The Sun Valley Story: Behind the Scenes with Director

The Sun Valley Story: Behind the Scenes with Director

Tuesday, February 28

6pm – 7:30pm

Director David Butterfield will share clips from the documentary and talk about inside information about Sun Valley history and on the making of the film.

About the film:
In the work of Averell Harriman, Bill Janss, and Earl Holding, we find uncommon vision, creative passion, and an enduring commitment to Sun Valley resort. It’s a classic American success story about creating a special place that had a great impact on the winter sports and travel industries, helped our local communities evolve, and promises a bright future. The production team and many contributors are long time locals with an abiding appreciation for our community and lifestyle. As much as The Sun Valley Story is an historical portrait, it is also a celebration of our values, shared experience, and aspirations.

About the Producer/Director:
Local David Butterfield has worked on stage, in film, television and new media. From comedy, to sports, to disability issues, to politics, to history, he’s been entertaining and educating with audio/visual media for over 25 years. He got his start with legendary filmmaker Warren Miller. More recently he produced an independent film and covered cutting edge ski and snowboard competitions and headliner concerts for network television. In between there were Travelogged, corporate films, news shows, commercials and cable TV series– adventures, lessons about life, and lots of fun.

Lift Line: Winter Fly Fishing on the Big Wood

Don't miss the Fly Fishing Film Tour this Thursday night at the Sun Valley Opera House most poetic practice

Angling’s most poetic practice

By Mike McKenna

It’s during the cold and quiet days of winter when fly fishing on the Big Wood River is its most poetic. Snow falls, silence reigns, feathered hooks gently float, fishermen are few and far between, trout are hungry, insects bounce about, the wind shows its strength, eyelets freeze, fingertips numb, the river keeps on flowing.

Certainly, winter fishing on the Big Wood is by no means easy. Nor is it as celebrated as its fellow seasons, especially the autumn around here that Hemingway made so famous, "and best of all he loved the fall … leaves floating on the trout streams and above the hills the high blue windless skies."

In the winter, the leaves give way to falling snow and drifting ice. The skies can sometimes be high blue, but are rarely windless. Winter fly fishing in the chilly heart of Idaho usually requires the angler to pack on more layers than a walrus. It also means that outside of local tackle shops and Grumpy’s in Ketchum, most folks will look at you as if you’ve just escaped from a loony bin if you tell them you just went fishing on a day when the temperatures barely hit double digits. And skiers or snowboarders will treat you like you smell funny if they find out you went to the river instead of going up on the mountain.

But that’s okay. Let them think what they will. They just don’t get it anyway. They can’t hear the lyrics of the wintry river or feel the rhythms of the cast. They don’t notice the verses of the rainbows or the tempo of the stoneflies, midges and nymphs. As Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver so brilliantly asked: "And when has happiness ever required much evidence . . . ?"

Landing a rainbow trout on a glorious winter day on the Big Wood River.

WINTER FISHING TIPS from the pros at Silver Creek Outfitters located in the Sun Valley Mall.

. Winter conditions are hazardous and even in its mellow off-season flows the Big Wood River is more powerful than any person. Always err on the side of safety. The river isn’t going anywhere. There’ll be other days to fish.

2. Wading boots must have good soles and be able to handle slick rocks and slippery snow and ice.

3. Always tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be returning.

4. Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. Handling trout, especially with dry or gloved hands, removes the protective slime layer (a fish’s insulation in the winter), and prolonged exposure to cold air can freeze a trout’s gills.

5. Pick the right flies, Silver Creek Outfitters Dave Faltings has a passion and knowledge for fly fishing that runs stronger than the Big Wood during a monstrous spring run-off. So naturally, he loves to fish in the winter.

"The winter is a great time to fish around here," Dave said. "It’s mostly a midge time of year. The bugs are really small in the winter."

 [Get the basics of winter fly fishing by taking advantage of Silver Creek Outfitters' special winter guide rates: just $300 for one to two people a day, including all the gear right down to the flies. Stop into their Sun Valley Mall location for more details.]

 To read the original version of this fishy story, click here.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Sunday, July 22 – Tuesday, August 14

The largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony celebrated its 27th season in the glorious Idaho mountains last summer. Founded in 1985 as the Elkhorn Music Festival by Dr. Carl Eberl, professor emeritus at the College of the City University of New York, and his wife Julianne, the orchestra grew from 22 musicians to 55 at the time of his retirement. Under the leadership of Maestro Alasdair Neale since 1995, the orchestra has grown to more than 100 players and presents free concerts to over 50,000 people annually.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Edgar M. Bronfman In Focus Series

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Edgar M. Bronfman In Focus Series

Sunday, July 22 – Friday, July 27

5:30m – 7:30pm

Up close and personal, the In Focus series invites audiences to go inside the music and explore a specific musical theme which encompasses each of four chamber music concerts.

Each evening begins at 5:30 pm with a talk led by Alasdair Neale to feature musical demonstrations, history and a discussion that will bring the following concert at 6:30 pm “In Focus.” Join us!

The Advocates Annual Gala, Black and White Soiree

The Advocates Annual Gala, Black and White Soiree

Friday, July 6

5:30pm – 11pm

Trail Creek Lawn

The festive and elegant Gala, where guests don creative black and white attire, is the flagship fundraising event for The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Proceeds fund free, life-changing services for more than 500 local women and children in need, and free community-wide prevention education for more than 3,000 students and adults, annually.

For more information contact Meg Hoyt at The Advocates,

Bill Janss Pro-Am Classic

Bill Janss Pro-Am Classic

Thursday, April 5 – Saturday, April 7

For the Janss Pro-Am Classic, ski and snowboard participants team with former Olympic, Pro Tour, and World Cup racers for three days of fun-filled, non-stop festivities.  Called “the best party on snow,” it is the leading fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. All abilities are encouraged. Once again, the Janss Pro Am will center on a theme….this year’s theme is “VINTAGE.”

For information please contact or go to

The 27th Annual Paw ‘n Pole

It’s a Three-Ringed Circus-The Paw ‘n Pole Comes to Town

March 4, 2012

ItThe 27th Annual Happy Howlin’ Paw ‘n Pole, an annual community event supporting the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, promises a morning of hilarity and fun for the whole family with its “three-ringed circus” theme. Join us on March 4, 2012, at 10 am at the Sun Valley Gun Club. There will be cross country ski and snowshoe races with leashed dogs, best costume and silly pet trick contests, and more!

Don’t have a dog?  Don’t worry, you can partner up with one of ours!
Race entry fees are: $5/child; $10/adult; $20/family. Entry fees include lunch and a raffle ticket entry for a 2012 North Valley Trails pass! What a deal! Registration is onsite, at the event.

For more information, please call the Shelter at (208) 788-4351.

click here to visit the Animal Shelter’s website.

Avalanche Basics

Avalanche Basics for Out-Of-Bounds Skiers

Saturday, March 10

9am – 5pm

Classroom session will be held in the upstairs conference room in the Mountain office (next to gondola)

Taught by the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center and Sun Valley Ski Patrol


This is a new class specially designed for out-of-bounds skiers and boarders. It is an introductory level program and no prior avalanche training is required. This class is a must for anyone who plans to head into the backcountry, especially the out-of-bounds areas on Baldy.

Classroom (morning): Recognizing avalanche danger: avalanche terrain, signs of instability, human factors and psychology Avoiding avalanche danger: planning and preparation, decision-making, safe travel, avalanche rescue

Field (afternoon): Avalanche terrain recognition and evaluation Terrain management Group management and communication Avalanche beacon use

Advanced registration is required and participation is limited. Contact the Avalanche Center to sign up: or 208-622-0095.

A $25 donation is requested for the class and a season pass or half-price ticket ($45) is required.

Freestyle Intermountain Division Championships

Freestyle Intermountain Division Championships

Catch the air at Dollar Mountain!

Friday, February 24, 2012 – Slopestyle

Saturday, February 25, 2012 – Half Pipe

Events start at 10am each day.

Apres Ski Music at River Run Lodge – Lip Service

Apres Ski Music at River Run Lodge – Lip Service

Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 18