View from a Sled

Once Ski Patrol is summoned, they can arrive at your side within a matter of minutes

Once Ski Patrol is summoned, it is usually a matter of minutes from the hut to the slope

This week, my Monday morning started off in an ordinary Monday kind of way. A little rushed, a bit overcast. I was off to the mountain at 9 a.m. to join up with the DIVAS, my women’s ski group lesson — always a highlight of my week. The usual. An hour and a half later, though, the day had become extraordinary, in the truest sense of the world.

On a groomed run, concentrating on a technique the instructor has just outlined, my bottom ski got away from me and down I went. Falling goes part and parcel with skiing or snowboarding, especially if you are trying something new, pushing yourself a bit. I fall a few times every year which I actually think is good because it means I am not being complacent. Normally, I take a tumble, get up, laugh at myself and shake it off. This one was different. The moment I lost control of my ski, it hurt, and not in the same way that just hitting the snow and taking a good slide down the hill hurts.

Rich Bauer, my new best friend

Ski Patrol's Rich Bauer doing what he does best

While I personally know many of the fine people on Sun Valley’s outstanding Ski Patrol, only once before have I had an “official” interaction with them. A few years ago, when one of my daughters fell jumping a ski gun lip on College, she landed face first and left the snow splattered with blood. Ski Patrol was called, she got the ok, and off we went.

My wonderful teacher called up to Ski Patrol (208.622.6262) as I sat on the slope, dumbfounded at my dumb luck, surrounded by a great, supportive group of women. Within minutes, my knights in shining white-crossed uniforms, Rich Bauer and Barry Irwin, arrived on “the scene.”

Rich, a Paramedic and member of Wood River Fire & Rescue (one of 15 firefighters on Patrol) is married to a DIVAS member, so we chatted about that as he assessed the damage. He, Barry (a ten year Ski Patrol vet), and I determined that skiing down was not an option, so I enjoyed (yes, a euphemism, but it really wasn’t scary) my first sled ride off the hill. The boys bundled me into the toboggan, gave me a warm blanket, and wrapped the waterproof outer layer. Barry even shared his gloves with me as my mittens had gotten soaked in the snow, and pulled the sleigh with bare hands. Throughout the process, from our initial contact, to the determination that a ride was necessary, to the release interview at the base of Warm Springs, Rich and Barry were kind, compassionate, consummate professionals. I expected no less given Ski Patrol’s stellar reputation, but now I can attest to it first-hand.

Warm, cared for and calm, off we go

Warm, cared for, and calm ... off we go

Accidents happen, and if you do happen to need assistance on Baldy or Dollar, there is no better team to have behind you than Sun Valley Ski Patrol, our first responders and the medical staff at St. Luke’s Wood River Hospital. From the moment you need help, to the arrival of Ski Patrol, to delivery (if needed) to our amazing EMS and Paramedics, and the hand-off to a world-class group of doctors and nurses, you will be treated with care, respect, and kindness, all while receiving the best medical attention possible.

Thank you to Rich and to Barry, to my fellow DIVAS and coaches, to Annie and Dr. Keith at St. Luke’s for making what could have been a worrisome experience very manageable and as painless as possible – literally and figuratively.



The Music of ABBA Comes to Sun Valley

Sun Valley Opera and Sun Valley Resort announce The Greatest ABBA Show Ever! (performed by ARRIVAL from Sweden) in the Sun Valley Pavilion on Sunday July 7th at 8 pm along with the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Playing to rave reviews throughout world, this is the only group sanctioned by ABBA to perform their music. With voices, physical appearance very close to the original group, costumes which are all made under license from Abba’s original designer and the same mannerisms, people who attend the concert will feel as though they have gone back in time and were watching the original ABBA in concert.


ARRIVAL From Sweden works together with the designer Owe Sandström who designed and also owns, all of the original ABBA staging clothes. ARRIVAL From Sweden is the only band worldwide, who has the exclusive rights to make exact copies of the design protected staging clothes. It is the only group who has been given an unreleased ABBA song directly from Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA. The song “Just A Notion” is soon due for a worldwide release.

The group has toured 45 nations in addition to appearing on TV and radio throughout the world. Since 2007 ARRIVAL has made 25 successful tours in the US playing to sold out arenas and venues. If schedules allow some of the original band members will also be there. The original group’s songs topped the charts worldwide from 1972-1982. They will perform ABBA’s hits like: Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Does Your Mother Know, Take A Chance, SOS, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Money Money Money, Waterloo, Honey Honey, Fernando, I Do I Do I Do, Chiquitita, Knowing Me Knowing You, Summer Night City, Thank You For The Music, Lay All Your Love On Me, Gimme Gimme Gimme and more.


Joining in The Music of Abba is The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra which was founded in 2008 by Dr. Craig Jessop former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He is the Artistic Director and conductor of 270 talented singers from Utah and an orchestra which is a professional ensemble made up of instrumentalists from Utah State University including members of the highly acclaimed Fry Street Quartet of Utah State University.


Tickets go on sale April 1st. Diva Tickets are available at or by calling 208.726.0991 and include a cocktail party in a private residence on July 5th, preferred seating and valet parking at the Sun Valley Pavilion at the concert. They are also selling Intermezzo tickets which are the preferred seats behind the Divas. General admission tickets are available at or by calling 208.622.2135 or 888.622.2108.




Music and Arts Showcase Sun Valley. Invoking the spirit of Mardi Gras and inspiration from Bonnaroo, MASSV attracted festivalgoers of all ages to enjoy the party with costumes, art projects and dancing in the iconic setting of Sun Valley. The summer fun and super-charged atmosphere also included jugglers, stilt walkers, break dancers, hula hoopers, African drummers, scratch DJs and many other entertainers all throughout the two-day event.


SolFest 2013 is coming to Sun Valley once again this March 22-24 bringing with it all of the fun and games of life in a ski town when the sun is out, the slopes are soft and everyone is in their finest glory.  This weekend of skiing and fun, free events beckons you to come out with your friends to revel in the rites of spring.  Special lift ticket prices are available to student ID holders.

Friday March 22:

4:00 – 700 pm: Whiskey Jacques Welcome Deck Party

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: 511 Rail Jam and DJ Train at 511 Building (Open registration on site)

10:00 pm: Paranoid Social Club at Whiskey Jacques ($3 cover with Student ID)

Saturday March 23:

All Day: A.P.R.E.S. (Advance Protocol For Ridiculous  Endeavors in Sun Valley) – This is a game to see how much fun you can have in a day on Baldy.  Golf Card Scoring System.  Most points wins.  Download rules and scorecard below.

3:30 – 6:30 pm: A.P.R.E.S., The Game Apres Party at Apples Bar and Grill.  All scorecards must be turned in by 5:30.  Scores will be tallied and prizes awarded for Most Points, Best Costumes, Best Team, and Best Overall Performance

7:30 pm: SolFest Main Street Concert:  We shut down Main Street in downtown Ketchum for a free all ages show with DJ’s and Live Music!  Headliner TBA.

10:00 pm: Brother Ali performs at Whiskey Jacques. Tickets:

Lodge Dining Room Easter Brunch

Lodge Dining Room Easter Brunch March 31, 2013

  • Easter Brunch served from 9am till 2pm
  • Adults $36 and children 12 & under $21 (tax and gratuity not included)
  • Music: Leanna Leach on piano

Claiming Our Run

I claim Sunnyside as my run

I claim Sunnyside as my run

Every day, the first email I open is the Sun Valley Ski Report. I scan the information, noting groomed runs, the temperature on top (any inversion?) and any new snow. For the past few weeks, I have also noticed an invitation at the top of each report, an invitation to “Claim My Run.”

I finally focused on this over the weekend.  Claim My Run? I re-read the latest email.

“Win a brand new GoPro HERO 3 Black Edition. Just “claim” your run on Baldy or Dollar by posting original, creative POV video on our video mountain map.

We’ll judge the entries based on number of views and awesomeness of the video. You only have until the end of February – may the best video win!”

Going ...

Going ...

Compelling! There was a prize! For doing what I love! How had I missed this? So on Sunday, I met my eight-year-old son and enthusiastically asked him to come claim a run with me. We actually “have” a run: Sunnyside. Two years ago, when he was only six, we were skiing from the bottom of College over to Olympic when he spied Sunnyside, falling steeply under the old lift off of the cat track. “Do you want to do this?” I asked a little skeptically. Sunnyside was full of big, big bumps covered with some new powder and he was a little, little guy. “Yes!” he responded. “It will be my first black diamond!”

Off we went, over the steep lip and into the run. I am not exaggerating when I say it took about 20 minutes to ski Sunnyside that first time. There was a lot of time out for laughter, and even more for picking up equipment, ejected over the slope during some epic falls (his and mine). On Sunnyside, Matthew learned the term, “yard sale!” Thus, this old-school expert run on Baldy became ours.

This weekend, though, after 4 ½ hours of training with the Development Team of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Matthew was not all that enthusiastic about skiing Sunnyside with his mother. He was tired. But he is a sweet guy so he agreed to come keep me company. Armed with a helmet cam that he received as a gift a few years ago, I was ready to Claim Our Run.  We rode the lift to the top with Matthew filling me in on all the big fun he had on ski team. It snowed about six inches on Saturday, so the kids found every pocket of powder on the mountain.

Going ...

Going ...

We skied down College, Matthew first. I followed. He was skiing like a local kid – nice finished turns, totally relaxed.  (for the record, I want a re-do and I want to grow up in Sun Valley). At the top of Sunnyside, I barely had the chance to push the record button on the camera, before Matthew tipped over the edge into the bumps. Down he went, completely nonplussed. This time, he was down the run in a matter of minutes with me chasing him down – badly.

Imagine my disappointment when I got home to upload the video just to find the camera either hadn’t been on, or had a dead battery, or  … ?  Technically speaking, I had blown it!

But even without the video, it was great to be reminded to Claim My Run.  Everyone on the mountain has a favorite run — one that holds great memories, or that they always seem to ski really, really well. While Sunnyside may not be the run I feel the best on, it is definitely one of my favorites because it was Matthew’s first black diamond. Another favorite is Cozy, because my daughters ski it straight down, without turning. Watching their control, speed and freedom will forever be one way that I think of them.

You still have a few more days to Claim Your Run. Get out there, make sure your camera works, and share what makes you happy with the world.  Who knows, you might even win a new helmet cam, just for doing what you love to do anyway.




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)


March 1 & 2


Cash Levy

If you missed Cash on Fox Sports or haven’t bought his newly released comedy CD, Extemporaneous, you’re probably familiar with seeing his act as a regular performer on the CBS Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and also Comedy Central. Cash can be heard daily on XM/Sirius Radio and has entertained on The Bob and Tom Show on WGN. Cash just finished a world tour for U.S.A. Armed Forces Entertainment, entertaining the troops from Japan to Afghanistan.

Cash is known as one of the finest improvisers around, and now his unique, interactive show has been captured on film in the one hour special, “Crowd Control” currently showing on AXStv. 

               “Perfect comic delivery with lightening quick wit”

                               The Charlotte Observer








Jay Montepare

Jay began his stand up comedy career in Boston as the host of “The Tribe Presents,” a weekly show twice named The Best Comedy Show in Boston by The Boston Phoenix.   As a touring national headliner beloved for his unabashed physical comedy and off-the-cuff audience interplay, Jay has also become a regular at The Hollywood Improv and Comedy Juice shows in Los Angeles and regularly performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Icehouse.

He has been seen on “The Rebels of Comedy” pay-per-view special, The Comedy Time Network, and “Comedy All-Stars” with Tommy Davidson. Jay also placed (11th) in the 2010 San Francisco Comedy Competition, was selected for the 2010 Atomic Comedy Festival, and recently performed in a USO Tour in Okinawa, Japan . His original sketches are all over Funny or Die and he can be found in many, many national commercials. He has had large roles on ABC’s “Body of Proof”, and VH1’s  sketch comedy series “Stevie TV.”  He recently performed on NBC’s “Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas” and you will soon recognize his voice as “The Roastmaster Marty Martin” in the upcoming  hilarious television show “The Roasters.”  His one-hour comedy album entitled, “The Sound That Jokes Make” can be found on iTunes and



March 8 & 9


Dan Gabriel

Dan Gabriel got bit by the comedy bug early in life. Dan grew up immersed in the world famous San Francisco comedy scene where his mom took him to comedy shows when he was just in grade school. While other kids were trading Garbage Pail Kids, Dan was trying to make his friends listen to Steve Martin albums on his travel case record player.

In college, he stepped up on stage for the first time and was instantly hooked. Ignoring his studies, Dan spent his nights at any open mic night or comedy event he could find. After graduation he began opening for his heroes like Dave Chappelle, Mitch Hedberg and George Lopez. Since then Dan has worked his way from opening act to nationally touring headliner.

Now considered a veteran jokesmith, Dan has appeared on CBS’sLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Showtime, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, CBS’s Star Search, NBC’s Late Friday just to name a few. He was an award winning writer for Thugs on Film on BBC America and the Winner of the L.A. Take Out Comedy Competition. Take Out opened the doors for Dan to co-develop and host the hit first season of Asia Street Comedy, on AZN TV. Today you can hear his podcast, “The Best Medicine” on iTunes as well as his two critically acclaimed comedy albums, “Giant Robot” and “Baby For Sale.”




Jason Zelt

Jason Zelt delivers fresh, enthusiastic, and intelligently self-deprecating standup comedy. Drawing from inspired topics ranging from personal shortcomings to social/political commentary, this young comedian excites audiences of all demographics with a performance that translates universally.

Jason has been seen at well-known venues such as The Comedy Store (Hollywood, La Jolla), The Laugh Factory (Hollywood, Long Beach), Flappers (Burbank, Claremont), the Improv (Melrose), and Rooster T. Feather’s (Sunnyvale). He has opened for established comedians including Paul Reiser, John Caparulo, Vargus Mason, and Rusty Dooley and played several one night gigs and colleges (Long Beach State, University of Arizona, Santa Monica JC). Along with his standup, Jason appears bi-monthly on several FCC Radio productions (News with Verve, In The Meantime, Pam’s Comedy Clubhouse). Recently a runner-up in the LA’s Funniest Comic Comedy Competition (2012), Jason remains present in the San Francisco Bay Area comedy scene.



March 15 & 16

Paul C. Morrissey

Paul was raised as a sports fanatic in the tiny town of Owego, in upstate New York.  After four years of playing college basketball, somehow he graduated.  Aside from playing in the NBA, his dream job was to talk about sports for a living.  Paul then moved to California after landing a television sports anchor job but found out quickly that he was “too much of a smart-ass” for TV news. After he was fired, Paul took his unique sense of humor to comedy club stages all over the country.

In 2005, Paul was selected to perform at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. Morrissey has also been a finalist in several national comedy competitions including Wendy’s Comedy Challenge, Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight and Maxim’s Real Men of Comedy.

Morrissey’s big break came when he was asked to make his network television debut on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS.  He was so well received that Paul was asked to make three more appearances on the show.  Morrissey’s four appearances are the most by a comedian on “The Late, Late Show.”  He has also appeared on the network TV shows, Comedy.TV, Who Wants To Date A Comedian and Comics Unleashed with Byron AllenMorrissey has also been a guest on many radio shows including the national syndicated “Bob & Tom Show” and the “Ron & Fez Show” on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio.

The recent TV exposure has put Paul in high demand as a headliner at clubs and colleges across the US and Canada.  He also performs frequently at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, The Laugh Factory, and The Hollywood Improv.

Morrissey has released two CD’s,”Good Seats Still Available” and “Comedy Sampler” which get regular airplay on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.  One reviewer says,When an experienced comedy fan is repeatedly surprised by the payoff or where the jokes land, you know you are listening to an original comedic talent.”


Michael Gelbert

With appearances on CBS’ The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, the new TV series, performances at sold-out clubs and theaters, and two of his own prime time stand-up comedy specials, comedian, screenwriter and novelist Michael Gelbart is truly someone to watch. He has a nonchalant, audience-friendly approach, meshing ad-libs with material that is completely unique. His debut novel The Other Oprahs is rapidly gaining momentum and has been called “hilariously inspiring.”

Michael started his comedy career in high school and continued through college. After graduating from broadcasting school, he landed his own episode of the CBC series Comics, his first national exposure showcasing his abilities as a performer and writer. A second TV special followed, as well as offers to write and perform. He was head writer of the Gemini Awards, wrote and co-starred in The Weinstein Company DVD A Very Cool Christmas, which airs annually on Lifetime, and is currently writing and performing on a number of shows for Disney, Cartoon Network and Teen Nick.

Michael performs all over North America, dividing his time between the US and Canada. He has several screenplays and original series currently in development.



March 22 & 23


Trish Suhr

You may know Trish Suhr as the Emmy-winning Co-Host and “Yard Sale Diva” of over 200 episodes of the Clean House franchise on Style Network. Trish most recently was a contributor on Good Day LA, Good Day NY, Woman’s Day magazine and will be a regular Lifestyle contributor on the upcoming syndicated Ricki Lake Show.  Additionally she has hosted a variety of shows including Gamers for National Lampoon, Take My Kids Please for WE, Family Secrets for CMT, and the Great American Cook-off for Lifetime.  Trish is also known for her quick witted commentary on specials for E!, Style, CMT and VH1.

Trish was born and raised in Middlesboro, Kentucky and grew up in the family funeral business where she knew that she wanted to head to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy… but who knew along the way her passion for helping people organize their lives and helping them “keep it clean” would change her path forever. “Hosting is the greatest job for me, I never wanted to be an actor, I have more fun just bein’ me.” With her “what you see is what you get” attitude, on screen and off Trish fell in love with hosting.

Trish’s number one love are our troops as her younger brother is Special Forces in the Navy, and she understands the sacrifices families make for our country, so in her free time she loves going to Afghanistan and Iraq to perform for our Troops. As Trish says, “It’s the least I can do for the amazing men and women that allow me to have my dream job.”

Trish lives in Los Angeles with her Husband Dave McCoul and their two dogs, Truman & Bessie.


Heath Harmison

Heath is a special kind of person. He grew up a small fat child in a little town called Twin Falls, Idaho. While his childhood haunts him in his dreams, it also makes people nearly kill over in laughter in colleges and comedy clubs all over the nation. He has performed in some of the biggest shows in the world including the Fringe Festival in Scotland which is the largest performing arts festival in the world. His abundance of energy, physical humor, and impersonations are incredible. He prides himself on being one of the cleanest comedians out there.  From experiencing his first kiss to married life and job experiences, Heath’s observations are on spot with hilarity and relativity. With Heath’s life experiences it is easy for him to be a comedian. His ability to watch people and make little things become things that you will laugh at for hours on end is nothing short of amazing.




March 29 & 30


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.

A career that has taken Eddie all over the world. This year alone he has headlined across the United States and Australia, performing to sold-out crowds and appearing on numerous TV shows such as Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, BET’s Comic View, NBC’s Late Friday Night, VH1′s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Comic’s Unleashed and Chelsea Lately as well as releasing his own 30-minute special for Comedy Central. A popular TV personality in Australia, Eddie has appeared on Rove, Thank God You’re Here, The Footy Show and Good News Week.

One of the most well-travelled comedians in show business, Eddie has proudly told jokes in most comedy clubs in the United States, UK and Australia, toured more than 15 countries around the world and performed in major festivals including Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival and New Zealand Comedy Festival.

A prolific writer and director, Eddie’s travels were chronicled for an upcoming feature length documentary film, entitled America the Punchline.

As a stand up, there is not much Eddie hasn’t done. He was proud to be one of five finalists in the MySpace/Sierra Mist Stand Up or Sit Down Challenge – which aired on TBS – has performed alongside comedy greats Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Robin Williams and after the success of his first two CDs Jokes that Make My Friends Laugh and I learned the Hard Way, Eddie is about to release his third CD and a DVD Live from Australia, taped in front of a sold-out crowd at Sydney Opera House.

Eddie has also worked as the host of Shark Week, spent a season as the ABC College Football Guy, earned a job as ‘man-on-the-street’ on the Queen Latifah show, was co-host of a sports radio show on New York’s legendary WNEW and hosted a pilot ‘Strap-On’ for Comedy Central.


Ryan Wingfield

Ryan Wingfield is an Alaskan born comic who somehow ended up living in Boise, Idaho.  Growing up as a middle child he was naturally drawn to comedy, and spent years developing his talent on radio, television and stage.  He combines story telling with observational humor, creating a clean style of comedy audiences can relate to.  From getting caught peeing in the shower to trying to fart quietly in public, you’ll find a little of yourself in every joke he tells.






River Run Apres Ski – The Kris Lager Band

River Run Lodge

March 1–3


Bring Your A-Game, this Nordic Race is Tough!

Cross-country ski racing at the top of the world

Cross-country ski racing at the top of the world

This Saturday, February 23, cross-country ski racers will queue up at the Sun Valley’s Nordic & Snowshoe Center, ready to take on the Diamondback Revenge, widely considered the Valley’s toughest Nordic race.

The course leads up to the White Clouds and runs along the golf cart path of that spectacular course. “It kicks off with a long 2km climb,” according to the Nordic Center’s Steve Haims “It is an interesting and beautiful race that rolls along the top of the mountains and then comes screaming down.” The race motto is “Come for the grind, enjoy the views!”

Cross-country skiing in Sun Valley is simply stunning

Cross-country skiing in Sun Valley is simply stunning

Steve calls it a technical course, but everyone is welcome to participate. There will be two classic or ski skate races: a 7km (one lap) race and a 12km (two lap) option. For children, Nordic Director Ivana Radlova has set a noon start for a race that will involve both a 1.5km course and a 3km option.

Come for lunch or a Full Moon dinner at the beautiful Sun Valley Club

Come enjoy a delectable lunch or a Full Moon dinner at the beautiful Sun Valley Club -- skiing is not a prerequisite to eating!

Registration is currently open at the Nordic & Snowshoe Center located half a mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge. You may also register until 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Entry is $15. Please call 208.622.2250 for more information.

After the race, be sure to enjoy a wonderful lunch at the Sun Valley Club. Hearty soups, a delicious salad or sandwich, and their famous chocolate chip cookies would taste great after all that work. You earned it!

If you are not a cross-country racer, per se, this would still be a great weekend to get your skinny skis on. There is a full-service rental shop at the Nordic Center, as well as an extensive menu of instruction options. Cross-country skiing is great fun, great exercise, and a great way to enjoy the area’s stunning beauty.

Also this weekend at the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center, come out for the monthly Full-Moon Snowshoe. Ivana will lead a group on a serene and peaceful snowshoe hike by the light of the moon, beginning at 8 p.m. The activity is appropriate for most ages and abilities and costs $15. Please register at 208.622.2250. Self-guided snowshoe or ski tours are also available.

The Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center is a full service Mecca for Nordic enthusiasts

The Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center is a full service Mecca for Nordic enthusiasts

The wonderful restaurant at the club will be open for dinner that night serving selections that include Lava Lake lamb chops, prawns, short ribs, rainbow trout, and a variety of salads including the popular roasted beet salad. Yum! Reserve your spot by calling 208.622.2800 and enjoy a relaxing and completely different kind of night out.


Sunday Night Lights

Bright lights, fun mountain

Bright lights, fun mountain

All the action Sunday night was on Dollar Mountain, where the slopes of Quarter Dollar and the Progression Park were flood lit hours after the lifts normally close. Hundreds of visitors and locals alike flocked to the hill to take advantage of Sun Valley’s first public night skiing from 4 -9 p.m. and everyone agreed 100 percent, the night was fantastic (please, let’s do it again soon).

Crowds flocked to Dollar to ride and ski under the floodlights

Crowds flocked to Dollar to ride and ski under the floodlights

Under crystal clear, star-filled skies, skiers and boarders ranging in age from approximately three to 73, did laps on the Quarter Dollar lift, accessing two groomed runs, rails and jumps. At about 7:30 p.m., the big show was on the jumps, with dozens of skiers and boarders executing tricks and catching some air, all backlit by the powerful lights. I heard one teen say it felt like being in a movie. Another young twin-tipped skier completed a 180 off a jump, with a parent in close pursuit. It was an even contest as to whose smile was the widest.

Many Progression Park enthusiasts curtailed the need for the lift by hiking back to the top of the run after completing their turn, allowing for an uninterrupted series of shots at the features. Music, provided by special moveable “boom boxes” provided a soundtrack to the night.

The night air was cold but not freezing and the snow on Dollar was soft and had been groomed to perfection earlier in the day. Conditions were great for a beginner or expert.

Inside Dollar Lodge, the party continued. Many people made a full night of it, grabbing a table and enjoying a casual dinner while they took a break from the mountain. I spied parents enjoying a beer or glass of wine while their children took a few more runs. The hot chocolate flowed and every chair in the restaurant was filled.

The night was very affordable (free for season pass holders and Blaine county pass holders), $15 for an adult ticket and $10 for a child for those with a same-day lift ticket, discount or multi-day pass. Even just buying a ticket was $20 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under, making it family-friendly night on the snow.

Many made a night of it at Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge

Many made a night of it at Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge

Dollar’s night skiing was a part of Sun Valley’s weekend long Presidential Party. Tonight, the festivities move to the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. local DJ extraordinaire Lenny Joseph will spin his magic, creating a dance party on ice called “Grooves On.” A $10 fee includes ice admission, skate rental fee and free cocoa and cider. Pizza slices are available for $1. Skating at night, outside, under the stars, beside the Sun Valley Lodge is highly recommended.

For more information on all the special events, please call 208-622-2248.

Enjoy your Presidents’ Week stay in Sun Valley and thank you to the Resort for treating us all to a night of skiing under the lights.