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Nov
2014
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Skiing & Riding

Sun Valley Primed for Great Opening Day

Thanks to Mother Nature and Sun Valley's legendary snowmaking equipment, Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain are set for a super Thanksgiving Day opening on November 27. Yes, that is less than a week away!

Sun Valley's fantastic snowmaking system has been operating around the clock to add to what Mother Nature has generously dropped on our mountains. It's going to be a great early season!

With temperatures dipping well below freezing every night for the past few weeks and the gift of a hearty early season snowfall, the snow sports season looks like it will be off to a terrific start. And did I mention that we are expecting another 8 to 14 inches of snow this weekend? Everyone is truly breathless with excitement!

A great early season snowfall, and another expected this weekend, have keep the groomers busy in anticipation of opening day

According to Peter Stearns, Director of Mountain Operations for Sun Valley, all systems are literally a go. The cooperative weather, combined with Sun Valley's amazing snowmaking and grooming, promises more early season terrain than normal with 14 runs expected to be open on both Baldy and Dollar next Thursday.

Expect blue skies and plenty of snow for top to bottom runs on Baldy on Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving morning, lifts will lift off at 9 am from the River Run side of Baldy, providing summit to valley terrain to skiers and snowboarders. The following runs on Bald Mountain are expected to be open and in great condition: Upper College, Lower College, Sunset Strip, 42nd Street, Mid River Run, Lower River Run, Roundhouse Slope, Upper Canyon and Lower Canyon. Lifts servicing this terrain will be Lower River Run #1, Roundhouse Gondola #2, Christmas Quad #3, Lookout Express #5 and the Kinderspielplatz moving carpet.

This was Lower River Run during the storm last week. It just gets better and better!

The sumptuous River Run Day Lodge will be open, providing delicious food and beverage options for the perfect respite between runs. 

Opening day on Baldy is always time to celebrate and kick off an amazing season to come

Dollar will also open Thanksgiving Day, offering great terrain on Poverty Flats, Quarter Dollar Bowl and Race Hill. The Terrain Park will open the season with Prospector and Progression terrain areas. Lifts operating on Dollar will be Quarter Dollar and the Accelerator Carpet.

The Prospector Progression Park on Dollar provides terrific learning opportunities and an introduction to terrain park features

The doors to Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge will be open wide for a snack, lunch or a warm cozy place to rest your legs.

Dollar remains operational through Sunday, November 30 and then close until Saturday, December 13 when it will re-open for the season.

Conditions are weather dependent. Please check mountain reports for updates at (800) 635-4150 or visit the mountain report page.

One group especially excited about the early season snow and the opening of Baldy is the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Again, they will run a pre-season camp from November 22 to 26, before the hill opens to the public. According to the SVSEF, "once again, the SVSEF is able to offer a Thanksgiving project here at home this year for our alpine teams. Building on last season, our partnership with Sun Valley Company continues to improve offerings and opportunities for our athletes to begin the winter season with excellent terrain and training."

Athletes from the SVSEF love the opportunity to get on the snow for pre-season camp and begin their training

Skiers will have a different mix of gate and fundamental work based on the goals of the age class. Training will include GS and SL gates, drills and more on 3400' of vertical.

I am off to get my skis tuned at Pete Lanes… and find my mittens …. and ski socks … and polish my goggles. So much to do before Thursday! See you on the slopes!

Amazing skiing in Sun Valley is less than a week away!


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