Thursday, December 20, 2007

Brundage Mountain is bigger and better than ever with new lifts and terrain

This winter two new chairlifts are rolling at Brundage this season, opening the south side of the mountain for the first time ever. The new Lakeview Bowl encompasses 160 acres overlooking Payette Lake. This $3.5 million investment is the largest in the resort’s history.

This winter two new chairlifts are rolling at Brundage this season, opening the south side of the mountain for the first time ever. The new Lakeview Bowl encompasses 160 acres overlooking Payette Lake. This $3.5 million investment is the largest in the resort’s history.

Together, the new lifts more than double the resort’s uphill capacity to 6,700 people per hour. This should help maintain Brundage’s uncrowded character as it grows.

Brundage is also the first Burton Snowboard Learn to Ride Center in Idaho. Burton has designed special snowboards for new riders and rental shop associates here get special training on how to properly fit this revolutionary gear. Brundage Mountain Snowboard Instructors go through clinics to get the most out of this equipment using proven teaching techniques endorsed by the AASI.

The Lakeview Lift Triple Chair takes you to breathtaking views of Payette Lake. In typical Brundage style, only four runs in Lakeview Bowl will be groomed. Most of the acreage will be untouched powder fields and glades.

The second fixed-grip triple, the Bear Chair, provides easier access to under-utilized runs and ties together the Brundage Kid’s Center facility with more beginner terrain. For those of you who have children of different ages and abilities, the drive-up Day Care Center/Snowsports School offers a unique convenience.

Most of the groomers here are intermediate, but experts have endless options. Shoot over to the extreme skiers right side of the hill to Hidden Valley (follow the expert only signs) and go big. For real powder hounds, try the backcountry snow-cat program operating on 19,000 acres of Payette National Forest. Splurge on an overnight trip and enjoy an experience you won’t forget.

To truly embrace the mountain lifestyle, stay in a private cabin or chalet. Contact www.inidaho.com for a variety of packages that offer a third night of lodging and third day of skiing for free with the purchase of the first two days. Midweek, Brundage Mountain is offering a special deal with one night’s lodging and two days of lift tickets for two people for under $165. Full details available at www.brundage.com/lodging.aspx.

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Eight Things Every Skier or Rider Must do at Brundage:

1 Take in spectacular views of Payette Lake as you explore 160 acres of new terrain in the Lakeview Bowl.

2 Venture out into Hidden Valley to understand what people mean by “Nature’s Terrain Park”.

3 Ski with a Pro. Meet at the bottom of the Blue Bird quad on weekends from 9:30 -10:30 am to take some free runs with our top instructors. They’re full of tips to help you improve your technique or challenge new terrain

4 Pop into our mountain-top yurt for a warm greeting, warm drinks and snacks. In Spring, it moves outside and you’ll enjoy the view of the Salmon River Mountains from our Ice Bar.

5 Backcountry SnoCat Adventures on 19,000 acres of backcountry. It’s the biggest Cat operation in the lower 48 – Meow!

6 Make a donation to the Centennial Tree. Just follow the trail of lacy underwear after Winter Carnival…or ask any local where to find it.

7 Let out a loud “Yoo Hoo” as you drop off-trail on a powder day. Your call will likely be answered in kind.

8 Get nostalgic about your last visit by looking for yourself in the Photo of the Day or Video of the Week on www.brundage.com.

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