The Hugh Pool Band plays the Boiler Room Jan 21 & 22

photo of the Hugh Pool Band

All the way from NYC! The Hugh Pool Band with special guest Paul Tillotson (piano/keyboard) will rock the Boiler Room on Friday & Saturday, January 21 & 22. Band also features Bass player Admir Hadzic and Barry Harrison on the drums. $10 cover charge. Doors open at 9:30pm and the show will start around 10pm.

“Hugh Pool’s song hark back to the 1960′s rock that was steeped in the blues. His repertory extends from rolling-and-tumbling slide-guitar boogies to neo-psychedelic jams to reflective, down-home hymns that recall The Band.”
- Pareles (New York Times)

Cross Course is newest addition to Dollar Mountain Terrain Park

Sun Valley Cross Course photo by Mark Oliver

Sun Valley’s first world class Cross Course has opened on Dollar Mountain’s Half Dollar Face. The Sun Valley Cross Course, one of only a handful in the country, features rollers, jumps and berms all linked together for an exhilarating ride for skiers, boarders and telemarkers. This new Terrain Park feature is sure to challenge all ages and all levels of skiers and riders.

"Dollar Mountain now has more than 40 Terrain Park features including 15 progression park features, 10 medium features and 19 large features quickly making claim as one of the best parks in the Northwest," Brian Callahan, Sun Valley’s Terrain Park Manager said. Use of all the Terrain Park features are included in the cost of a lift ticket.

The Sun Valley SnowSports School is also offering a new clinic for skiers and boarders who want to take their Terrain Park skills to the next level:
The 360′ Freestyle Camps on January 15 & 16, Feb. 26 & 27 and March 26 & 27. Call (208) 622-2289 for SnowSports School information.

I was thinking about Warren Miller today.

I was thinking about Warren Miller today. Ever since I was a kid, each year at his shows he would say, "…you’ll just be one year older when you do." Today, about 40 years later, I finally did take his advice and went skiing with the great folks at Sun Valley Heli-Guides. Why did I wait so long? What a great day!

The day began early with a great breakfast at the Sun Valley Lobby Lounge that could hardly be called ‘Continental. Eggs, fresh pasties, a selection of meats and fresh fruit were laid out in culinary splendor.

The guides for the day were Bozo Cardoza and Pat Deal – each long-time locals. The groups were pretty small with only four people per guide. I definitely felt like I was getting the personal attention that I was hoping for. Even after sucking some big air after a couple of head-over-heel tumbles, Pat was vary patient and encouraging for an old guy who had put off his dream for way too long.  We skied the high peaks of the Boulder Range, topping out at 10,600 feet and dropping in for over 3,000 blissful and uninterrupted vertical. Knife-ridged summits fell away on both sides of the landing zones. Big lines and steeps. I had to ask myself the question, "Am I really going to ski that?" Oh yeah, and it was great! Skiing knee-deep, untracked snow one week after the last big dump was a real treat.

Afterwards, I told my wife, Jana, that it was one of the top five days of my life. She asked, "What were the other four?" Quickly, I explained that the birth of our two children, the day we got married and the day I met her. Luckily, that satisfied her curiosity or I might’ve spent the night on the couch.

I went back to re-living the day’s adventures both above and within the mountains surrounding Sun Valley.  In short, Sun Valley Heli-Guides – a division of Epic Quest – know how to take care of people and put on a good show. After 35 years skiing here and relishing Warren Miller’s commentary, I finally put everything aside to take advantage of the experience of a lifetime. And so should all of us or, simply put, we’ll just be one year older when we do.

The Jason Spooner Trio plays the Boiler Room January 9

photo of the The Jason Spooner Trio

The Jason Spooner Trio will make a stop in the Boiler Room on Sunday, January 9 while on tour between Jackson Hole, WY and Park City, UT. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are only $5 at the door.
I wouldn’t miss this show if I were you!

“This is one of the most buzzed-about acts on the national festival circuit today and we found out why at this year’s Boston Folk Festival. In addition award winning songwriting & jaw-dropping musicianship this trio emanates the key element that many folk & roots festivals miss… ENERGY! Simply put; these guys are fun! This band is on the fast track to become the DiFranco, Sexton or Nickel Creek of tomorrow. Grab them while you can!”
The Boston Folk Festival – Boston, MA

Train for the Boulder at the Sun Valley Nordic Center

Sun Valley Nordic Center photo

Learn to ski on skinny skis, improve your skating and classic skiing skills and/or train for the Boulder Mountain Tour at the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center. The Nordic Center is located at the Sun Valley Club and Golf Course. We offer nearly 42km (25 miles) of groomed trails with a variety of terrain and clinics for beginners to experts.
For more information and trail rates, please call the Nordic Center at (208) 622-2250.

Specialty Nordic Clinics include:
Ski with the Masters

Sun Valley Masters Clinics (coordinated by 3-Time Olympian Jon Engen)
Fast Skating: 8-week course begins January 4 at noon. $320 per person.
Classic Technique: 8-week course begins January 5 at noon. $320 per person.
Skate Technique: 8-week course begins January 6 at noon. $320 per person.

Skate Ski University with Kris Thoreson- Graduate to better skiing with this 6-week work-out. $240 per person

The Sun Valley Nordic Festival begins January 29, culminating with the big race, the Boulder Mountain Tour, on February 5.

The Nordic Center offers Learn to Ski and Intermediate Group Lessons for both skate and classic style Nordic skiing daily. Please call (208)622-2250 for lesson times.
Learn to Ski packages are $40 per person and include equipment rentals.
Intermediate Groups Lessons are only $25 per person (equipment not included).
Private instruction is also available.

Just want to hike? Try snowshoeing. This is a great way to see all the beautiful Sun Valley sites and get a great workout! Rentals available daily.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm, sign up for the Historic Snowshoe Group Tour lead by Katherine Pleasants telling her own narration of Sun Valley’s colorful history.

The Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center can also outfit you with top of the line Nordic apparel and equipment. We have a full service tuning, repair and rental center. And we also have locker rooms and showers. For more information please call us at: (208) 622-2250.

Lunch is served at the Sun Valley Club Restaurant daily from 11am-3pm and the Club bar is open from 11am-5pm daily. (208) 622-2919.

*Don’t forget that the Sun Valley Club offers year-round indoor virtual golf and the Sun Valley Golf Pro-Shop is also open all winter. For virtual golf tee-times call (208) 622-2251.