Idaho May Have New Ski Resort Soon

The name is Pond. James Pond.This sharply-dressed pondskimmer is ready to hit the slope.

Boise, ID, Dec. 13--Skiers, think Idaho. Okay...after potatoes. Sun Valley, Schwietzer, and Bogus Basin are names that often come to mind.

However, a group of investors are hoping to put WestRock, a $300-million, four-season resort on the map in Idaho. Headed up by businessmen Don Weilmunster and Alfredo Miguel Afif, the investors plan to build WestRock Resort, on Lake Cascade, about 90 miles north of Boise.

Westrock would open with 1500 skiable acres, 40 trails, a gondola, and five high-speed chairs. Also in the works is base village complete with hotels, restaurants, shops, a golf course, and heated walkways.

The final approval for the 2,000 acres of state land needed for the ski area is slated for April of 2000. If approved right away, the resort hopes to be partially open in time for the Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, in 2002.

However, WestRock's management team is cautious to set any firm dates. "We need to be flexible on how much we can get done by that time," says Jerry Kidd, Government Liaison for WestRock. "Not only legal restraints, but construction, and weather can also set us back on our intended opening date,"

If the ski fits, Idaho may have a new place to ski next millennium.