Brundage Mountain Resort-USA

Brundage Mountain Resort: Idaho’s Best!



On an annual basis the Brundage Mountain Resort, situated in central Idaho receives as much as 320 inches worth of the world famous, the softest and the most beautiful Northern Rockies powder. This powder rich destination has been a favourite since November 1961 among the folks who have been coming here from in and around Idaho. With about 55 successful seasons under their belt, Brundage Mountain Resort is today not only known for its undisputed position for having the Best Snow in Idaho but also for its hospitality.

The Brundage Mountain Resort stands distinctly in the region solely because it equally and adequately caters to the needs and requirements of people of all age groups and more importantly families. Brundage offers much more than a simple snow resorts experience. It will provide you with some of the most technically well-groomed runs, beautiful glades along with a magnificent panoramic sight of the mountain.

To facilitate all the possible adventures the resort has installed some of the most technologically advanced lifts. Among all the lifts the most famous ones are the Bluebird Express and the Centennial Triple Chairs. Interestingly both of these lifts will take you right to the summit and along the journey, you will also get to witness the most prized – panoramic views that span across the length and breadth of the mountain range. These mountain ranges include – the Salmon River Mountains and the Seven Devils Wilderness.    



Now, if you are wondering if there are any more possibilities at a resort then you surely are in for a surprise. Just imagine a situation, here you are just generally exploring the backside terrain and suddenly your olfactory picks up the scent of fresh mountain water and as soon as you turn shimmering light refracted from the pristine Payette Lake nearly blinds your eyes. Further, you are awestruck and an everlasting desire to relive that one moment will almost haunt you till the time of your departure. If you wish to properly explore the lake (in style of course) then you could very well take the Lakeview Lift. This lift will also enable you to explore the backside terrain as well.

If you are with children then they sure will enjoy the Bear Chair which further connects the one of a kind Kid’s Center. Near to this facility is an expanded beginner’s area along with the only terrain park of the resort. The terrain park has been fashioned to suit the needs and requirements of children.

Furthermore, adjacent to the Kids Centre and the Brundage Mountain Snow-sports School is the Easy Street Lift. This institute provides with quality teaching methodologies which further facilitate inexperienced snow riders. It is said to be the best-known facility in the region where you can practice and perfect your skills. As far as the coaches and instructors are concerned, each of them carries considerable amount of experience and expertise in this respect. All of them carry PSIA or AASI certifications.

Brundage Mountain Statistics

Base Elevation: 7640 feet

Summit Elevation: 5840 feet

Vertical Drop: 1800 feet

Following is a list of the chairlifts at the resort


  • Blue Bird Express High-Speed Quad: The Blue Bird has a vertical rise of about 1,556 ft. and it is able to cover the entire distance in 7 minutes while carrying nearly 1,800 people per hour.
  • Centennial Triple Chair Lift: Centennial generates 1,638 ft. of vertical rise and covers the entire distance in 13 minutes. It carries approximately 1,300 people per hour.
  • Easy Street Triple Chair Lift: While carrying 1200 people per hour, Easy Street has a vertical lift of about 90 ft. and covers the entire distance is 3 minutes.
  • The Bear Chair Triple: It has a vertical lift of 622 ft. and hourly carries as many as 1800 people while covering the distance in flat 6 minutes.
  • Lakeview Lift Triple Chair: Lakeview has a vertical rise of 816 ft. and carries 1800 people hourly and is able to cover the distance in 8 minutes.




The resort lays claim to a lift-served vertical drop of 1851 feet. The base at 49 degrees north ski resort is at an elevation of 3,923 feet (1,196 m) from the sea level while the highest peak is located at an altitude of 5,774 feet (1,760 m) on Chewelah Mountain, which gives a vertical drop of 1,851 feet (564 m). The resort experiences an annual snowfall of about 301 inches.

Snowsports School

The Brundage Mountain Resort precisely in the west central region of Idaho. Surrounding the resort area is the Payette National Forest which was first opened nearly 55 years ago. It is a mere 25 minutes away from McCall. The mountains summit elevation is about 7640 feet or about 2,330 meters above the sea level. Furthermore, this height generates a vertical drop of 1,800 feet or 550 meters. Five of its chairlifts are able to serve 1500 acres of skiable area. Most of the terrain leans towards the western side of the mountain and overlooks the New Meadows of the Adams County. Brundage also offers skiing opportunities in the backcountry which expands to an area of about 19,000 acres.   

A few Details



The 49 Degrees North Winter Sports Foundation is focused on the promotion and spread of alpine and recreational cross country skiing in the country. The foundation is based on the philosophy of encouraging and thereby helping academic achievements, and also helps in promoting the positive aspects of discipline, character building, sportsmanship and in deciding a goal for one’s life and working towards it with full passion.

History of Brundage Mountain Resort

Brundage Mountain Resort came into existence nearly 70 years ago in time. Ever since that point in time this resort has been an upholder of the American spirit. Its everlasting legacy has worked towards community development and local talent.

A certain Warren Brown and his father, Carl in the year 1937 were owners of Brown’s Tie and Lumber in McCall. This company majored in a sawmill which was present right on the shore of Payette Lake. Brown. Moreover, this business had seen enormous amounts of growth in the previous decade and more importantly Brown had become quite a personality. He was an accomplished dog-sled racer while also becoming the pioneer in skiing and Nordic jumping in America.

The moment of change came about when the Great Depression hit America in 1929 and the Civilian Conservation Corps came to town. They were in the town for 3 years and managed to get the mill back onto its feet. During this time, skiing developed as a favourite pastime among the people and therefore a temporary jump set was installed at the Timber Ridge. With the greater number of workers, travellers flocking into the town a consensus was reached. Now, as per this agreement a permanent hill was to be dedicated to snow sports. Later on, this very hill became the keystone when talks were underway for developing the first ski hill in the United States.

The talks proved to be successful and to mark the celebration Brown’s company went on to donate 80 acres of land. This same altruistic mannerism is what keeps his memories alive among the older town folks.

In the initial years, numerous difficulties were faced and as usual Brown came to the rescue. The first lift that was ever installed was created by his company. Along with that there came in a lot much newer addition and eventually Brown and his staff realised that running a ski resort was no easy task and requires quite a bit of expertise. So, Brown himself went up to Alf Engen for consultation. Engen was responsible for the creation of ski resorts such as the Alta Ski Area located right outside Salt Lake City, Utah.


As a result of all the efforts Brundage became a host of the first ever sanctioned race in January 1962. Over the next four decades, the resort continued to succeed and grow at a very fast pace. Double chair lifts were added in 1976 and the Pioneer lift which ran across Brundage Creek doubled its capacity. In the 1990s Centennial triple chair lift began operating on the southern side of the main lifts. This move led to the expansion of the skiable area by over 30 percentage points. The Bluebird which came around in 1997 was introduced as a part of the modernising campaign. It was meant to replace both the double lifts. Further expansion and enhancements of the 3000 square foot lodge resulted in the formation of a massive 8000 square foot super lodge. The Most popular attraction at the resort, hands down, the Children’s Centre opened up in the year 1994.

One of the biggest setbacks that the resort had to face was in September 2000 when Warren Harrington Brown passed away in a Boise hospital. He had lived a rich 88 years and overseen the success of the most amazing ski resort in the whole of the United States of America. Brundage Mountain Resort in now in another of its transformation phase whereby it will become set to prepare for the future.

The Responsibility Code



Whenever one engages in any kind of a sporting event or any activity for that matter there will be certain rules and regulations along with codes of conduction which must be followed. Such measures are taken purely in compliance with whatever safety regulations a resort or an institution is mandated to follow.

Now, whenever you are on the skiing course make sure that you abide by the general courtesy code. There might not be a written norm concerning ones behavior instead there are manners of social conduction which are implied. One must remember that you are not only responsible for yourself but for others as well. Common sense pertaining to skiing and snowboarding is a must and if in doubt, make sure that you consult an expert in this respect. By acting cautiously you will avoid danger for yourself and everyone else around.


In the case of Brundage Mountain Resort, they mandate the following points which each of their customers is requested to follow:

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

The Resort officials do state that this is not a complete list but is of comprehensive in nature. Be safe and have the best time. 

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