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Supporting its commitment to the best grooming in the country, Sun Valley welcomes two Prinoth Bison snow groomers for the winter 2016-17 season, adding to the two highly-efficient Prinoth Leitwolf snow groomers acquired by the resort last winter. Both the Bison and Leitwolf meet the Stage IV/Tier 4 final exhaust emissions standards. “The Prinoth Bison offers more engine power and higher torque, while reducing exhaust emissions by more than 90 percent,” said Peter Stearns, Sun Valley Resort’s director of mountain operations. “We are very proud to be adding more Tier 4 finals groomers to our fleet, reinforcing our dedication and commitment to being environmentally responsible, while still delivering high-quality snowmaking and grooming for our guests.” As one of the leaders in the ski industry for snowmaking, Sun Valley was one of the early adopters of automated snowmaking in North America. An automatic system creates the unique Sun Valley brand of high-quality, machine-made snow, called “Gun Powder”, which has been a legend in the industry for 27 years. In keeping with this commitment, another 125 snowmaking guns were replaced this summer with the highly-efficient Rubis Evo guns, taking the total to 207 out of 560 snowmaking guns on the mountain being updated. TAKING THE UNBEATEN PATH JUST GOT EASIER Taking the unbeaten path to Sun Valley is becoming easier and more accessible each year. Nonstop flights from six (6) major cities are in full swing for the winter 2016-17 season. Guests can now take a short flight from a major city, then be on the slopes or relaxing in the Sun Valley Spa or heated, outdoor pool that afternoon. Direct flights into Sun Valley (SUN) include Salt Lake City (SLC), Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Portland (PDX). The direct flight from Portland (PDX) to/from Sun Valley (SUN) on Alaska Airlines is the latest addition of major cities to make Sun Valley its destination. This is the first nonstop flight from Portland to a destination ski area for Alaska Airlines. Flights to and from Portland (PDX) will run Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting December 17 through April 1. The popular Alaska Airlines boarding pass exchange program continues for another season. Passengers flying to Sun Valley from Seattle or Portland on an Alaska Airlines flight can exchange their boarding pass for either a half-day lift ticket or Nordic pass to be used the same day of arrival. If Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles passengers would prefer exchanging their boarding pass for a sport rental package from Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports or 50% off an adult group lesson the next day, those are the other options. Whatever path is taken to Sun Valley this winter, everyone will surely find their calling with the vast array of indoor and outdoor activities to be enjoyed. Enjoy Sun Valley’s 81st season with lasting memories, good times and unforgettable moments on and off the mountain. Photos courtesy of Sun Valley Resort SUN VALLEY SOURCE 51


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