Baldy Banked Slalom

Baldy Banked Slalom, a terrain enhanced snowboard slalom race.

This race is sponsored by Smith Optics and is a qualifier for the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt. Baker, WA

Contact Corey Smith at Smith Optics, 720-7990 or Marshall McInnis, SVCO, 208-709-4972

2012 Winter Comedy Series heats up the Boiler Room

If you like stand-up comedians, you’ll love the 2012 Winter Comedy Series at the Sun Valley Resort Boiler Room every Friday and Saturday night at 6pm.  We present new comedians hot off the comedy circuit every weekend.

Doors open at 5pm and comedy starts at 6pm.  Cover is $10 at the door (21 & Older)

  • January 13 & 14  Joe Klocek/Heath Harmison
  • January 20 & 21  Tom Rhodes/Jason Resler
  • January 27 & 28    Eddie Ifft/ Leif Skyving
  • February 3 & 4       Trish Surh/Courtney Cronin
  • February 10 & 11   Dwight Slade/Jim Summers
  • February 17 & 18  Henry Phillips/ Gary Cannon
  • February 24 & 25  Kristin Key/Myles Weber
  • March 2 & 3  Brad Williams/Stefan Davis
  • March 9 & 10  Tim Young/Dan Gabriel
  • March 16 & 17  Michael Pace/Heath Harmison
  • March 23 & 24  Dan Cummins/Ryan Wingfield


Billy Goat Loppet

Billy Goat Loppet

January 21

Annual Billy Goat Loppet nordic race at Galena Lodge.  Call the Sun Valley Ski Club at 208-622-3033 for more information.

Skin It To Win It!

Skin It To Win It!

January 28th, 2012

10am – 3pm

Dollar Mountain

Fund raiser for the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center.  Skiers hike up to the top of Dollar circumnavigating Forbidden Fruit and skiing down Otto’s.

There will be Solo, 2 & 4 person teams.  Each lap will be recorded, athlete sponsors pledge money for each lap completed.


  • Steve Butler, SNFAC,
  • John Matteson, Dollar Mountain Manager, 309-0633
  • Marshal McInnis, Slopes Department, 622-2183

Chicks & Giggles at the Boiler Room!

January 19 & February 2
Doors open at 5pm; Show starts at 6pm
Tickets $10 available at the door
Enjoy cocktails at the fire pit before the show!
  • Chicks n’ Giggles Improv Troupe offers an interactive experience that utilizes audience suggestions of places, people and things as a basis for each scene and gimmick game. Every show is completely unique as the audience drives the show with their suggestions, and the players perform without the safety net of a script! They set a high standard of comedy and deliver quit wit and charm that is engaging for the audience and always leaves them wanting more.
  • Short-form improv sketch comedy that is fast paced and fun. 
  • Unpredictable. Unscripted. Unbelievable!

The snow on Baldy has been solid this week, as Chatham Baker shows with this "wheelie." Photo by Tal Roberts.

Lift Line: Six@Sochi aims to get local athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Gold Team has big Olympic dreams.

By Katie Matteson

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) has a storied history of cultivating elite winter athletes. For over 40 years, the SVSEF’s ski, snowboard, freestyle and Nordic teams have coached, trained and taught local athletes to be the best athletes they can be, encouraging "strong minds, strong bodies, strong futures." Each winter, over 500 local skiers and boarders join the teams, learning discipline, balance, commitment and how to enjoy skiing and snowboarding for a lifetime. Whether these athletes go on to become professional athletes or just well-rounded community members, the SVSEF plays an important role in the development of the local participants. Athletes like Kristin Cooper, Picabo Street, Graham Watanabe, and the Crist Brothers are all alums of the SVSEF. They are also all Olympic athletes.

Based on this tradition of elite athleticism, the SVSEF has now launched an additional mission, "Six@Sochi," with a goal of getting six SVSEF athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. These athletes, members of the SVSEF’s Gold Team, are all at the top of their discipline and the Sochi Olympics are within their grasp. This year’s Gold Team (many of whom are current US Ski or Snowboard Team Members) includes Nordic racers Morgan Arritola, Simi Hamilton, Chelsea Holmes, Matt Gelso, Mike Sinnott and Alexa Turzian, Alpine racers Tanner Farrow, Teagen Palmer and Kipling Wiesel , snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington, and freestyle skiers Tai Barrymore and Shane Cordeau.

Here is a roundup of a few of these local athletes, Nordic skiers, freestyle skiers, bump skiers, snowboarders and alpine racers. So next time they pass you on a Nordic trail, ride up the lift with you or boost out of the halfpipe on Dollar right in front of your astonished eyes, you might just be in the company of a future Olympic Champion. (Athlete profiles courtesy of the SVSEF).


Kaitlyn Farrington: US Snowboard Team Member

Kaitlyn Farrington

As a junior in the SVSEF Snowboard Program Kaitlyn always showed potential in the halfpipe, then she exploded to the top of the ranks last year. In 2010 Kaitlyn dominated the results and was recognized as one of the best women halfpipe riders competing. A few of Kaitlyn’s successes in 2010: Winter Dew Tour Overall Champion; won the European X-Games, beating Vancouver Olympic Gold Medalist Torah Bright; and was on the podium 6 of her last 7 competitions. Needless to say, Kaitlyn was named to the US Snowboard Team and is looking for the Gold in Sochi.





Shane Cordeau: US Ski Team Member

Shane Cordeau

Shane was born and raised here in Sun Valley.  He grew up chasing his father, 4x World mogul champion, Joe Cordeau all around Baldy.  Those ski lessons paid off and in 2009 Shane finished 2nd on the Nor-Am Mogul tour earning a spot on the U.S. Freestyle ski team.  Shane got his rookie season off to a fast start finishing 1st at the U.S. Freestyle Selections event in December 2010.  He followed that up with a 4th place at the U.S Olympic Trials in Steamboat Springs, Co., two weeks later.  Shane made his World Cup debut at Deer Valley, UT., in January 2011.  Shane was the highest qualifying American and finished an impressive 13th overall.  Shane had two more top 25 results in World Cup competitions before suffering a season ending injury. Now fully recovered Shane has set his sights on this coming season, "I am ready to continue my pursuit of taking over the World Cup circuit during the next four years leading up to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.




Tai Barrymore: SVSEF Gold Team Member

Tai Barrymore

Tai returns to the SVSEF Gold Team after another successful season of Half-pipe competitions. Tai is one of the youngest athletes competing in the Dew Tour, North Face Open, U.S. Grand Prix, and X Games. Tai travelled to 4 different countries on 3 different continents and competed in 10 halfpipe events last year.  It was a whirlwind season.  He made the finals of every major event he entered and remained healthy throughout the year.  His results include:

2010 Dew Tour-Breckenridge, Co 14th

2010 U.S. Grand Prix-Copper Mtn, Co 19th

2011 North Face Open-Northstar, Ca 9th

2011 SFR French Open-Tignes, Fr, 1st

2011 World Cup- La Plange, Fr, 13th

2011 Euro X Games- Tignes, Fr, 16th

2011 World Superpipe Championships- Whistler, Ca 14th

2011 New Zealand Open- Cadrona, NZ, 7th

The IOC has officially announced that Ski Half-pipe will be included in the 2014 Olympics.  Tai is focused on competing at that event.  He is excited for another whirlwind season competing in one of the most dynamic and physically challenging ski disciplines in the world.  Tai continues to train year round with our younger athletes; mentoring, encouraging and supporting the team.  He is an inspiration to all of our athletes and is living proof that you can get there from here!


Morgan Arritola: US Ski Team Member

Morgan Arritola

Morgan is currently regarded as one of nation’s top female Nordic athletes.  At the young age of 25 she already has an impressive list of results tallied to her name, including over a half dozen podiums at National Championships, competitive world-class results at numerous World Championships and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  Morgan’s athletic talents extend beyond skis to the XC running trails where during the 2011 summer she chalked up two national titles- one at the XC running Half Marathon National Championships in Bend, OR., and the second in the XTerra Half Marathon National Championships in Ogden, UT.  Morgan is primed for an outstanding 2011-12 ski season and will be a legitimate contender in any distance race she enters the entire season.

Carrier Highlights:

21st Place 30K Mass Start Skate 2011 World Ski Championships Oslo, NOR

19th Place 15K Mass Start Skate 2010 World Cup La Clusaz, FRA

22nd Place 30k Mass Start Skate 2009 World Ski Championships Liberec, CZE

Warren Miller’s “…Like There’s No Tomorrow”

Sun Valley Opera House presents:

Warren Miller’s “…Like There’s No Tomorrow”

The world’s largest action sports film announces its 62nd annual U.S. tour

All Seats $5.00


  • Monday, January 2; 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 4; 4:30pm
  • Saturday, January 7; 4:30pm

SV Shred: Introducing Young Shredders to Skiing

Tips for sharing your love for the slopes with your kids

By Mike McKenna

A local three-year-old is ready to shred Dollar.

Learning to ski can be a lot of fun for kids, but it can also be a frustrating and mildly painful experience–especially for the parents. To help prevent any meltdowns or hissy fits (from either children or parents), here are some tips for sharing the slopes with young shredders.

Hot Chocolate

Snow conditions, sunshine, a proper night’s sleep, world peace, even the entire cast of The Muppets showing up aren’t nearly as important to a successful ski day with a youngster than a simple cup of hot cocoa is–topped with whipped cream, of course. As luck and the Ski Gods (Thanks, Ullr!) would have it, most bars at ski areas serve hot chocolate, as well as the much appreciated adult beverages.

So it’s usually a good move to locate the closest hot chocolate spout and/or bar to the slopes as soon as possible. There’s a good reason why the tap beer selection at Dollar Mountain is located right behind the hot chocolate dispensers. It’s because Sun Valley didn’t become a world famous resort just for the skiing alone!


French fries.

Pizza and French Fries

While pizza and French fries earn culinary silver and bronze medals, respectively, to hot chocolate’s gold in the Olympic podium of happy little skiers, they’re also the two key moves for shredders-in-training.

Lessons are, of course, highly recommended for any young skier over the age of four. But if the children are too young or a parent is feeling brave, pizza (wedging ski tips together like a slice of pizza to slow down or stop) and French fries (pointing skis straight like a pair of fries) makes sense to kids and comes in handy. As do ski harnesses usually referred to as "racer chasers.”

These devices are carried by the young skier like a backpack and include a handle and a leash of some sort. It really is a great product, but was obviously invented by chiropractors looking for more business. For there’s nothing like getting dragged down the slopes by a giggling three-year-old.

The Magic Carpet is a great place to start, too, as being dragged around is more prevalent there so people don’t laugh as loudly at you. It’s also free and an easy way to introduce future shredders to the sport.

Holding on for dear life!

Crash Test Dummies

Naturally, falling is a part of skiing. Every skier and snowboarder has fallen more times than they can count. Heck, it’s easy to mistake half the athletes at the annual Winter X Games for crash test dummies. So falling is nothing to be embarrassed about or too afraid of–it’s what helmets are for. After all, the sooner a child understands that skiing or snowboarding is all about having fun in the great outdoors during the cold winter months, the better off everyone is going to be.

Hops and Barley

Parenthood inherently forces its participants to deal in the art of handling small frustrations. Little things that add up, nonetheless, and can occasionally make even the mellowest parent nearly blow out a binding. A day on the slopes with some little ones is bound to provide such moments now and again: things like lost mittens or little shredders melting down while struggling to walk in ski boots or tired toddlers refusing to do anything other than turn left and crash.

To help avoid such moments, the experts suggest that it’s important to take regular breaks, especially on cold days. One of the big keys to helping young shredders develop a life-long love for alpine sports is that they enjoy their first few encounters with it. So stopping for hot cocoa before a child gets cranky or a pint before pop gets too POed is highly recommended.

Jack's favorite parts of skiing are "going fast, crashing and hot chocolate with whipped cream."

And always remember the old shredders’ saying, "If it isn’t fun, you’re probably not doing it right."


[For more tips about introducing kids to skiing or enrolling them in ski school, please check SV Shred's Ski School 101.]



Winter Sun Classic Nordic Race

Precursor to the 2013 US National Masters Championships. 10 and 5km, 10am mass start. Registration at the SV Nordic Center begins Tuesday, 1/31, and ends Wednesday, 2/1 at 8:30am

Entry Fee: 10km – $15, 5km – $10. Awards at 12:30pm.