Friday, December 14, 2012


Western ski resorts are suffering from what ski industry experts are calling the “backyard syndrome.” People without snow piled up in their backyards often assume there’s no snow anywhere.

Skiers and boarders need to look farther. Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain, for example, is skiing exceptionally well. With more than 4 feet of snow on top, it’s got a lot more coverage than do Colorado’s top destination resorts. The weather pattern has been cooperative and it looks like it may continue to be so.

There’s lots of credible information out there on snow conditions, more than enough to satisfy the most skeptical skier or boarder. People who know Sun Valley know that the bowls don’t open unless there’s plenty of soft stuff—and they’re open and skiing beautifully. Skiers and boarders smart enough to be taking advantage of the early season are being handsomely rewarded.

Even in the midst of a snowy weather pattern, the sun is gracing its namesake resort between snowfalls. Skiers and boarders at the summit have been treated to stunning skyscapes as Mother Nature weaves cerulean blue with broad cloudy brushstrokes.

The mountain experience in Sun Valley is not limited to skiers and boarders anymore. These days anyone can buy a ticket and ride the River Run gondola to mid-mountain and take in the views along with a good meal if they wish.

There’s magic up there. The views refresh the mind and restore a sense of wonder. The stunning and poignant beauty of winter’s delicate snow-capped peaks is overwhelming. The views remind us that life is to be enjoyed and that it doesn’t get any better than a day on the mountain in Sun Valley.

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