Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Sun Valley Delays Building New Cold Springs Lift to Give Skiers a Better Experience
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If you wax nostalgic about old two-seaters, rejoice! The Cold Springs chairlift, built in 1970, will be around one more season.
 
Sunday, March 10, 2019
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Keep the cork in the champagne bottle.

Sun Valley Resort won’t be breaking a bottle over the new Cold Springs lift next year after all.

Sun Valley Resort originally planned to build a new Cold Springs lift to replace the resort’s oldest chairlift this coming summer. But engineers decided that a different alignment would provide a better experience for skiers and boarders and possibly even open up a little more glade skiing, said Mike Fitzpatrick, Sun Valley’s director of marketing.

That means the old two-seater, built in 1970, will be in operation yet another year.

Fitzpatrick said the resort will start building the infrastructure for the new four-seater this summer but will not open the new Cold Springs lift until the 2020-21 season. The detachable quad will take skiers on a six-minute 5,500-foot ride that will ascend 1,525 vertical feet from the bottom of Cold Springs to the Roundhouse Restaurant.

The new lift is part of a Cold Springs project expansion that will add 380 acres to Sun Valley’s ski terrain, increasing Sun Valley’s skiable acreage to 2,434 acres.

It will open an advanced/intermediate area on the south side of Seattle Ridge Lodge called Turkey Bowl. The new terrain will feature off-piste skiing that includes tree skiing.

The project will also extend lower Broadway Run 4,200 feet or two-thirds of a mile and line it with 18 new snowmaking guns over 1.5 miles. When finished, Broadway—a green cruiser run—will be 2.5 miles long.

 

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