Snow and Spruce Trees — the Week that Was

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?