasing the overall awareness of skiing
and snowboarding in Idaho, developing new skiers and snowboarders at Idaho ski
areas and promoting the interests of Idaho's alpine and Nordic snow sports
– Adventures in Living
is home to thousands of miles of biking trails, mountains to climb, lakes to
fish, 18 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.