LaurieMcConnell, Idaho Divisionof Tourism, email@example.com, 208.287.0781
Upgrades, New Terrain and Added Spaces at Idaho SkiAreas Welcome Skiers
Idaho, revered by winter outdoor enthusiasts as the soul of skiing and snowboarding, is often considered the birthplace of the American Ski Resort and is home to the nation’s first chair lift. With more than 28,000 vertical feet and 20,000 skiable acres, Idaho boasts 18 ski areas of varying characteristics, each offering a wide variety of nordic trails, terrain parks, cat ski trails, heli-ski opportunities and tubing hills. Idaho is a destination ski mecca for thoseseeking crystal blue skies, fresh powder and no crowds. Learn more about Idaho’s ski areas at www.skiidaho.us or explore Idaho’s many winter recreationopportunities at www.visitidaho.org/winter.
Sun Valley Resort –Sun Valley, Idaho
America’s original ski resortlocated in Sun Valley, Idaho kicks off it’s 78th year with severalupdates. The Sun Valley Snow/SportsSchool will introduce a ‘Terrain Based Learning Program’ tailored for earlylearners and intermediate skiers and borders. Traditional teaching methods will be combined with the Adventure/DiscoveryModel.
Sun Valley’s ‘DollarMountain’ has quickly become ‘Park Central’ for children and families and willfeature a new 620 ft. long ‘SUPER PIPE’ with a 22 foot high wall, NorthAmerica’s largest pipe.
A new lift ticket will beadded to the variety of passes currently available. The new ‘Young Adults Pass’ is available at $999 for the season for skiers and snowboarders 29 years and younger.
The ‘U.S. Revolution Tour’will once again return to the slopes of Sun Valley March 3-7, 2014. The tour has proved to be a progressive venuefor today’s top junior riders to take the competitive stage in half-pipe, slope-styleand ski-cross. The tour is designed as astepping -stone for athletes transitioning from competing at the grassrootslevel to the elite level.
Sun Valley’s ‘Pete Lane’sMountain Sports’ will introduce the new ‘Wintersteiger Mercury Machine’ one ofonly 11 in the U.S. and the only one in Idaho. This new tuning machine enhances performance on the mountain by improvingturning qualities, creating a better grip on hard slopes for increased safetykeeping edges sharper for a longer period.
www.sunvalley.com Jack Sibbach 208.622.2183 firstname.lastname@example.org
Schweitzer Mountain Resort– Sandpoint, Idaho
Schweitzer Mountain Resort iskicking off it’s 50th Anniversary year with a 1 + million dollar infrastructure expansionand many resort enhancements. Schweitzer is also spending capital on cuttinga new F.I.S. homologated downhill course, new progression terrain park and anew sun deck outside of the popular après ski spot, ‘Taps Lounge.’
Schweitzer’s new downhillcourse is located on Stella. Crews widened the Shortcut Trail to 30 meters toconnect upper Cathedral Aisle with the lower section of Zip Down. The new start lets racers start on a steeperpitch, allowing them to maintain a higher rate of speed suitable for downhillracing.
Schweitzer’s new terrainpark, Southside Progression Park, will replace Starfish Terrain Park and willbe located next to The Stomping Grounds Terrain Park where Crystal Run iscurrently. The new progression park willbe larger and offer a great number of features.
In the village, Schweitzeradded a new 50’ by 28’ sun deck outside ‘Taps Lounge’. Among other improvements, Schweitzer has added a new groomer to itsfleet, will roll out a new website this fall, is strengthening the wirelessinternet throughout the village and has upgraded the electrical system onMusical Chairs.
www.schweitzer.com Sean Briggs 208.946.8731 email@example.com
Silver MountainResort – Kellogg, Idaho
Silver Mountain Resort ishome to the ‘world's longest gondola’ and the nations only “Snow, Splash &Golf” Pass providing season pass holders unlimited access to ski and snowboardthe mountain, surf and splash at ‘Silver Rapids’, Idaho’s largest indoor waterpark and golf at Galena Ridge Golf Course.
Updates this year include twonew intermediate runs - ‘Skier’s Right of Moonshine’ off Chair # 4, and ‘Bootlegger’ bringing total runs to 74. Inaddition ‘Gold Pan Alley’ a children’s adventure trail has been expanded andthe seasonal locker room expansion in the Mountain House Lodge has beencompleted.
Additionally, an extensive summer and fallcampaign of brush and alder removal and thinning of glades will open moreterrain and reduce lift lines.
www.silvermt.com Neal Scholey 208.783.1531 Neals@silvermt.com
Brundage Mountain Resort– McCall, Idaho
Skiers and riders will appreciate Brundage Mountain’s on-going brush cuttingefforts. This year targeted the lower half of the front side runs, withsignificant trimming performed on Main Street, Lower Alpine, Griz, Badger, RedFox, Bear, Lower 45th Parallel, Sensation, Celebration and LowerTemptation runs.
Brundage has relocated its main terrain park to Kickback and changed itsapproach to park construction. The Kickback Rail Park will focus exclusively onbox and rail features. The elevation and aspect of the new location allowsfeatures to be built earlier in the snow season and moving the park on thesouth side of the mountain will provide more sunshine and better photo opportunities forfreestyle riders.
In the lodge, guestswill notice enhancements to the third floor cafeteria where the serving spacehas been redesigned to provide a more convenient experience and reduced waittimes.
www.brundage.com April Whitney 208.634.4151 x 120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area – Wallace/Mullan, Idaho
Located on the Idaho –Montana border, Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area receives an average annualsnowfall of 400+ inches each season. Improvements this year include the expansion and relocation of the ‘HuckleberryJam’ family-friendly terrain park. Togrow participation in the park it has been relocated to the other side of ‘HuckleberryRidge’. In addition, ten super easy newfeatures have been added to introduce ‘Free Style Skiing’ and ‘Snowboarding’ toall ages and levels of skiers.
www.skilookout.com Christopher Barrett 208.744.1301 x 21 email@example.com
Lost Trail PowderMountain (Idaho – Montana Border)
Proud to celebrate it’s 75th anniversary this year, Lost Trail Powder Mountain was very busy this summer and fall adding hundreds of new acresof terrain and thinning and expanding more in-bound areas of the mountain.
www.losttrail.com Judy Grasser 406.821.3742 Judy@losttrail.com
Pomerelle MountainResort - Albion, Idaho
Celebrating its 50thanniversary, Pomerelle Mountain Resort is located in the Sawtooth Mountains just12 miles from Albion, Idaho. It has 24expertly groomed runs, two terrain parks, a vertical drop of 1000 feet and anannual snowfall of 500+ inches.
www.pomerelle.com Jody Burrows 208.673.5599 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Targhee Resort– Teton Valley (Idaho-Wyoming Border)
Situated on the western slopeof the Tetons in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and accessible onlythrough Teton Valley, Idaho, Grand Targhee Resort is proud to be celebratingit’s 45th anniversary.
GrandTarghee’s Youth Ski and Snowboard Lease Program offers discount ski andsnowboard packages for kids, allowing families to lock-in next year’s rate andsave. Parents can carve out their ownski days at Targhee when youngsters enroll in the Youth Multi-Weekendprograms. During the five week program,kids can have fun on the slopes, make friends and learn to glide with GrandTarghee’s professional ski and snowboard instructors.
www.grandtarghee.com Ken Rider - 307.353.2300 x 1312 email@example.com