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WHAT'S NEW AT SOLDIER MOUNTAIN? SFAIRFIELD, IDAHO oldier Mountain has come a long way since its inception in 1947. Diane and Matt McFerran are the new owners of the ski area, and they have quite a few changes and updates in the works. From a new mug club at the bar with custom pottery mugs to weekdayonly season passes and a “Ride or Ski in Three” beginner’s package, there are several new programs both on lower mountain and with the cat ski program. While Soldier Mountain is a small, family-friendly ski area, it also boasts some of the best backcountry skiing in the state. Cat skiing at Soldier is just a little bit diff erent than the typical backcountry experience. Soldier Mountain wants to give you a memorable day in the snow where you get to choose the lines you ski or board, as opposed to staying in tight formation following your guide. “We are not trying to save the snow for future trips; in fact we encourage you to explore and fi nd your own way within a safe, dedicated area. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to fi nd that sweet stash of untracked and pristine snow,” says owner Diane McFerran. Soldier is a very unique mountain, with 3,000’ of vertical that tops out at almost 10,000’. The cat skiing area is a large easterly facing bowl so it collects snow and holds it between storms. The south facing bowls are the destination while the snow is fresh, later moving to north facing trees where the powder lasts long after storms. When conditions allow, the chutes off Peak 2 open up, allowing access to the steepest terrain of any backcountry operation in Idaho. A short fi ve minute walk up to Peak 1 brings you to an east facing slope with 1,000’ vertical with enough trees to keep the snow fresh, but open enough to let the skis run. With 2,000 acres of skiable backcountry terrain, Soldier Mountain has it all: big open lines, rolling glades, steep trees and extreme chutes. The guides will accommodate what you want as long as it’s safe to ski or ride. With all the terrain available in the backcountry area, Soldier’s “Cat Scratch” deal is remarkably aff ordable at just $149. And with the opportunity to rent the back country yurt in conjunction with a cat ski trip, Soldier has all the makings to provide a memorable ski experience for you and your friends or family. 70 SUN VALLEY SOURCE


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