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History of Silver Mountain Ski Resort

The search for gold, silver and lead in the Silver Valley first began in the 1880's shortly after Noah Kellogg's borrowed jackass kicked over a 'rock' that turned out to be a handsome chunk of silver. The discovery became the Bunker Hill lode - which turned out to be Idaho's biggest mining operation.

Where miners once dug for silver and gold, you can now find the Mother Lode of powder and an incredible year round indoor waterpark. What was once a rough and tumble mining community, full of bigger-than-life characters, now caters to adventure seekers of all ages and is home to one of the best ski resorts in Idaho.

1885 Noah Kellogg files a claim for what will become the Bunker Hill Mine.
1891 Bunker Hill Co. builds the valley's first tramway to transport ore from Wardner to Kellogg for processing.
1968 Jackass Ski Bowl opens; remains in operation until 1973 and 1st Winter Carnival.
1973 Bunker Hill Co purchases Jackass Ski Bowl and changes the name to Silverhorn Ski Area.
1982 Bunker Hill Limited Partnership takes over ski area operations of the Silverhorn resort.
1983 18,000 skiers hit the Silverhorn Ski Area slopes - an adult lift ticket cost is $14.
1984 City of Kellogg, Idaho takes over management of Silverhorn Ski Area.
1985 Kellogg leaders begin meeting to erect a 3.1-mile gondola.
1986 Kellogg residents approve $8 million in bonds for the gondola. Bunker Hill Limited Partnership sells 7 acres to city for $1 for the gondola base village.
1989 Ground is broken to begin construction of gondola and base village.
1990 Gondola opens. Ski resort is re-named Silver Mountain.
1996 Silver Mountain ski resort is purchased by Eagle Crest Partners, Ltd.
2004 Ground is broken on Gondola Village and the Morning Star Lodge. Record-breaking sellout of phase I (68 condominiums).
2005 Morning Star Lodge condominiums open to the public. Single-day sellout of Morning Star Lodge phase II (110 condominiums). Ground breaking ceremony for Silver Rapids - the indoor waterpark in the Gondola Village.
2006 Phase III of Morning Star Lodge phase (99 condominiums) is sold in one day.
2007 Construction commences on Galena Ridge, an 18 hole championship golf course.
2008 Silver Rapids, Idaho's largest indoor waterpark opens.
2010 First 9 holes of Idaho's Galena Ridge Golf Course opens to rave reviews as a "must play" masterpiece.
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