By Diane Rudholm and Fiona Cohen
Photo at right: Blasting down Brundage Mountain. Photo courtesy of Brundage
Brundage Mountain Resort
Brundage has relocated its main terrain park to Kickback. The Kickback Rail Park will focus exclusively on box and rail features. With southern exposure, the new park will have better photo ops for freestyle riders.
The third-floor cafeteria in the lodge has been redesigned to reduced wait times.
Brundage has also announced that former board member Bob Looper will take over as President and Managing Director of Brundage Mountain Resort.
Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area
This year’s improvements at Lookout Pass include the expansion and relocation of the Huckleberry Jam terrain park to the other side of Huckleberry Ridge. Ten easy new features have been added to the park to introduce visitors of all ages and levels to freestyle skiing and boarding.
Lost Trail Powder Mountain
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Lost Trail Powder Mountain spent the summer and fall adding hundreds of new acres of terrain and thinning and expanding more in-bound areas on all of the mountain. The ski area, which sits on the Continental Divide and straddles the borders of Idaho and Montana, now boasts more than 50 marked trails and 1,800 acres of land.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary by cutting a new FIS-approved downhill course and adding Southside Progression Park. The larger terrain park will take the place of Starfish and be located next to The Stomping Grounds Terrain Park by Crystal Run.
A 50-by-28 foot sundeck outside of Taps Lounge is new!
Silver Mountain Resort
Silver Mountain Resort, steps off I-90 in Idaho’s Panhandle, has added a new intermediate run this year — the Skier’s Right of Moonshine, located off Chair 4, bringing total runs to 73. The children’s adventure trail, Gold Pan Alley, has been expanded and the seasonal locker room expansion in the Mountain House Lodge has been completed.
Sun Valley Resort
Sun Valley kicks off its 78th year with several updates including programs for early learners and intermediate skiers and boarders.
A new lift ticket — the Young Adult Pass — has been added to Sun Valley’s offerings. It costs $999 and is available for young adults under the age of 29.
Sun Valley’s Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports has also introduced a new tuning machine, Wintersteiger Mercury, to keep edges sharper for longer.