Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Resort: Easter 'goal' for ending ski season


By TREVON MILLIARD
Express Staff Writer

Three young skiers ascend Sun Valley Resortís Dollar Mountain last week. The resort announced that April 24, Easter Sunday, will be the winter seasonís last day. The smaller Dollar Mountain is usually closed earlier than Bald Mountain. Photo by David N. Seelig

Sun Valley Resort plans to keep its slopes open through Easter, according to spokesman Jack Sibbach.

"That's our goal, April 24," he said in an interview Monday, adding that it's uncertain how much terrain will be open by the planned last day of the season or if Dollar Mountain as well as Baldy will remain open that long. "It all depends on the weather."

He said the season could be extended if the skies send a late-season snow, but that won't be known for some time, since Easter is about three months off.

Sibbach said now is usually the time the resort sets a goal for the winter season's closure. The date set last year was April 18, and the resort met it despite below-average snowfall. Only 186 inches of snow fell for the 2009-10 ski season. That's 2 feet, 10 inches less than the average of 220 inches.

As of Monday morning, the resort reported 107 inches for this season's total.

Trevon Milliard: tmilliard@mtexpress.com




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