Fairfield, ID – Out of over 2,000 offers, a Bend, Ore. couple are now the proud owners of an Idaho ski resort, for the unheard-of sum of $149,000.
The non-profit that has been running Soldier Mountain since it was donated to them by actor Bruce Willis in 2012 felt that Matt and Diane McFerran were the best candidates to continue the Soldier Mountain tradition. It was sold for only the amount of debt carried by the non-profit.
Matt McFerran is employed in pharmaceutical research sales, although he did a past stint as a grooming supervisor at Mt. Bachelor, while his wife Diane runs a Pilates studio. Both in their late 30s, they’re currently packing their bags to move to Fairfield, Idaho this weekend while getting busy leasing snowmaking equipment, transferring the Forest Service lease and liquor license, and buying a couple of snowcats.
The McFerrans assure that they will open Soldier Mountain for skiing this season. Future plans for the resort include improved marketing, lodging, backcountry skiing and expanded summer mountain biking.