Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Resort to ease ski pass restrictions

Early/Late pass holders get extra week of schussing


By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer

"We plan on keeping them both open until (Easter Sunday, April 16), but you never can tell what might happen." - Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley spokesman

Sun Valley Resort has announced that later this month it will ease the restrictions on two of its most popular ski passes.

Starting Sunday, March 26, the resort will honor the Early/Late season pass, a discount ski pass that allows unlimited skiing at Sun Valley in the designated early and late portions of the season. This year, the late season is scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 2. The decision gives pass holders an extra seven days of schussing on Bald and Dollar mountains free of charge. The pass is valid through the end of the ski season.

In addition, Sun Valley officials have decided to allow holders of the 20/20 ski pass unrestricted use of the pass starting March 26. The 20/20 pass is structured to allow holders 20 days of skiing in the combined early and late seasons and another 20 days during the peak season.

The decision by Sun Valley to allow "unrestricted" use of the pass means that holders can make use of any unused days, from any part of the season, from March 26 through the end of the ski season. The pass will be honored without restrictions on the number of days per week it can be valid, up to the 40-day maximum.

Sun Valley is planning "to keep open as much terrain as possible on Dollar and Bald mountains until the closing date of Easter Sunday, April 16," company managers said in news release.

However, Jack Sibbach, the resort's director of marketing and public relations, said weather and snow conditions in the coming weeks could prompt changes to the closing date for either ski mountain.

"We plan on keeping them both open until that time, but you never can tell what might happen," he said.

Snow conditions on Baldy appear to be favorable for keeping the 9,150-foot mountain open for skiing and snowboarding well into April, barring long stretches of warm or rainy weather. The resort reported Tuesday that the snow depth at the top of the mountain was 91 inches, after receiving 4 inches of new snow Monday night. The mid-mountain snow depth is reported to be 78 inches and the depth at lower elevations is 55 inches.

So far this season, Baldy has received 241 inches of natural snow, the company reported Tuesday.




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