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Earlier this week, President Donald Trump suspended several temporary work visas through the end of the year, which could hurt the ski industry in the Mountain West.

 


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January is peak season for skiers and snowboarders in Idaho. But with these kind of high-impact sports, brain injuries can be far too common. How should folks stay safe while taking part in their favorite cold weather sports? 

During National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, Idaho Matters is joined by Dr. Steven Gale, director of the St. Alphonsus hospital trauma center, and Bert Mecham with Fremont County’s EMS in eastern Idaho.

Bogus Basin

 

This week’s snowfall in the Treasure Valley means only one thing: ski season is here. Idaho Matters talked with Tamarack Resort’s President Jon Reveal and Bogus Basin’s General Manager Brad Wilson about the season so far. 

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Update at 10 p.m. on Jan. 9:

The death toll has risen in the aftermath of the avalanche that hit the Silver Mountain ski resort in northern Idaho this week.

It's already been a noteworthy season for Steamboat Ski Resort in Northern Colorado. In October alone, the mountain saw 63 inches of snow, a record high. And that's why the resort's Loryn Duke said it was an easy decision to open on November 15it's earliest opening ever.

Joshua Wells / Sun Valley Resort

Bogus Basin was the first ski resort in Idaho to open some terrain on Fridays through Sundays a couple weeks ago. This week more lifts around the state will start running.

 


An industry trade group says uphill skiing is one of the fastest growing snow sports in the country, especially in the Mountain West.

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Twenty-four snow guns whir up and down the slopes at Bogus Basin. The machines look like giant fans spewing clouds of snow.

 

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area / Boise State Public Radio

Ski and snowboard season is already here.

 

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Ski season is right around the corner and ski areas are wrapping up pre-season renovations. Bogus Basin has spent $20 million in the past three years on these updates, and shows no signs of slowing down.

  


Soldier Mountain

You might look to Craigslist for an apartment, a bike, maybe even a gig. Now, add to that a ski resort.

 

Joshua Wells / Sun Valley Resort

Next ski season, the Sun Valley Resort will participate in a pass program that will give members access to mountains around the globe.

Bogus Basin To Get More Snow As Winter Rounds Out

Feb 7, 2019
Bogus Basin, ski, ski lodge
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Brad Wilson is Bogus Basin’s general manager. He says that before the storm cycle this past week, they had snowfall quite below average. They are now approaching snowfall at around 85 percent average and have a base depth of 57 inches.

 

 

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This is opening weekend for some southern Idaho ski resorts. At a panel discussion hosted by the Idaho Statesman on December 4, representatives from four ski resorts spent their time discussing changes to infrastructure. Early December snowfall has led to early December starts for these ski resorts.


Idaho Ski Resorts Getting Runs Ready

Nov 15, 2018
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Thanksgiving is nearly here, and that means ski season is coming up. The Treasure Valley hasn’t seen much in the way of precipitation this fall, but the chilly nights are making for ideal snow making conditions.

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Filmmaker Warren Miller died on January 24, 2018, at age 93 at his home on an island in Puget Sound. He made his name in Sun Valley, Idaho, as the master-creator of ski films and as a pioneer of sports movie-making. 

Rick Strack / Boise State Public Radio

Skiers and snowboarders have more options this weekend as winter starts to take hold across Idaho mountains.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Thanks in part to a low unemployment rate, help wanted signs can be found all over Boise, from fast food joints to department stores. And now Bogus Basin is adding to that crunch, looking for 500 workers for the season.


Climate March
Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

This past winter Southern Idaho experienced one of its snowiest and coldest on record. So we can’t be blamed for wanting to look ahead into the summer. But one organization wants us to look back again.

Monica Gokey

As the Little Ski Hill closes in on its 80th season, it’s easy to wonder why the tiny mountain has persisted for so long. It’s sandwiched between two destination resorts: Brundage and Tamarack. But therein lies one of the marvels of the tiny mountain -- people love it because it's not like any other resort.

 

 

There is no chairlift here. At the bottom of the mountain, skiers and snowboarders shuffle into the path of an aging t-bar.

 

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Snow in the mountains this week has Idaho backcountry skiers both excited and on alert. The Sawtooth Avalanche Center put out an extreme avalanche warning Thursday. For Chris Lundi of Sawtooth Mountain Guides, this means he and his guides are staying away from avalanche-prone spots.

Tamarack Resort
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A homeowners association has purchased parts of the long-troubled Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho.

The Tamarack Municipal Association purchased the property from the bank group Newtrac, and will now control all skiing operations. The golf course and other parts of the resort are still owned by other entities.

Tamarack opened in 2004, but the original owners went bankrupt a few years later and the resort has struggled ever since.

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Sun Valley Co. officials say the number of skier visits to the company's ski area on central Idaho's Bald Mountain last winter is the most in a decade.

Spokesman Jack Sibbach tells the Idaho Mountain Express that the company had 419,000 skier days last winter.

The company says that's the most since the 2005-2006 season with 421,000 skier days.

Sibbach attributes last winter's high number to good early season snowfall, a strong national economy, expanded air service and advertising.

Bogus Basin, ski
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

As part of a new pricing structure for Bogus Basin Ski Resort, managers recently announced new partnerships with Tamarack and Soldier Mountain. Starting next winter Bogus season pass owners will get some time at Tamarack and vice versa.

Jon Preuss / Sawtooth Avalanche Center

This week, an avalanche on Bald Mountain injured a skier who was out of bounds at the Sun Valley ski resort. When it happened, the avalanche danger in the area was “high,” which means human-triggered avalanches were likely.

Every day, snow science experts from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center head out into the backcountry to figure out the severity of avalanche danger.

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