Actor Donates his Idaho Ski Resort
By. Steve Hartman
There’s a ski resort between Boise, Idaho and Sun Valley, Idaho that has been around for over 65 years. What’s known as Soldier Mountain Ski Area in Fairfield, Idaho offers 1,150 acres of various ski terrains with an elevation of 7200 feet and is known for its family-friendly and cost-friendly (average life ticket is $35) environment.
What makes this small, 3-lift resort newsworthy as of late is that its owner, actor Bruce Willis, donated it to a non-profit charity called the Soldier Mountain Ski Area Inc. The new owners will take over the operation of the resort without having to give Willis a single penny.
Willis, who purchased the resort area in the late-1990s, also owns a home and a bar/nightclub called The Mint in a town near Fairfield. The Sun Valley area saw a slew of celebrities in the 1990s show interest in the community and the local ski resorts including Bruce Springsteen, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood who have all skied the mountains and owned property nearby.
Willis used to visit the resort often however in recent years his interest began to wane. He announced in April 2012 of his intention to donate the Soldier Mountain Ski Area and transfer the Forest Service permit to the right non-profit. He handed over the keys to the place in October 2012.
The new owners are all from the area and learned how to ski on the snows of Soldier Mountain. Willis said of the new owners, “It was exciting to see that the very people who ski at Soldier Mountain care so much about its future. I wish them the very best.”