Lonestar Concert

Lonestar Concert

August 15th, 2012


Sun Valley Pavilion

Tickets on Sale June 27th; Call Sun Valley Recreation for more information:  208-622-2135

The Toy Store’s 33rd Annual Doll Buggy/Parade

Saturday, August 11, 2012


This year’s theme is Yippee-I-O, honoring all cowboys and cowgirls and the Symphony’s premeire of ‘Cowboy Bill.’

Costumes/festive attire for girls and boys encouraged, also decorate your buggy’s and wagons!

The most cherished children’s event of the summer!

1:30 start at the Sun Valley Inn, then wander through the Village to the Pavilion just in time for the family Symphony concert at 2:00pm.

Sun Valley/Lyle Pearson Tennis Tournament

June 29 – July 1, 2012


Dear Tournament Player, David Perry, John Perry and Mark Frisby, Directors of Tennis, invite you back to world famous Sun Valley Resort for a weekend of fun, celebration and great tennis. We are proud to be hosting the "Sun Valley Resort/Lyle Pearson Fourth of July Tennis Championships" once again. We hope you will join us for a great tournament.On Saturday, June 30, the tournament will host a Player’s Party on the deck of the Sun ValleyTennis Center. Pizza, complimentary soft drinks and adult beverages will be served. All entrants will receive a custom tournament hatand there will be a raffle with great prizes. We thank our sponsors, Sun Valley Resort, Lyle Pearson of Boise and Atkinson’s Market.  Whenever you have a choice, please choose them.

During your free time enjoy the many activities in or around Sun Valley Resort. Visit historic Sun Valley Lodge; take in the views of the Sun Valley Pavilion and Sun Valley Club. Take in an Ice Show. Shop the boutiques and enjoy the restaurants in the Sun Valley Village. Take the Gondola & Christmas chairlift to the top of Bald Mountain. Most of all, enjoy your holiday in beautiful Sun Valley. See you soon! All entrants will receive a custom tournament cap and may enter to win the raffle prizes. The more events entered, the more chances you have to win!

Need not be present to win.

All entrants receive 20% off all Tennis merchandise. (excluding tennis balls)



Sporting Clay Fun Shoot!

Sunday, September 22, 2012

Sun Valley Gun Club

208.622.2111 recreation@sunvalley.com

The Sun Valley Gun Club is located just 1.5 miles east of the Sun Valley Lodge. Our beautiful facility can accomodate individuals or groups. Our range is perfect for avid sportsmen and novice shooters alike. Beretta Shotgun rentals, memberships and certified instruction available.


The Sun Valley Gun Club offers Trap, Double Trap, Wobble Trap, Skeet,

Duck Tower, 5-Stand and Sporting Clays.

Open 7 day a week 10am–4pm

Gun Club – Sporting Clay Fun Shoot!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Shred: Jodie Foster Shares an Affinity for Idaho

By Mike McKenna

Like many of us who are far less famous, Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster is a big fan of skiing in Sun Valley. She regularly brings her family to carve turns here–though she’s yet to visit in the summer (if she only knew what she was missing!)–and has professed quite a fondness for the area and local community.

Last month, Foster was kind enough to do a fundraiser for the local award-winning theatre group, the Company of Fools.

Here are some of the jewels that Jodie Foster shared about acting and life.

On her dreams when she was a child actress: "I didn’t think I would be an actor (it wasn’t a ‘real job’) … I wanted to be a writer."

On first meeting and working with actor Robert De Niro: "I thought he was sooo boring."

After working with De Niro on "Taxi Driver" and earning her first Academy Award nomination: "Now I get what this job is."

On work and career: "Anybody who does anything has a love/hate relationship with it. It can’t be too challenging and it can’t be too boring."

On children: "When kids get bored doing what they’re doing they just stop doing it. I think that’s great."

On driving through the Valley: I drive "slowly, very slowly."

On Sun Valley and it’s surroundings: "Can I just say I love Idaho. There’s just something so touching about this community. So I keep coming back … it’s just a special place."



[To read the full coverage of the event, please check out: An Intimate Evening with Jodie Foster.]

Take a Hike: Three local kid-friendly hikes

Photo courtesy of Marrit Wolfrom

By BlogSunValley staff

Sun Valley and its surrounds have long been known for world-class hiking. To help get hikers of any age on the right path, we’ll spend the warm weather months highlighting local and regional trails of all kinds.

Here, we offer up some great hikes for little feet.

Three Easy Hikes (for kids up to 5)

Sunnyside Trail/ Adams Gulch

Close proximity to Ketchum and numerous trail options make the Adams Gulch trail system a local fave. Wee walkers will love chasing grasshoppers down the gently rolling Sunnyside Trail, which winds through sage fields and aspen groves. (2 miles; modest vertical gain). Getting there: From Ketchum, drive north on Highway 75 for 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Adams Gulch Road and continue 0.9 miles to the trailhead. (Open to hikers, bikers and  horses.)

Waterfall Trail to Fall Creek Falls

A short, easy stroll along a gravel path takes you to a wooden platform overlooking a spectacular 25-foot waterfall. Bring binoculars to look for mountain goats, frequently spotted on mountains to the north. (1.2 miles; 280 ft. vertical gain). Getting there: From Ketchum, head east on Sun Valley/Trail Creek Road for 22.5 miles. Turn right at the Wildhorse/Copper Basin turnoff. Go 2.2 miles and turn left at the T-junction for Wildhorse Canyon. Go 3.4 miles to the Left Fork Junction. Turn left and continue 0.4 miles to the trailhead. (Open to hikers, bikers, horses and motocross.)

Prairie Creek 

This relatively flat out-and-back weaves through shady forest and sprawling meadows. After 1.6 miles, you’ll hit a small gravel beach that’s a fun destination (and perfect turn-around spot) for fledgling hikers. Warning: Toddlers may need to be carried part way and over stream crossings. (3.2 miles; modest vertical gain). Getting there: From Ketchum, drive north on Highway 75 for 18.6 miles. Turn left on Prairie Creek Road and continue 2.6 miles to the trailhead. (Open to hikers, bikers, horses and motocross.)


[For more information on these and a dozen other family friendly hikes please check out SVM 360o magazine's "Take A Hike"section.]

DIVAS: Mother’s Day Ideas

Top 5 Ways to Spoil Mom in Sun Valley this Mother’s Day

By Laurie Sammis

Mother’s Day is nearly 100 years old. Declared an official national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, Mothers Day began in the United States after Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began a campaign to set aside a day just for mothers. Her mother had died and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered with a day of quiet reflection and family. But mother’s have been celebrated since the time of the ancient greeks, who used to honor Rhea, "Queen of heaven" and "mother of the gods" in the springtime with flowers, sweet honey cakes and fine drinks at dawn.

Perfect. It sounds like the beginning of the Mother’s Day tradition of breakfast in bed.

But if you really want to indulge mom this Mother’s Day, book the special Mother’s Day Package at Sun Valley Resort and give her a weekend to remember. This exceptional weekend package includes Saturday night’s lodging in the Sun Valley Lodge or Inn, Sunday Brunch for two and a one-hour massage. The Sunday Brunch is not to be missed and offers a lavish display of breakfast specialties including omelet and crepe stations, seafood, an array of gourmet salads and a symphony of desserts.

And don’t forget the pre- or post-massage soak in the Sun Valley Lodge heated outdoor pool–with poolside cocktail service and the expansive blue Idaho skies, it is a unique extravagance (and a local tradition)!

Looking for some other things for mom to do while she is enjoying her weekend indulgence in Sun Valley? Here are a few ideas to help make her day.

1) Let her be Sonja Henie for a Day

The beautiful Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink is an original Sun Valley Story and the location for the 1941 academy award nominated musical “Sun Valley Serenade” staring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, Glenn Miller and Lynn Bari. Let mom don white figure skates and twirl and dip around the outdoor rink to the sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Follow it up with a cocktail on the Lodge terrace or in the historic Duchin Lounge. Or bring the whole family and let mom skate with the kids for her own personalized version of Disney on Ice.

2) Enjoy a Historical Tour and Picnic at Trail Creek

The Ketchum / Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Musuem features information and historical tours of the area, along with amazing exhibits with photos and memorabilia on everything from the early days of skiing in America to author Ernest Hemingway’s years in Idaho. Visit their Hemingway in Sun Valley [http://ksvhs.com/?page_id=403] page for more information on where to go to touch a little of the history related to the celebrated author and visit a few local institutions at the same time–the Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Cabin, the Casino Club, the Ketchum Korral, etc. Visit the Hemingway Memorial and picnic alongside Trail Creek (grab provisions from the Sun Valley Deli).

3) Bike to Lunch at the Sun Valley Club

The views are spectacular and the wrap-around terraces overlooking the 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course (a great place for kids and new golfers to practice) and the Trail Creek Golf Course are perfect for sipping Bloody Marys outside when the weather is nice. And it is a short bike ride (or walk) from the lodge–with the Ernest Hemingway Memorial is just a short pedal along Trail Creek Road.

4) Indulge Her with some Retail Therapy

Designer fashion, gifts & accessories in the Sun Valley Village shopsDon’t miss the village shopping–with 15 unique shops for every need, from specialty hand-dipped chocolates to jewelry, unique toys, gift items and designer fashions at the Brass Ranch (for the largest collection of European and American ski and sportswear, including Arc’teryx, Bogner, Canada Goose, Eider, JetSet, Kjus, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, Rossignol, Toni Sailer and more) or Panache (with big designer names like Nanette Lapore, Brunello Cucinelli, Chan Luu, Elizabeth & James and Diane Von Furstenberg, who makes a personal appearance for their annual fashion show fundraiser every summer).

Looking for the latest cool finds, local shopping deals and steals, check out Sun Valley Magazine’s weekly SWAG blog to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

5) Pamper Her with a Spa Day

Book a bevy of services through the Sun Valley Spa and give mom a day of indulgence. Start with a hike in the morning (there are several within easy walking distance of the lodge) and then give her a head-to-toe makeover with a manicure / pedicure, followed by a facial and a 90-minute Sun Stone "Hot Stone Therapy" massage or herbal body wrap. Heaven!


So spoil mom this year in all the ways she deserves and enjoy everything Sun Valley has to offer.


Knott Your Average Golf Course Designer

Sun Valley’s courses designed by one of the sport’s best

By Mike McKenna

Trail Creek, Hole #18

When you get right down to it, it’s actually easier to make it as a professional golfer than it is as a professional golf course architect.

Don Knott is one of those lucky few people with the talent and tenacity to make the cut as a professional golf course architect. But he hasn’t simply made the cut.

Don has become one of the most highly respected golf course architects of all time. If there were a Master’s Tournament for golf course designers, Don–-who designed Sun Valley’s White Clouds course and redesigned Trail Creek–would get a lifetime exemption.


Don Knott designs his golf courses to fit within the natural landscape

"Golf is still golf"

Don didn’t always have a love affair with golf. A collegiate All-American swimmer at UC Berkeley, the Northern California native didn’t pick up the game until graduate school.

He started playing Berkeley’s course simply because he loved the outdoors and had a passion for landscape design. Don quickly got hooked on the game and could often be seen riding his motorcycle to the local college course, carrying his clubs on his back.

Knott landed an internship with the legendary Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ2)  in Palo Alto, California. He quickly made his mark in the company and was hired on, eventually becoming RTJ2′s Lead Project Architect and Senior Vice President of Design, spending the next 26 years helping the firm to construct golf courses all over the world.

"The game is pretty traditional. It’s been 18 holes for a long time," Don explains. "Golf is still golf. People still hit the ball the same way as they always have. The key to all great courses isn’t how much money they cost to build, it’s that they fit into the natural landscape. A good golf course design makes it look like you haven’t moved any dirt to make it, at least that’s the goal."

"There has to be magic"

Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach,  The National Golf Club of Australia, The Prince Course in Hawaii, and Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall are some of Don’s most celebrated designs.

"It’s hard to build a bad course on a great location," Don explains. "But there has to be magic to the location if it’s going to be a truly special course. There’s a reason Pebble Beach is so famous.

"Of course, you have to have nice views. But there should also be a wee bit of mystery and intrigue," Don explains. "The origins of the game are not based on scoring. The origins of golf are that it’s an obstacle course through nature. You hit the ball and then you go see what your fate is."

"Idaho is just spectacular"

"I still love the game and play when I can," says Don, who left RTJ2 in 1999 to found the Knott & Linn Golf Design Group with fellow golf course designer, Gary Linn.

The breathtaking view from the White Clouds course, Hole #4

Based in Mountain View, California, they are busy building courses across the globe, but one of Don’s favorite places to swing the sticks is still Idaho.

"Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall is one of my favorite spots, and the 360 view you get at the courses in Sun Valley makes it a really special place," says Knott, who travels to the Wood River Valley each Summer to play in the Danny Thompson Memorial.

"The whole mountain scene in Idaho is just spectacular," Don declares, professing the type of admiration for the Gem State that golfers all over the world have for his work.

There may be more than 28 million golfers in America alone, but there’s only one Don Knott, and players all over the country–and especially in Idaho–are certainly happy he made the cut as a golf course architect.









Ketch’em Alive Free Concerts

Ketch’em Alive Free Concerts


Every Tuesday

June 26 – August 21


The local’s favorite concert series, "Ketch’em Alive," is returning every Tuesday evening from 7 until 9 pm at the Forrest Service Park in downtown Ketchum.   There will be dancing, music, and a funfilled community party.  Picnics are encouraged; food and drink will be sold in the park as well.   Nationally touring bands will play rock, reggae, world beat, Americana, folk, etc.   "Ketch’em Alive" starts June 26th and continues until August 21st.