The blanket of snow that now covers all of eastern Idaho is a money maker for some. The white stuff means lots of green for our area ski resorts and the businesses that rely on them.
Combine the best ski conditions of the early season with winter break and it’s no wonder these skiers and boarders didn’t want to be anywhere else.
“Heck no, we were going to go to Targhee but decided to come here,” said a snowboarder.
“Heck no, this is perfect,” continued the snowboarder.
“Oh yeah, good choice,” said another snowboarder. “It’s always a good choice to come to Pebble.”
And when skiers and snowboarders are happy at Pebble Creek, it has a positive effect on the businesses that rely on it.
“You could consider Pebble Creek the lifeblood of the businesses,” said Matt McHargue of Barrie’s Ski and Sports. “Basically, as long as the community is up having fun, then we are able to get a little busier.”
Knowing how important Pebble Creek is to managing the payroll, a number of local businesses have teamed up to help get people up on the mountain.
“Free bus rides for the rest of this week through Saturday,” continued McHargue. “We won’t drive the bus on Sunday but it’s just because we’re not open on Sunday, it’s our ski day.”
The bus rides will continue through the ski season every Saturday. While they are not charging this week, they nominally charge an $8 fee. This isn’t your ordinary bus though. This bus as a large TV and they have games and prizes to make the short drive to Pebble as entertaining as possible.
On Wednesdays, they run a women’s only bus to Grand Targhee which also leaves from the Barrie’s in Pocatello. That will run you $69 and that includes your lift ticket.