Thu, Oct 10, 2013 – 5:00pm - Sun, Oct 13, 2013 – 3:00pm
17th ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL
Festival Honors Rich and Colorful History and Culture of Sheepherding in Idaho & The West
Dates: Thursday, October 10- Sunday, October 13, 2013
Description: Unique four-day festival honoring the history, heritage and cultures of sheepherding in Idaho and the west. Includes a full-day Sheep Folklife Fair, a Fiber Festival, dancers, musicians, folk and traditional art, storytelling and culinary events featuring chefs, restaurants and American Lamb. The event also includes workshops on fiber, cooking with lamb, photography, history, culture and a variety of other events. There is a two-day National Qualifying Sheepdog Trial in conjunction with the Festival. There are exhibits, storytelling, hikes and the Big Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep strutting lively down Main Street, Ketchum, Idaho.
The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley’s annual gala fundraising event will take place on Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Trail Creek Pavilion in Sun Valley. The event will feature fabulous live and silent auction items, including a signature painting by local painter Brandis Sarich.
The Shelter is excited to already have several fantastic live auction items lined up for the event, including an amazing African safari and an Arctic adventure to see the polar bear migration.
In it’s 30 years of operation, the Animal Shelter has adopted over 12,000 dogs and cats into loving homes in addition to offering many life-saving programs and services to the community. The Dog Days of Summer annual benefit is the largest single source of income supporting these programs. To sponsor the event or donate a live or silent auction item, please contact Volunteer & Events Coordinator Brittany Farrell at (208) 788-4351. More information is also available at www.animalshelterwrv.org.
Don’t miss out on the community’s largest fundraising event, the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction. This 32 year old event takes place over four days, letting you experience incredible wines from around the world, unique vintner dinners prepared by top chefs, one-of-a-kind auction lots and an entertainment wine picnic and concert featuring gourment food from local restauruants and wine from you favorite vintners – all in support of The Center’s art and humanities programs!
The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is an annual gathering of the top speakers and practitioners of mind-body-spirit and environmental wellness. Presented by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute, our mission is to ” inspire positive change.” We welcome you to join us for 5 days of inspiration, education and healing that will enrich your life at the Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. Please go online at www.sunvalleywellness.org to purchase tickets, view schedule of events, keynote speakers, workshops and reserve lodging.
The 28th Annual Paw ‘n Pole promises outdoor fun for the whole community! Bring your dog or borrow a Shelter dog on February 24, 2013 at the new Blaine County Recreation Disctrict Croy Nordic trails, right across from the Shelter! There will be cross-country ski and snowshoe races with leashed dogs, best costume and silly pet trick contests, and more!
“SKI FOR AIR SERVICE DAY RETURNS ON JANUARY 27 WITH $40 LIFT TICKET AT SUN VALLEY ”
Fly Sun Valley Alliance (FSVA) and the Sun Valley Resort have teamed up again to present SKI FOR AIR SERVICE community ski day by offering a full-day $40 lift ticket for skiing at Sun Valley on Sunday, January 27, along with an après ski party from 3-5pm at River Run featuring live music and a raffle offering a variety of prizes including 4 roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines. All proceeds for the day will support air service to Sun Valley.
A limited number of the discounted $40 SKI FOR AIR SERVICE lift tickets will be available for sale in advance, for cash or credit card purchase only, from January 16-26 at the following local and regional ski & snowboard shops: Sturtevants (Ketchum & Hailey), Board Bin, PKs Ski & Sports, Formula Sports,Ski Tek, as well as Elevation Sports in Twin Falls and Newt & Harold’s in Boise. No $40 lift tickets will be sold on January 27. The ski shops will also be offering 50% off on demos and rentals for the day, and several local lodging properties will offer 50% off nightly room rentals for the weekend, making it an extremely affordable ski weekend for both locals and visitors.
All proceeds from the sale of the SKI FOR AIR SERVICE lift tickets and raffle tickets will go to support the non-profit FSVA’s efforts to maintain and increase commercial air service to the Sun Valley area. Research shows that flights to Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) bring in over 41,000 visitors and part-time residents/second homeowners each year with an annual estimated economic impact of over $180 million during their visits.
“Last year’s Ski for Air Service Day was a sell-out and smashing success, so we are excited to partner with Sun Valley Resort to bring this event back again for the community. You can get a fantastic deal on skiing Sun Valley while supporting our critical air service initiatives, “ remarked Eric Seder, President of Fly Sun Valley Alliance. Seder noted that the entire community benefits significantly from air service and this is another unique way that people can have fun while supporting an important cause that impacts the local economy, many different types of business and thousands of local jobs.
The $40 SKI FOR AIR SERVICE lift tickets will go on sale at participating retailers on Wednesday, January 16 and will continue through Saturday, January 26, or until the limited number of lift tickets available are sold-out. The $40 lift tickets will not be available for sale on SKI FOR AIR SERVICE Community Ski Day on Sunday, January 27. Lift Ticket purchases are cash or credit card only and not refundable. There is a 3% processing fee added to credit card sales. There is no limit to the amount of tickets an individual may purchase.
Apres Ski Party and Raffle
As part of the SKI FOR AIR SERVICE ski day, FSVA will be holding a raffle with some great prizes for the lucky winners, including:
4 Roundtrip Tickets on Alaska Airlines system-wide ($2200 value)
ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Sun Valley 2 bedroom condo rental for for 2 nights ($600 value)
Gifts certificates for local businesses and more!
Each SKI FOR AIR SERVICE lift ticket purchaser will receive a special 2-for 1 voucher with their ticket that allows them to get double the amount of raffle tickets they purchase. Raffle tickets will cost $10 each and will be available for sale at participating ski shops and all day on January 27 at both the River Run and Warm Springs Day lodges. The winners will be drawn during the SKI FOR AIR SERVICE Apres Ski Party from 3-5pm at River Run Lodge, but need not be present to win. For details,www.flysunvalleyalliance.com
‘Skin it 2 Win It’ is a ski and snowboard race on Dollar Mountain. Participants skin 563 feet up Forbidden Fruit ski run and then ski or snowboard down Otto’s Run trying to complete as many laps as possible in three hours.
Categories include men, women, and coed teams of one, two and four person teams. Each lap takes approximately 15 minutes.
Coffee, energy drinks, food and music are provided for racers to enjoy between laps. This fundraiser benefits the Sawtooth Nationals Forest Avalanche Center. A donation of $25 per person requested. 10:00 am to 1:00 pm with awards to follow.
Baby, it’s cold outside. Even the most stalwart and hearty skiers among us have eyed the mountain these past few days with some trepidation. When temps on the Valley floor are in double-digit minuses and we are in the midst of a cold snap (that will thankfully end by week’s end), indoor activities look pretty inviting.
Shopping at Brass Ranch is an option in the Lift Ticket Exchange Program
If you are on vacation in Sun Valley right now, and took advantage of a multi-day pass (good thinking – best bang for your buck), you may hesitate when considering taking a day off from mountain, no matter the weather.
To the rescue? Sun Valley’s Lift Ticket Exchange Program that allows you to exchange your ticket if you change your mind. If you wish to take a break from the slopes and hold a multi-day (three or more days) ticket, you may exchange one day for other appealing activities.
Have you had your eye on a new ski parka or accessory at either the Brass Ranch or Pete Lane’s in the Sun Valley Village? Perhaps now is the perfect time to buy a new, cozy layering piece. Maybe there is a beautiful Sun Valley memento calling your name at the Sun Valley Signature Gift Shop. With this exchange program, you can receive $40 off your purchase at any of these fine stores.
Or does nothing sound better than a massage after a few days of aggressive shredding? With this program, you can close the door on the outside world and enjoy a relaxing and regenerative half-hour massage at the Sun Valley Salon & Day Spa located in the Lodge. For this, plan as far ahead as you can and make a reservation. It is a popular option.
Chef Findlay's food at the LDR is a perfect indulgence
Or take the whole day off and focus on dinner. Your exchanged lift ticket gets you a seat at the table for Chef Adam Findlay’s Four Course Tasting menu at the elegant Lodge Dining Room. Chef Findlay’s finely crafted and imaginative offerings rely heavily on locally-sourced, seasonal fare and everything he prepares is divinely delicious. This option, available every evening of the winter season except Sundays, and between February 16 – 24, will be a treat for your taste buds. (Alcohol and gratuity are not included).
Go ahead! Try cross-country skiing for a day at the lovely Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center
If you are not concerned with the cold and would like to try a different outdoor activity, your lift ticket may also be exchanged for a turn on the ice at Sun Valley’s storied outdoor rink (rentals included), combined with $20 off of lunch at Gretchen’s Restaurant in the Lodge. If working a different set of muscles appeals to you, then try a day of classic or skate cross-country skiing at the luxurious Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center. A trail pass and complete equipment rental is included. And for the truly adventurous among us, your unused lift ticket will also provide $40 off the day rate for a trip with Sun Valley Heli-Skiing. The snow in the backcountry is among the best it’s been in years. This choice may be booked by calling 208.622.3108.
Don't worry, great skiing will still be there when you return to the hill
The great news is that the snow on Baldy and Dollar is also superlative and worth braving the cold for. If you layer up and head to the hill weather-ready, the skiing is really, really good. The other good news is you’d like a day off, you can enjoy something else great Sun Valley has to offer, guilt-free.
The Lift Ticket Exchange Program is available from now until March 31 with some blackout dates. Please take your lift ticket to the Sun Valley Village Recreation Center or to the ticket window at the River Run Day Lodge prior to participating in other activities.
Call 208.622.2135 or 208.622.6136 for more information and take a break! You deserve it.