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Sun Valley moves forward with ski area expansion project

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Sun Valley Resort said it remains on pace to open a large new expansion this winter.

The resort ended its season early, in March, after the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold.  The Ketchum/Hailey area was especially hard hit, and for a time had the most cases of COVDID-19 per capita of any area in the entire country.

After the ski lifts stopped turning, the rest of the resort went into slack hibernation.  Officials recently announced they would open for summer operations.

They also said work on the new Cold Springs project would continue on this summer, and they would stay on track to open this winter.

 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.

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In all, a total of 380 new acres of skiable terrain should come online this winter, as part of the project that started in 2018.

Work crews using spider excavators that hug the hillside got to work earlier this month. New lift towers parts arrived, and a pit for the base of the new lift went in.

This year will make Sun Valley’s 85th ski season, dating back to 1935.

Coming in July: BoiseDev will launch expanded coverage of the tourism economies in the Sun Valley and McCall areas. Details.

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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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