SolVista opens Wednesday
GRANBY-SolVista Basin opens for the season Wednesday, Dec. 15. With its gentle terrain and 35 trails all dropping into one small base area, SolVista continues to market itself, not only as an ideal mountain for beginner skiers and snowboarders, but as a great place for families to ski. This year, the ski area will focus on night skiing and bringing more Grand County residents to the mountain with its Locals Appreciation Day every Friday. Grand County students can also purchase a season pass for $60. (Students at Indian Peaks Charter School, Grand Lake Elementary or Mountain Valley Christian Academy may ski & ride free on Sundays.)Adult lift tickets for Grand County Residents will cost $40 with a local ID, lunch at Seven Trails Grille will also be 10 percent off on Fridays with a local ID. As always, children 5 and under ski free.SolVista has enhanced its feature and added two bump runs. “Mogul runs, a mini terrain park, and designated powder runs are only a few of the reasons we are looking forward to a fantastic winter season at SolVista Basin,” said Melissa Cipriani, vice president of operations.”Ted’s Secret Stash” will be an all natural log park off the run “Jackalope.” Ghost Rider” and “Speculator” will be designated bump runs while “High Roller” and “South Forty” will be designated powder runs after big dumps.A beginner mini-terrain park will be located near “Milestone” Lift at the base area. “The Tank,” once an underground fuel tank, will be added to the main terrain park. The new feature is 8 feet in diameter and 30 feet long with a quarter-pipe on each side.SolVista employs 175 Grand County residents and, this year, will be adding 45 international employees from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru to its seasonal staff, according to ill Ryall, human resources manager.SolVista Basin will open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 to April 3. Night Skiing & Tubing is open from 5-8 p.m. every Saturday from Jan. 1 to April 2, and every night from Dec. 26-30 during “Winter Wonderland.”
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