Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Itís official: Ski season starts Thursday

Baldy and Dollar will be open for holiday weekend


A snowboarder and a happy dog cruise down the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain Sunday. Some skiers and boarders have been hiking up the mountain to take practice turns before the lifts open for service. Photo by Willy Cook

Sun Valley's 76th winter season will open Thursday, Nov. 24, offering skiing and riding top to bottom on both sides of Bald Mountain, the resort announced Monday. The Quarter Dollar high-speed quad and the Accelerator moving carpet also will be open on Dollar Mountain.

On Baldy, four high-speed quads will be in operation: No. 1 River Run, No. 5 Lookout Express, No. 3 Christmas, No. 10 Challenger and the Kinderspielplatz moving carpet. Lift service will allow access to the following runs: Upper College, Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo, Lower Warm Springs, Roundhouse Lane, Roundhouse Slope, Lower Canyon, Mid River Run and Lower River Run.

Both mountains will provide a terrain park experience, starting the season with four medium park rails on Baldy's Lower River Run and a progression park with nine rails on Dollar.


Full restaurant and bar service will be available at River Run Day Lodge and Warm Springs Day Lodge with Lookout Restaurant open for drinks and snacks through the weekend. Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge also will provide full service through the weekend and then close until Dec. 10, when Dollar Mountain operations will reopen for the season.

Conditions are changing day to day. More lifts and terrain will open as conditions permit, the resort said. For updated mountain reports, call (800) 635-4150 or visit

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