Duchin Comedy Hour

If you like stand-up comedians, you’ll love the 2013 Winter Comedy Series at the Duchin Room every Friday and Saturday night at 8:30 pm. We present new comedians hot off the comedy circuit every weekend. Cover is FREE (21 & Older)

  • Dante

    January 18 & 19


    He was a cast member on NBC’s Last Comic Standing! Winner of the most B.E.T. Comedy Awards! He has performed for more US troops than anyone since Bob Hope! Grand Prize winner of ABC’s America’s Funniest People! Dante has appeared in over 40 TV shows and Movies! Winner of over 20 comedy contests! He has opened for and performed with Richard Pryor, Milton Berle, Robin Williams, Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Kinison and more! He can perform Dirty to corporate clean! Dante has performed to over one million people live!

    Also featuring Heath Harmison

  • Eddie Ifft

    January 25 & 26

    Eddie Ifft

    Known for his quick wit and caustic-style of comedy, Eddie Ifft has a habit of speaking first and thinking later and this gets him in trouble – a lot. Having been fired from most jobs, including a short stint at his father’s insurance firm (he was either fired or asked to pursue a new career – depending on who you ask) Eddie took to the stage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at an open-mic night and realised he was being paid to mouth off…and so his career began.

    Also featuring Myles Webber

  • Mike Pace

    February 1 & 2

    Mike Pace

    Michael Pace came on to the comedy scene with a mullet, an oversized jacket, a skinny tie and a pair of untied high-tops.  Now?  The jacket is too small, neck-ties drive him crazy and he’s finally learned to tie his shoes.  Michael started on stage in improvisational comedy.  Mike also studied theatre and developed a deep passion for both acting and comedy.  He is proud to say that he is a professional stand-up comedian who has made his living on stage for the last 20 years.  During his comedic tenure, Mike has developed several hours of hilarious stand-up material.  Michael has been seen on Curb Your Enthusiasm and has made several commercials and independent films as an actor.

    Also featuring Sean Peabody

  • Dwight Slade

    February 8 & 9

    Dwight Slade

    Slade’s stand-up has gained international stature after earning a five star review from Scotland’s Minister of Culture at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appearances at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He followed this with a tour in Afghanistan performing for US Troops, a tour of Israel. After a stellar performance at the 2008 Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Slade was chosen to appear on a Tonight Show feature. Slade’s Hi-Def Comedy Special, “Right & Raunch” is now available on DVD.

    Also featuring Stefan Davis

  • Patrick Keane

    February 15 & 16

    Patrick Keane

    With multiple appearances on the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, Patrick’s record setting viewer ship on Comedy Central, and his ability to tell the difference between people from Ireland and people from Northern Ireland, Patrick is the obvious choice to be the next host of the Oprah Winfrey show.

    Also featuring Leif Skyving

  • Claude Stuart

    February 22 & 23

    Claude Stuart

    From packing comedy venues across the globe to regular television appearances on shows like “The Tonight Show,” and “Last Comic Standing,” Claude Stuart has come a long way from his down home southern roots. By his own admission, he was paddled on more than one occasion for being the class clown.Claude’s explosive, in-yourface, rapid-fire, madman stage style is truly an exhilarating assault on the senses and has evoked comparisons to golden era physical comedians such as Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Claude’s unique brand of Don Rickles-esque crowd interaction, coupled with clever well-written jokes makes him not only the world’s first physical insult comedian but a “comedy triple threat!”

    Also featuring Gary Cannon

Safety First

Skooter Gardiner and Sean Glaccum of Ski Patrol fashion a safety "temple" atop Baldy for Safety Week. The power tools don't look too safe, but don't worry, they are pros.

Skooter Gardiner and Sean Glaccum of Ski Patrol fashion a safety "temple" atop Baldy for Safety Week. The power tools don't look too safe, but don't worry, they are pros.

It’s that time of year: great snow, bluebird skies and Safety Week. The Safety Week campaign, sponsored by the National Ski Area Association to help make the sport we all love so well, the safest it can be, kicks off Saturday. If you ski on Baldy or Dollar from the 19th through the 26th, you will know there is something special going on. According to Sun Valley Ski Patrol’s Sean Glaccum, patrollers are working hard to make the campaign both informative and fun.

The educational part of Safety Week focuses on helping skiers and boarders know how to keep the mountain as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone. First and foremost to Patrol’s education component is “knowing the code.” The National Ski Patrol Responsibility Code is a mountain user’s reference that everyone, from seasoned skiers to absolute beginners, should be familiar with. In case you missed the oversized posters detailing the Code on the Christmas and Challenger chairlifts, here they are:

(1) Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

(2) People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
(3) You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
(4) Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
(5) Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
(6) Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
(7) Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Members of Sun Valley Ski Patrol have also been in area schools this week, helping children understand the importance of skiing safe. Glaccum said this is one of everyone’s favorite parts of Safety Week. “The kids are great. They really listen and they get it,” he said. “Reaching out to the community is meaningful for all of us.”

The fun part of Safety Week takes many forms. Right now, an absolutely mammoth safety “temple” is being erected on the top of Baldy.  Patrol’s amazing avalanche dogs will make personal appearances at the top of the gondola. The first Tucker Snowcat will be on display at Dollar. Correctly answered safety trivia will win you a free cocoa. There are prizes, buttons and schwag galore.

Everyone in the Sun Valley mountain family is getting in on Safety Week.  Snowsports instructors are emphasizing both chairlift safety and “lids on kids” — the importance of properly fitting helmets. To help with this second initiative, all retail outlets on the mountain will answer any of your helmet questions and help you find a perfect fit. Safety also comes with comfort and knowledge, so Guest Services is out in force, helping mountain users acquaint themselves with the layout of the ski runs. Folks at the ticket counters are doing the same and will happily go over mountain maps with you and make suggestions that suit your ability level and interests.

Some of the many (safe) helmets available at the Brass Ranch at River Run

Many very safe helmets are available at Brass Ranch at the base of River Run

Another important (and free) service will also be provided in honor of Safety Week. Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports will offer ski binding checks to help people stay in their skis when they should, and release out of their skis when they shouldn’t. The program is available at River Run, Warm Springs and Dollar, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The binding check takes about 20 minutes and requires your skis and one of your boots. Feel free to leave your skis and boots overnight to take advantage of this service (not to mention warm boots the next day).



Last year, Sun Valley’s Ski Patrol was rated number one out of 425 national patrols in their ability to interface effectively and helpfully with skiers and boarders on their mountains and with the community at large. They are motivated to hold on to the distinction, so expect to see a lot of white crosses all over the hills this coming week.

As I always say, our Patrol members are some of the most qualified, helpful and friendly people anywhere. They are EMT’s, Paramedics; explosives and ropes experts. They love their job. They are here to help.  Be sure to say hello to one this week and thank them for all they do. Also give a shout out to Guest Services, the people at the ticket windows and all mountain employees. They are all doing their very best to make sure you are having the time of your life, and staying safe.


Chairlift and terrain park safety will both be emphasized next week

Both chairlift and terrain park safety will be emphasized next week

Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 – 5:00pm - Sun, Oct 13, 2013 – 3:00pm


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.

Website:  www.trailingofthesheep.org or call 208-720-0585.

Cost:  Mostly free.

Awards:  Named one of the top Fall Festivals in the World by MSN Travel.  One of the top 100 Festivals in North America by the ABA and recipient of the Governor’s Award on Cultural Tourism.

News flash: Trailing of the Sheep was just highlighted on USA Today!!  Click here for the story!




Sun Valley Summer Symphony 2013 Season Dates
  • • Edgar M. Bronfman In Focus Series:  July 28 – August 2 (6:00-7:30PM)
  • • Orchestra Concerts:  August 4 – 20 (6:30pm)
  • • 2013 Benefit Concert, Wynonna and her Band:  August 8 (6:30PM)


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm

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.


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Wed, Jul 17, 2013 (All day) - Sat, Jul 20, 2013 (All day)

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!


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 (All day) - Sun, Jul 7, 2013 (All day)

Featuring the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships…TBA!

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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!



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 BinPKs Ski & SportsFormula 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.

Ticket Sales

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