Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sun Valley drops ropes on Baldy

Express Staff Writer

Fresh snow has been falling on Bald Mountain regularly in the last two weeks, allowing Sun Valley Co. to open more skiing terrain. Photo by David N. Seelig

To ski or not to ski, that is the question.

But not one you will hear hard-core winter enthusiasts asking themselves in our hamlet. In fact, there is no question: It's December, Bald Mountain is open and, thanks to roughly 20 inches of new snow, is gaining more skiable ground every day.

On Tuesday morning, Sun Valley Co. reported that Baldy had 38 inches of snow on top, 23 inches mid-mountain and 23 inches at the base.

On Monday, three days after Friday's top-to-bottom opening, Sun Valley Co. mountain crews dropped the ropes on four additional runs, and added four more on Tuesday, bringing the total thus far to 13 runs open for alpine business.

Three lifts, River Run, Lookout Express and Challenger are running and servicing the following runs: Upper College, Mid and Lower River Run, Lower Canyon, Roundhouse Lane, Roundhouse Slope, Upper and Lower Warm Springs, Lower Picabo's Street, Flying Squirrel, Limelight, Ridge and International.

Kris Miller of Ketchum and her friends had first tracks down Limelight Monday and it was a memorable run.

"It was absolutely phenomenal," Miller said. "It felt like two feet of fresh snow."

Mike Lloyd, head of ski patrol, cautioned skiers Monday to be patient and stay out of closed areas.

"If you are in a closed area, you are going to lose your pass. We had a bunch of people lose them today. We are working really hard—nights and weekends—to open more terrain and that will happen."

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