SolVista Basin opens for the season |

SolVista Basin opens for the season

Tonya BinaSky-Hi Daily News
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SolVista Ski Basin – the ski area that boasts of downhill enthusiasts “fueled more by hot chocolate than adrenaline” – is kicking off its 2010 season with 16 inches of base, several inches of new snow and an unprecedented number of season ticket holders.The Granby Ranch ski mountain is opening 30 percent of beginner and intermediate runs to the public today, Dec. 16, and plans to ramp up operations through the holidays, according to Granby Ranch CEO Joe Malone.He views the resort’s early boost in season-ticket sales as reflecting a “pent-up demand” for skiing.”Season pass sales sky-rocketed this year,” confirmed Ticket Manager Jill Kohlwey.Kohlwey attributes the resort’s early sales surge to families scaling back from the bigger, more expensive resorts without sacrificing their ski vacations.The resort successfully marketed early season pass prices, which were discounted prior to Dec. 1, offering scaled deals for families.Now until Jan. 15, season tickets at SolVista are $340 adults and $720 family passes based on a family of four.Cost of day tickets are: Adults, $54; children, $32; seniors 61-69 years, $40; and 70 and older, or 5 years and younger, free.The resort also is launching its 2010 season with more night skiing, a larger terrain park and a tubing operation planned for most of the season.Night skiing will be available Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and 2, then every Saturday night during the season – a change from prior years when night skiing was available every other weekend.Night skiing takes place on the runs Easy Money, Ghost Rider and Zig & Zag, as well as on some of the terrain park if lighting allows.The resort is also offering tubing at the base area. Tubing will be available evenings Dec. 17 through Dec. 30 and every evening during the season that night skiing is available. Tubing at SolVista started last year and turned out to be a “great success,” Malone said.The tubing hill is accessed from the Milestone lift and encompasses the beginner area. Parents can watch tubing activity from the base.The terrain park on the Drifter run is SolVista’s newest feature, which has been expanded this year to incorporate three progression parks of beginner, intermediate and expert. SolVista’s terrain park is slated to be open Christmas week and features a series of jumps and rails.To accommodate the terrain park, the resort’s half pipe with a 5-foot to 6-foot wall clearance is “great for people learning how to ride it,” Malone said. The pipe is also scheduled to be open by Christmas.SolVista’s ski school, rental shop, a daily outdoor fire pit and the Seven Trails Grill restaurant with lunch and dinner are all available with the season launch.”Overall, we’re looking very much forward to a great ski season,” Malone said.

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