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 earlier this week.
That—and a heavy dose of grooming—has 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 you 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. Sun Valley will unveil the rebuilt base lodge this weekend, before a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Dec. 22, Lusk said.
The Roundhouse restaurant will also serve dinner this weekend, on Friday and Saturday nights.