Breaking News: Baldy Fire Burns Ski Lift and Wireless Facility

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An early morning fire on Bald Mountain on Saturday, February 1, caused significant damage to the top station of Sun Valley Co.’s Flying Squirrel ski lift and an adjacent snowmaking and cellular wireless communications facility.

The top station of Sun Valley Co.’s Flying Squirrel ski lift on Bald Mountain burns at about 3 a.m. on Saturday, February 1. The fire caused significant damage to the station and a nearby snowmaking and wireless communications facility. The resort has closed the Warm Springs side of the ski mountain until damage can be assessed. Courtesy photo by F. Alfredo Rego.

The top station of Sun Valley Co.’s Flying Squirrel ski lift on Bald Mountain burns at about 3 a.m. on Saturday, February 1. The fire caused significant damage to the station and an adjacent snowmaking and wireless communications facility. The resort closed the Warm Springs side of the ski mountain on Saturday, but plans to reopen it on Sunday. Courtesy photo by F. Alfredo Rego.

The Ketchum Fire Department and resort mountain personnel responded to the incident site, located at an elevation of 8,200 feet, states a recent news release from Sun Valley Co.

“The fire caused extensive damage to [Flying Squirrel lift,] including separation of the main ski lift cable,” the release states. “The damaged snowmaking facility housed air compressors.”

Impacts to the resort’s operations are expected to be minimal, according to the release, as the lift is rarely used and the majority of the resort’s snowmaking capabilities remain intact.

“While the temporary closure of several runs will be necessary to allow for cleanup, the majority of runs on Bald Mountain remain open,” the release states. “There were no injuries related to this incident, and the cause is under investigation.”

All lifts and runs on the Warm Springs side of the mountain are currently closed, according to the mountain report on the resort’s website. The report states that the Warm Springs side will reopen “to full operations” on Sunday, February 2. The report also states that the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Laura Flood and Cheeso Memorial ski races will resume on the Warm Springs side on Sunday, February 2. The races began Friday, January 31, but were cancelled on Saturday due to the fire.

Cell phone service is currently unavailable near the mountain’s Warm Springs base.

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Comments

  1. Mickey Garcia says:

    Probably an electrical caused fire. Another good reason why Baldy needs to be thinned. What if the fire had started during fire season?!

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