I found this little gem by accident. I was searching for skiing spots along my route from Salt Lake City to Vancouver that had winter rv camping nearby. I struck gold on this trip! I booked myself into a Mccall RV resort which had easy pull-through sites and a host of other amenities. This spot was popular among other year round RV'ers who liked to spend their winter day's on the mountain.
The first thing that struck me when I arrived at Brundage Mountain was the number of mountain hosts. These friendly hosts were greeting people in the parking lot and helping them with their skis and directions. The second thing that struck me was the cost of the lift ticket, $64 for a day pace. I can't remember the last time I spent that little to ski fresh powder!
Oh and ski fresh powder I did. The peak of Brundage mountain is at 7803' with 1920' of vertical and 420 acres of in-bound skiing along with some terrific back country skiing options. They claim to have the best snow in Idaho with an average snow fall of 300-350" and on this late March day the mountain didn't disappoint! A fresh coat of around 5" arrived the day before me (I drove through it). It skied like silky cream and reminded me of the snow I've skied in Alaska.
I met Jim and Karen after a few runs. Long-time Brundage skiers with a stoke level that is unmatched. This couple knew the mountain like the back of their hands and shared their mountian and their passion for skiing with me for a few hours. The day ended with them inviting me to explore the Idaho back country while ski touring the next day. I was more than excited to except their offer.
The lodge is the perfect mix of nostalgia with modern (the modern being the food and beer selection). The outdoor patios are perfectly positioned to enjoy take in the late afternoon sun while you apres with some great food and drinks from Smoke's Bar & Grill. On my last ride up the lift I chatted with Jim, an Idaho snowboarder around the same age as me.
The weather wasn't good for back country skiing the next day but Jim and Karen offered me a spot to park my RV if I was ever came back to Brundage - oh I'll be back!