Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sun Valley lift ticket prices rise

Peak-season, single-day ticket will cost $99


By BRENNAN REGO
Express Staff Writer

“A Good Year” A skier glides down the slopes of Bald Mountain. Sun Valley Resort plans to open skiing on the mountain Thursday, Nov. 22. Express file photo

    A day of snowboarding or skiing on Bald Mountain will cost an adult anywhere from $66 to $99 this season, a slight increase from last year, but less of an increase than last year’s compared to the year before.
    Sun Valley Co. charges different rates for lift tickets depending on the time of year. The resort divides the winter into peak, regular and value seasons. This year, peak season will run from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 and from Feb. 16-24. Peak-season full-day tickets will cost $99 for adults, $69 for seniors ages 65 and older and $56 for children ages 12 and under. Peak-season half-day tickets will be $75, $49 and $49, respectively. Full-day tickets are valid from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and half-day tickets are valid starting at 12:30 p.m.
    The regular season is Dec. 17 through Dec. 21, Jan. 2 through Feb. 15 and Feb. 25 through March 31. Regular-season full-day tickets will cost $95 for adults, $66 for seniors and $54 for children. Regular-season half-day tickets will be $69, $45 and $44, respectively.
    For people looking to get a better deal, Sun Valley Co. offers a value season from opening day through Dec. 16 and April 1 through the end of the season. Value-season full-day tickets will cost $66 for adults, $50 for seniors and $38 for children. Value-season half-day tickets will be $56, $36 and $30 respectively.
    Last year, peak-season full-day adult tickets cost $95, up from $85 during the two previous years. Last year’s regular-season and value-season full-day adult tickets were $89 and $62, respectively, compared to $83 and $57 during the winter of 2010-11.
    On Dollar Mountain, full-day tickets will cost $39 to $59 for adults, $35 to $49 for seniors and $32 to $40 for children, depending on the time of year. Half-day tickets will be $35 to $50, $29 to $44 and $26 to $34 respectively.
    For more information, call the resort’s lift ticket office at 888-490-5950, e-mail lifttickets@sunvalley.com, go online to www.sunvalley.com/tickets/lift-tickets or stop by the River Run Lodge.    


Resort to open on schedule
    Sun Valley Co. is on schedule to open its 77th winter season tomorrow, Nov. 22.
    “We’ll definitely be open on Thanksgiving,” said Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley Co.’s director of marketing and public relations.
    A Sun Valley Co. news release Tuesday stated that the resort will open lifts on both Bald and Dollar mountains on Thanksgiving Day.
    On opening day, Baldy will offer top-to-bottom skiing on the River Run side. The River Run No. 1 and Lookout Express No. 5 lifts will be running, allowing skiers and boarders access to Upper College, Roundhouse Lane and Mid River Run and Lower River Run. For younger kids, the Kinderspielplatz moving carpet will be running at the River Run base.
    At Dollar, only one lift—Quarter Dollar—will run on opening day. That will allow access to Poverty Flats and Quarter Dollar Bowl.
    As far as the other lifts and runs are concerned, Sibbach said, “It’s a moving target. It depends on what Mother Nature does.”
    For updated reports on current conditions and expanded terrain, visit the resort’s website at www.sunvalley.com.


 Brennan Rego: brego@mtexpress.com




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