Friday, December 16, 2005

Sun Valley opening more ski terrain

Seattle Ridge area and day lodge open today

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Resort will open additional ski lifts and terrain on Bald Mountain today, Dec. 16.

Additional lifts opening on Baldy will include Seattle Ridge, a quad chair that serves several popular ski runs adjacent to the mountain's bowls, and Greyhawk, a quad chair that serves parts of the Warms Springs side of the mountain. The Exhibition triple chair on the River Run side will open in the mornings and the Sunnyside triple chair, also in the River Run drainage, will be open in the afternoons.

In addition, Seattle Ridge Lodge on Seattle Ridge will open for the season today. Roundhouse restaurant and cafeteria will open for the season Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Dollar Mountain and Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge also remain open for the season.

Sun Valley reported Thursday that Baldy has a 56-inch snow depth at the top, 42-inch depth at mid-mountain and 30 inches at the base. So far this ski season, Baldy has received 95 inches of natural snow at higher elevations. Numerous ski runs have been targeted by Sun Valley's snowmaking system.

Lifts operating on Baldy Thursday included River Run, Lookout Express, Christmas, Frenchman's, Challenger, Lookout, Mayday and the Kinderspielplatz children's lift.

Weather forecasts Thursday called for mostly sunny skies to persist in the Ketchum area through Tuesday, Dec. 20. High temperatures are forecast to be between 10 degrees and 20 degrees and nighttime lows are expected to hover around zero.

For daily updated mountain reports, call (800) 635-4150 or visit

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