Dollar Mountain has added yet another draw to their arsenal. Yesterday, Brian Callahan and the rest of the park crew completed Sun Valley’s very first SkierCross course. Starting beside the second gap jump on Dollar’s Old Bowl and continuing down alongside the rest of the Terrain Park, the course includes a couple tables, left and right bank turns, rhythms, and a couple more gaps. The course provides skiers and riders an opportunity to check out the Winter Olympics’ newest sport, SkiCross, and hone their skills. The course is open to the public but riders are encouraged to ski and board safely, as well as be aware of other skiers and boarders in the terrain park and on the hill.
Stop by Dollar this weekend to check out the new SkierCross course, witness the action of the 54th annual Kindercup, or watch the SPT Terrain Park Team Rider Demo in Dollar’s Terrain Park following the Kindercup at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon.
It is a race of endurance, one of tradition, skill, and honor. Generations upon generations of Wood River Valley residents have raced on its course, and stood on the podium with their hands held high. It is Dollar Mountain’s famed, Kindercup. And it is taking place this Saturday, on the sunny slopes of Dollar.
Almost anyone that grew up in this valley remembers their Kindercup racing days with fondness and smiles. And this year will be no different. This year marks the Kindercup’s 54th year of alpine racing for skiers and boarders aged three to 13. The Papoose Club race takes place Saturday, February 27th with all the action based out of Carol’s Lodge at the bottom of Dollar Mountain. Head to the Lodge or Sturtevant’s (the Ketchum or Hailey location) today or tomorrow to pre-register. Free registration takes place Saturday morning from 8:30- 9:30 am at Dollar Lodge with the races beginning at 10:15 am. An awards ceremony will also take place following all the action. See you out there!
Wow! Just returning home from an amazing Olympic experience. This was my 4th Olympic Games and the most fun so far. Torino 2006 was a great a experience with Seth winning the first ever Olympic Gold medal in SBX. This year in Vancouver even trumped 2006! Seth’s victory to come from behind in the Finals to win Gold was legendary. He was surgical with the way he rode the finals. He was calm and confident all day long, telling me between every heat he could win from any lane. He rode with
smarts, patience, precision, and matched every transition. Twice he picked the right time to pass by nailing the turn before the flatter glide section. It was awesome to be part of making history again with Wescott, winning back-to-back Gold Medals in the 1st two Olympic Snowboardcross races. He is also the 1st male skier or snowboarder in US history to win back-to-back Olympic Gold, and the 1st American (male or female) since Anne Marie Lawrence back in 1952 to repeat Gold.
I want to thank everyone for their support and kind words throughout the journey.
I would like to thank the following : Hansjeurg Kessler of Kessler Snowboards for designing & making his snowboards specifically for Seth’s specs. Hansjuerg was invaluable in the process and great to work with. Kenny Nault, Kevin Sweeney & Mike Wagner from Swix for all their wax, support and advice. I can’t thank you enough. You guys were awesome. Thanos Karydas & Tom Reinerth from Dominator Wax for their support, and the in-depth conversations we had at Cypress on wax & wax theory. It helped a ton. Dan Brewster & Karter Riach of Snoqualmie Ski Resorts for giving us Carte Blanche on their mountain to test Seth’s boards prior to the Games. US Snowboarding Head Coach, Peter Foley for understanding the importance of testing Seth’s boards and allowing me to go up to Vancouver 5 days early to test. He arranged hill space, first class accommodations and provided me with two test pilots. My test pilots; Bud Keene (who is also Shaun White’s personal coach) & Alex Deibold (US Snowboarding team member) for working hard, riding a flat board while testing Seth’s & Lindsey’s quiver, thus giving me great data. Big thanks to Luke Bodensteiner from USSA, Jeremy Forster & Abbi Nyberg of US Snowboarding for taking care of everything in Vancouver. You guys really took care of all of us! Including driving me to the waxroom at 5:30am. Thank you so much, I greatly appreciate it. Back home, the Sun Valley Ski & Snowboard school for allowing me to travel this winter and still come home & be able to instruct & coach.
I especially want to thank all the boys at my shop "The Waxroom" back home in Ketchum; you guys are awesome!, holding down the fort all winter long. Dan Freeman for all the pre-grinds on Seth’s, Lindsey’s & Shaun White’s boards, Dan & Nate Galpin for putting the angles on, along with Bucky Beichle doing multiple wax bag sessions on all the boards throughout the season. I couldn’t have done it with out you guys! Last but not least I want to thank my wife Debbie & daughters Payton & Zoe for allowing me to work & travel all winter. I appreciate how much you do while I am gone taking care of the girls, the house and our dog Chewy. You love and support is my rock daily.
This has been an amazing journey; Seth has been incredible to work with the whole way. He chose to do things a little differently than the rest of the team the past couple of years with his training on and off the snow. He also hired me exclusively to work for him with his own money, instead of sharing the team’s technician. He was doubted & even criticized for his decisions, but he had a plan in place and he stuck to it. Obviously it paid off. We always believed he would do it again. I have worked with numerous World Class athletes and Olympians over the years, they are all outstanding in their own right, but this last performance by Seth was truly amazing. I compare it with a buzzer beater shot by Michael Jordan in the NBA finals, or a clutch RBI by Derek Jeter in the World Series. Seth is in that class. He will be back in the quest for a 3-peat Olympic SBX Gold, 2014 in Sochi, Russia! And so will I…….Wax-On! Curtis
The Sun Valley Town Series, aka World Cup Wednesday, continued yesterday after a Presidents’ Week hiatus. The valley’s favorite racers were back on a fast course on Lower Cozy, completing both of the week’s two required runs. The after-party took place at one of Ketchum’s cornerstones of nightlife, the Casino. See below for this week’s results and check back next week for more updates on World Cup Wednesday!
Spring-Break skiing just got even better!
Full-time college students can now ski for three days at Sun Valley Resort for only $99. The Triple-Play Ski Pass is valid from March 1, 2010 through the end of the ski season. That’s right, three days skiing for only $33 per day! What’s more is that the three days do not have to be used consecutively and the pass is renewable. Triple-Play ski passes may be purchased now at the River Run ticket office with valid college I.D. For more information call (208) 622-6136.
Award-winning singer/songwriter EMIKO and her band the GeminiStation Project will play the Sun Valley Boiler Room, Friday & Saturday February 26 & 27. Doors open at 9pm, Cover $10. First 10 people at the door get in Free!
Emiko and GeminiStation Project will also perform apres ski from 2-5pm at Warm Springs Lodge Feb 21 – 27. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see EMIKO and her band live in concert in the Boiler Room.
Check out the video below of Dollar’s very first Rail Jam. It is the first of a series of three, the winner of which gets a trip to Windell’s in Mt. Hood!
Saturday night brought out almost excited 300 fans who braved the freezing temperatures to hold cold beers in their hands, huddle around the bonfire, and cheer on the riders who showcased their stuff on the Smith Sport Optics Limo.
Make sure to check out the next edition of the Rail Jam in two weeks!
The Vancouver Games are in full swing this week as curling fills daytime TV, Shaun White and Shani Davis defend their gold medals, figure skating draws millions of TV viewers each prime time, Gold medalist Hannah Kearney sets the stage in the moguls, and stars like Apolo Anton Ohno, Lindsey Jacobellis, Jeret Peterson, Kikkan Randall, Kelly Clark, Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn continue to display the Olympic spirit.
And in this valley, we have our very own Olympic heroes. Graham Wantanabe, Morgan Arritola, and Simi Hamilton continue to represent the Olympic spirit that is so alive in this country and this community.
Two-time Olympian Graham Wantanabe, who hails from Hailey, is one the brightest, friendliest faces of the games. Always with a kind smile and with anecdotes to make you laugh (telling reporters in Vancouver, "Try to imagine Pegasus mating with a unicorn. And the offspring . . . I’d somehow tame it and ride it into the clouds, the sunshine and rainbows. That’s how I feel."), Graham is a role model to snowboarders, athletes, and fans all over the world. During the Men’s BoarderCross comp on Tuesday, Graham made it out of the qualifying rounds as the fastest American, with the second fastest time overall. Unfortunately, a small bobble in the finals eliminated his chance in the medal round, while defending gold medalist, American Seth Wescott went on to win his second gold medal. These games may not have ended as Graham had hoped, the valley and local community continues to be incredibly proud of our Olympic Champion and can’t wait to see him back on the slopes of Bald Mountain sometime soon. Congrats, Graham!
Nordic skiers and SVSEF Olympic Development Team athletes, Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton made their Olympic debuts this week. Arritola, who only began skiing seven years ago, finished as the second fastest American female in the 10K sprint race. Her finish at the middle of the pack, in 34th place, serves as a successful beginning to what we can only hope is a long and successful Olympic career for Morgan. Simi Hamilton, too, had an incredibly successful beginning to his Olympic story. Simi made it past the qualification round in Wednesday’s Individual Sprint and finished as the fastest American man in 29th place.
Both Morgan and Simi are expected to race in the coming pursuits so don’t miss your chance to cheer on more local heroes! Morgan will compete again Friday in the 15K Pursuit, starting at 12 pm (Mountain Time Zone) and Simi will race in Saturday’s 30K Pursuit, beginning at 12:30 pm (Mountain Time Zone).