After opening for the ski season on Friday, Brundage Mountain in Idaho took advantage of a foot of fresh snow to boost its available terrain to all 1,500 acres by Sunday. Another 2 to 5 inches of snow is predicted by Christmas Eve.
Located near McCall, Idaho, Brundage Mountain is known for its bountiful snowfall relative to other areas in Idaho. With an annual average of 320 inches, Brundage outpaces better-known Sun Valley Resort with 220 inches annually. The ski area has a vertical drop of 1,800 feet. For the 2007-08 season, 160 acres of south-facing terrain were added in Lakeview Bowl. As its name suggests, the bowl offers views of Payette Lake.
Lodging is found in the town of McCall about 8 miles from the ski area and a two-hour drive from Boise, Idaho. Shore Lodge, one of just three Idaho resorts to earn AAA Four-Diamond status, is the premier place to stay in the town. Adjacent to The Cove spa, the 77-room lodge derives its name from its location on the south bank of Payette Lake. The lodge offers several ski-and-stay packages that include lift tickets at Brundage.