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Don’t miss the 2012 Sun Valley Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Ski and Heritage Museum (KSVHS)on Wednesday, February 1st at 4:00 pm. The celebration includes live music, drinks, and a brief presentation and speech by each athlete.
This year’s class includes Alpine Committee selections: Dick Durrance, Warren Miller, Janette Burr Johnson, Pete Patterson and Michel Rudigoz. The Nordic Committee has selected Bill & Annie Vanderbilt, N’tala Skinner, Charley French, Hans Muehlegger and Jenny Busdon
Don’t miss all the high flying action at this weekend’s Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular! Friday’s events include the Slopestyle Competition, with Saturday and Sunday featuring some of the nation’s best in mogul and double mogul competitions. For more info call 208.726.4129. Conor Davis photo courtesy of SVSEF.
We all know the great alpine skiing around here, the numerous skiing prodigies raised around here and the world-renown competitions hosted here. But for those not so, well, gravity-inclined, there’s a pretty big Nordic skiing scene around here as well … But really, who are we kidding?? The Olympic Norwegian Nordic Teamtrained here, we host one of the biggest Nordic events of the season, the Boulder Mountain Tour and our local racers are some of the best in the world. So the Nordic scene here isn’t just big, it’s HUGE! So massive and impressive, in fact, that Sun Valley has recently earned the official title of "NordicTown USA!"
And one of the biggest highlights in NordicTown USA is the annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival. Starting this weekend here in Sun Valley, the event features a plethora of events like the Blaine County Recreation District’s (BCRD) Ski the Rails Day, a randonee race, training clinics with Fischer athlete Nicole DeYong, Alturas Lake Ski Day and aprs dinners, lectures, clinics, the downtown jam and Sprint Races. All culminating in the epic Boulder Mountain Tour. (A complete schedule is available here: www.svnordicfestival.com.)
It’s bound to be a busy week of Nordic skiing and celebrating around the Valley, so here is write-up of the five events we won’t be missing during this year’s Sun Valley Nordic Festival!
1. Skin It 2 Win It Randonee Race!
Saturday, January 28th, 10:00 AM
This premiere Randonee Race will have teams of 1, 2 & 4 persons skinning from the base of Dollar Mountain to the summit where they will remove their skins and ski back to the start to hand off their baton to the next teammate. Racers will complete as many laps as possible in 5 hours. The distance is approx. 1.3 miles and 600 vertical feet.
This is a fund raising event for the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center. Entry fee is $50/person and must be entered in advance. No registration day of race! Racers are encouraged to secure sponsors to cover entry fee and beyond. Hot drinks & food will be provided for racers. Awards will be same day at Dollar Lodge @ 4:30. Prizes will be awarded for fastest lap, most laps completed, best costume and most money sponsored.
Costumes are required!
2. Galena and the Trails Winter Benefit
Saturday, January 28th, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Limelight Room, Sun Valley Inn, Sun Valley
Don’t miss the annual Galena & The Trails Winter Benefit this year on January 28th, the first day of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival. The Benefit is the annual celebration of our community trails and lodge supported by the BCRD. All support from the Benefit goes to the annual costs of maintaining the trails and lodge facilities. For a full list of live action packages for this year’s benefit, click here.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets now, they’re going fast! Purchase tickets online at bcrd.org!
Join Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Head Nordic Coach Rick Kapala for a presentation on how to improve your physical capacities for cross country skiing. They’ll cover training physiology, workout design and training monitoring as key elements in managing your training plan.
4. NordicTown USA Downtown Jam and Sprints
Thursday, February 2nd, 4:00 PM
Downtown Ketchum, at the intersection of 4th and 2nd.
Quickly becoming the "can’t miss" event of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival! World-class sprints with Olympic caliber athletes, kids races and accompanying music all in one! Get some dinner with Galena Lodge onsite, grab a warm drink and enjoy the bonfire and on site winter artwork after checking out the amazing sprint races!
Tim Snider and Sound Society are going to rock the Ketchum Downtown Jam and Nordic Town USA Sprint races! Tim has traveled to Europe, Cuba, Morocco, Spain, Indonesia, and much of Central America in his ongoing journey to study the world’s different styles of music. Blending American roots, world beat and Latin rhythms into an inspired sound that has been dubbed “World Rock,” the group creates a high-energy performance that gives its audiences an irresistible desire to dance. Some say it is just foot-stomping soul-stirring goodness!
Grab the kids, bundle up and get ready to watch the races, dance and then compete in the legendary World Snowshoe Dance Competition. Refreshments will be available for purchase and the bonfire will be going!
5. 2012 SWIX Boulder Mountain Tour
Saturday, February 4th, 10:00 AM
Senate Meadows (Start area)
One of America’s longest running and most respected cross-country ski races, the Boulder Mountain Tour (BMT) is the Wood River Valley’s winter treasure. Drawing a field from across the country, and across the spectrum of abilities, the BMT welcomes all. The race traverses the spectacular Boulder Mountains for 32 kilometers of breath-taking beauty and world-class competition. Some of the finest skiing to be found anywhere on the planet combined with warm hospitality and first-rate race organization.
The Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum (KSVHS) is best walked into when it’s snowing. Of course any season will do, the property is a tree-filled compound of traditional white barns with green trim that is picturesque year-round. But when it’s snowing the museum beckons like a warm fireplace, the hearth by which we can gather and hear stories of Wood River Valley’s rich and colorful history. For reasons that don’t need explaining, this collection honoring skiers and winter soldiers, architects and local celebrities simply kindles brightest when it’s white outside.
First leased by the KSVHS from the National Park Service in 1993, the museum sits quietly on Washington Avenue and 1st Street. The interior, however, was renovated in 1995 and is now contemporary, with exhibits organized spaciously between the separate Heritage and Ski Museum buldings. The first of these are the Jimmy Griffith and the Don and Gretchen Fraser collections, which are housed in the latter. Regional history at its finest. The photo and award displays tell the stories of three Sun Valley residents, each a legend in the sport that has defined this community for more than 75 years.
Ski movie posters form Warren Miller's films.
The ski protion of the museum is a tribute to these heroes and others, an extensive presentation of those who have contributed so much to shaping this resort community. Stroll through the "Ancient Skiers" exhibit and you’ll find rare photos of Andy Hennig, vintage Sun Valley ads from the 1960s and a mountain of classic images depicting life and sport in Ketchum. Equally significant is the fact that the Ancient Skiers Club, a group of individuals who have been skiing since before World War II, recently had a gathering at the museum–living additions to a museum that already features many of the club’s members.
What’s incredible about both the Heritage and Ski Museum is how personal many of the holdings are to people in this Valley. Although 75 years is monumental, the Sun Valley Story, which is also an exhibit, remains a foggy but memorable experience. Yet this won’t be the case for long and the Historical Society is committed to preserving both the recent and bygone eras of Ketchum and Sun Valley. As much as people love to walk the photo-filled hallways of the Sun Valley Lodge, it’s truly a blessing that we can expand our knowledge and appreciation by visiting a substantial museum, who’s only goal is to collect and preserve regional history.
Who knew that Freidl Pfeifer, Sun Valley’s second ski school director, helped to train 10th Mountain Division in the 1940s? Or that Stanley Underwood, the architect behind the historic Sun Valley Lodge, was famous for establishing the now standard aesthetic of National Park Service buildings? Whether you consider these mere pieces of trivia or details that reveal the center-most fabric of our community, the Heritage and Ski Museum is a cultural asset worth exploring.
The 10th Mountain Division exhibit.
For instance, there’s the visually diverse, "Warren Miller and the Art of Ski Cinematography." Miller started his illustrious career in the River Run parking lot, where he lived in a trailer and causally filmed with friends. Relics of his path from there to Hollywood dot the walls of this exhibit. There are timeless posters of Miller’s "Beyond the Edge" and "Ski People," there’s a projector running other famous movies and there’s even a large collage of ski cartoons sketched by the iconic director himself. However, it’s temporary, so go examine the artifacts of this great pioneer before it’s too late.
Another highlight, which has permanent status, focuses on another prominent Sun Valley character, Ernest Hemingway. Housed on the property’s third barn, is the hallway of "Hemingway in Idaho." More than just a few classic images, the exhibit is a full and elegant presentation of Ernest Hemingway’s two decades of living, writing and hunting in the Wood River Valley. This collection of photos is just one of many reminders in the Heritage Museum that the story of this place extends beyond skiing, even if winter sports does anchor so much of its history. So if you’re a fan of Hemingway, this unassuming celebration of the author in an area he loved is a must-see!
Yet "Hemingway in Idaho" and "Art of Cinematography" are just the beginning. The Ski and Heritage Museum has eight permanent collections, with three temporary exhibits currently in circulation. They also host weekly events, like February 1st’s 2012 Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, during which a handful of candidates will be chosen and their plaques placed in the Ski Museum, next to the likes of Bobbie Burns and William Janss. Although only one of many dates on the KSVHS calendar, the ceremony symbolizes the museum’s function; it is the community’s time capsule, that fireplace of memories, while also being the window out which we can admire the present. History is made everyday, and it’s wonderful that the museum recognizes the on-going nature of its subject matter by recognizing Sun Valley’s latest icons.
If you have time on snowy (or even a snowless) afternoon, make a stop by the Heritage and Ski Museum. Wander the exhibits, attend one of the many lecture or just let the legacy of the Wood River Valley warm your soul before returning to the harsh storms of the present.
The hallowed halls of the Ski & Heritage Museum.
The Ancient Skiers
Gretchen Fraser, Don Fraser and Jim Griffith
Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame
10th Mountain Division of the United States Army
Warren Miller and the Art of Ski Cinematography (temporary)
The Sun Valley Story: An American Original (temporary)
Mining in the Wood River Valley
Discovery of Elkhorn Springs: Pre Historic Native Americans in the Wood River Valley
Hemingway in Idaho
The Architecture of Gilbert Stanley Underwood and The Sun Valley Lodge
Women’s Work: Women and the Settling of the American West (temporary)
This fierce and eclectic evening of Spanish dance and music (with live guitar, singing and palmas – clapping) features lamenting solos, sizzling duets, and festive group dances. The program, La Pasin Flamenca, is passion-in-motion, a journey back to the cultural crossroads of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain and the birthplace of flamenco.
H’Sao draws inspiration from gospel and traditional African music, especially that of its Chadian roots, and adds dashes of pop, soul, jazz and R&B. The voices are magnificent, true and powerful; their original compositions, their unmistakable style and the energy on stage are contagious.
With all the excitement about weather forecasts for the upcoming “snopacalypse” and a possible “snownami” (which are happily hitting us this week) it’s easy to forget about all the fun bluebird day happenings on the mountain in Sun Valley. Cool events like last weekend’s Tom Wallisch Fantasy Rail Jam and next weekend’s Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular are just a few from the long list of the cool things that happen around here, powder day or not.
Tom Wallisch Fantasy Rail Jam: Saturday, January 14th, 2012
SCOTT USA and Sun Valleyhosted their first rail jam of the season last weekend on a packed new feature in Dollar’s epic Terrain Park. The event started weeks before when SCOTT invited terrain park enthusiasts to design their very own fantasy feature. It was 24 year-old Patrick Sullivan of Gunnison, Colorado, who designed the winning feature with an eight-foot ditch pipe with rails on the top and bottom, which the Sun Valley Terrain Park crew brought to life to look almost exactly like Sullivan’s sketch. Judged by the man, Tom Wallisch himself, the Rail Jam kicked off Saturday morning with over 40 competitors. After signing autographs for the little grommets and hitting the features a few times himself, Wallisch sat back to watch the eager skiers show off. Under a bluebird sky and in front of a crowd of revelers who hiked up Dollar to check out the action, the Rail Jam went off without a hitch, each jibber impressing Tom Wallisch and his crew. Photographer Tal Roberts was on hand to check out all the action and the sweep of the junior category by Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation freestyle skiers, Hunter Diehl, Luke Rizzo and Alvaro Jiraldo. You can see the rest of his shots here.
The Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular: January 27th-30th
One of the biggest freestyle competitions in the region, Sun Valley Resort and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is hosting the Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular again this year! The event takes place January 27th-30th and is the best way to check out Dollar Mountain’s now famous terrain parks! The event kicks off on Thursday with the Halfpipe competition on Dollar’s brand new Halfpipe and continues Friday with the Slopestyle Comp. Saturday and Sunday will feature mogul and double mogul competitions. It is a weekend not to be missed!