One Year Later, Soldier Mountain Open for Weddings, Picnics and Fun
New activities combine with Snowcat and family skiing to make Soldier the new all-season destination
Fairfield, ID—The couple who beat 2,000 other applicants last November for the chance to purchase the entire Soldier Mountain Ski Area for $149,000 is now adding weddings, reunions, retreats, hiking, picnics and just general relaxation to their menu of things to do at this historic Idaho site.
“More and more people are coming to Soldier Mountain to escape the winter ski crowds. Now we’d like them to get to know us as a summer destination too,” says co-owner Diane McFerran. “Our goal is to offer people a location they can go to any time of the year, whether to dodge the summer heat and go hiking, drive right to our beautiful mountain setting for weddings and other get-togethers, ATV over the mountain to Sun Valley, or a day of family skiing.”
Located on 1,150 acres at the edge of the Sawtooth National Forest just 12 miles north of Fairfield, Soldier Mountain has something for everyone. The site offers a remote setting with access to a 280-person lodge, professional kitchen, full bar services and nearby camping, including Pioneer Campground. Catering and accommodations are also available in nearby Fairfield.
McFerran and her husband and co-owner Matt have developed a range of packages to appeal to different wedding, retreat or reunion tastes. On one extreme is a back-to-nature package that includes use of the lodge’s large outdoor deck, up to 50 reserved campsites, and outdoor toilets. Visitors can also reserve the entire lodge with its spectacular mountain view and indoor toilets. Parties can bring in the caterer of their choice, hire the lodge’s full bar services, and use a combination of RVs and Fairfield hotels, rental homes, and other Fairfield accommodations.
“It was perfect wedding location for us,” said Andy Henning of Twin Falls. “My fiancé and I wanted to keep it pretty low-key. All of our friends like to go camping on Memorial Day, so we gave them a good place to do it. We put up a small stage, had lights and a live band, and cooked up more than 100 pounds of BBQ pork. The Soldier Mountain people really went out of their way to make sure everything went well.”
Established in 1948, Soldier Mountain is no longer one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets. Its low prices, short ski lines, and powder snow (and former owner Bruce Willis) have placed it squarely on the list of off-the-beaten-track ski areas to explore. The mountain has always had a special place in the hearts of many locals, including one skier who attended opening day 68 years ago, has a ski run named after him, and plans to be there for the opening day of the 2016-17 season.
Last year Diane and Matt put together a Snowcat ski program that has gained a reputation as one of the most affordable and enjoyable in the state. It is even tempting adventurous powder hounds to make the 65 miles trek from the storied slopes of Sun Valley. Skiers regularly travel to Soldier Mountain from Boise’s Bogus Basin (93 miles to the west), Twin Falls (80 miles to the south), and smaller towns across southern Idaho.
“People like to enjoy nature in all kinds of ways,” says Matt. “Skiers are getting to know us for our short lines and great powder. We want people to know that Soldier Mountain is an accessible, affordable and uncrowded alternative destination they can enjoy all four seasons of the year.”
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