Kick-off Sun Valley’s 75th Ski Season this Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend Dinner, Ski and Hotel Packages:
A wonderful family tradition – Thanksgiving in Sun Valley! This Thanksgiving Opening will kick-off Sun Valley’s 75th Winter Season.
Special rates commemorating the event will include lodging in the Sun Valley Lodge or Inn, a three-out-of-four day lift ticket and a lavish Thanksgiving Buffet in the Inn Limelight Ballroom. These packages start as low as $282 per person double occupancy.
The “Kids Stay and Ski Free” program also is honored at this time and allows one child (per adult) to stay and ski for free when lodging with the parent.
Please call 800-786-8259 to take part in Sun Valley’s 75th Thanksgiving and Opening celebration.
Hotel package rates do not include tax.

14th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival October 8-10

photo credit: Cydney Conger

Sun Valley Resort and the entire Wood River Valley honors the over 160 year old history and heritage of sheep ranching in the region during the 14th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Friday-Sunday, October 8-10, 2010. Don’t miss the parade down Main Street in Ketchum beginning at noon on Sunday, October 10.
For full weekend event schedule go to:

Sun Valley Resort Trailing of the Sheep Festival events:
Lamb Dinner Dine-Around:
Trail Creek Cabin- Friday & Saturday, October 8 & 9 / 6pm / Reservations 622-2019
Grilled Lava Lake Lamb rack, pistachio crusted and drizzled with Idaho huckleberries. Served over a scallion potato pancake and accompanied with autumn squash puree. Special price: $24.95

The Ram Restaurant- Friday & Saturday, October 8 & 9 / 5pm / Reservations 622-2225
Lamb Loin with organic flageolet beans, melted leeks and lucques olive relish. Special price: $

Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports- Sun Valley Village
"Wooly Weekend" – Friday – Sunday, October 8, 9 & 10
Pete Lane’s will be highlighting their wool lines including Patagonia, Ibex, Smart Wool, with apparel line representative appearances, trunk shows and raffle prizes.

Final Days Sale at the Sun Valley Signatures Store & Sun Valley Gift Shop
Friday – Sunday, October 8, 9 & 10. Grand re-opening in November.

Sun Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Ice Sculpture photo
On Saturday, December 18 the giant christmas tree in the Sun Valley Village will light up the night sky for the holidays. Festivities will begin around 5pm in the Sun Valley Village with free hot chocolate, cookies, ice & snow sculpture displays, Christmas Caroling and a special visit by Santa.

Coinciding with this event are the Sun Valley Wine Cellar Sale in the Inn Continental Room from 3-8pm, the “Little Clyde” children’s book signing with Lori Otter inside the Sun Valley Inn Lobby from 3-5pm and Mike Murphy’s free comedy show in the Boiler Room at 7:30pm.

Dollar Mountain Terrain Park Rail Exhibition

Dollar Mountain will be the place to be on Friday, December 17 to watch the Sun Valley representative team athletes hit all the big rails under the flood-lights.
Live music starts around 3pm and the Exhibition will begin around 5pm. There is no charge for this event.
Food and beverages will be available at Carols Dollar Mountain Lodge.

21st Annual Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree October 13-17, 2010

Join the fun at the 21st Annual Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree.  Music begins at 12:30pm on Wednesday, October 13 and wraps up with the Grande Finale at 5pm Sunday, October 17.  You’ll enjoy 5 straight days of music performed by over 200 musicians from all over the country.  Choose from 300 different shows!
-Free Community Concert, Oct. 12 at 7pm Indoor Ice Reink
-Big Band Swing, New Orleans Funky Jazz & Blues, Zydeco, Contemporary, Rockin’ Jazz, Traditional Dixieland, Sweet & Hot Jazz, Cabaret Jazz, Music & Comedy and more!
-Afterglow Dinner, Oct 17 at 7pm
-Amateur Dance Competitions, Big Band Bash, Marching Band Salute, Jazz Worship Services, Pianorama and 40 other special events!

Special Sun Valley Resort lodging rates from $139 – $359 available by phone only: 800-786-8259

Visit for full schedule and register for events.

“Fall in Sun Valley is the best of all…” -Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway wrote about it for good reason: fall in Sun Valley is the best of all and this year is no exception.
Music with Marley and The Blind Boys of Alabama, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival, the gnarly Baldy Hill Climb and even a fun Bocce Ball Contest all kick-off the fall season in Sun Valley.

The Sun Valley Music Festival Saturday, September 25 will bring legends of Gospel to the Sun Valley Pavilion for the first time. The Blind Boys of Alabama interpret everything from traditional Gospel to contemporary spiritual material from legends like Curtis Mayfield, Eric Clapton and Prince. The Blind Boys will be joined by New York City’s Bill Sims Jr. and Lew Soloff, and local’s favorite The Paul Tillotson Love Trio. Tickets are $45 at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at

Harvest Food & Wine Festival

The Sun Valley Harvest Festival, September 24-26, is strategically planned for this time of year so chefs and participants can take full advantage of the local harvest. Sun Valley’s newest culinary event will offer fun-filled activities centered around sustainable regional food, wine and beer. It will focus on educating about foods available regionally and how to connect with local farmers, and also interesting ways to prepare these foods. For more information visit, or call 208-450-6430.

Friday, September 24 the Night Bocce World Championships and the Dick Barrymore Ski Movie Tribute will be held at River Run 6-10 pm.
Marley In The Mountains – Harvesting of the Vibes Reggae concert will feature Richie Spice of St. Andrew, Jamaica and is planned for Saturday, September 25 at 9pm at the Ketchum Town Plaza.

The Baldy Hill Climb starts at 8 am on Saturday, September 25 on the Warm Springs side of Baldy and will be sponsored by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. A long-time local challenge, the Baldy Hill Climb is a great family event. (To sign up call 208-726-4129).

Also, the last day for gondola rides and lunch at Baldy’s Roundhouse will be Sunday, September 26. The Sun Valley Fall Golf Package will come to a close September 25, however, the Late Fall Golf Package begins the next day and will run through the end of the season.

And finally, after participating in all or many of these events, you might like to take a seat in Sun Valley’s Opera House to view "Ride The Divide – 2,700 miles, Canada to Mexico, Alone." The special film will be shown one night only Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 pm and will be sponsored by Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports and the Elephant’s Perch. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at

Big October events include The Trailing of the Sheep, October 8-10, the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree October 13-17, The Sun Valley Harvest Film Festival October 22-23 and Crosstoberfest on October 30-31.
For additional information please visit

“Ride the Divide” Mtn. Bike Race Documentary at Sun Valley Opera House

Ride The Divide, an award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s longest mountain bike race, continues its debut tour when it drops in on Sun Valley on Tuesday, September 28 at the Sun Valley Resort Opera House at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.
The film chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile race named the Tour Divide along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.

Ride The Divide embraces the inspiring stories of three of the racers who experience the immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border. There’s Mike, a 40-year-old family man who uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing who’s competing for his fifth time; and Mary, the rst female rider to race this route. As they set out, they will attempt to accomplish what very few have been able to. Over the course of a few weeks, they’ll attempt to climb over 200,000 vertical feet along the backbone of the Rocky Mountains.

Ride The Divide will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley Resort Opera House in Sun Valley. Tickets are available at the door for $10, and will be available in advance for $13 online at soon.

The presenting sponsors for the event are The Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum, Pete Lane’s Bike Rentals at Sun Valley, and the Wood River Bike Coalition.

Ride The Divide Movie Trailer from Ride The Divide on Vimeo.

MSP Presents “The Way I See It” Ski Movie at the Sun Valley Opera House

Matchstick Production’s “The Way I See It” at the Sun Valley Opera House Wednesday, October 6 at 7 & 9pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Skiing has arrived. MSP Films takes you inside the action with "The Way & See It," featuring several unique perspectives on the progression that took place during the winter of 2010. The winner of Powder Magazine’s 2009 "Movie of the Year" brings you the best athletes on the planet sharing their points of view on what it means to be a skier and backing up their positions with hard-charging action. The MSP team traveled the globe in search of what makes this sport so special… the adventure, the passion, the camaraderie, and the fun. "The Way I See It" showcases the greatest deep powder, steep lines, and massive park features from British Columbia, Japan, Alaska, Colorado, Switzerland, Idaho, Washington, and many other locations worldwide.

Featuring the skiing of: Mark Abma, Sean Pettit, Eric Hjorleifson, Henrik Windstedt, Bobby Brown, Colby West, James Heim, Richard Permin, Cody Townsend, Rory Bushfield, Ingrid Backstrom, Gus Kenworthy, Jacob Wester, Russ Henshaw, and others.

Sun Valley Music Festival to raise the roof on September 25

Sun Valley Music Festival will raise the roof at the Sun Valley Pavilion September 25
Featuring living legends of gospel music The Blind Boys of Alabama; blues-man Bill Sims Jr.; jazz virtuoso trumpeter Lew Soloff and local jazz favorites The Paul Tillotson Love Trio
Sun Valley Pavilion, Saturday, September 25
Showtime – 5pm / Gates open at 4pm
Tickets are $45 general admission or only $30 per person for groups of 10 or more. On Sale Now at the Sun Valley Recreation Center box office (208) 622-2135 or purchase tickets online at:

Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama will headline the 2010 Music Festival. They are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, The Blind Boys have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. Their performances have been experienced by millions on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, the Grammy Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, and on their own holiday PBS Special. The Blind Boys’ live shows are roof- raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to virtually every continent.

Bill Sims Jr.

Bill Sims Jr.
The Blues has many distinct origins and sounds. Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, West Coast Blues, East Coast Blues, Rhythm and Blues and on and on, each with its own unique flavor. If you ask Bill Sims what type of Blues he plays, his answer is simply, “I play the Blues.
Bill Sims is currently considered one of the best musicians in the New York City Blues scene. Besides regularly performing at the best Blues clues in the city, Bill tours extensively both domestic and internationally. His virtuoso musicianship can be heard in most homes across America in the advertising spots of Coca-Cola, Reebok, Folgers and ESPN. In 1992, Bill released his first CD, Blues Before Sunrise. In 1999 his much-awaited CD Bill Sims was released on Warner Brothers records to coincide with the 10 hour PBS special on Bill.

Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff
A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, Lew Soloff’s career is filled
with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. From
the time he eased into the east coast world of trend setting musicians in the mid
1960s, Soloff’s creative ventures have resulted in a respected body of work that
places him in a category of true accomplishment and keeps his elegant and
lyrical signatures in constant demand. Whether interpreting a standard or
improvising on an original composition, his phrasing and note choices exemplify
his unique voice. Soloff is known as a virtuoso with tremendous range and
superior technical command, yet he exudes a wisdom for quietness and melody.
Soloff’s expertise includes trumpet, flugelhorn, harmon mute, plunger mute and he is particularly recognized for his work on piccolo trumpet.

Paul Tillotson Love Trio

Paul Tillotson Love Trio
Paul Tillotson says "my mission is to play great improvised music, deeply touching the souls of audiences around the world, spreading the joy that is created while creating music that comes from love."

Tillotson’s latest release, Tequila Time, is another CD with his special sense of fun, respect to the past, and reckless abandonment of what "should happen" on a jazz CD. His music has a way of sparking the collective imagination of all who listen. In New York City, Paul searched for his perfect trio. After finding a drummer with a deep groove, who creates an original approach to playing music every time he plays -James Wormworth- the bass seat was all that was left. James recommended long time friend Mike Merritt, from the Conan O’Brien Show, and the three musicians have since developed a musical rapport rarely seen in jazz groups today. Rapports so undeniable that when first time listeners are exposed to the trio, they freeze in their steps, listen, and then smile from ear to ear, hence creating The Love Trio.

Sir Salman Rushdie lecture at the Sun Valley Pavilion September 10

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts Presents:
Sir Salman Rushdie
Friday September 10, 2010 at 7pm (rescheduled from original February 11, 2010 date)
Sun Valley Pavilion
$30 / $40 nonmembers
Tickets are ONLY available through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

Raised in India and Pakistan and educated in England, Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated and controversial authors and critics of our time. His novel The Satanic Verses provoked a fatwa (religious edict) by Ayatollah Khomeini calling for his death, as a result of which he spent nearly a decade “underground,” seldom appearing in public. A leading proponent for free speech, Rushdie was knighted by the British government in 2007.

Tickets are ONLY available through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

Lecture Sponsors:
Martine and Dan Drackett, Wodecroft
Foundation & Judith and Richard Smooke