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Ski 2020: New lift, Bogus perks, more in store at Sun Valley this season

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Future in Focus: Sun Valley

The Sun Valley Resort first welcomed skiers in 1936.

In the 83 years, since nearly everything has changed – but some things never will.

In recent years, the heirs of Earl Holding continue to invest in the resort the family has owned since 1977.

In 2015, a complete revamp of the 1930s Lodge wrapped up, with a new spa, new rooms and refreshed public spaces. Then crews moved on to the Sun Valley Inn, and new restaurants.

This coming season, the resort has a number of new features, as well as a tease of things to come.

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Progress on Cold Springs

The Cold Springs expansion will add more than 380 acres of skiable terrain to Bald Mountain, and replace the resort’s oldest ski lift. A new detachable high-speed quad will connect to The Roundhouse restaurant area. A series of at least 25 new snowmaking guns will improve the Lower Broadway run, adding more groomed gradually-pitched run terrain.

Work started in 2018 and ran through this summer. The Cold Springs project won’t fully open to the public until next year, but the resort says it will host “Experience the Expansion” guided tours this winter season.

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Groups will be guided by ski patrol and snow sports instructors in groups. The instructors will test for proficiency first – allowing only advanced skiers on the tours. Sun Valley will not charge, but reservations are required at (208) 622-2289.

Perks for Bogus pass holders

Sun Valley and Bogus Basin again team up for an early season special. Bogus pass holders can get some early season runs in on Baldy, with a discounted lift ticket price of $55 for the day ($30 for kids). Sun Valley also has rooms at the Lodge for $159.

The deal only works December 1-21. Call (800)786-8259 for details.

New flights

Two airlines will add additional flights into Sun Valley for visitors from outside Idaho.

  • Alaska Airlines will add two daily nonstop flights from Seattle between December 19-January 5. It will also add two daily nonstop flights on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from February 12 through March 22, 2020.
  • United Airlines will expand its holiday service from Chicago, with nonstop flights from December 19-January 5 – and each Saturday from January 11 through March 28, 2020.
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Altogether, a total of 996 commercial flights will service Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, an increase of 34 from the prior year.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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