Sunday, April 18, 2021
Baldy Users Asked to Follow Rules to Stay Safe
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STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Do you skin up and ski down Bald Mountain?

If so, Sun Valley Resort is asking that you observe a few rules to keep from running into grooming equipment or cables that might be stretched across runs.

The popularity of after hours travel on Bald Mountain has grown significantly this season and mountain managers expect it to increase even more with the onset of spring.

But they’re concerned that after-hours skiers and riders are straying from designated uphill and downhill routes that Sun Valley Resort, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management hammered out in the Bald Mountain Uphill Policy.

When the ski area closes at 4 p.m., there can be many teams working through the dark of night  preparing the mountain for the next morning. Snow cats often have cable stretched out for hundreds of yards and, while they attempt to warn of the hazards with lights and banners, accidents could be serious.

“Kurt Nelson of the U.S. Forest Service and I are asking for your help in keeping everyone safe and in maintaining after-hours access to Bald Mountain,” Sun Valley’s General Manager Tim Silva wrote in an open letter to the community this weekend. “If you are on Bald Mountain during the evening or early morning, it is critically important that you follow designated routes up and down. Deviating from the policy poses a significant threat to the safety of both after-hours skiers and Sun Valley Mountain Operations teams.”

Designated uphill routes follow the River Run chair and College Boulevard. They also follow Olympic Lane to Roundhouse Slope and from there they follow Roundhouse Lane to College.

On the Warm Springs side of the mountain, uphill routes start at the Greyhawk chair, taking a jog to the left at Maiden Lane and following a course along Flying Squirrel to the top.

According to the Uphill policy:

  • Uphill travel is allowed before 9am and after 4pm when special uphill restrictions are not in effect. People hiking up early in the morning must be descending by 9 a.m. 
  • All uphill and downhill traffic must remain on designated routes after hours.
  • Users must wear reflective clothing, a headlamp, and blinking tail light at all times.
  • Users must yield the right of way to and stay clear of ski area machinery (groomers, snowmobiles, and snowmaking equipment).
  • Except for avalanche dogs, dogs are prohibited on Bald Mountain between Nov. 1 and April 30.
  • Mountain bikes also are prohibited on Bald Mountain from Nov. 1 to April 30.

 

 

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