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13
Dec

We’re happy to help announce that Tamarack Resort in west central Idaho will be opening this Sat., December 15, 2012, 9 am–4 pm. As of today, the resort is reporting 7″ new in the last 2 days and current snow depth of 51″ at the summit, 33″ mid-mountain and 8″ at their base. Smartphone users can now access snow reports, web cams, and more when using the resort’s new mobile website. This season the resort will be operating every Thursday – Sunday and holidays, and expanding lift operations to 7 days per week from December 20th through January 6th during Christmas break.  For the second year, Tamarack Ski Resort will give skiers and riders a free one day lift pass on opening day in exchange for each donation of a non-perishable meal for four. Just bring your donation to Tamarack on opening day for a free day of skiing. Staff members and volunteers from the food banks and the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP) community center in Valley County will be on hand to collect the donations from 5am-2pm. Your donations will help provide meals for a family of four in a community-based effort to address food insecurity in Valley County by giving the donated food to local food banks and WICAP.

 

This season Tamarack will run six lifts, plus the addition of Buttercup, to give skiers access to the resort’s 900 acres and 2800 vertical feet of spectacular skiing. The resort also will see 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. Tamarack 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.

 

Speaking of passes and tickets: Tamarack is offering some of the best lift ticket deals around. You’ll want to check out some of these for sure:

 

Lift Ticket Specials
• $5 discount to all Brundage, Bogus, and Mt. Spokane pass holders off the already low $49 adult ticket.
• Every Thursday is “Powder Thursday” and day tickets are priced at buy one get one half-off. Offer available after the Christmas and New Year Holiday.
• Young / Old Ski Free – 70 and over / 6 and under Ski Free.
• Offsite Ticket Program – Discounted day tickets available at area sporting good stores.
• The POW! Card—The Pow! Card is a fully transferable, unrestricted punch cards are available in 5 ($200)/ and 10 ($350) punch increments.
Season Pass Specials
• Pass holder’s anywhere else in the world buy a season pass at $249 per person. Must be purchased in person.
• Local Teen—local teens show your current report card and purchase a season pass for $150.
• 5th graders – Ski Free at Tamarack in conjunction with the Ski Idaho 5th grade Ski Free Program.
• Purchase of a season pass includes access to the mountain all operational days and daily access to the Nordic and Snowshoe trails.


Lodging is available at the resort seven days a week, and skiers who stay four nights ski free! Lastly, the 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.

 

Tamarack Resort is located approximately 90 miles north of Boise on the west shore of Cascade Reservoir, southwest of Donnelly in Valley County. The ski area was closed for the 2009-2010 season but re-opened in Dec. 2010 with five of seven chairlifts, funded by the Tamarack Municipal Association.

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13
Dec

Last week Stevens Pass got pounded with snow – around 39″ fell in 24 hrs – and our friends Tara and Carl Simpson caught it perfectly. Check out this pov of the goods.



Carl’s pov, looking down on Hwy 2 and the the base area.

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12
Dec

Brundage Mountain is scheduled to open this Friday, Dec. 14th, 2012, 9:30am-4:30pm.  The resort is currently reporting snow depths of 18″ at their base and 68″ at the summit after receiving 7″ new overnight. BlueBird Quad, Easy Street, and Lakeview Chairlifts will all operate on Friday. The upper and mid-mountain slopes are all looking good, but the lowest 300-400 feet of the mountain are still thin so they’ll need some more snow to open the Bear Chair and some of the low-elevation runs. You can stay tuned to the latest on Brundage Mountain snow conditions with a new mobile app from www.snowforecast.com. Brundage.com also upgraded their webcam system featuring both summit and base real time coverage. If you haven’t purchased your pass yet, be sure to check out all the pass deals they’re offering this season. Lift tickets make great gifts by the way. Brundage’s multiday lift tickets in the form of flexible 2-5 day Select Cards can be used any day and are transferable! Mid-week skiers and locals will love Brundage’s Mid-Week Club Card, now with fewer blackout dates. Or here’s another gift idea: 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. The book can be purchased on-line at www.brundage.com/book.

 

Let’s not forget that Brundage offers a whopping 19,000 acres of backcountry cat skiing beyond its 1,500 acres of lift served terrain. When you’re ready to give your legs a break, skiers and boarders can now unwind in 1,000 square feet of additional indoor space at Brundage Mountain’s main lodge.  This new 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.

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11
Dec

For you folks out there (myself included until a few years ago) who feel that opening on the first weekend in December is late for us at Snoqualmie Pass, WA, listen to this one: The life long average at the Summit at Snoqualmie (aka Snoqualmie Summit in yesteryear) is this weekend. So they hit it right on the mark. When I say, “right on the mark,” how about loads of fresh powder (as shown by Shaun Maurer below) to start the first weekend of the season just right.



This was an outstanding opening day for Summit West. Those who expected to see the Pacific Crest chair lift as the only choice for some steeper terrain were surely stoked to see more. Most people think of P.C. as a chill “blue square” zone, but there are definitely goods to be had as can be seen in our prior opening vids. This year’s bigger snow a little higher up on the mountain allowed the Summit’s management to green light the Wildside chair. Check out the vid below from this past weekend and we will catch you tomorrow, Wednesday, at Summit West from 9AM – 4PM, followed by their start of Day AND Night operations on Thursday. CENTRAL OPENS on Friday (only day ops), and save those legs ’cause our fav ALPENTAL is listed for Saturday as TBD! Think BIG fat snow and stay tuned here or at the Summit’s page www.Summit-at-Snoqualmie.com.


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10
Dec

Our friend Ryan Read was to the South of us in our beloved Cascade Mountains this past Saturday the 8th, playing at Crystal Mountain. Looks like they caught it right… Below is a very short pov recapping their pow day along w/ a few words from Ryan.


After checking the reports and seeing the fresh snow on the drive up, I knew it was going to be a good day. I was a little bummed about missing the storm on Friday, but Saturday turned out to be SO much deeper than I anticipated. Northway was going off all morning, and we got some great turns in Bear Pits and Powder Bowl in the afternoon. The fog stayed pretty thick all day, but there was so much snow that not seeing where you were going hardly even mattered. It was a great intro to winter and I’m looking forward to some more big days this season!


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08
Dec

Join us tonight at the North Bend Mountain Film Festival at North Bend Theatre (125 Bendigo Blvd. N., N. Bend, WA) for the North Bend Amateur Film Challenge winners and Warren Miller’s Flow State. Our Powder to the People video below is one of the finalists. It was shot entirely at Alpental, the Summit at Snoqualmie and their backcountry with the help of lots of powder, lots of great friends skiing and riding with us and dubstep by We Bang and Natty Freq. The fun begins at 8pm following the Downtown North Bend Holiday Festival. Get tickets here. Admission is $15.00 for Adults (age 13 and over) and $10.00 for kids age 3 – 12.



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08
Dec

It was a fantastic opening day at Summit West today. Those who got there early experienced truly deep powder skiing and riding: 18″ untouched in the 48hrs leading up to opening with 4″ of it in the last 24.  2-3″ more accumulated as the day progressed. Yup, locals know that when it snows at Snoqualmie Pass, it REALLY snows. Just check out the Powder to the People video from Snoqualmie Pass last season in our post above. TNT and Karter were trying to remember how many opening days had deep powder like this – 3, 4, more? Let’s just say there were plenty. Skiing and riding conditions were oh so nice. Be sure to join us again tomorrow at 9-4 when Summit West re-opens. All terrain on West will be open. No official word yet on the others areas at Snoqualmie Pass but we’re guessing it won’t be much longer.

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07
Dec

Skiers and boarders in Washington state couldn’t be happier with the current storm system. It was a BIG one. Most resorts located on the western slopes of the WA Cascade Mountains got at least a foot in 24 hrs leading up to today. But our King of Snow, that’s Mt. Baker, got a whopping 84 inches of snowfall in the past 7 days and over 164 inches of snow so far this winter! We love it. Mt. Baker’s snowbase of 103 inches at their base areas of Heather Meadows is the DEEPEST FOR DECEMBER 7th since our World Record Year of 98-99. Of course, the snow is even deeper at Pan Dome = 124″. You can read more about Mt. Baker’s famous snowfall in our earlier post about the country’s snowfall leaders and check out the conditions this past Monday (before the storm bore down on the Cascades) in the below video from Chris Madison. He was there with Matt Gallagher and Matt Sommer.

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07
Dec

Washingtonians and their fellow skiers and boarders have a lot to be happy about this week: snow, legal marijuana, snow, same sex marriage, snow and more snow. In fact, enough snow dropped on Snoqualmie Pass for the Summit to announce their opening day at Summit West this Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 9am!! Summit West is reporting a 31″ snow base this a.m. For us local die hards, it’s always worth the wait. To celebrate the blast of snow, here’s a blast from the past video from Alpental’s Cinco de Mayo weekend last season – good times indeed with many Alpentalics. We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the Summit! If you haven’t bought a season pass yet, check out our post below about the amazing perks for Big S passholders.

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06
Dec

Mission Ridge and the Summit at Snoqualmie have partnered to offer the best perks a Washington skier or snowboarder can ask for: unlimited free midweek skiing at both ski areas for season pass holders. Mission Ridge season pass holders can show their pass for free skiing at Summit’s three areas operating midweek: Summit Central, Summit West and Alpental. “This partnership gives our season pass holders a fun midweek option for exploring different terrain and parks,” Mission Ridge General Manager Josh Jorgensen said. Similarly, The Summit at Snoqualmie Big S Gold, Unlimited and L-T-D pass holders can show their pass for free midweek skiing at Mission Ridge, as well as a free Sunday “bonus day” lift ticket on weekends when they purchase a full-priced Saturday lift ticket. “We’re extremely happy to partner with Mission Ridge to extend greater value and opportunity to our collective passholders,” commented Dan Brewster, General Manager of The Summit. All skiers and boarders agree!  The reciprocal agreement is valid through April 7, 2013, with one blackout period: Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013. To redeem, simply show your 2012-13 Mission Ridge or Big S season pass at any ticket window on midweek days to get your lift ticket. This perk is for all Summit passholders except Big S Night and Nordic.

Mission Ridge reopens tomorrow. No official word on opening the Summit just yet but it’s currently dumping. Be sure to check out all the benefits of owning a season pass at one of these resorts. Washington skiers and boarders can now have access to so much more terrain in the Cascade Mountains and beyond. The Mission Ridge season pass includes skiing and riding at 8 other resorts listed below. While the Big S Gold pass offers 9 other resorts.


Mission Ridge passholder perks:

  1. 5 days at White Pass (opens tomorrow)
  2. 5 $19 +tax tickets at Silver Mountain
  3. 25% discount off Lookout Pass, Sun Peaks, Big White, Apex Mountain, Mount Washington

Restrictions apply – for more info, go to the resort website.


Big S Gold passholder perks:

  1. 5 days at Crystal Mountain (or $20 for passholders today and tomorrow)
  2. 10 days at each of Cypress Mountain, Big Sky Resort, Brighton, Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, Loon Mountain, Sugarloaf, Sunday River Reosrt

Restrictions apply – for more info, go to the resort website.

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