Soldier Mountain Ski Area is up for sale on Craigslist. The ski resort has had a wild past decade with Bruce Willis – yes, that Bruce Willis – handing off ownership of the ski hill to a local non-profit. That non-profit then sold the ski area in 2015 for $149,000. Well, the ski area is back up for sale in a classic case of “One man’s nightmare is another man’s dream.”
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY: Soldier Mountain has it all: accessible terrain for families, cat skiing for the hardcore enthusiasts, side country with endless powder and an inviting lodge and bar. Soldier has skiing that rivals the biggest and best ski areas around, with small-town friendliness and pricing. There is ample opportunity for growth and expansion at Soldier Mountain for someone who wants to create a new and improved ski area. Otherwise, this is a turn-key operation with no deferred maintenance or significant problems. There are chances to make improvements like expanding the cat skiing operation, install the existing lift that is available on the ground, create sustainability-minded improvements, do a land swap to privatize the base area so overnight lodging can be provided and add snowmaking, among other possible upgrades. There are USFS approved plans for lift-assisted downhill mountain biking and a maintenance shop. MOUNTAIN STATISTICS: 1150 skiable acres, 36 trails, 1400 vertical drop, 2 chair lifts, 1 magic carpet, 2000 skiable cat ski acres accessed by a 12-seat enclosed snowcat with a yurt in the cat ski terrain. The base of the ski area is at 5750’, the top is 7200,’ and the top of the cat ski area is 9500’. Soldier has a 10-year-old lodge with a bar, restaurant, retail, rental, and tuning. There is a ski school, paid and volunteer ski patrol, a cat skiing operation, a yurt that sleeps 12.LOCATION: Soldier Mountain is located 11 miles outside of Fairfield in southern Idaho in the Sawtooth National Forest. It draws its skier base from Boise to the west, Sun Valley and Idaho Falls to the east, Twin Falls and Utah to the south. Fairfield is the county seat in Camas County and is a town of about 400.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION: In-depth, financial, and other information is available to serious buyers only, and is accessible after an NDA is signed.
PRICE AND TERMS: $800,000 for the turnkey operation with all equipment included. The terms are cash. Soldier Mountain is on USFS land and has a long-term lease for both the inbounds operation and the cat skiing operation.