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Brundage Mountain Resort announces 2020 preliminary winter season plans

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Brundage Mountain Resort announced its preliminary plans for the upcoming winter season. 

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Plans for the winter season

After a busy summer, general manager Ken Rider says he feels confident about the quickly approaching winter season and announced Brundage would not be limiting access to riding and skiing.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations about it and we feel that based off of our historical numbers… people getting out and up on the mountain… that’s not our limiting factor,” he said. “We have plans if that starts to become a significant challenge… We have plans to limit if we need to, but our plan is to not.”

Rider says the resort also has a list of backup plans, including limiting daily ticket sales and making reservations for all products. For now, he says they plan to start with no limitations on the number of visitors allowed.

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The hours for the resort’s main lifts will change. In the winter, Brundage’s main lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Previously the lifts operated from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rider says this change comes to be more in sync with other lodges surrounding Brundage.

Another change in lift operations is the enforcement of social distancing. 

“I think the big thing with lift operations is we’re trying to make sure that we’ve got physically distanced opportunities for people,” Rider said. “So we’re working on how our mazes are going to be set up. Loading each of the lifts kind of spreading people out a little bit more. Doing some things like that.” 

Lift attendants will load different groups together, but will allow people to ride individually or in a couple if they are uncomfortable riding with a stranger.

Season passes and multi-day tickers will be printed and are accessible at the On-Mountain guest services. Also, all multi-day tickets will provide direct-to-lift access like season passes. 

Officials will require a mask when inside the lodge, and guests can no longer leave personal items. But new to Brundage this season are 150-day lockers on the first floor of the lodge on the west side of breezeway. 

With the new lockers, there will be a different size and overnight options.

Amidst COVID-19, Brundage has no plans to host any big events like Beer & Gear. 

Additional changes & information

Some important information to note if you plan on visiting Brundage:

  • Lift operators will now scan all guests at Centennial, Bluebird and Bear lifts.
  • Masks will be required in lift loading areas, lines and anywhere people can’t socially distance themselves including shuttles.
  • Food and beverage spots will be open with limited seating, and masks will be required to enter.
  • Brundage will not allow outside food or beverage in facilities. 
  • Private lessons will only be available at the Ski & Ride school
  • If you plan on renting, it will be highly encouraged to make a reservation in advance

“We’re going to be pushing advanced sales of tickets,” Rider said. “If someone hadn’t purchased a season pass or a Select Card to purchase your tickets in advance this winter, that’ll help us understand, and forecast what traffic is going to be like up here… Look at the website, see if there’s any changes operation, and really kind of, prepare yourselves, to come up and still have a great time, but with some significant changes in a lot of our how our facilities operate.”

Additional information can be found on Brundage‘s website

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Autum Robertson
Autum is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Ketchum, McCall and general news. Contact her at autum@boisedev.com.

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