Bruce Willis donates ski resort to nonprofit organization
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Bruce Willis donates ski resort to nonprofit organization

Idaho City : ID : USA | Nov 25, 2012 at 3:06 AM PST
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This Thanksgiving, actor, Bruce Willis has donated his Soldier Mountain Ski Resort in Fairfiled Idaho, to a non-profit organization to ensure a better future for the area.

The Die Hard star is known for his charity work and donations made to several foundations. Last time we heard of a good deed by Willis, it was when he bought 12000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies from his daughter and sent them to U.S troops in Afghanistan.

This time the 57 year old actor has given away his ski resort to an NGO, proving that he has the ability to inspire people not just in movies but in real life as well.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the organization that will be responsible for the management of Soldier Mountain Ski Area,” Willis said in a press release. The community came together, established the SMSA organization, and now assures its continued success. “It was exciting to see that the very people who ski at Soldier care so much about its future. I wish them the very best.”

Bruce had owned the resort for over 20 years and it boasts 1,150 acres of in-bounds terrain, and its three lifts give access to a vertical rise of 1,425 feet. The action hero first announced his plans of giving it to charity in April earlier this year. The Mountain has been in operation since 1948 and after the donation, the recently formed NGO Soldier Mountain Ski Area Inc. has taken over the ownership and operations of the resort.

Will Varin, president of the non-profit said that execution of the idea to donate the resort happened in a matter of weeks and the mountain is now currently under its operations.

“We all grew up there and have family ties with the mountain,” Varin said as he recalled the time when he was learning how to ski on a mountain. “We’ve got that legacy, and there’s a passing of the torch, and now it’s our turn.”

The non-profit spent a major chunk of its time this summer making repairs in the resort, checking its lifts work properly and repainting the building. Now Varin hopes to have local skiers and boarders to visit the resort this winter.

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

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Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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