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Brundage is still great man, went on a day trip today and there was plenty of fresh snow.
Good to hear. I had to do something else today. I need to make it up there tomorrow. I was up there a week after the first major storm of the season and was suprised at the amount of fresh areas. I am pretty jacked. If nothing else it has to be better than the snowbake at Tamarack two weekends ago.

How is the back side of Brundage? I was with a couple of beginner skiers so only hit a few of the blues with my buddy.
 

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If you want the full experience, there is no other way then first chair :thumbsup:
or go during the week when there are zero lift lines:D

as far as the backside goes, it is pretty fun, just like the rest of the resort its pretty much all glades and bowls and trees. It just didnt seem as intense as the front side. Its also not quite as steep as my liking, a few times i lost the fall line in the dense trees and ended up almost cutting across the hill instead of going down like i wanted. but when the trees get thick enough it can also be a bit disorienting. So i would certainly hit the backside to check it out, i still did 3 runs back there even though it wasnt as exciting as i hoped. i think the front is more fun. Especially hidden valley, i could probably spend my whole day back on that part of the hill.
 

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After the mountain closed yesterday due to insane winds, Schweitzer was absolutely incredible today. There was a 6-inch wind blown butter layer, which meant you could hall ass with total control. I've never ridden trees so hard and fast, today was easily in my top 2 best days of the season.

While the rest of the country has been hurting for snow, central and northern Idaho has been the place to be this year. The snow just keeps falling.
 

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After the mountain closed yesterday due to insane winds, Schweitzer was absolutely incredible today. There was a 6-inch wind blown butter layer, which meant you could hall ass with total control. I've never ridden trees so hard and fast, today was easily in my top 2 best days of the season.

While the rest of the country has been hurting for snow, central and northern Idaho has been the place to be this year. The snow just keeps falling.
Why can't Brundage get dumped-on on a Friday? This midweek stuff is annoying. Damn'd work! Getting out both days this weekend. Hopefully forecast is correct and it continues to fall.
 

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Just back from Schweitzer. Good mountain and friendly people. Hope to get back there someday.

Plus thanks for this thread.

cheers.
 

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Since snowmoose brought this thread back from the dead...if you want I would be happy to give reviews on Silver MT and Lookout as I primarily ride those and Schweitzer Hobomaster.
 

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Silver's a cool mtn, but the main reason we went to Silver, was to ride powder at Peak Adventures Cat skiing, until the state of Idaho decided to not give them a permit to use the terrain that Steve, Terry and Scotty had been using with no problems for 16 years.

That was a yearly trip for us and doubt we'll ever come across a group of cat owners that loved riding powder as much as their customers. Steve left the number of runs up to you and your group. They guaranteed you at least 8, but we consistently were getting between 15 and 20, with no complaints from Steve or Scotty.

Anyways if you plan on staying in Kellogg, look up Kelloggvacationhomes.com, every time we went, we rent one of her houses. They're older homes but at $60-70 a night, hot tubs, sleeping 4-6, full kitchens, privacy (no crowded hotel) and within a mile drive. The last year we went the tram almost went over our roof and we could walk to the base lodge for beer and pizza
 

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I had no idea they got shut down man =/

Peak has been on my bucket list for years...


Silver is a nice mountain tho...Lookout pass has the best snow, Schweitzer has the best terrain...silver is a nice mix of both. And it's super convenient. 40mins of freeway from my house to the gondola up.
 

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I'd be happy to post up your reviews of Silver & Lookout Ballastic, just send me a PM with the content and I'll add it to the top, thanks!

In other news, I live in Portland, OR now and horribly miss my Idaho powder. This winter has been terrible here, I feel like Mt. Hood has received 60% of it's precipitation as rain, waaaaay to warm out. Enjoy those Idaho freshies for me.
 

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I'll work on putting something together Hobo. That sucks about Hood man. We have a shitty year here for us, but still better than a lot of places it sounds like. Do you ride Hood in the summer?
 

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I do, but not usually too frequently. Too busy enjoying the other summer sports while they last. Timberline is relatively flat, but can be pretty fun to visit once or twice during the summer for the hell of it (or more if you're a park rat, that's the main appeal).
 

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Curious if anyone has been to Brundage or Tamarack recently?

Heading there from Seattle for a couple of days this weekend and are wondering if the snow that is falling is heavy and wet or is holding up well.

thanks.
 

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Can't comment on those resorts in particular but the shitty conditions that have been plaguing the rest of the country caught up with us in northern Idaho...lost like 3 feet of snow in last few weeks, conditions worse now than opening day.

I'd check their snow reports real close before making the trek.
 

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FWIW we had already committed to the trip and decided to go this past weekend.
Brundage has a decent snowpack still and was fun running groomers the whole day on Sunday. Monday we went to Tamarack where it was pouring rain on the lower mountain in the morning. We got soaked but warmed up in the lodge a couple of times before heading up for a couple of hours on the upper mountain. The rain had stopped and we had a great time cruising wind distributed snow. It was almost like riding fresh snow and there was only one other group of three boarders on the whole upper mountain.

The lower part of Tamarack is very spotty and you have to pick your way down to avoid bare patches. Without some significant snow in the future both places could be in trouble. Still a fun trip with good dinners in McCall at night.
 

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This may be a dead thread but MAN, Schweitzer has been ALL TIME! The snow this season is DEEP. Its the best boarding ive ever had up there. If anyone is in the north idaho area get to Schweitzer quick!
 

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Been a great year in the PNW so far. Only been riding silver so far, but had some great power days so far. At least compared to last year lol.
 

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i might try to get a few days in at Silver this season. Its actually closer and easier to get to than Schweitzer for me, and no mountain road driving is a huge plus lol
 
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