Soldier Mountain aims to open Jan. 28 for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Fire destroyed the ski area's main lodge and the adjacent rental shop last March, and finishing construction on a replacement lodge precluded opening earlier this season.

The 1,150-acre ski resort, co-owned by actor Bruce Willis, intended to build a new day lodge when skiers visits eventually doubled. However, the fire that started in electrical wiring last March bounced the plans for a new lodge onto the front burner.

The new wheelchair-accessible 4,500-square-foot lodge includes a grill, lounge, ski rental shop, ski school, ticket booth, and bathrooms, which were lacking in the old lodge. The cost of the new construction, which began in September, is split between insurance and Willis.

The resort, which has sufficient snow to open, re-contoured the beginner slope serviced by the handle tow to make the slope more gentle and kid-friendly. Other features at the ski area include a terrain park and backcountry access. Single ride lift tickets, which save backcountry skiers and riders a 1,200 vertical climb, are available again for $10.

Soldier Mt., which was built by farmers who put up a rope tow in 1948, sits in Sawtooth National Forest south of Sun Valley. It operates Thursdays through Sundays.

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