Wednesday, November 21, 2007


For most of the state so far, La Nina has just been a tease. But the long-range weather pattern has everyone excited at the Idaho Ski Areas Association. In a perfect world, you’re skiing powder on Thanksgiving weekend. Years when I’ve found myself getting face shots in mid-November I could hardly believe it was actually happening. That’s what you call a dream come true. We’ll have to settle for anticipation for now.

Anything can happen in the mountains from the time I write this to the time you read it. Grand Targhee was ready to open on Friday, November 16th with 31 inches at mid mountain. But alas, it was a false alarm. Targhee guarantees their snow and it didn’t quite meet that standard yet. But you can always count on the cruisers at Sun Valley for the holidays. With the world’s most sophisticated snow-making system, including 12 additional acres on Dollar Mountain, they can guarantee your turns on Turkey Day.

This time of year, conditions can change in a heartbeat. Before long the storms will be waiting in line off the Pacific coast. When they finally hit, Lookout Pass in the Panhandle cannot be overlooked for great early season conditions,. Check out the feature in this issue about Lookout, and learn more about a microclimate that delivers the most powder in Idaho, early and often, to this small but mighty mountain.

And in the meantime, put on your dancin’ shoes, get on your knees, sacrifice an old pair of boards on a bonfire—do whatever it takes to make it snow!

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