Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series Begins Saturday!

Dollar’s SPT-designed Terrain Park has been packed all season. Brian Callahan and the rest of the boys have been keeping it in top shape and rebuilding it throughout the season, adding new and fresh hits and features. Now, Sun Valley Resort wants to show off the region’s best new park with the Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series.

With bright spot lights, the Smith Limo, PBR, brats, discounted hamburgers, a DJ, nighttime tubing (Dollar’s Tubing Park will be open as well) and a name like Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series, this is sure to be an event not to be missed. Huge lights will light up the area as athletes can practice from 5-6 pm, and the contest runs from 6-9 pm. The overall winner from the three Saturday night competition will get an all-expense paid trip to Windell’s Camp. The action starts this Saturday, February 20th at Dollar Mountain. All lots will be open for parking as well as a parking shuttle that will run from the Ice Rink to Dollar Lodge.

A Successful First Olympic Race for Morgan Arritola!

Morgan Arritola, a Sun Valley local and a Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Olympic Development Team member, finished her very first Olympic race today in Whistler.

Arritola was the second fastest American female in today’s 10-Kilometer individual freestyle. She finished 34th overall in a strong field of 78 women. With her coaches, US Ski Team Teammates, parents, and SVSEF Nordic Coach Rick Kapala all there to cheer her on, Morgan raced a great race today. Congrats to our little speed racer! Watch for more from Morgan as the week continues!

Photo from http://www.fasterskier.com/

Graham Wantanabe to compete today!

Months and years of preparation, training, studying, learning, and racing is coming to a head for local Snowboarder, Olympian, and US Snowboard Team-member Graham Wantanabe. The race is on today.

Graham will compete in today’s Olympic BoarderCross in Whistler. He will be racing against teammate Seth Wescott, the reigning Olympic Champion as well as current World Cup Champion, Austrian Markus Schairer. Wantanabe, who finished sixth at the 2009 World Championships, will strap on his board this morning at 10:30 am for the Qualifying Round and again at 2 pm for the Medal Round.

About his second Olympic appearance Wantanabe told reporters last Wednesday it was like a “Pegasus mating with a unicorn and the creature that they birth, I somehow tame it and ride it to the sky and clouds and sunshine and rainbows.” There is no doubt that Wantanabe is excited for today’s races.

Watch Graham on your local NBC station or pick it up at www.nbcolympics.com. And make sure to send Graham all the good vibes, support and luck that our community can!

Good luck to the Valley’s very favorite Pegasus! Go Graham!

Wantanabe taming the Pegasus.

Photo by Adam Finkle, ajfphoto.com

Let the Games begin! Olympic updates

Let the Games begin! Stoked to be here in Vancouver for my 4th Winter Olympic Games, my 1st two Games were with the US Ski Team, Kyle Rasmussen, Tommy Moe, AJ Kitt and the boys. This is my second Olympics with the US Snowboarding team, this is a great group lead by Head Coach Peter Foley.  I was hired specifically to wax, tech & test for 2006 SBX Olympic Gold Medalist Seth Wescott & SilverMedalist Lindsey Jacobellis..… Go USA!

Marley in the Mountains Coming Soon!

In 2009 Mountain Niceness Productions brought a grass roots music festival to Idaho to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. Marley in the Mountains was born as celebrations were a tremendous success and thousands of people enjoyed a live reggae performance by Don Carlos and lectures by historian, Roger Steffens. Marley in the Mountains returns to Sun Valley February 26-27 this year. In the true spirit of Bob Marley, everyone is positively welcome.

This festival’s lineup is sure to keep bodies moving, the atmosphere positive and the mountains moving. The 2010 lineup includes historian Roger Steffens, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Grammy-winner Michael Rose, Dancehall with Jamacian Vetern Ken Serious, Lions Den Sounds Unlimited, DJ Vision, African Abstract Sound System and tons of surprises.

For more information about the concerts and events including schedules, lineups, costs and more check out www.marleyinthemountains.com.

Make sure to get some raffle rickets while you are at it! Proceeds of raffle ticket sales is going to the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center (which promotes safety and educates backcountry enthusiasts throughout the region, go to (www.sawtoothavalanche.com). The prizes include a season pass from Sun Valley Resort, plane tickets from Horizon Air, a Heli-Ski Trip, Mammut Gear, K2 skis and tons more.

For raffle tickets, a complete list of prizes and information about the special “Friends of Reggae” Package go to www.marleyinthemountains.com or head to one of these local vendors to purchase your tickets:

-Wiseguy’s Pizza

-The Subshack

-Lefty’s

-Sturtevant’s (Main Street and Greyhawk locations)

-Paul Kenny’s

-Rickshaw

-Ketchum/Sun Valley Chamber and Visitor Center

-Zenergy

-The Brickhouse

-Mahoney’s

Hot Blues & Soul in the Boiler Room February 19 & 20

Paul Tillotson presents Blues & Soul featuring Blues-Master Bill Sims Jr. and hot Jazz guitarist Adam Levy in the Sun Valley Boiler Room, Friday & Saturday, February 19 & 20 at 9pm after the comedy series.
Rounding out the band will be Paul Tillotson on Organ, Andy Hess on Bass and Tony Mason on Drums. This band is not to be missed!
Cover is $10 at the door. Comedy patrons stay for free and the first 10 people at the door get in free!

Blues Master Bill Sims Jr.

Baldy-Gras at Bald Mountain Saturday, Feb. 13 through Fat Tuesday!

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Baldy-Gras at River Run and Warm Springs Lodge Saturday, Feb. 13 through Fat Tuesday! Catfish Po-Boys, Jambalaya, Shrimp Gumbo, Hurricanes, Bourbon Street Lemonade and more! Grab your Mardi Gras beads and let the good times roll at Bald Mountain, Sun Valley Resort.

Week Three of the Sun Valley Town Series is in the books.

Week Three of Sun Valley’s Alpine Town Series took place yesterday on a sunny course on Lower Cozy. The course was fast and turny, shaking up the team standings. Last week’s first place six-way tie was broken as Team Ski Tek Trainwrecks took the lead while favorite, Team SVSEF fell to 24th place and last year’s winners, Tekasoreass’s dropped to eighth.

There was also a new first place skier in the individual standings. Tekasoreass’s Carlo Rixon took the top spot, beating second place Nate Schwing by six tenths of a second and last week’s winner, Robin Sarchett by the same. Powerhouse and last week’s top female, Erika Hogan, had the undisputed best crash of the day, luckily walking away unscathed from a yard sale on her first run. This week’s fastest female was Sarah Mazzola with Tine Cordeau finishing just behind her.

The fifth place male and female were Matt Murphy and Kirsten Hagfors, sharing the honorary fifth of tequila. The rabbits (halfway finishers) were local celebrity Lenny Joseph and Mitra Marie. The Cellar Pub hosted a great after-party that included build-your-own pulled pork sliders and instant replays of Erika’s crash. There are no races next week but check back in two weeks for more results of World Cup Wednesday.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Sweetie in Sun Valley


Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Sun Valley!

On Sunday, February 14 Forever Plaid will serenade your sweetheart in the Boiler Room.
Swing back through time to the 1950′s with the Plaids as they revive close-harmony hits such as
Moments to Remember, Crazy ‘Bout Ya Baby, Love is a Many-Spendored Thing and more!
Only $30 per couple includes tickets to the show, choice of any two entres off the menu, two Root-Beer Floats, Valentine Candy and a chance to win great raffle prizes including One Night’s Lodging &Dinner for Two at Sun Valley Resort. The doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets available at the door or at the Sun Valley Recreation Center 622-2135.

The Ram Restaurant will feature a Special Valentine’s Dinner for Two. It includes choice of soup or salad per person and a Ribeye Steak dinner for two for only $45. The regular menu will also be available. The Ram is open every evening except Wednesday from 6-9:30 for dinner. For reservations call 622-2800.

Jeremiah James Gang to rock Sun Valley Feb 12 – 20, 2010!

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The Jeremiah James Gang, Idaho’s top-selling honky tonk, outlaw country band returns to the Sun Valley Resort Boiler Room Friday and Saturday, February 12 & 13. Doors open at 9pm after the comedy series. Cover charge is $7. First 10 people at the door get in free!

The Jeremiah James Gang will also kick-off the Apres Ski live music at Warm Springs Lodge from 2-5pm beginning Sunday, February 14 through Saturday, February 20.

Based in Boise, Idaho, Jeremiah James performs frequently in Idaho and surrounding states. Solo or with his Gang, he has opened for and/or shared the stage with Robert Earl Keen, The Gourds, Dale Watson, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motorcars and many others.
Jeremiahs second album, "Idaho Cowboy," was the No. 1 local release of 2008 at the Record Exchange, Idahos largest independent record store, and finished among the stores Top 10 overall sellers for the year. His fans include alt-country hipsters, ten-gallon old-timers, mainstream country listeners and music lovers who otherwise pay no
attention to country and roots music.