Bend couple pays $149K for Idaho ski area

Matt and Diane McFerran fulfill dream with purchase of Soldier Mountain Ski Area.

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Matt and Diane McFerran, of Bend, fulfill dream with purchase of Soldier Mountain Ski Area.

The price for 1,150 acres, 36 downhill runs, and a pair of chairlifts? $149,000.

The board of directors at Soldier Mountain Ski Area, just north of Fairfield, Idaho, selected the McFerrans’ bid from among thousands of others submitted on Facebook starting Oct. 15. The board only seriously considered five proposals, said board President Dr. Jim Johnston, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Boise. The board required serious bidders to put the full purchase amount in escrow, which eliminated most contenders, he said.

Soldier Mountain Ski Area, founded in 1948 and once the property of actor Bruce Willis, has never made its owners much money, Johnston said. However, it provides furnished outdoor recreation for local farm families, and thousands learned to ski there, he said. It’s an affordable place to ski for middle-class families. Lift ticket prices for this season were unavailable, but in the past they cost $38 for adults and $22 for children per day, according to

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

For the investment to be a good one, the McFerrans will need a snowier winter than the past two.

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