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Go skiing for Thanksgiving? Yes, you can

November 22, 2018

You might have to drive a few miles for some Thanksgiving weekend skiing — Bogus Basin won’t be open (maybe in early December, fingers crossed) — but if you’re looking for some holiday schussing in Idaho, there are three just a couple of hours away.

Sun Valley

Sun Valley opens to skiing on Thanksgiving Day, hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An adult lift ticket can be purchased online for $92. There also is a ski, lodging buffet package, with prices starting at $265 per night with a four-night minimum stay. Visit sunvalley.com to purchase tickets or for more details

Brundage Mountain, McCall

Brundage Mountain Resort is closed on Thanksgiving Day, but is offering three days of free skiing and riding on its Easy Street chairlift Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Easy Street triple chair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23-25. Smoky’s Bar & Grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. all three days, with the Fall Line Shop, Ski + Ride School and Brundage Guest Services open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Our snowmaking team has taken full advantage of low temperatures so that we can open Easy Street for the season,” said resort spokesperson, April Whitney.

After Thanksgiving weekend, Easy Street will operate Saturdays and Sundays. But, with a series of storms in the forecast, the Brundage Mountain team is optimistic that additional terrain can be added soon.

The Easy Street lift and Easy Rider conveyor are free to all ages, all season long. This free access is a centerpiece of Brundage Mountain’s evolving Learn to Ski + Ride Program. New additions this year include the Beartopia Family Fun Zone and the 4x4 Learn to Ski + Ride Program, which offers four lessons and four rentals, plus a season pass, for $249.

If you go up Thanksgiving weekend, you’re also invited to the community’s annual Pray for Snow Party 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Activity Barn Snow Tubing facility in McCall. This year’s family-friendly party features live music from Innocent Man along with food from Brundage Mountain Catering, hot and cold drinks and bonfire sacrifices to the Norse god and goddess of snow, Ullr and Skadi. Find more at brundage.com.

Tamarack

Tamarack Resort is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Since it is so early in the season, the beginner area will be the only open terrain available for skiing, and the Discovery Chair will be turning from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Season passes will be honored for Thanksgiving weekend, or you can purchase daily tickets for $10; children 6 and under ski free.

The resort’s retail shop will be open for holiday gift buying and equipment rentals, and lessons will also be available. Hot Shots Café will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Seven Devils Pub will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The resort will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, until its projected opening date of Friday, Dec. 14, when Tamarack hopes to open for seven-day-a-week operations, “if snowmaking and natural snowfall allow.” For more information, check the snow report at tamarackidaho.com.

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