With temperatures taking a nosedive, snow conditions ripened for three more Idaho resorts to open for the season. While powder conditions reigned, Brundage Mountain and Pomerelle started up on Friday with Tamarack launching the season on Saturday.
A storm blast catapulted Brundage into opening day with 100 percent of its terrain skiable. Skiers and riders claimed powder where snow collected from the storm. Brundage is now open daily for the remainder of the season.
Brundage is still selling its Midweek Club Card. The $299 card works like a season pass, providing unlimited non-holiday Monday through Friday skiing. To add on weekend or holiday skiing, cardholders can buy a lift ticket for $30 instead of $57 at the ticket window.
Pomerelle started up daily operations with all lifts and 90 percent of its terrain open on Friday. Night skiing will start running Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning Dec. 26, 2012. The ski area is celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter.
For skiing Pomerelle, you can buy discount cards for lift tickets. The Classy Cards come with five punches on the youth card for $110 and 10 punches on the adult card for $315. The cards are transferable, so you can share the punches between friends and family members. The cards are available all season long and you can buy a second one after the first one is used up.
Tamarack jumped into the ski and snowboard season with the upper mountain accessed via the Summit Express. With a thinner snowpack in the lower elevations, skiers took the Tamarack Express down to return to the base area. Tamarack is open Thursdays through Sundays, plus holidays.
Multiple visit punch cards are still available for skiing at Tamarack this winter. The five-punch card costs $200 while the 10-punch card costs $350. The cards are transferable, which means that they can be shared between friends and family. Punch cards are valid for skiing beginning Jan. 9, 2013.
Brundage Mountain Resort, Idaho
17th December 2012 - 7th April 2013