For the week of April 7, 1999  thru April 13, 1999  

Mountain nirvana

Skiing is still sensational on Baldy and Sun Valley Company’s decision to extend the season until April 25 is a good one for skiers and valley businesses.

The decision will shorten the off season for all businesses and boost Sun Valley’s reputation as a resort where skiers can count on good snow. That should help keep Sun Valley competitive in an industry that is facing flat skier numbers and deep discounting.

The decision may also make it possible for recreationists to achieve mountain nirvana, or the two-season two-event day. That means skiing in the morning, the winter sport, then biking, golf or tennis in the afternoon, summer sports.

This is the kind of day that generates smiles, not to mention endorphin euphoria. It is the kind of day that one can achieve only with special blessings from Mother Nature and the cooperation of the ski company.

The winter’s exceptional snow and cool spring temperatures mean there is nary a rock showing on the mountain. The runs are firm and fast, and the grooming machines mean the corduroy is abundant. Nightly dustings of snow mean that when the sun comes out, the corn is grand.

Best of all, discounted rates are in effect every day for skiing that is as good as it’s been all year. This is as good as it gets.

Skiers should take advantage of the extended season. Just because the daffodils have already bloomed in the flatlands doesn’t mean skiers’ minds should turn to gardening. The chores can wait.


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