[R440R, Sun Valley] celebrates its 75th anniversary this winter on the heels of a big skier visit season last year. The resort that opened in 1936 and quickly became the haunt of Hollywood celebrities is planning a year of special events to honor the milestone.

Sun Valley topped their visitation goal last winter. "We broke the 400,000 mark," marketing director Jack Sibbach told OnTheSnow.com. Early snowmaking got last season off to a good start with a Thanksgiving opening, and the snowpack held all winter. But Sibbach attributed the success to guest service, the resort's employees, and the new gondola.

The new Roundhouse Gondola received rave reviews. "We had lots of happy faces," he added, "and the gondola took lots of riders up to the Roundhouse for lunch."

Sun Valley Resort hopes to keep last year's momentum rolling through this season as it celebrates its 75th winter. Special events are being planned throughout the whole winter, including several events in the terrain park.

Celebrations kick off Dec. 21, on the resort's birthday. An ice show featuring Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek will highlight the day.

Sun Valley has also extended summer lift operations through Sept. 26 with the Roundhouse Gondola running on weekends. The Roundhouse Restaurant will sell snacks and offer lunchtime dining. Summer lift tickets reduce starting Sept. 11 to $15 for adults, $13 for teens, and $8 for youth. Fall golf specials are also available at the resort.

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