Willis bids adieu to Idaho ski area; locals take over

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FAIRFIELD, Idaho — “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis is saying goodbye to a small ski area in Idaho he’s owned since the 1990s — by donating it to a nonprofit group.

Willis said he’s happy with the people from Fairfield who formed a nonprofit to take over operations at Soldier Mountain, the Idaho Statesman reported Thursday.

The actor said in a news release that he wishes the group “the very best” now that he’s exiting the scene.

“It went from idea to execution in a matter of weeks,” said group co-founder Will Varin, describing how the group leaped into action in April after learning that Willis was considering donating the mountain and its three lifts that access about 1,400 vertical feet of skiing.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to do it,” Varin said, of taking over the mountain where he learned to love skiing. “At the end of the day, we don’t own the mountain. It’s a community mountain.”

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