The snow season officially got underway on November 12 when Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area near Mullan, Idaho, was the first Idaho ski area to open for the winter season. Sun Valley is not far behind and everyone is counting the days until the lifts start to roll on Baldy on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. Lots of early snowfall and cold temps are making a great early season likely. Dollar plans to begin operations on Dec. 9. Let it snow!
Other Idaho resorts announced their opening dates:
- Grand Targhee Resort in “Wydaho” opens Nov. 18, with its slopeside lodging opening Nov. 17.
- Pomerelle Mountain Resort will begin weekend operations Nov. 18 and daily operations Dec. 16, with night skiing commencing Dec. 27.
- Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area will open its hike park Nov. 19, and the lifts will begin turning Nov. 24.
- Schweitzer will offer skiers and boarders a sneak peek Nov. 19-20, with daily operations starting Nov. 25.
- Brundage Mountain Resort will open Nov. 25. It is currently taking reservations for its backcountry snowcat operations.
- Kelly Canyon Resort hopes to open Nov. 25 for its first Thanksgiving weekend ever thanks to new, state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities.
- Silver Mountain Resort will open Nov. 25.
- Tamarack Resort plans to open Dec. 9.
- Soldier Mountain will open Dec. 15, but its magic carpet area will open Nov. 25. It is currently taking reservations for its backcountry snowcat operations.
- Pebble Creek Ski Area hopes to open Dec. 16.
- Little Ski Hill plans to open Dec. 17. The Payette Lakes Ski Club, which operates the Little Ski Hill, has already groomed and opened half of the cross-country trail system at Bear Basin Nordic Center.
- Rotarun Ski Area will open Dec. 17.
- Cottonwood Butte anticipates opening Dec.26.
The four remaining Ski Idaho destinations — Bald Mountain Ski Area near Pierce, Lost Trail Ski Area, Magic Mountain Ski Resort, and Snowhaven Ski Area and Tubing Hill — have not announced anticipated opening dates yet.