The 1st Annual Soldier Mountain Summerfest is June 29th which will benefit Idaho’s Community Ski Mountain. Idaho’s own, Muzzie Braun will be headlining the rain or shine festival with many other Idaho country and western bands. Tickets can be purchased in advanced for $20 at the Mt. Home D&B Supply or online by clicking here. Performances from Old Death Whisper, Paddy Wagon and others will start at 11:00am with Muzzie Braun & Friends hitting the stage at 7:00pm.
Soldier Mountain Summerfest organizer, Kristi Schiermeier, tells us that “Soldier Mountain has so much to offer the public with winter and summer recreation. Summer events are a great way to bring other guests to our great ski mountain. There is so many local musicians that have offered to come and play for us. Muzzie is an Idaho favorite and we were so lucky to have him help us raise funds to benefit the learning and race programs. We hope this will be an annual event, that will continue to promote affordable family-fun in Idaho.”
From the Soldier Mountain website we learn that in 1947, a visit to watch the Olympic Team Tryouts held at nearby Sun Valley prompted friends Bob Frostenson and Harry Durall to found Soldier Mountain Ski Area. That summer they raised $10,000, began work on a base lodge, and purchased two rope tows. They cut timber, installed lifts, and built lodges by hand.
The first chairlift was installed in 1971 and the second was added in 1974. Soldier has 1,150 acres of variable alpine terrain including a terrain park, glades, bowls, and tree skiing. Soldier Mountain also operates the only cat skiing operation in South-Central Idaho.
In the late 1990s, actor Bruce Willis purchased the Ski Lift. In Spring 2012, Mr. Willis decided to donate it to the recently formed 501[c]3 Soldier Mountain Ski Area, Inc.
Still a family-friendly mountain, Soldier Mountain has a complete ski school and prices to fit the most frugal of budgets – just $19 for youth and $35 for adults. Soldier Mountain is one of Idaho’s hidden gems, an easy-going, community-oriented resort located in the picturesque Sawtooth National Forest, halfway between Boise and Sun Valley.