WILDWOOD, MO (KMOX)-As the Hidden Valley Ski resort opens for the season on Friday, there’s hope it won’t be for the last time.
A few weeks ago, after Wildwood’s Planning and Zoning Commission rejected the resort’s plan to add zip lines and open year-round, owner Tim Boyd said the property was for sale. But on Friday morning he told KMOX there is new hope. Boyd says the city has transferred the issue to the Planning and Parks Committee which has reached out to him, and scheduled a January meeting. “Quite frankly we thought it was over, but they reached back out to us and wanted to reconnect and start the dialogue again, which they’ve done. We’re putting together some more information that they requested and we’re going to present that at the meeting.”
The Commission wanted Hidden Valley to move one of the proposed four zip lines, which Boyd said would be a safety hazard. It also wanted to limit the lines’ hours of operation, which Boyd said made the investment financially unviable.
While eight of the ten Planning and Zoning Commission members are citizens nominated by the Mayor and approved by the council, the Planning and Parks Committee is made up of council members.
“Hopefully,” Boyd says, “they’re going to make a recommendation back to the council if we can all come to an agreement.”
Meanwhile, the slopes open at one Friday afternoon. Boyd says they’ve been making snow off-and-on for a week, so it can stand the warm weather predicted for the weekend.
The slopes will be open from 1 pm to 10 pm on Friday. From 10 am until 8 pm on Saturday and on Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. The Polar Plunge Tubing area will be open from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday and from 12 pm to 6 pm on Sunday.
For more information go to hiddenvalleyski.com