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Sun Valley Resort plans to replace its oldest chairlift, expand skiable acreage

Sun Valley Resort will hold an open house Friday to explain its proposed plans to replace the oldest operating chairlift on Bald Mountain, expand skiable terrain and snowmaking and improve a mountain bike trail.

All of the work, scheduled for construction as early as the summer of 2018, centers around the Cold Springs (No. 4) chairlift. Cold Springs sits between Seattle Ridge and River Run.

Cold Springs, a two-seat chair covering 1,060 vertical feet, would be replaced with a detachable quad. The new chair would cover 1,525 vertical feet, nearly a 50 percent increase. The six-minute ride would end at the Roundhouse Gondola.

Sun Valley also wants to add 380 skiable acres in areas that are in bounds. The new terrain would begin at the top of Seattle Ridge, descend into Turkey Bowl and proceed north for tree skiing. That would give Sun Valley 2,434 skiable acres — an 18.5 percent increase. Snowmaking would be added along Lower Broadway, which would be extended, to the base of the new lift.

The project also would relocate and lengthen the Cold Springs mountain bike trail.

The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at River Run Day Lodge. It will include representatives of Sun Valley, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The Sun Valley project information page can be viewed here.