Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sun Valley season ends on high note

Festivities, frivolity mark final day of season on Baldy

Express Staff Writer

Costumes adorned Baldy as the ski season ended with ski races, costume contests, street dancing, people watching and extreme tailgating. With River Run being closed Sunday, large crowds assembled, partied, listened to music, danced and stayed at Warm Springs well into the evening.

Sun Valley Resort ended its 75th winter season on Easter Sunday with a weekend-long party, a healthy snowpack and a final tally of solid skier numbers.

After a snow drought during January and February, storms in March brought some of the best spring skiing in memory.

The resort logged 407,537 skier days, a 2 percent increase over last year, according to a news release issued by the resort Tuesday.

The season began Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, and ran through April 24, giving skiers 151 days on Bald Mountain.

"We were very thankful for what we had this season," said Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley Resort spokesman. "We had a lot of happy guests. That's one way to measure our success."

Sibbach said guests provided positive feedback about employees on the mountain and at the resort, and said many guests noted that they would return.

"That shows us we're doing a good job," he said.

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