Traditional Thanksgiving opening scheduled for 85th season
As snow looms in the near-term weather forecast, Sun Valley and other Idaho ski areas are steadily preparing for the 2020-21 winter season.
Sun Valley is scheduled to kick off its 85th winter ski and snowboard season on Bald Mountain on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. Dollar Mountain—the resort’s smaller, sister ski area—is currently scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 12, conditions permitting.
The biggest change skiers and riders will see on Bald Mountain this season is the opening of a vast, new section of terrain in the Cold Springs area of the mountain. The Cold Springs expansion adds 380 acres of new terrain southeast of the popular Seattle Ridge section of Baldy. The resort has installed a new high-speed, detachable quad chairlift to replace the resort’s oldest chairlift, the two-person Cold Springs lift. The lift ascends 1,582 feet from a point at the bottom of an extension of the Lower Broadway run up to the Roundhouse restaurant, where skiers and riders can access the Christmas chairlift and runs on the River Run side of the mountain. The resort has installed 25 new snowmaking guns on the extended section of Lower Broadway.