Willis bids adieu to ID ski area, locals take over

Willis bids adieu to ID ski area, locals take over

This Dec. 15, 2011 photo provided by Colorado Ski Country USA shows a skier making his way down the slopes in Aspen, Colo. A disappointing snow year in much of Colorado ski country last season has the state's resorts and hotels hoping that snowboarders and skiers will burn off some pent-up demand for deep snow this winter. (AP Photo/Colorado Ski Country USA/Jeremy Swanson)

FAIRFIELD, Idaho (AP) - Actor Bruce Willis is bidding adieu to a small Idaho ski area he's owned since the 1990s - by donating it to a nonprofit group.

The Idaho Statesman reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/csbc7rs) that Willis says he couldn't be happier with a crew of local people from Fairfield who formed the nonprofit earlier this year to take over operations at Soldier Mountain.

The Hollywood actor who stars in the "Die Hard" franchise said in a press release he wishes the group "the very best."

Among those who formed the group to take over Soldier Mountain is Boise attorney Will Varin.

Varin says he grew up skiing here and wants to keep up the ski hill's legacy - while revamping services including catskiing.

The U.S. Forest Service is working on renewing those permits.