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A snowcat driver works to even out the snowpack at Dollar Mountain on Monday.

Sun Valley opened its first Nordic skiing trails of the season yesterday, Dec. 4.

Resort spokeswoman Kelli Lusk told the Idaho Mountain Express on Monday that the resort would start the season with 7 kilometers of skate and classic skiing centered around the Sun Valley Club, about a mile east of the main village. As of Tuesday morning, Putt Putt, Practice Loop, Leif’s Loop and the White Clouds Loop were all open for skiing and snowshoeing. In addition, Hemingway, Glenn’s Loop and the Bridges Trail were open for snowshoeing only.

Skiing day passes cost $28 for an adult, $18 for a senior and $10 for kids 12 and up—children younger than that can ski for free. Snowshoeing costs $10 for adults and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and up.

“Last year was difficult for the Nordic Center, to say the least,” Lusk said. “The lack of snow was a real challenge. We’re excited to be off to a great start this season.”

Tuesday’s opening kicks off a week of rope-drops on the alpine side, as well. On Saturday, Dec. 8, Dollar Mountain will open for the season, as will the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain. Both the Dollar and Quarter Dollar quad lifts are expected to run, as well as The Accelerator carpet, accessing beginner terrain, plus Sepp’s Bowl, New Bowl, Dollar Face and the Prospector and Mineshaft terrain parks, with Carol’s Lodge unlocking its doors at the base.

A few miles down the road, construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the Warm Springs Lodge. But that won’t stop the Challenger lift from spooling up on Saturday, Lusk said. As work continues, the Challenger lift will enable top-to-bottom skiing on Baldy’s north side, about a week before the resort’s target date. Depending on conditions, Lusk expects skiing there to start with three runs open: Warm Springs, Flying Squirrel and lower Picabo’s Street.

Those trails will join the 10 ski runs—plus a handful of beginners’ connector tracks—already open on the River Run side of the mountain. That side of the ski mountain opened on Thanksgiving, and has been operating since.

For now, the company will roll out portable toilets for the Warm Springs base—but only for a week. The remodeled Warm Springs Lodge is slated to open for the following weekend—just under eight months after it was gutted by fire in April. Sun Valley will host a grand opening to follow the next week, on Dec. 22.

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