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Sun Valley Unveils Plans For New High-Speed, More Bowls, More Trees

Sun-Valley-Expansion Next season, the bowls, the trees and the steeps off Seattle Ridge will be open at Sun Valley. (Sun Valley)

A much-anticipated expansion project on the north edge of Sun Valley is set to get underway this summer.

Approved by pertinent federal agencies, the project will bring both high-speed transport for the green-dominant Cold Springs area on the backside, and also enlarge expert and advanced terrain off the top of Seattle Ridge on Bald Mountain's north shoulder.

This summer, crews will relocate the base terminal of the 42-year-old Cold Springs fixed-grip -- the oldest chair on the mountain -- to the bottom of the Lower Broadway green run that will be lengthened by 4,200 feet and get more snowmaking. The terrain features gradual groomers intermingled with moderate pitches.

The new detachable lift will top out at The Roundhouse restaurant, right where the Roundhouse Express Gondola drops off and the Christmas (No. 3) chair picks up skiers and riders to get them to the Bald Mountain ridge. Also, skiers and 'boarders can drop onto the front side of the mountain from the top of the new lift.

Simultaneously, crews will extend the current boundary and cut access from the top of Seattle Ridge quad northward into Turkey Bowl and surrounding glades. This will add some 380 acres to bring Sun Valley's total in-bounds terrain to more than 2,400 acres -- accessed by the Seattle Ridge chair.

One of America's first destination ski resorts -- and home to the world's first chairlifts -- Sun Valley is owned by the Holding family, which also owns Snowbasin in Utah. Patriarch Earl Holding died recently, but the family has gone ahead with plans for remodeling, upgrading and now expansion.

Skiers and riders with Epic Passes can have seven days of free skiing and riding at the Idaho mountain. 

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