Even Santa couldn't resist leaving his
reindeer for a few moments to rocket down Dollar Mountain. But come Friday night, as we
all know, the jolly legend will set aside his skis for a magical sleigh ride.
Hey, its a big job, and even the mighty Santa Clause needs to
rest up before taking to the skies on Dec. 24.
On Friday, Saint Nicholas, as hes otherwise known, was spotted on
Dollar Mountain, spreading Christmas cheer and practicing his ski turns. Decked out in his
red Christmas garb, Santa took advantage of Sun Valleys limited early winter snows
and said hell be back on Christmas for some more ski pointers from children.
"I just happened to come down here and noticed that there were a
lot of people skiing on the mountain," Santa said. "If I can get good at all,
maybe I can come back to Dollar Mountain on Christmas Day to ski with the kids."
Santa said he still isnt very confident about his skiing ability.
There arent any ski mountains at the North Pole, he said.
"Ill definitely need some help from the kids," he said.
"After Ive done my nightly duties, I thought it would be fun to come back here
and ski a little bit."
Ski lifts on Bald and Dollar mountains are up and running, and more ski
runs on both mountains are opening weekly.
According to Tuesdays Sun Valley Co. ski report, Warm Springs,
mid and lower Greyhawk, Flying Squirrel, Round House Slope, Lower Canyon, mid and lower
River Run, Kinderspielplatz, Christins Silver and Broadway on Bald Mountain are
Quarter and Half Dollar lifts on Dollar Mountain are servicing limited
According to Sun Valley Co. spokesman Jack Sibbach, guests have
reported that conditions on open runs on Baldy are very good. He also said resort
personnel will try to open all of Seattle Ridge "shortly," though he didnt
have an exact date.
Sun Valley reports that 35 inches of natural snow have fallen on the
summit of Baldy this season, and five inches fell over the weekend.
Skiing on the valleys cross- country ski trails is excellent.
Galena Lodge, 16 miles north of Ketchum, also reports excellent Nordic
skiing and snowshoeing.
"The skiing is great, and most of our trails are open,"
reported Scott Holbrook, one of the lodges seasonal employees.
The Blaine County Recreation District, which manages and grooms most of
the valleys cross-country trails reports that 55 kilometers of trails are groomed
Various sections of the Harriman Trail, between the Sawtooth National
Recreation Area headquarters and Galena Lodge are open, and the Wood River Trails were
groomed last week.
Skies are expected to remain clear through Christmas Day, and
temperatures should stay below freezing.