New owners, new season: Ski Bluewood opens

Ski Bluewood, purchased this fall, opened today with 38-44 inches of snow.

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DAYTON -- Ski Bluewood opened today, following a day of snowfall Thursday.

Snow depths at 5:30 a.m. were 38 inches at the base and 44 inches at the top, according to the ski area website, www.bluewood.com.

Bluewood administrative assistant Betty Standfill, a 10-year employee, said employees are jazzed about the new season and the new owners. "We're just so excited. They're (Kelly and Mike Stephenson) energetic and have lots of great ideas," she said.

Skiiers will see "lots of new painting, cleaning and sprucing up. There are a lot of things in the works, but time has been a factor here," Standfill said.

Bluewood's future remained uncertain until mid-October, when a Kennewick couple announced they were buying the operation from longtime owners Stan and Nancy Goodell. The Goodells announced their retirement in April, although the resort has been for sale for several years.

The sale was good economic news for Dayton and surrounding area, as the ski area employs around 100 people. A job fair in November drew 175 people, Standfill said.

Bluewood will be open Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 15, then will open seven days a week through Jan. 2. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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