March puts the ‘sun’ in Sun Valley as days grow suddenly longer and brighter, the snow on the mountains begins to turn to corn, and the party at River Run, Roundhouse, and Warm Springs moves outside. Think bluebird skies, lots of live music, the sun on your face, and nothing to do but play all day. Lucky for so many that spring break falls smack in the middle of this munificent month. This year, the pleasures of a family spring break in Sun Valley are even more palatable with a Kids Ski Free special in March. Yes, you read that...
Skiing & Riding
There’s something about skiing or snowboarding at night that makes it extra special, especially in Sun Valley, where the opportunity to carve turns under the lights is pretty rare.
Since 2013, Dollar Mountain has been offering a single night of skiing or riding each year, and once again this season, that night will be on December 30th, from 5 to 9pm.
Under the blaze of lights and the buzz of glow sticks, kids 12 and under can ride for just $19 and adults for $29.
With great snow again this holiday season, skiing and riding on the slopes of Dollar should be popular with families, just like it was last year.“My kids had a ball,” said Heather Cunningham, a local mom whose nine-year old son and a seven year old a daughter enjoyed night skiing at Dollar last year. “They had glow sticks all over them like most of the kids out there, which looked really neat. My whole family had a lot of fun skiing under the lights.”
“It was great,” her son Stratton said.
Lots of us learned to ski or snowboard at night at some mom-and-pop place like Rotarun, or Snoqualmie, Mountain High, Sunapee or or even Bogus Basin. So it’s fun to harken back to those youthful nights, or to share such a twinkling night with your own kids or grandkids.
To be able to do so in Sun Valley on one of the last nights of the year makes it all the more special.
“It’s a fun, festive atmosphere,” Julian Tyo said about skiing under lights.
Julian is the Assistant Manager of Dollar Mountain and the Mountain Events Coordinator for Sun Valley. He said the now annual night skiing event is popular with families in particular.
“It’s good family fun and it’s something unique to offer. People seems to really enjoy it,” Julian said.
Quarter Dollar and the Poverty Flats Progression Park will be open, making conditions fun for young or inexperienced skiers and riders.
Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge will also be open offering a more limited menu, and serving lots of hot cocoa, no doubt.
If you’re looking for something unique and fun for the whole family to do on the final weekend of the year, it would be tough to top night skiing at Dollar Mountain. Carving some turns under the lights with family friends on Dollar Mountain, home of the world’s first chairlift, is fun way to say so long to 2016!
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