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