Holiday snowstorms over central Idaho delivered what Brundage Mountain Resort hoped to see. The resort watched the days in December tick by without enough snow to open for the winter season. But enough snow fell this week that Brundage will open for the New Year’s holiday weekend.

Brundage announced that it will open Friday, Dec. 30, for skiing and snowboarding. This is the second latest opening in the 50-year history of the resort. Its latest opening was in 1977 when the resort opened on Jan. 8.

Brundage relies on natural snowfall for its season. The ski resort usually gets an average of 320 inches of snow each year. This week, the base at the resort consists of 1.5 to two feet of snow.

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A snowstorm this week delivered the goods for Brundage to be able to open for the season. Photo by Brundage Mountain Resort.

The front side of the resort will open on Friday with limited grooming. The resort plans to open about 1,200 acres, which includes four lifts — Bear, Easy Street, Centennial, and Bluebird Express. Regular ticket prices will be in effect.

Weather forecasts for opening day include more snow showers. The morning snow report will identify what runs will be groomed.

Brundage plans to operate daily for the remainder of the season. The Lakeview Bowl will open when conditions permit.

Skiers and riders looking for discounts on lift tickets can still buy Select Cards. The transferable cards that are valid for use any day of the season can save juniors or adults $11 on two days of lift tickets. The cards are sold in 10 retail shops in Boise, Eagle, Nampa, Lewiston, and Moscow.

Select Cards are also available in three-day, four-day, and five-day versions that will save $8-11 off the ticket window prices. They are available for purchase online here or at retail shops in the five Idaho towns listed above.