Shred: Cool Kids’ Ski Stuff

Sesame Street Knitwits make kids (and the kids in all of us) happy.

By Mike McKenna

One of the best parts of being a kid is that you get to wear fun and funky stuff that you wouldn’t be caught dead in as adult–unless, that is, you’re going to a Halloween party or it’s a flashback day on the mountain like an ode to the ’80s.

With that in mind, the SV Shred crew checked in with the staff at Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports at Dollar Mountain to find out what kind of fun kid’s stuff has been flying off the shelves this season. So here are a few of the top cool kids’ items this year:

Sesame Street Knitwits

These one-size-fits-all, New Zealand wool and fleece-lined hats and gloves that resemble Sesame Street favorites like Grover and the Cookie Monster or wild animals like owls, pigs and even wookiees have been a huge hit. Knitwits not only keep kids (and some adventurous adults) warm, they make the wearer easy to spot in a crowd and put smiles on the faces of the rest of us. "They’re so cute. They’ve been flying out of here," says Stephanie Cook, a cashier at Pete Lane’s.

Neck Gaitors

Sometimes called "buffs," micro-fleece neck gaitors come in a variety of colors and designs and can be used to keep a lot more than just necks warm. A lot less bulky but no less warm than most scarves, they also can be used to cover faces and be twisted into make-shift hats as well. And Pete Lane’s at Dollar is even offering a sale on buffs with Sun Valley’s 75thAnniversary design on them for a mere $4.95, while supplies last.

Helmet covers are a great way to add some warmth and style.

Colorful Skis and Helmet Covers

Atomic has a line of unique and colorful skis designed specifically for kids that not only help youngsters shred the mountain, but do so in style.  Helmet covers not only help kids keep warm on cold and windy days, they also make spotting a child in the sea of young shredders much easier. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles.

"The fun part of this job is seeing the kids get so excited about skiing," Stephanie explains with a big smile.


[And don't forget to check in with Pete Lane's for some great deals. This week they're offering 25% off on all RED helmets and Anon goggles in both kids and adult sizes.]

Film: Urbanized

Thu, Apr 5, 6:30pm
Liberty Theater, Hailey

Urbanized, a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

23rd Annual  October 17 – 21, 2012

The Jazz Jamboree is an event not to be missed!

The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree produces hundreds of live performances on multiple stages over five days from October 17th – 21st.   Enjoy many styles of music including traditional and Contemporary Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Zydeco, Blues and more.

The event will host over 40 musical groups and over 200 talented musicians from around the nation, Canada, and Europe.   There are several sites for dancing and free dance classes too!  Complementary shuttle buses operate frequently between the venues, and food and beverages will be available at most locations.

Tickets are available at jazz festival tickets, or by phone 877-478-5277.

For more information please visit

Dollar Days/Rail Jam

Dollar Days/Rail Jam

Saturday, April 7

Dollar Mountain

Baldy Snowshoe Challenge

Baldy Snowshoe Challenge

River Run Plaza to Roundhouse

March 31

Contact Nappy Neiman:  726-7400

Tele-Hawaiian Race – Cozy

Tele-Hawaiian Race – Cozy

Saturday, March 31

Hobson Memorial Ski Race

Hobson Memorial Ski Race

Saturday, March 24

Dollar Mountain

Contact SVSEF:  726-4129

Sun Valley Telemark Series

Sun Valley Telemark Series

Dollar Mountain Family Cross Course

Sun Valley Tele Boarder/Tele-Cross

Course closed for racing 12–4pm

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Benefit Concert – Chris Botti

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Benefit Concert

Featuring Chris Botti, Grammy Award-winning jazz instrumental artist

Sunday, July 29, 6:30pm

Sun Valley Pavilion

DIVAS: Catching up with Danielle Crist Carruth

Danielle Crist Carruth

Mom (of three), Sun Valley SnowSports School Ski Instructor, DIVAS Program Co-Founder

By Laurie Sammis

As part of an ongoing Winter Profile series featuring real mountain divas–who are living and working and loving life in the mountains–we caught up with former Alaskan heli ski guide, wife, mother of three, DIVAS Program co-founder (along with Nicky Biddle Elsbree)  and longtime Sun Valley SnowSports School ski instructor veteran Danielle Crist Carruth on Baldy last week. Here is what she had to say about life in the mountains.


Sun Valley SnowSports instructor and DIVAS co-founder Danielle Crist Carruth enjoying her last run of the day

First Run in the A.M.? On a powder day, a quick run down Plaza (Picabo’s Street) before they open the bowls is always in order.

Last Run of the Day? For me, the end of the day is made for poking around in all the little tree stashes that haven’t been found. And there are plenty of them…

Favorite Run on a Sunny Day? Sunny spring skiing is my favorite. Corn snow in the bowls is just tough to beat.

Best Run on Baldy? Any day you are spending a lot of time on the cold springs double chair is a good one in my book, as you really can’t beat the lower bowls when conditions are right.

Favorite Lunch Spot? I love the Club House (as it is affectionately called by locals; but marked on trail maps as Lookout Lodge, at the top of Baldy), and secretly hope they never rebuild it. This is followed closely by Fondue on the deck of Roundhouse on a sunny spring day.

First Memory on Skis? Squaw Valley. Wooden Hart skis. Girls in bikinis.  Picnic lunching in the granite cliffs on a sunny spring day with family friends.

Who First Got You on Skis? Same person who taught my brothers (former Olympians and X-Games competitors Reggie and Zach Crist) and all of our children: My dad Roger Crist, aka Poppa.

When did you learn to ski? I was 2 years old. It was "trial by fire" in my family. If you couldn’t keep up, you were left in the lodge with a coloring book for hours. Sometimes that was preferable!

Favorite Memory on Skis? Hard to pick just one, but my favorite days are the ones when you head up without a plan just because you know the skiing is going to be great and you run into just the right people in just the right places … and you are just part of all that great energy that surrounds an amazing day on Baldy.

Favorite Off-Mountain Activity? Nothing beats hanging out with my family, whether it’s on the mountain, in the living room, or road tripping to Moab or California.

Do you have a skiing or mountain obsession (something you couldn’t live without)? My neck gator. Or my buff in the springtime. I can’t ski without my neck garb. Really.

Why Sun Valley–what do you love about it? I love the people.  There are places with more snow and more gnarly terrain, but there is no place where you can get as much vertical in a day than here. And there is no place with better people to ski it with.

What is Your Passion?  I have to admit I’m pretty passionate about skiing. It sounds simple, but I get a lot of pleasure out of shredding great lines with good friends or helping someone else appreciate this sport as much as I do. I’m incredibly passionate about spending time with my family and friends. There are, of course, lots of ways to do that, but skiing tends to be a pretty good one … and probably my favorite.

What is your job on the mountain? I am a Sun Valley SnowSports School ski instructor. I have been doing this job, and loving it, since college (during Christmas break). So, forever.

What is the Best Part about your job? I love getting people fired up about skiing and the mountain lifestyle.  I think we are incredibly lucky to be able to live here and raise our kids here and play here with such quality people. If just a little of that great energy can rub off on someone else, then that’s not a bad way to make the world a better place.