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Snow Growth Like Ski Growth

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Sun Valley ski resort received approval from the Sawtooth National Forest for a revised Bald Mountain Master Plan last week. The new plan calls for a gondola terminal in the Frenchman's Gulch area, as well as expansion along the ridge separating Ketchum and Board Ranch.

While there will be no additional snow making in the area, there will be a new terrain park and renovations to the Roundhouse Restaurant.

The plan also allows for tree thinning along Guyer Ridge for glade skiing, but forest officials turned down an application for terrain shaping. Additionally, look for expanded snow making on Seattle Ridge, along with several new trails.

The resort announced a planned Nov. 22 opening for the 2007-2008 season—although that date will depend on snowfall.

Other Idaho ski areas are adding some snowpack inches as well. Brundage ski area in McCall reported at 5-inch base on Nov. 14, while Tamarack got 8 inches from a recent storm. Sun Valley and Bogus Basin all reported trace amounts.