SKI

Brundage, Idaho

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From the Idaho potato bar in Brundage’s classic A-frame base lodge to the beautiful views out over the town of Mccall and the Payette and Cascade Lakes, Brundage feels like a hidden gem that you’ll want to keep to yourself. Owned for decades by the local Deboer family, Brundage just changed ownership at the end of 2020, and the new owners, led by longtime Brundage employee Robert Looper, are expected to retain the ski area’s strengths and charms while upgrading certain parts of the experience. Planned improvemen­ts include a new village experience and base area lodge. Though it might not look like a very large mountain by Western standards at first glance, this ski area is deceiving: In addition to frontside and lakeview pods, there’s 420 acres of unpatrolle­d lift-served backcountr­y, plus a cat-skiing operation that tacks on an additional 18,000 acres of powdery glades, bowls, and steeps in Payette National Forest. It should be clear by now what this resort’s lure is, and if it’s calling out to you this winter, you best comply.

MOUNTAIN STATS

VERTICAL: 1,921’ LIFTS: 6 TRAILS: 67 SKIABLE ACRES: 1,920 AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 320”

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