Many regional ski resorts open Thanksgiving weekend

Jason Walleser, left, and Johana Henne ski toward Mary’s Nipple at Grand Targhee Ski Resort on Nov. 5. Grand Targhee Resort claims to be the first resort in the country to be 100 percent open. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

A sign for Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is seen on Tuesday. Kelly Canyon officials haven’t announced an opening date. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is seen on Tuesday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

While many plan to focus on family and a big meal this Thanksgiving weekend, others will head for skiing opportunities throughout the region.

An early cold snap followed by several snowstorms has many regional resorts opening unusually early.

Grand Targhee Resort has opened all lifts following a dumping of early season snow, and it claims to be the first resort in the country to be 100 percent open. All of Targhee’s lifts opened Friday. The resort has received 119 inches so far, and has 58 inches at its base, according to grandtarghee.com.

On the other side of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort plans to open Friday, a day earlier than originally scheduled. The resort reports 118 inches of snowfall this season. Check jacksonhole.com for updated conditions.

In Sun Valley, both Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain will open Thursday. Bald Mountain has a 22-inch base and has received 42 inches so far this year.

Kelly Canyon hasn’t yet announced an opening date. Check skikelly.com for updates.

Further afield, Lookout Pass near Mullan has been open on weekends since Nov. 4, and it plans to remain from Thursday through Monday, according to a Ski Idaho news release. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, near Sandpoint, will open Friday, and it will be open 7 days per week starting Dec. 1.

Silver Mountain Resort near Kellogg and Lost Trail Resort both opened for last weekend and will reopen Friday.

Other resorts throughout the state, including Brundage, Tamarack, Bogus Basin, Pebble Creek and Snowhaven, won’t be open in time for the Thanksgiving weekend. All have projected opening dates in early to mid-December.

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