Willis bids adieu to ID ski area; locals take over

Associated Press Published: November 22, 2012
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FAIRFIELD, Idaho (AP) — "Die Hard" star Bruce Willis is saying goodbye to a small ski area in Idaho he's owned since the 1990s — by donating it to a nonprofit group.

Willis said he's happy with the people from Fairfield who formed a nonprofit to take over operations at Soldier Mountain, the Idaho Statesman reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/csbc7rs ).

The actor said in a news release that he wishes the group "the very best" now that he's exiting the scene.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the organization that will be responsible for the management of Soldier Mountain Ski Area," Willis said. "It was exciting to see that the very people who ski at Soldier care so much about its future."

Among those who formed the group to take over Soldier Mountain is Boise attorney Will Varin.

"It went from idea to execution in a matter of weeks," he said, describing how his group leaped into action in April after learning that Willis was considering donating the mountain and its three lifts that access about 1,400 vertical feet of skiing.

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