BY KAREN BOSSICK
Rotarun Ski Club has received a $7,400 grant from 100 Men Who Care to develop a dual track tubing part at Art Richards Mountain wet of Hailey this winter.
And the community will be invited to tube for free on its opening day, which is to be determined by snow, courtesy of 100 Men Who Care.
Rotarun’s Jesse Foster and Ben Frank said the grant will fund about half of the project’s development costs, including excavation, grading, the purchase of inner tubes, installing lighting and construction for a tube storage structure.
The grant will also help install a cable tow that Sun Valley Company is donating to Rotarun to use for tubers.
Excavation and grading is nearly done The tube store age structure is expected to be completed by the end of the November and will also serve as a Pump House to support snowmaking at Rotarun once snowmaking is installed.
The cable tow will be installed next summer.
Tubing will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays as soon as there is enough snow.
Unlimited all-day/night tubing, including tube rental, will cost $6 for children ages 10 and under, $10 for youth ages 11 to 16 and $15 for those 17 and over.
Children need to be at least 42 inches tall for safety reasons.
Marty Lyon, who founded 100 Men Who Care, said the presentation of $7,400 has been magnified 10 times since 100 Men Who Care started a few years ago. They have gifted nonprofit organizations $74,450 to date.
Men meet quarterly to determine which organization will receive the $100 each man contributes to a pot. The 2017 meetings are at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10, April 11, July 11 and Oct. 10 at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden.