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Soldier Mountain Prepares To Open After Devastation From Phillips Fire

Soldier Painter Jeff Sneed from Tower Painters out of Truckee, California, paints the bull wheel on Bird's Eye chairlift Wednesday at Soldier Mountain Resort north of Fairfield. The Phillips Fire burned part of the ski area earlier in the summer of 2020.

Wildfires raging around the Magic Valley were a common event this summer and Camas County’s Soldier Mountain Resort felt the burn firsthand.

The Phillips Fire charred a large swath of the ski area, but with optimism and enthusiasm from its new owners and current staff — and lots of hard work — the ski resort is planning to host skiers and riders very close to a traditional opening day, usually in early December.

“Let’s just say that the only thing that isn’t wiped out is the main lodge,” Soldier Mountain General Manager Paul Alden said. “We paid for the place on Thursday and it burned down on Friday. Two of the lifts are gone — the Magic Carpet lift is totally gone — it’s a melted heap of rubbish.”

 Read the full story at MagicValley.com

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