Thursday, December 6, 2007

LOOKOUT PASS FIRST OUT THE GATE IN PANHANDLE

True to form, Lookout Pass was the first Panhandle hill to open on November 29. This little hill in the back pocket of the Bitterroots is a snow magnet.

An epic storm that is hammering the Panhandle as I write this dumped 51 inches in two days at Lookout.

To ski early in Idaho this season, Lookout is the place. It has great early season conditions, especially the wide-open cruisers on the front side, which has been meticulously tended in the off-season for 70 years.

Lookout Pass strives to be a family ski hill, and families never had it so good: cheap lift tickets, deep snow, free ski school, down home atmosphere--and with the brand new North Star lift this season, steep expert terrain. There’s truly something for everybody at Lookout.

The North Star lift adds five new runs with steep, sustained fall lines and 400 more feet of vertical to Lookout’s stats. But the numbers that really count are $30 lift tickets ($19 for juniors) and 400 annual inches of the lightest, driest powder you’ll ever ride. Ticket prices are even less on weekdays. And if you’re over 40, Boomer Fridays are 18 bucks!

To get in on the good stuff at Lookout, stay in the historic town of Wallace about 10 miles west on the interstate. Go to the Wallace Inn and say you heard about it in the Ski Idaho eNewsletter and get great ski and stay packages starting at $109. For more information on additional places to stay, go to skilookout.com/new/lodging.php.

It may not be the biggest, but size isn’t everything. At Lookout, its all about the snow.

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