Friday, November 30, 2007

Baldy opens from top today

Express Staff Writer

Snow guns were in operation near the summit of Bald Mountain Thursday morning, adding cover to areas that received about 2 inches of natural snow Wednesday night. Sun Valley will offer top-to-bottom skiing on Baldy for the first time this year starting today. Photo by David N. Seelig

Bald Mountain opens for skiing and snowboarding from the top today.

Sun Valley Co. announced that lifts on both the River Run and Warm Springs sides of the mountain will be running. With coverage still dependent on artificial snow, skiers will have access to basically one route down each side of the mountain.

Upper College will be the only run open from the top, funneling skiers down Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo's and Lower Warm Springs on the Warm Sprngs side, and down Mid and Lower River Run on the River Run side.

Lifts open will be Lower River Run No. 1, Lookout Express No. 5 and Challenger No. 10.

River Run and Warm Springs day lodges will be open for business.

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Skiing is open under the new high-speed Quarter Dollar lift on Dollar Mountain, where Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge is also open.

Sun Valley spokesman Jack Sibbach said mountain crews are working on making snow on Mid Warm Springs and Canyon. However, he said, any more trail openings will depend on weather.

Sun Valley reported Thursday that Baldy received 2 inches of natural snow Wednesday night, bringing the snow depth at the summit to 20 inches. The snow depth at the base of the mountain Thursday was reported to be 15 inches.

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