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Rotarun Ski Area General Manager Scott McGrew stands near a newly donated machine that will create man-made snow.

Rotarun Ski Area west of Hailey will get snowmaking equipment installed for the first time this ski season, thanks to the generosity of the Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Heyward Foundation, the Janice Seagraves Family Foundation, Rixon Excavation and the nonprofit ski hill’s many other community supporters.

“We cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to our local supporters who believe in this ski hill, and its role in our community,” said Rotarun General Manager Scott McGrew.

For the 2019-20 season, the nonprofit ski area will have snowmaking on the lower section of the hill, enabling Rotarun to establish a base of snow on the lower skier’s left side of the mountain.

“Installing snowmaking at Rotarun has been a dream for our community for over 30 years,” McGrew said. “The aspect of the hill and its consistently cold temperatures make it an ideal location. The vision has been to create a system that is both efficient and aligned with the local spirit of the area.”

Lunceford Excavation and Webb Nursery provided donated expertise and equipment to help with remediation after a mudslide took out a section of a ski slope last spring, McGrew said.

Wilro Plumbing, Wood River Electric, Levitan Appliance, BC Builders, Ferguson Supplies, Sun Valley Rug and Tile, Mountain Land Design, and Idaho Lumber and Ace Hardware have made contributions for a ski lodge improvement.

“We are beyond thrilled!” McGrew said.

Rotarun is planning to hold its annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve event and to host free community ski and ride sessions throughout the upcoming winter.

Visit ​rotarun.org​ for more information.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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