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Cheaper skiing? Try Rotarun for family fun

Night skiing begins tonight

There’s nothing like skiing at Sun Valley.

But if you’re on a budget this holiday season, there’s also nothing like skiing Hailey’s Rotarun Ski Area in a good snow year.

For a rustic Idaho skiing experience close to home, you can’t beat it.

"How many years have we wished we just had enough snow?" asked Rotarun board member Red Bloedel last week.

Bloedel added that Rotarun has quite a bit of snow, as evidenced by a small avalanche recently at the ski area. "We were up there grooming and the snow dislodged. We just rode down with it," he laughed.

Rotarun is a small, family-oriented ski area located three miles west of Hailey out Croy Creek Road.

This holiday season, ski lifts at Rotarun are open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through New Year’s Day. And the rates are very affordable.

For a full-day Poma lift pass, the cost is $15 adults, $8 students (kids ages 6-17). The rope tow for a full day is priced at $7 adults, $5 students. Half-day prices (starting at 1 p.m.) are $10/$5 for the Poma lift and $5/$3 for the rope tow.

Kids ages five-and-under skiing with an adult are free all the time.

Night skiing at Rotarun begins today, Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 6-10 p.m. and will continue Wednesday and Friday evenings through March 15. Night skiing cost is $13 adult/$7 student for the Poma lift, and $6/$4 for the rope tow.

Concessions like chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and candy bars are always available at the Rotarun warming hut located at the foot of the ski run.

Rotarun won’t be open during the day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 3-5.

But it will be open Jan. 5-6 on the schedule it will use the rest of the season—Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4 plus the Wednesday and Friday night skiing.

Season passes are being priced at $125 for kids, $150 for students, $225 for adults and $500 for a family pass.

Special events include the Slush Cup race for kids in March, and the Arkoosh Cup earlier in the winter.


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