Sun Valley Resort looks forward to potential new lift

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SUN VALLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) As skiers prepare to head up the mountain at Sun Valley, the resort plans a new way to get them to the top.

"We're really excited about the whole project," said Peter Stearns, the resort’s director of operations.

The Cold Springs Canyon Project brings in a brand new Cold Springs chairlift and a rerouted and upgraded mountain bike trail.

Though it's still in its early stages, the resort says it's a long time coming.

"The genesis of the project is you've got a very old lift that was built in 1970, and it is in need of replacement," said Kurt Nelson, the Ketchum district ranger for the Forest Service.

Cold Springs is the oldest lift at the resort.

They want to upgrade it with a detachable quad with a six-minute ride, one minute faster than it is now.

What you may not gain in time, you could gain in 380 acres of terrain.

"One of the things that people have said is we need more terrain variety,” Stearns said, “and this offers that.”

This is really more advanced terrain, he said.

The project is in its baby stages of environmental assessment. They anticipate the earliest start for construction to be summer 2018.

The resort says the project is already covered in their special use permit, but they say they still want to hear from you.

"We just look forward to the public involvement,” said John Kurtz, the outdoor recreation planner for the BLM. “It's important that they are involved.”

The public can become more involved in May, when they open the project for public comment.

“We want to know what they see as their priorities for recreation,” Stearns said.

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