Welcome to The Valley Sun

Jennifer Pattison Tuohy aka Mrs. Sun. Photo by Paulette Phlipot.

Welcome to The Valley Sun, the new blog from Sun Valley Resort. Named after the original Sun Valley Lodge newspaper, which bore the tagline “Covering the Valley Like the Snow,” this blog will be packed full of newsy tidbits and anecdotes about life at Sun Valley Resort. The Valley Sun debuted in 1937 during the resort’s second season and was the place to get the skinny on America’s premiere destination ski resort and I’m honored to be a part of its electronic rebirth.

This seems a good place to introduce myself, I’m Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, or Mrs. Sun as I have christened myself for the pages of this blog. Born in Manhattan, raised in London, England, and married to an Idahoan transplant, I have a strong affinity with Sun Valley. We both have our roots in Europe, we both have a healthy dose of big city glamour tempered by deep adoration for the rugged outdoor lifestyle, and we both love this great state of Idaho.

A Wood River Valley resident for close to a decade, I came to this area by happy accident, much the same as the man who “discovered” Sun Valley over seven decades ago, Count Felix Schaffgotsch. He stumbled upon this place at the bitter end of a long, arduous journey, when he had almost given up hope of finding what he was looking for.

The history of Sun Valley is rich and varied – conceived as a playground for the wealthy and the famous, transformed into a laboratory for spectacular innovations in winter sports, and reigning now as the original destination vacation resort in America, Sun Valley is treasure trove of stories. In my other life, I’m a journalist and editor of the Sun Valley Guide magazine, where I’ve written numerous articles on that history, and I hope to share many more with you on this blog.

But Sun Valley is about so much more than its singular heritage, it’s also a multi-faceted place, where many have lived, loved and had buckets of fun. Catering to a wide variety of tastes as well as pandering to those with single-track minds, the resort is a living, breathing character that I hope to capture on these digital pages. I’ll be keeping you informed on the events and activities coming up, as well as reporting back on them for those who couldn’t join us. I’ll also be taking my family out and about to sample the delights of the seasons. They’ve agreed to let me share their experiences here to provide a glimpse of the bounty of family fun to be had in Sun Valley. My husband, Brian (Mr. Sun) brought me to Idaho in 2003, since then we’ve added to our family Owen (Little Sun, 4) and Rose (Baby Sun, 18 months), who will occasionally have cameos in my posts.

Above all, this blog aims to capture the vitality of Sun Valley Resort by reflecting and reporting on what matters to those who love it and who hope to come to love it. So please, help me out and tell me what you love about Sun Valley in the comment section below.

Happy Trails!

Mrs. Sun

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