Bald Mountain Wins 2016/2017 Best In Snow Award for Best Value
Bald Mountain Ski Area in Idaho has been named a “Best Value Ski Area” in the High West in the 2016/2017 Liftopia Best in Snow Awards. Liftopia CEO and co-founder Evan Reece said in a press release, “We crafted the Best in Snow Awards using details from a consumer survey and our proprietary data to uncover the ski areas people are most passionate about, all over North America.”
Bald Mountain is a “throwback” ski area in Idaho. With one T-bar lift and one rope tow servicing 140 acres of varied terrain, this is the kind of ski area where families can learn to ski and ride together. The community run ski area describes itself as the “Best Little Ski Hill in Idaho”.
This ski hill in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho is truly one of the best values in the country. An adult all day lift ticket will set you back just $20. And while the ticket might be cheap, the skiing is fantastic. General Manager and volunteer Chris Allen says that “at Bald Mountain you get all of the terrain of bigger mountains, just smaller”.
Bald Mountain is a family oriented ski area with community at it’s core. A bus runs from nearby Orofino to bring young skiers to the mountain every weekend. Kids in the 5th grade ski free all year and 6th graders can ski free three times. Chris Allen is also the board president and says that “if you can learn to ski here, you can ski anywhere.” The area relies on volunteers like Allen and other community members to keep the lifts turning.
Along with 8 other areas, Bald Mountain is part of a nationwide consortium of small ski areas, The Mountain Playground Group. The group is a solutions based initiative to assist small ski areas in becoming more profitable and more sustainable. As smaller ski areas in the country have been in decline the Mountain Rider’s Alliance created the group to help keep the great ski values around. MRA co-founder and CEO Jamie Schectman says, “small ski areas bring a value and authenticity to families and communities that you can’t find at the big corporate resorts. The goal of the Mountain Playground Group is to assist the Bald Mountains of the ski industry to stay in business and thrive for future generations.”
The key program of the Mountain Playground Group has been the Mountain Playground Card. This discount card is good for discounts at all of the groups 9 ski areas as well as discounts and benefits at dozens of brand partners.
Congratulations to Bald Mountain Ski Area for winning a 2016/2017 Best in Snow Best Value Award!
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