Granby: Sol Vista Basin opens Wednesday, Dec. 17 |

Granby: Sol Vista Basin opens Wednesday, Dec. 17

SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch opens for the 2008-2009 season on Wednesday, Dec. 17 and would like show its appreciation to the local community during the annual Grand County Appreciation Day on Friday, Dec. 19. Guests receive one free lift ticket for each bag of non-perishable food items delivered to the ticket desk as a donation to the Mountain Family Center. While spending the day on the slopes, head to Seven Trails Grille and enjoy a Slopeside lunch or an aprs-ski beverage. Make sure to head outside and visit with friends and family at the fire pit.Besides 37 trails for downhill skiing, SolVista Basin offers 25 kilometers of snowshoe trails with sweeping views of the Continental Divide. Snowshoers may buy a lift ticket for $5 to ride the Quick Draw Express lift to the top of the East Mountain to access the trails or head out from the base area for no charge.Once again SolVista will offer Grand County students the opportunity to ski free on Fridays when they present their school ID. SolVista Basin offers the Get on the Snow package designed for beginner skiers or snowboarders of all ages for $149. The package includes lift ticket, full day lessons and rentals for two days. The package is valid January 5 March 6, 2009, excluding Jan. 17-19 and Feb. 14-16. Once the package has been completed, participants receive a free season pass for the remainder of the ski season and a $20 voucher valid in the SolVista Basin retail shop. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance. Restrictions may apply.SolVista Basin will open for night skiing and tubing on select Saturday evenings this winter from 5pm-8pm. Visit Seven Trails Grille for dinner and drinks or warm up outside by the cozy fire pit. Cost for night skiing is $10 per person; tubing is $10 per person or a combo ticket for $15 per person. Season pass holders can night ski or tube for free. Scheduled night skiing and tubing dates include: Dec. 26, 27, 28, Jan. 2, 3, 17, 31, Feb. 14, 28, Mar. 14, 28. SolVista Basin is known for being a great ski area for learning to ski or snowboard. The 1,000-vertical-feet of gentle terrain on SolVistas East Mountain is perfect for beginners and families who want to ski and snowboard together. The slopes are seldom crowded and fun western facades and bridges make learning the sport fun for kids. Advanced skiers/riders find more challenging runs on SolVistas West Mountain. For information on package deals, ski school programs and other activities, please visit or call 888-283-7458.December EventsDec. 19 Grand County Appreciation Day. Receive a free lift ticket when you bring a bag of non-perishable food to the ticket desk as a donation for the Mountain Family Center. December 24Christmas Eve Festivities. Visit with Santa from 11:30-1pm in the Base Camp Lodge dining hall for all those last minute requests. Inter-Denominational church services at 4:30pm are open to the public in the dining hall of Base Camp Lodge with Christmas carols and holiday refreshments.December 26,27,28Night Skiing and Tubing. Enjoy night skiing and tubing from 5-8pm. Visit Seven Trails Grille for dinner and drinks, or warm up outside by the cozy fire pit. Cost for night skiing is $10/ person; Tubing is $10/person or a combo ticket for $15/person.December 31New Years Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks. Bring the family to help us celebrate the New Year. The evening festivities begin at 6 pm with the traditional kids parade, synchronized ski down and spectacular fireworks display. Limited glow sticks will be available to children 12 and under, otherwise, bring a flashlight and join in the parade.

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