Pink Martini at River Run

Pink Martini at River Run presented by Sun Valley Center For The Arts

Monday, August 13

7pm

Series tickets available to purchase for members April 13th @ 10am
Individual tickets available to purchase for members April 20th @ 10am
All tickets available to purchase by nonmembers April 27th @ 10am
Click here for series pricing chart

GA member $35 / GA nonmember $45 EE member $75 / EE nonmember $85
EE = Early Entry Admission to venue at 6pm
GA = General Admission to venue at 6:15pm

“At one moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and the next moment, you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It’s a bit like an urban musical travelogue.” Comprised of twelve musicians, and drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Pink Martini is like a rollicking around-the-world adventure.

http://pinkmartini.com

Johnny Clegg & Ladysmith Black Mambazo at River Run

Johnny Clegg & Ladysmith Black Mambazo at River Run

Monday, August 6

7pm

Series tickets available to purchase for members April 13th @ 10am
Individual tickets available to purchase for members April 20th @ 10am
All tickets available to purchase by nonmembers April 27th @ 10am
Click here for series pricing chart

GA Member $30 / GA nonmember $40 EE member $75 / EE nonmember $85
EE = Early Entry Admission to venue at 6pm
GA = General Admission to venue at 6:15pm

United in their South African Zulu heritage, this summer event marks a first time ever collaboration in North America of South African superstar Johnny Clegg with his 7 piece band and township vocalists, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith is best known for their work on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” (released 25 years ago this year) and over the last three decades, Clegg – a singer, songwriter, dancer and anthropologist – has sold over five million albums worldwide.

http://www.johnnyclegg.com 
http://www.mambazo.com/

Roundhouse Opens For Lunch / Gondola Starts Running For Summer

Roundhouse Opens For Lunch / Gondola Starts Running For Summer

Summer lift hours:  9am–4pm

June 22–September 9

Lift Line: Dollar Dayz Pond Skim

A Wet, Wild and Wacky End-of-Season Ritual in Sun Valley

By Laurie Sammis

More than 125 of the bravest, and perhaps craziest, skiers and riders in Sun Valley put their skills to the test last Sunday as they attempted to cross the pond in front of Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge during the 3rd Annual Dollar Dayz Pond Skim event. Competitors were judged on skim, costume, splash and crowd cheer as they careened across, or into, the nearly 60-foot ice cold pond.

The rest of us were there as unapologetic gawkers.

We filled the air with "oohs" and "ahhs"…we gasped and cheered as competitors skied, boarded, slid, skidded and (sometimes) cartwheeled across the pond. The in-water crashes were spectacular and onlookers were not guaranteed to stay dry either–as many a pond-skim-gone-sideways ended up dousing the crowd in a water ski-worthy spray of water.

 

Luckily the sun was out, the beer was flowing and the BBQ grill was fired up with tasty treats as the crowd gathered to watch what has become one of Dollar’s most anticipated events. It is also happens to be a great excuse for cross dressing!

This year’s event was no exception as there was everything from geishas and aliens to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny barreling down the hill at full speed in an attempt to make it across the nearly 250,000 gallons of water with an average temperature of 34 degrees. A chicken was spotted amidst the ubiquitous sea of tutus, coconut shell bikinis and super hero capes. And the gorilla suit nearly cleared the crowd.

Best guess on your odds to make it across: 50 / 50. So whether you choose to skim or spectate, make sure not to miss this wacky event next year. And bring a towel!

Sorry you missed it? Live vicariously–that’s what the rest of us did. Check out more Pond Skimming videos online, including the Making of the Pond from start to finish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lift Line: Spring Restaurant Deals in Sun Valley

Sun Valley is ending the ski season in style, by offering lots of great deals at their restaurants.

Here’s a rundown of local restaurant specials and check here for  links to menus.

Gretchen’s Restaurant
Ladies Day Lunch Special
    Half price entres & wine (glass and bottle)
    Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:30am till 3pm
    Offered 04/24 through 06/07

Bald Mountain Pizza
Free starter or dessert with purchase of any large pizza
    Offered 04/04 through 04/21

Sun Valley Club Restaurant
Happy Hour Specials from 3pm to close
    Domestic draft beer$2, import draft beer $3, glass of wine $6
Prime Rib Sundays
    A full entre special for only $18
    Offered 04/15 through 06/10

Trail Creek Cabin
Two Entre for $20
    Entres may be chosen from our Special menu
    Offered 04/04 through 04/14

The RAM Restaurant
Buy one entre and take 50% off your second entre (of equal or lesser value)
    All wine 15% off (glass and bottle)
    Offered 04/04 through 04/14

Lift Line: Janss Pro-Am Events on Warm Springs

Costumes and GS Races draw professional skiers to the slopes of Baldy

By Laurie Sammis

The 2011 "Cougars" team pose with their fellas for a team photo, including: Karen Holzman, Jane Renolds, Bedford Nabors, Kim Taylor, Samantha Busby and Langley McNeal.

It may look like it … but it’s not all fun and games, parties, costumes and hilarity at the Stifel Nicolaus Weisel Janss Pro-Am events and giant slalom races on Baldy’s Lower Warm Springs this Friday and Saturday. In fact, the Janss Pro-Am is one of the most important fundraisers for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF), a valley organization which provides year-round ski and snowboard training and competition opportunities for athletes from the Wood River Valley and beyond.

And they do a good job of it too! Over the past 45 years, the SVSEF has helped launch many athletes onto the world stage. Past alumni include Christin Cooper, Picabo Street, Reggie and Zach Crist, Lynsey Dyer, Morgan Arritola, Jake Adicoff, Tanner Farrow, Kaitlyn Farrington and Langely McNeal, among many others.

And the program keeps growing with the likes of current SVSEF Snowboarder Chase Josey, who recently claimed the top American male spot in the halfpipe at the World Junior Championships in Spain, or SVSEF Gold Team member Shane Cordeau who took Bronze with a podium finish at the U.S. National Freestyle Championships at Stratton Mountain, Vermont, or Tai Barrymore was recently named to the U.S. Freestyle Pro Halfpipe Team.

And while the development, grooming, nurturing and elevation of all that raw talent is certainly the focus of the SVSEF, some of the serious business of those achievements will be temporarily put on the back burner by each of the thirty-two teams of six (which include one pro racer from the ranks of Olympic, World Cup and Pro Tour athletes, and one junior pro SVSEF athlete, combined with four "citizen" skiers/riders of all ski levels) for the next two days in favor of everybody having a good time and letting their how down in celebration of skiing and riding.

Each team dresses in costume in honor of the race theme and in the spirit of the event’s namesake–former owner of Sun Valley Resort, Olympian, SVSEF supporter, and ski and costume party enthusiast: Bill Janss.

The costumes are always creative, entertaining, and wide open to interpretation of the "Vintage" theme, with many details being acquired only after serious consultation with the staff of the Ketchum Sun Valley Ski & Heritage Museum to ensure authenticity. The race format is a dual slalom that is entertaining for both racers and spectators (for a sneak peek, check out the photo gallery from last year)–and you may even see a few wine bottles racing down the slopes, right alongside a team of Austrian ski instructors or 80′s one pieces.

It makes for great spectating!! So look out for the costumed racers of the Janss Pro-Am this Friday and Saturday–you’re likely to see somebody you know.

JANSS PRO-AM EVENT DETAILS

Handicap races start today (Friday, April 6, 2012) in full costume at 10:30 AM and continue throughout the afternoon on Lower Warm Springs.

Saturday (April 7, 2012) races begin at 10:30 AM, then break for lunch and are followed by the Race Finals–the four top teams competing in a round robin format to determine the winner–after lunch.

Sun Valley Resort’s Limelight Room also hosts the Awards Celebration Dinner and Vintage Party on Saturday night, April 7, 2012.

 

All the money raised by the Stifel Nicolaus Weisel Janss Pro Am goes to help support the 500 youth skiers and snowboarders on the SVSEF’s teams. For more information on the Pro Am or the SVSEF, visit www.svsef.org.

 

Lift Line: My Favorite Run

Take me home, Warm Springs!

by Alec Barfield

My favorite run on Baldy is Warm Springs, top to bottom. Okay, so I live at the base. Bias established. But how can I deny Warm Springs the title? What’s not to like about being able to walk home after a day on the hill? No cars, no bus, no fuss. I love Warm Springs because the run, in its proximity to where I live, is a reminder of why I moved here. Live in the mountain’s shadow, watch the snowcats at night, ski it in the morning and go home.

That’s not to say Warm Springs gets my vote simply because it drains homeward. No, Warm Springs is still a solid 3,000 foot descent with some of Sun Valley’s best snow. North-facing, that’s just how it goes.

Technically, I’m speaking about Warm Springs the run. Warm Springs can also, however, be a connector, a faithful linker to the gems tightly sandwiched beneath the lowest ridge: Greyhawk, Hemingway and Cozy. So cozy. Often stitched with race gates, that trio undoubtedly sees the mountain’s fastest skiers.

Warm Springs base photo by Katie Matteson.

“Take it over to Hemingway,” patrol told me long ago, trying to get my friends and I off of College.

Well, I did.

… But not all the way. I ski Hemingway fast, but I ski Warm Springs the fastest. Even if it’s not as steep, Warm Springs is open and normally uncrowded. Let ‘em run, I say. The base is watching. Seriously, they are. The lodge’s long windows give a fantastic view of Lower Warm Springs, which becomes a show in and of itself, with skiers fast and slow meandering toward the bridge.

My second favorite run on Baldy? The trees off Fire Trail — and for entirely different reasons: Woods, silence, powder. Yet my answers are just that, my own. Anyone who spends time on Baldy, depending on their priorities, will tell you that this or that is best. They’re right because we’re all right. At Sun Valley there’s hardly anywhere to go wrong and you may as well ski the groomers, the bowls and the trees with the same lofty expectations.

Lift Line: Spring Skiing Tips

A warm spring day on Warm Springs.

By Katie Matteson

Spring has sprung and conditions, weather, outfits and the mountain are all vastly different than they were in December. So to help you make the most out of the last couple weeks of the season, here are some Spring Skiing Tips from local experts.

As Executive Director of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Don Wiseman has seen his fair share of ski conditions but as a former Sun Valley ski instructor, founder of Sun Summit Ski and Cycle, and Sun Valley local for over 25 years, he has a wealth of knowledge about skis, snow, gear and good ol’ Bald Mountain.

1.) Be prepared for all conditions. Conditions can vary greatly during the spring. It could be icy and hard at the top, and creamy at the bottom of the mountain.

2.) The type of ski that is ideal for spring skiing depends on where and even when you are skiing. If you are headed to the Bowls or Plaza or down into the Ridge South Slopes, a good, fatter, all-mountain ski will work. But if you are staying on-piste, on the groomers, a sharp, fast pair of GS skis will work too.

Meredith Richardson, a Sun Valley snowboard instructor, wicked videographer who makes edits like this, has a few tips for the boarders.

1.) Wax on, wax on. Always have your board waxed unless you plan on hiking down the mountain, slush is not your friend.

The fun of onesies.

2.) During spring ugly is beautiful. This time of year it is crucial to find and wear the most ugly "onesie" imaginable. It is like a rite of passage on the mountain, honoring the trends that came before us.

Drew Daly is a five-year member of the Sun Valley Ski Patrol and perennial guide for Sawtooth Mountain Guides. He might have crashed a snowmobile during his first season on the Patrol, but this Vail native is nothing short of a mountaineering and skiing expert. Here are his tips for  April skiing in Idaho .

1.) Timing is everything. You can have some of the best skiing of the year in the spring, but if you don’t time it right it could be some of the worst. Check the weather forecast and wait for it to heat up a bit. But don’t wait too long or the isothermic snow could swallow you like quicksand.

2.) Be prepared for anything. You never know what you might encounter during a day of spring skiing. Pack your stylish fanny pack with an extra layer for those freak snowstorms. Throw in water and sunscreen for the classic Sun Valley “powder day.”

To read even more local experts’ spring skiing tips and wardrobe suggestions (hint: they all seem obsessed with "Onesies"), check out this story.

Easter Brunch at Lodge Dining Room

Easter Brunch at Lodge Dining Room

Sunday, April 8

Lodge Dining Room

9am-2pm

Adults $32.95; Children $21.95

The best Sunday Brunch in the Valley and a family tradition for over 20 years.  Guests are entertained by performances from the talented pianist and singer Leana Leach.

 

Baldy Spring Sun Fest!

Baldy Spring Sun Fest

 

Sunday, April 15

Celebrate Sun Valley’s spectacular 76th ski season – kissing snowmakers is encouraged!

Ski Baldy on both sides top to bottom and enjoy races, great deals, music & bar-b-que.

All festivities begin at 11am and include BOGO (buy one lift ticket and get one free), the Balderdash fun races, including a special fire hose giant slalom on Lower River Run, kids’ adventures in the Adventure Trail Parks, a costume contest, music by Old Death Whisper and DJ McClain.

Pete Lane’s and Brass Ranch also will offer “Last Run” pricing on some of their best retail merchandise.