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On Monday, August 21, a swath of ski country will go dark as a total solar eclipse moves across the continental United States. While the entire continent can see varying degrees of the eclipse, several ski resorts sit in or very near the “path of totality” where the moon will completely cover the sun. Never wasting an excuse for a party, numerous resorts are planning special events for this rare celestial phenomenon.

An eclipse is a celestial phenomenon you won’t want to miss, but be sure to check NASA’s safe eclipse viewing safety tips before you head out.

PHOTO CREDIT: Mt. Hood Meadows

1. Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 99.7%
Peak Time: 10:20 AM

Starting at about 9 AM, the 70-mile-wide path of totality will run barely south of Mt. Hood and Mt. Hood Meadows is ready for visitors wanting to check out its 99.7 percent eclipse peaking at 10:20 AM. The Stadium Express chairlift will be running from 9 AM to noon for $12 scenic rides. Passholders for next ski season can ride the lift for free. The resort is also renting 200 RV or camper spaces for the weekend through 3 PM on Monday.

“Viewing from our higher elevation should provide more clarity of this solar event, and if there are low-lying or valley clouds, we are more likely to have an unobstructed view of the eclipse,” said Dave Tragethon, vice president of marketing and sales at Mt. Hood Meadows.

2. Mt. Hood Skibowl, OR

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 99.9%
Peak Time: 10:20 AM

Starting at 6 AM, Mt. Hood Skibowl will open the Lower Sky Chair and Upper Sky Chair. All the $45 tickets must be pre-purchased online. Tickets include eclipse-viewing glasses, parking permit, lift access and a continental breakfast box. The Upper Sky Chair has download limitations, so visitors who go all the way up to the top will have to have hike down the Skyline trail back to the top of the Lower Sky Chair. Skibowl also has 50 spots of RV parking for rent Sunday night through Monday.

3. Timberline Lodge, OR

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 99.9%
Peak Time: 10:20 AM 

Another Mt. Hood ski resort, Timberline Lodge, has already sold out of its tickets on the Magic Mile Sky Ride for the eclipse. Though lodging during the eclipse is also sold out, the historic lodge will have dining and viewing glasses available for purchase on-site.

4. Mt. Bachelor, OR

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 99.5%
Peak Time: 10:20 AM

The path of totality in Oregon runs between Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor farther south. As such, the timing and degree of the eclipse will be very similar at the two vantage points on opposite of the path. Mt. Bachelor has already sold out of its lift tickets for the event. However, dining will be available in the base area.

PHOTO CREDIT: Brundage Mountain

5. Brundage Mountain, ID

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 99.3%
Peak Time: 11:27 AM

Located barely outside the totality zone in Idaho, Brundage Mountain is offering a $20 package that includes lift access on the BlueBird Quad, viewing glasses and a commemorative poster. The eclipse will peak at 11:27 AM. The resort is hosting an after-party at Smoky’s Bar and Grill at 12:30 PM, complete with a space trivia contest.

6. Sun Valley, ID

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 100%
Peak Time: 11:29 AM

The path of totality in Idaho does go right over Sun Valley Resort, so the town of Ketchum is expecting a huge influx of visitors. Those visitors and locals have already bought all the available lift tickets, but the eclipse can still be viewed both in the sky and on a jumbotron from the Sun Valley Pavilion lawn. Breakfast will be available at the River Run Day Lodge starting at 7 AM. The partial eclipse will begin at 10:12 AM and reach its total stage at 11:29 AM. Sun Valley Village will host a post-eclipse barbecue from noon to 4 PM with live entertainment and various family-friendly activities.

7. Pebble Creek, ID

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 98.7%
Peak Time: 11:32 AM

Just south of the path of totality in Idaho, Pebble Creek Ski Area is selling tickets on its Sunshine lift for $15 per person or $30 per family. Due to the lift’s downloading limits, guests will have to hike back down the mountain. Four versions of commemorative viewing glasses will be available at the resort.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sun Valley Resort

8. Grand Targhee, WY

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 100%
Peak Time: 11:34 AM 

Just across the Idaho border in Wyoming, Grand Targhee Resort sits almost in the middle of the path of totality. As a result, the total stage at 11:34 AM will last more than two minutes. The scenic chairlift rides have already sold out, but vehicle parking and camping passes are still available for pre-purchase online.

9. Jackson Hole, WY

Solar Eclipse Viewing Percentage: 100%
Peak Time: 11:34 AM

Like Grand Targhee, nearby Jackson Hole Resort will experience a total eclipse at virtually the same time. Tram tickets are sold out, but $50 access on the Sweetwater Gondola is still available for purchase. A free public viewing area will be next to the Ranch Lot on the northeast corner of the Teton Village base area. Pinky and the Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band (Dark Side of the Moon… get it?), will perform a free outdoor concert in Teton Village, 2-5 PM.

An eclipse is a celestial phenomenon you won’t want to miss, but be sure to check NASA’s safe eclipse viewing safety tips before you head out.

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