The ski and snowboard season officially begins in Idaho on Saturday | Idaho


MULLAN, ID – Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, located near Mullan, Idaho, will be the first ski area in Idaho to open for the 2022-23 winter season beginning Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13.

So far, only nine ski areas in the western United States have opened this season, and lifts at six more are starting to turn today. Lookout Pass and China Peak in California will bring the total to 17 ski areas on Saturday.

During the limited early season opening at Lookout Pass, chairs 1 and 4 will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Opening weekend rates are $35 for adults, active military and veterans and students, and $25 for youth ages 7 to 17 and seniors ages 62 to 79.

Matt Sawyer, director of marketing and sales at Lookout Pass, said early season conditions exist and visitors may encounter potential obstacles and low coverage areas.

“You must bring equipment that you think corresponds to the conditions at the start of the season”, Sawyer said. “If all you have is new material, you might want to wait for more snow.”

Groomed runs will include Black Bear, Huckleberry, Gold, Grub Steak, Golden Eagle and Success.

Lookout Pass will be closed Monday through Thursday and will reopen from at least Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20.

Four other Ski Idaho destinations are also slated to open next week:

  • Grand Targhee Resort – In “Wydaho” opens on November 18, with accommodation at the foot of the slopes on November 17.
  • Pomerelle mountain resort – Will begin weekend operations on November 18 and daily operations on December 16, with night skiing starting on December 27.
  • Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area – will open its hiking park on November 19 and the ski lifts will start running on November 24.
  • Schweitzer – Will offer skiers and boarders a preview on November 19 and 20, with daily operations starting November 25.

Four other ski areas in Idaho will open for Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Sun Valley Resort – Will be open for Thanksgiving Day, November 24, and the Dollar Mountain lifts will start running on December 9.
  • Brundage mountain station – Opening on November 25.
  • Kelly Canyon Resort – Hopes to open Nov. 25 for its first Thanksgiving weekend with new state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities.
  • Silver Hill Station – Opening on November 25.

Half a dozen additional Ski Idaho destinations have announced scheduled opening dates for later this winter:

  • Tamarack Resort – Plans to open on December 9.
  • Mountain Soldier -Opened on December 15, but its magic carpet area will open on November 25.
  • Pebble Creek Ski Area – Hopes to open on December 16.
  • Small ski hill – Opening scheduled for December 17. The Payette Lakes Ski Club, which operates Little Ski Hill, has already groomed and opened half of the Bear Basin Nordic Center cross-country trail network.
  • Rotarun ski area – Opening on December 17.
  • Cottonwood Butte – Plans to open on December 26.

Ski Idaho’s four remaining destinations — Bald Mountain Ski Area near Pierce, Lost Trail Ski Area, Magic Mountain Ski Area, and Snowhaven and Tubing Hill Ski Area — have yet to announce dates for scheduled opening.

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