With a new gondola, skiing from top to bottom, and plenty of blue sky and sunshine, Sun Valley kicked off their 74th winter season today. Lines were long, but once 9 o’clock rolled around, skiers and boarders clamored to board the River Run gondola or the Challenger quad on the Warm Springs side, eager to start the season. With nine runs open, like Upper College, Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo, Lower Warm Springs, Mid and Lower River run, the combination of man-made and natural snow made for some of the best Opening Day conditions in memory. As further proof of ideal conditions, quality snow, decent light, and a good crowd, by noon today the Sun Valley Ski Patrol had no significant accidents to report.
At half day, the skier count estimate was already around 2,500 and between the plethora of Opening Day options, the terrain park features on Lower River Run, the reopening of the legendary Roundhouse, and plenty of sunny deck-space at Warm Springs and River Run Lodges, everyone was stoked to be back in their boots and back on their boards.
Everyone seemed to be out to enjoy the day, as there were reports of celebrity sightings of Bruce Willis and the Crist brothers, as well as local stars like Radio DJ Lenny Joseph, ski team director Don Wiseman, and climbing legend Nappy Neaman. But more importantly, there were plenty of satisfied, exhausted, and woozy-legged skiers and boarders in bright colors, crazy hats, fancy pants with smiles on their faces soaking in the sun on the slopes on our beloved Bald Mountain and enjoying views, French fries, picnics, and PBR’s on the decks of Baldy’s three open lodges.
Happy Thanksgiving and see you on the slopes this weekend!