Bald Mountain Expansion | Replacement of the Cold Springs Chairlift
The ski area within a ski area. A special place to glide down a wide-open bowl, navigate through trees, and descend deep chutes. The Bald Mountain Expansion will increase the skiable terrain by over 380 acres at Sun Valley Resort.
When the project is complete, in the Fall of 2020, it will include replacing the resort’s oldest chairlift, Cold Springs (#4), with a new high-speed detachable lift, providing a seamless transition to The Roundhouse restaurant, the Roundhouse Express Gondola, and Christmas (#3) chairlift. For those who prefer groomers and gradual pitches, the Lower Broadway run is being extended, lined with highly efficient snowmaking guns.
Construction began in 2018 with the re-routing and redevelopment of the Cold Springs mountain bike trail, grading of the Lower Broadway run, tree removal, and excavation work. The project continues this summer with additional snowmaking guns placed along Lower Broadway, glading, and terrain enhancement. The installation of utilities and the new chairlift will happen in Summer 2020, with the increased terrain, high-speed detachable lift, and additional snowmaking ready for Winter 2020-21.
The location is in both USFS and BLM areas.
The project is completely within the current Sun Valley Ski Area Special Use Permit.
Replacement of the Cold Springs (#4) Chairlift
The main purpose of the project is the replacement of the Cold Springs (#4) chairlift, the oldest lift still operating at the resort.
The new chairlift will be a detachable lift will have a vertical rise of 1582’ and be 5535’ long.
It will be seamless ride from the new lower lift terminal to The Roundhouse.
Lower Broadway (similar width and gradient as existing ski run) will be extended 4,200.’
Increased Skiable Terrain
Skiable acreage within the Sun Valley Resort boundary will increase from 2,054 acres to 2,434 acres (380 acres) when the project is done.
Access from the top of Seattle Ridge, where skiers and riders may descend into "Turkey Bowl," then proceed north for access to extensive tree skiing.
Increased snowmaking with at least 25 highly-efficient snowmaking guns extending down Lower Broadway to the base of the new Cold Springs lift terminal.
Rerouted and Improved Cold Springs Mountain Bike Trail
The Cold Springs mountain bike trail was rerouted and improved with more singletrack and shaded riding.
A Guide to Picinicing at Sun Valley Music Festival
Written By Madeline Garfolo
Photos By Cooper Morton
As Fall approaches, we look for ways to squeeze every last drop of summer out of these long languid days of August. The Sun Valley Music Festival, running semi-nightly this month, is the perfect way to make the sun-kissed memories you’ll think back to when wintertime rolls around again. The days may be getting shorter, but it never feels that way atop a blanket on the grass with the sound of strings drifting up toward the mountain peaks, and pink sky going on for miles.