On the very same day that they should have been celebrating the grand opening of their new bike park, Soldier Mountain Resort, ID was instead being ravaged by wildfire. The Idaho resort in the Sawtooth National Forest, once owned by Bruce Willis, was swept up in the Phillips fire which was ignited by a lightning strike on August 5th.
We Will Be Closed Indefinitely Due To The Recent Wild Fire.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to open our bike park at this time due to a wild fire that has come though. We are hopeful that we will be able to open the trails in the fall. Right now, the fire is still active and the bridge to Soldier has burned and therefore there is no access currently. Send all your and good vibes that the fire can be contained, and we can open so you can SEND IT at Soldier.
– Statement on resort website
Social media posts, and photographs, relayed the devastating news to followers. The lodge and lifts escaped damage, but the bridge that provides access to the resort was destroyed. The resort is unable to fully assess the damage caused as the wildfire still presents a threat.
Soldier Mountain is near to Sun Valley Resort that was ravaged by wildfires in 2007 and 2013.
Soldier Mountain, who celebrated its 70th birthday in 2017, has changed hands a number of times in recent years, and a for sale listing on Craigslist a few years ago went viral. It’s currently owned by Diane and Matt McFerran, who purchased the property in 2016. Prior to that, it was owned by a nonprofit, a donation from the previous owner, actor Bruce Willis.
Soldier Mountain Ski Area is an alpine ski area in the western United States, in the Soldier Mountains of Sawtooth National Forest in south-central Idaho. Located 12 miles (19 km) north of Fairfield in very rural Camas County, its summit elevation is 7,177 feet (2,188 m) above sea level with a vertical drop of 1,425 feet (434 m). The area has two chairlifts in series on its east-facing slopes, and a magic carpet was installed in the fall of 2012 near the base.