Ski Patrol Update 12-23-2009

Sun Valley’s First Big Powder Day of the 2009/2010 Season!

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It might have come a little early for Christmas and it might not be the six feet that Valdez, Alaska got last week, but whoever doesn’t believe in Santa Claus didn’t wake up this morning to their car looking like this. Cheers to Sun Valley’s first big storm! Five inches over last night and today! Were you out there soaking wet, covered in snow, with thighs burning on our first day of powder too?

Good skiing, a new terrain park and more snow on its way!

We already know the skiing on Baldy is good enough to mostly ignore the weather reports and continue to ski every day. With the bumps of Upper and Mid Limelight in prime condition, the wide cruisers of Warm Springs with good coverage, the recent opening of Greyhawk lift, and Seattle Ridge looking closer and closer every day to opening, we really don’t have that much to complain about. But this morning we couldn’t help checking every report we could find. Most predict a 60%- 80% chance of snow for the next few days. Others say there is a slight chance of snow accumulation tonight and possibly 3-5 inches Monday night… But snow or not, we’ll be up there.

This was a big weekend for Sun Valley Co. In case you didn’t hear, a terrain park opened on Dollar Saturday. And it has been a massive hit so far. Skiers and boarders, both locals and tourists, kids and adults, athletes and fans, were hugely impressed by the park, the features, the quality…. Check out local tele-skier, Conor Davis’ video below for more.

And if that isn’t enough, check out the numbers. Dollar Mountain counted 634 skiers Saturday, while the five-year average for December 19th is 190. Sunday dollar counted 772 skiers, with the five-year average for December 20th being 307.

Congratulations and thanks to Sun Valley Company for making our beloved mountain even more dynamic, exciting, and appealing!

World Class Terrain Park Makes Its Mark on Dollar

We never thought that this day would come, but today was the limited opening and testing of the new terrain park on Dollar built buy SPT. Local athletes Tai Barrymore, Colter Brehmer, Mal Prior, Chase Josey, and Conor Davis met at 8:00 this morning to get to know/test the park and give some feedback. Everyone seemed super stoked just to even have a park, and to have one of this caliber was icing on the cake, lots of icing. So far, the park features include ten rails/boxes, smaller progressive jumps to learn on, and two big kickers. The  kickers are about 45ft from the lip to the knuckle and the landings continue for about another 100+ft, making huge airs possible. The park will officially open to the public tomorrow so grab your gear and head over to Dollar!

Don’t Take Our Word For It…

“Don’t be fooled by the snow report because the skiing in Sun Valley is amazing right now. The snow making has been off the charts this year as we opened on Thanksgiving day with 3,000 foot vertical runs from top to bottom runs on both River Run and Warm Springs sides. I’m super impressed with the new management (at Sun Valley Company) and their commitment and willingness to improve the facilities. The super pipe will be open prior to Christmas and the new Gondola is top notch. I’ve been skiing every morning and racking up 30,000 vertical feet before noon. There is no place I would rather start the season than right here at home, getting my legs strong…”

Reggie Crist

1992 U.S. Olympic Team

Towne & Parke Fine Jewelry Holiday Gem Show

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity! Only on December 17, 18 & 19, 2009.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gems on sale this weekend at Towne & Parke Fine Jewelry located in the Sun Valley Village. You’ll find spectacular gemstones with prices dramatically reduced for this show! For more information call (208) 622-3522.

Cocktail Reception Saturday, December 19 from 5 – 8pm

Colombian Emeralds, Royal Blue Sapphires, Colored Sapphires, Rubies, Tsavorites and glamorous gems of all colors.

The Reopening of Whiskey Jacques and the Countdown to Christmas Continues!

Christmas is only a week away and things around town are definitely starting to pick up. The mountain is busier. Drinks at the Duchin Room and at Averell’s Bar are flowing in a traditional holiday style. Dollar’s new terrain park and tubing park are opening this Saturday. The SuperPipe on Lower Warm Springs is set to open Saturday as well. Snow guns are running all over the mountain in hopes to open more terrain as soon as possible. Christmas trees are decorated, candles are lit, and everyone is preparing to eat at least one piece of Grandma’s fruitcake.

But in downtown Ketchum there is another event locals and tourists have been hotly anticipating… the reopening of the legendary Whiskey Jacques. After a fire raised the building over a year ago construction crews have been working hard on the bar’s rebuild and everyone in town, of any age and any dancing ability, has been chomping at the bit to get their favorite bar back. A staple in the Sun Valley nightlife for over 25 years, Whiskey’s is a classic wild western saloon right on Main Street in the classic ski town of Ketchum. Whiskey Jacques is reopening with a bang this Friday, December 18. They will be showcasing local band, The Bobo’s, on Friday and more live music will continue throughout the winter with acts like the Gourds, Mickey and the Motorcars, and New Year’s Eve guests, Marmalade Hill.

Other things happening this week around town, new bar and restaurant, Sego, is opening on Washington Street (928-7878 for reservations), at Dollar’s new terrain park on Friday morning some of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Freestyle and Snowboard teams will be testing the new features, and the nexStage and Laughing Stock Theatres are presenting "A Christmas Carol" on Friday and Saturday nights (726-4857 for more info). Also happening is Sun Valley’s Christmas Tree Lighting Festival will take place in the Sun Valley Village on Saturday at 5:00 with performances by the Sun Valley Carolers and live music and drinks at the Boiler Room to follow.

So whether you are tearing it up on the slopes, strapping on your dancing shoes, or helping the community get ready for the Holidays, we’ll see you around town as the countdown to Christmas continues.

Ski Patrol Mountain Update – Dec 16

Terrain Park Opening Saturday!

Sun Valley’s killer new Snow Park Technologies-designed terrain park on Dollar Mountain is opening in a matter of days. Complete with a huge jump line down Old Bowl and 12 new rails, boxes, and jibs, this is one of the biggest things Sun Valley has ever seen.

The boxes and other features have been in the works for weeks now, with some of the most legit terrain park experts in the country coming to put them together, even installing them on Lower River Run for the beginning of the season. Painted with Sun Valley’s signature blue and sun emblem, boarders, park rats, skiers, and even telemarkers have been stoked to practice and hone their skills on Lower River Run since Opening Day. Snow Park Technologies cat driver, Corley Howard, one of the best cat drivers in the world has been around town for the past few weeks, helping Sun Valley and new park manager, Brian Callahan, get ready for the opening of the new park. Callahan has recently been brought over from terrain park central, Breckenridge, CO, and is amped for the terrain park to get open and for the word to get out. His goal, he says, for the next few years is to get Sun Valley on top in terms of terrain parks and features.

Starting this Saturday, December 19th, the entirety of Dollar’s new park, with ALL the rails, the HUGE jump line, and the rest of the features being added to the park’s arsenal will open. Head over there early to be first in line at the Hip or check out the skills of some of the Valley’s best athletes flying off the true tables and gap jumps around the new park.

Also opening Saturday is Baldy’s 18-foot Superpipe and Dollar’s revamped tubing park. Check out Snow Park Technologies’ website for more about what they are doing in the ski/snowboard industry (www.snowparktech.com). Here are some pics of the park in progress over the past weekend.

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Snowing in Sun Valley!

It is snowing in Sun Valley! There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Sunday and they are calling for three to five inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.

The inch of new snow that accumulated overnight on Friday made for some seriously happy skiers and boarders early Saturday morning. The soft layer of fresh snow over the machine-groomed terrain was pretty packed for most of the day, but the skiing was still good. With the opening of Ridge, Blue Grouse, and Lower College on Friday, the most snow and the most terrain of the season made for a day of soft snow, weekend-crowded slopes, and some fun turns. Lookout Express also opened to the delight of many, though plenty of cold skiers and boarders were still seen riding the Gondola to stay warm.

Ski team kids covered the mountain, amped to get the race season started. The Snow Sports School was also busy, with ski and snowboard lessons taking place all over the mountain. The mini Terrain Park on Lower River Run was packed with riders in bright jackets, tall T’s, and big pants. The lodges are busy, with kids racing to get the chocolate chip cookies in Warm Springs Lodge when the bell rings and friends crowding around the new River Run fire pit. ‘Tis the season for things to get busy and for the snow to keep falling!