Idaho’s larger ski resorts have been turning lifts for several weeks, but just in time for the Christmas holidays, several of Idaho’s day ski areas have opened up, including Bogus Basin, and cat skiing launched several weeks early at Brundage Mountain.
Bogus Basin, located outside Boise, opened on Dec. 21 with five lifts and two moving carpets in operation. The Nordic Center also opened, but the tubing hill and night skiing are on hold, pending conditions.
Pepsi drinkers can get discounted lift tickets for Bogus Basin at Jacksons Food Stores. Purchasing three 20-ounce bottles of Pepsi products will get you a Jackson Ski For Less voucher. That voucher plus your sales receipt are good for a discount for four people at a time. The discount can be applied toward $10 off an adult day or night lift ticket. If you don’t need a lift ticket, $10 off can be applied to any recreational ski or snowboard at night, or $10 off a walk-in group lesson at 6 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.
Substantial snowfall also allowed Brundage Mountain to open its snowcat season three weeks earlier than usual and access all three peaks—Slab Butte, Granite Mountain, and 76. Guided backcountry snowcat trips usually start up in mid-January, but this year, the resort was able to launch the snowcat season on Dec. 22.
Later this winter, snowcat skiers and riders will get to explore the new 470 acres of terrain around Six Mile Ridge. The terrain, which the Forest Service approved this year for addition to the snowcat area, boasts a 1,200-foot-vertical. Snowcat trips at Brundage cost $249 per person, much less than many other resorts.
Pebble Creek opened its Skyline Lift last weekend for expert skiers. The resort closed for two days, but plans to re-open Dec. 26 with Aspen and Skyline lifts in service.
For discounted skiing, Pebble Creek is selling five-day books for roughly the cost of four days of skiing. The adult book costs $160. For children and seniors, five-day books cost $104.
Magic Mountain launched its season Dec. 21. After Christmas Day, it plans to operate daily for the holidays. Season passes are still available.
Skiers and riders at Soldier Mountain will be able to hit the slopes starting Dec. 26, but with a new management. This fall, actor and owner Bruce Willis gifted the ski area to a local Fairfield nonprofit group that will run the operation.
Season passes are still for sale for Soldier Mountain. An adult season pass costs $349. Rates for other age groups are available, too.
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