18-12-14 seattle ridge by FOLEY@

Seattle Ridge, seen here from the top of the Baldy bowls, will see its first skiing of the season this weekend.

Sun Valley Resort plans to drop the ropes on Seattle Ridge this Saturday, opening the day lodge, two chairlifts and seven runs for the 2018-19 season.

Though an overnight storm early Wednesday came up short of projections, freezing temperatures throughout the month have allowed snowmakers to build a base on the southern side of Bald Mountain.

“It’s been really cold at night—perfect conditions for making snow,” Sun Valley spokeswoman Kelli Lusk told the Idaho Mountain Express.

That and a heavy dose of grooming have given seven green circles the green light: Gretchen’s Gold, Christin’s Silver, Muffy’s Medals, Leigh’s Lane, Gun Tower Lane and mid-to-lower Broadway will all be ready for skiers and riders on Dec. 15, Lusk said. To get skiers there and back, the resort will also start running the Seattle Ridge quad and Cold Springs double chairs.

The Seattle Ridge Lodge will open, too—as will the Warm Springs Lodge, on the other side of the mountain, just 242 days after a fire gutted the building a week after the mountain closed last season.

The blaze that crept out of four plastic garbage cans on April 18 nearly consumed the building—but, afterward, afforded architects a chance to take a closer look at how to update its layout.

The doors will open Saturday to 100 more seats, up to 264 from 164. It also has a new bar, moved to open up a view of Lower Warm Springs and the Challenger lift.

Sun Valley will unveil the rebuilt base lodge this weekend, before a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 22, Lusk said.

In the meantime, the Roundhouse will be open for dinner this weekend, serving guests on Friday and Saturday nights.

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