There is no such thing as a quiet week in Sun Valley. Even in the middle of the shoulder season, operations on the mountain and in Sun Valley Village hummed. Lunch specials attracted locals and visitors alike and the season’s first snow fell in earnest.
Mother Nature combined with Sun Valley’s top rated snow making to cover Baldy in white. According to the Resort’s Marshall McInnis, the piles of snow hugging the guns on Warm Springs are so deep, they are ready to “push” them, creating the beginning of the season’s base. It’s on!
In preparation for a very special holiday season, the Monument Tree was planted across from the Sun Valley Inn during the snow storm earlier this week. The Colorado Spruce will serve at the Village Christmas tree for generations to come. It was harvested from Hillside Farms near Picabo, Idaho, and was chosen for its beautiful shape. Meanwhile, the grounds and maintenance crews are hard at work stringing holiday lights, a process that takes a full month. The Village, Inn and Lodge will be decked for the holidays this year by Thanksgiving and highlights will include a spectacular Winter Wonderland (more on this to come). With the accompaniment of Santa, the Sun Valley Carolers, ice carving demonstrations and refreshments, this tree will be lit during a highly anticipated celebration on December 15.
Very visible operations were also underway at the Konditorei coffee shop. The Konditorei, literally the cornerstone of activity in Sun Valley Village, is in the midst of a major transformation, returning to its roots. Expect a cozy atmosphere, delicious food and a wonderful place to gather at this Austrian-style patisserie.
The Resort’s slack dining specials drew a full house to Gretchen’s Restaurant at the Sun Valley Lodge on Thursday. The ladies who lunch gathered, chatted, organized the world and relaxed while snow showers swirled outside. An always popular menu item? Sun Valley’s famous french onion soup.
This weekend, the fun continues as Warren Miller’s latest installment of his ski film empire, “Flow State,” comes to the Sun Valley Opera House. Tickets are $18 and the movie is a great way to get excited about the winter season.
It is also another big bike weekend in the Wood River Valley as the annual Crosstoberfest gets underway. This bike racing and beer festival takes place at Old Cutter’s Park in Hailey, Idaho, and features seasonal beers from around the world, great food, live music and cyclocross racing.
Slack? What slack?
The Ketchum/Sun Valley Historical Society, Sun Valley Magazine and Mountain Rides present ‘Sun Valley Story Tour’: a free bus tour highlighting the area’s rich heritage.
Jump on for a one hour guided tour past:
Old Union Pacific Railroad Terminal
Cemetary where Ernest Hemingway is buried
The last place Hemingway dined with his wife
Comstock-Clark Mercantile building
Horace Lewis home and the mining history
Site of the original Sun Valley rodeo
Historic Brass Ranch Barn and the Union Pacific Railroad purchase and more!!
Guided by members of the Historical Society.
Departing every Friday at 3:45pm from the Visitor Center, 491 Sun Valley Road.
Warren Miller’s Flow State
October 26 & 27, 2012
Sun Valley Opera House
October 26 at 7pm
October 27 at 5pm & 8pm
Introducing Warren Miller Entertainment’s 63rd film, Flow State. The Flow State is a place of such singular focus that, here, the faster you ride, the slower time passes. Join host Jonny Moseley and world-class skiers like Ted Ligety, Colby West and Jess McMillan as Flow State takes you on a tour of the world’s most striking mountains—including peaks in Japan, Switzerland, Norway and beyond. You won’t see ski or snowboard action of this magnitude anywhere else. So buckle up, because this Warren Miller film will take you into the Flow State…where the mountain meets the mind.Get tickets at warrenmiller.com.
Crosstoberfest – Bike Racing and Beer Festival
Crosstoberfest combines the two best things about being a bike racer and a beer drinker….beer drinking and cross bike racing!
Cyclocross Racing Runs September 26th and 27th
Beer Drinking from some of the finest breweries in Idaho and the from around the world runs September 27th and 28th
More details to come as the date draws nearer!
more information www.powerhouseidaho.com
Food of the vaterland to be on hand: brats, frites, schnitzel and the works!