Season 'Dies Hard' -- Bruce Willis To Give Away Soldier Mountain
Are you a member of an acceptable nonprofit organization in Idaho? Then, your group might just be eligible to take over the ownership of Soldier Mountain, Idaho. Actor Bruce Willis has owned the resort since 1996.
Willis says he is willing to give the ski area to a local nonprofit entity that will continue operations. He had already placed his home – described as “lavish” – on the market for $15 million. It is located nearby in the town of Hailey. He also has a nightclub and local bar for sale at $4 million.
Soldier Mountain is an alpine ski area in south central Idaho in the Sawtooth National Forest. It is 12 miles north of Fairfield in very rural Camas County. Soldier Mt. is 62 miles from fabled Sun Valley Resort. The elevation of its summit is 7,177 feet above sea level and the vertical drop is 1,425 feet. The area has two chairlifts on its east-facing slopes. A handle tow is near the base. The first lifts up the mountain cranked up in the 1930s. Adult lift tickets ran $36 this season.
The ski area is located on public land and operates under a U.S. Forest Service permit, which Willis says he will turn over to a local nonprofit at no cost. One group, the Soldier Mountain Recreation Association, is seeking charitable donations to keep the ski lifts rolling.
The group’s spokesman, John Palan, is a former liftie at the resort. “We are hoping that people love Soldier Mountain and this area enough that they want to be involved and have a lasting legacy that they were part of,” he told a local newspaper.
What It Means: Soldier Mountain just might soon join with 30 other ski areas across the country run by nonprofits. Say, does this mean the only actor left on a ski slopes with a key to the base lodge is Robert Redford in Utah?