Express photos by Willy Cook
Snowmaking aids Baldys opening
127 acres open
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
Sun Valley Co.s Bald Mountain personnel have worked around the clock
since the beginning of November to ensure that Thanksgiving Day skiing is as good as it
Snowmaking, from the nozzles and hoses of the worlds largest
computerizes snowmaking system, has also continued around-the-clock.
Appleton, left, and Kara McNamara took advantage of Baldys man-made snow to do some
tubing on Lower Warm Springs Sunday.
Sun Valley public relations and marketing representative Kris Nardecchia
said conditions on Thanksgiving Day should consist of groomed, man-made snow with 127
skiable acres open.
Upper College, Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo Street, Mid and Lower River
Run, Lower Warm Springs, Roundhouse Lane and Kinderplatz ski runs will be open.
Additionally, Quarter Dollar ski run on Dollar Mountain will be open.
Those are minimums, Nardecchia said.
Warren warms up for the coming season by grabbing some air and a ski.
Warm Springs, River Run, Lookout, and Dollar Cabin day lodges are
scheduled to be open.
According to Sun Valleys Internet ski report, the summit snow depth
is 35 inches of man-made and natural snow. However, snow depths will vary mountain-wide,
the reports states.
This fall, approximately 25 inches of natural snow have fallen on
For the past several weeks, local residents, and particularly local
youths, have been taking advantage of the steadily growing man-made snow fields to get in
some early-season turns.
skier navigates a field of pre-season "death cookies," which will hopefully be
groomed into oblivion by the time the season officially opens tomorrow.
The skiing promises to be considerably better than last years dismal
opening day, when only Lower River Run was available to skiers. Unseasonably warm
temperatures and lack of precipitation led to the poor opening conditions last year.
This fall, Nardecchia said, Mother Nature has cooperated more than enough.