The evening before the Sawtooth Salmon Festival, there will be a lecture by Steve Hawley, author ofRecovering a Lost River, at the Stanley Museum at 5:00pm and Redfish Center at 8:00pm. This lecture, about salmon recovery, is a nice lead-in to the Sawtooth Salmon Festival,
The following day, August 24th, from 10:00 am to 9:00pm, the annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival, sponsored by Sawtooth Association/SIHA and Idaho Rivers United, begins with the Shoshone Banock blessing of the Salmon. There will be educational booths, live music throughout the day, and Salmon spawning tours, free to the public. In the evening, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, there will be a wild salmon dinner. The cost for dinner is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 of kids.
The Hawaiian Nationals is a side-by-side dual slalom race for telemark skiers and snowboarders held on Warm Springs where your tropical costume means as much as your skiing ability. Each competitor gets two timed laps, one on each course. This event also features the Tandem Telemark Challenge – two skiers on one pair of skis negotiating a modified slalom course.
It's beginning to look a lot like Easter in Sun Valley
Easter weekend is quickly approaching and it is worth taking a moment to mark your calendar so as not to miss any of the exciting activities in Sun Valley. From the slopes, to restaurants, to lawns strewn with brightly colored eggs, there is something for everyone!
On the mountains, as the season winds down, Ketchum is in a party mood. Dollar Dayz takes place starting on Saturday, celebrating another great season on that hill. Closing day on Dollar is Sunday, March 31, and to celebrate, come out for a CandyGrind Rail Jam on the amazing Terrain Park and the hilarious annual Cold Bowl Pond Skim.
Sunday's Cold Bowl Pond Skim is always a highlight of the season
The Rail Jam takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Rail Yard. Entry is free with registration at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge ticket window. The 4th annual Pond Skim splashes off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged. If you have never seen the pond skim, it features a huge “pool” of cold water, dug into the base of Dollar that skiers and snowboarders attempt to skim over, landing safely at the other side. Some make it, some don’t, but no matter what, it’s a raucous good time.
Both events feature music, food and beverages. The weather promises to cooperate with weekend highs predicted in the mid 50s under a springtime Idaho sun.
Local snowboard star Chase Josey shows off Slopestyle similar to what will be on display on Saturday's Rail Jam on Dollar (photo courtesy of the Josey family)
Baldy will be festive this weekend, too. Young ski racers will participate in the annual Hobson Memorial Race on Warm Springs on Friday at 10 a.m. Again, in true Ketchum style, costumes are encouraged. The Hawaiian Nationals, a side-by-side dual slalom race for telemark skiers and snowboarders, takes place on Warm Springs on Saturday at noon. For this, costumes are de rigueur. The final Ski Club race of the season goes off Sunday, again on Warm Springs, at 10 a.m. It will be a dual parallel giant slalom that is age handicapped. All are welcome.
Easter will be celebrated in Sun Valley at the Lodge Dining Room with a bountiful brunch served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Leanna Leach will tickle the ivories and food and festivity will be plentiful. The cost is $36 for adults and $21 for children 12 and under. Bonnets are optional.
And what is Easter without an Easter Egg Hunt? Thankfully, you won’t need to find out. On Friday, all children ages 10 and under are invited to search for oodles of eggs at Sun Valley Inn Pond, starting promptly at 4:30 p.m. Bring your baskets and stop by the Village Toy Store at 3:30 for face painting. Retailers are offering a special egg hunt for parents, too.
March, in Sun Valley, is definitely not going out like a lamb!
A lavish Easter Brunch awaits at the Lodge Dining Room
Part reunion, part party, part ski race, the Janss Pro Am puts the fun in fundraiser (photos courtesy of SVSEF)
Warm Springs is about to turn into a giant costume party as the annual Janss Pro-Am Classic rolls into town. This fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) signifies spring in these parts like nothing else, bringing together teams of pros and amateurs for some good-natured gate running, a lot of partying and some pretty elaborate costumes, on the slopes and off. This year, the event will grace Warm Springs and the Sun Valley Resort from April 4 – 6.
Doing good by having fun
Named for Bill Janss, the beloved former owner of the Sun Valley Company, this year’s event is expected to host nearly 500 enthusiastic participants for Giant Slalom racing and free skiing, cocktail parties, an awards banquet in the Limelight Room, hosted breakfasts and lunches, and of course, costumes!
One very coordinated Janss team stands at the ready atop the Greyhawk Chair
The 2013 theme, “Let the Games Begin,” is a nod to both the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia (where SVSEF hopes to be represented), as well as an invitation to play in the spring sunshine.
“While the theme is inspired by the Winter Games, everyone is invited to make it their own,” explained SVSEF Events Director Kate Berman. “For instance, Dr. Tom West, a chiropractor, is part of team “Operation” after the board game. A group of freestyle skiers are dressing as the “Sorry!” game – as in “Sorry! We’re freestylers! Our teams are always so creative and I love seeing what they come up with.”
Everyone is invited to watch the 32 teams race on Lower Warm Springs on Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6 at 10:30 a.m. Speed isn’t the ultimate goal for the amateurs (consistency is king), but the pros on board usually can’t help but go fast. Among this year’s impressive names are locals including: Ski Cross champ Langely McNeal, former Olympian Jonna Mendes, X-Games star Zach Crist and SVSEF’s very own Doran Key.
“Christin Cooper once said the Janss is the biggest reunion for former US Ski Team members around,” laughed Kate. “Everyone looks forward to getting together on Baldy’s amazing runs with old friends and new for such a terrific cause. It’s very popular, one of the most fun events of the year in the Valley.”
The hottest team on snow -- Karen Holzman (far right) and pro Langely McNeal and team celebrate some fast times at the Janss (photo courtesy Langely McNeal)
And it’s just as much fun for the amateurs. Karen Holzman who is organizing team “Greek Goddess” this year with Langely as her pro, always looks forward to this event. “We support the Janss because SVSEF is at the core of what’s special about our community. They contribute and have contributed so much to training local past and future Olympians, as well as some pretty amazing lifelong recreational skiers,” she explained. “It’s a great weekend because of the costumes, spirit of competition (who in Sun Valley isn’t competitive?), you can have family and friends on your team and just generally, a lot of laughs!”
At this race, it's less about speed and more about impact
This, the 16th Janss Pro-Am Classic marks Kate’s final party as the woman who makes it all happen. After 13 years as Events Director (and before that volunteer mom and board member for SVSEF), Kate is turning over the reigns to the very capable Sarah Crowley on April 7. After committing literally thousands of hours to the health well being of the organization, she said she feels she is leaving SVSEF when it is in a very strong position. “This is the biggest Janss we have seen in years,” she smiled. “SVSEF is doing amazing things. I’m really proud of all the work we have done and excited to see what comes next.”
Her only request? That no one makes a big fuss over her at the Janss’ events. Speaking on behalf of the rest of the community, I hope they do.
A huge group turned out for Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real Saturday afternoon at River Run
It’s spring break and Sun Valley is ready to party!
Sun Valley Resort set in motion the feel good vibe of spring in the mountains on Saturday afternoon, when a crowd estimated at over 1,000 people gathered at the base of River Run to enjoy the sounds of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. The afternoon was sunny and warm and concert goers peeled down to t-shirts and ski pants as they enjoyed a cold beer and hot music.
In true Sun Valley style, with the first chords from Lukas Nelson’s guitar, people rushed the dance floor and didn’t sit down again during the entire hour-and-a-half long concert. The stage, set up just outside of Brass Ranch, offered a large area for dancing and standing and seating room stretched from the bridge to the base of the lifts. Also in true Sun Valley style, the event drew everyone in town — from 20-somethings to kids in strollers, from retirees to Ketchum’s ubiquitous four-legged friends.
Everyone came out to relax and to enjoy the band’s signature sound. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real stopped in Sun Valley during a tour that next leads to Utah, California and Hawaii. But judging by the number of fans they have in Idaho, hopefully they will return. The four-person band is known for their high-energy performances. Though Lukas is music royalty (his father is Willie Nelson), the 25-year-old lead singer and guitar player has earned his own huge fan base with original music that is less a little bit country, and more a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.
Lukas Nelson rocks River Run
Saturday’s concert was the first of four free concerts celebrating spring on the mountain. The Rock ‘n The Sun Spring Concert Series will continue on March 23 with Paranoid Social Club at River Run, on April 6, The Bernie Worrell Orchestra, also at River Run and on April 13, the day before Baldy is set to close for the season with Diego’s Umbrella at Warm Springs. Concerts run from 4:30 – 6 p.m. This is the first time Sun Valley has ever offered a free après ski concert series of this magnitude with a large outdoor stage and full concert sound system.
The recipe for apres ski spring break style? Eat, drink, be merry
Next up, Paranoid Social Club is an American Rock band formed in 2002 in Portland, Maine. The band’s debut album Axis II produced the hit “Wasted” which was featured as the theme for Broken Lizard’s cult classic film Beerfest, as well as being the soundtrack to every college party in America, according to the band’s website. Their next album featured the single “Two Girls” which was used in HBO’s series Entourage and Cathouse and gave birth to a house remix album produced by club DJs. I’m guessing Paranoid Social Club will bring the crowd to their feet again.
No explanation needed
Expect big crowds this weekend for this party band. Find a seat or your spot on the dance floor and enjoy Spring Break Sun Valley style!
Thanks to Sun Valley Resort for making spring skiing even better.
Langely McNeal -- standout Ski Cross racer and fantastic local girl -- came home for the Rev Tour
When Ski Cross racer Langely McNeal looks up at Dollar, she sees a lot of things. She sees the mountain where she learned to ski 25 years ago when she took her first turns with father, Whiz, one of the longstanding members of Sun Valley Ski Patrol. She also sees the future in Sun Valley’s amazing Terrain Park and Pipe. “So many amazing freestyle skiers and boarders have come out of Sun Valley before all this was here,” she smiled, gesturing to the playground that Dollar has become. “The kids that get to grow up on Dollar these days are so fortunate. Sun Valley has built a world-class training facility for Halfpipe and Slope. I would love to see more development with Ski Cross. The potential is unreal and I think Sun Valley could be the ultimate training Mecca.”
The view most of Langely's competitors have of her on the course
Langely, though a pre-Terrain Park child, hasn’t done too badly herself. She is back in town this week as part of the Revolution Tour and won the women’s Ski Cross competition on Monday.
“It’s a great course and it’s always so nice to be home,” Langely said. Currently training with the team at the International Snowboard Training Center in Silverthorne, Colorado, this X-Games alumna has her sights set on Sochi in 2014. Recently back from a trip to the very overcast home of next year’s Winter Olympic Games, she turned her face to the sun and exclaimed, “there really is no place else like Sun Valley. I am so excited to be here, so excited the Rev Tour is here. It gives me a great excuse to show off my hometown to my friends and teammates.”
Another Sun Valley local appearing in the Rev Tour is snowboarder, Chase Josey. Chase, a senior at Community School (where Langely’s mother, Beverly, has taught for more than two decades), exploded onto the international scene this past January in Copper Basin. There, he finished 8th in the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix with a score of 75.00. This was Chase’s first World Cup start. He, too, recently traveled to Sochi and hopes to go back next winter for the Olympics. For the Rev Tour, Chase competes on Thursday in Sun Valley’s fantastic 22-foot Superpipe with qualifying rounds beginning at 9:30 a.m. and finals dropping into the pipe at 3 p.m.
Another young talented Sun Valley snowboarder, Ryan Roemer made heats in Boarder Cross on Monday, but did not advance to the next round.
Local snowboarder Chase Josey previews what fans can expect to see in the Superpipe Thursday
Langely, Chase and Ryan are among the more than 500 athletes in town this week competing in the Rev Tour from as far away as Brazil and Japan. Events include Ski and Boarder Cross, Halfpipe and Slopestyle. According to the Rev Tour website, “In its ninth season, the U.S. Revolution Tour … is designed to serve as a stepping stone for athletes making the transition from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level. The series pre-qualifies a portion of its field and then opens registration to any athlete, but is focused towards riders 13-19 years old (Cross 15-19) and will award the top juniors an invite to be part of the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, the U.S. Open, USASA Nationals, and participate in Project Gold camps. Competition formats may vary slightly at each stop, but athletes will always compete as an open class.”
For a look at the Cross Course from a rider’s vantage point, check out this POV video courtesy of Billy Pettengill of team ISTC from one of his training runs. Billy placed second in Monday’s Rev Tour competition.
Watching Langely and Ryan fly through the rollers on the Cross Course and Chase work his magic in the Superpipe makes us all hold our collective breath and collectively cheer at the end of a successful run. Our homegrown elite athletes, among the best in the world, make us all really, really proud.
Langely was equally proud of her hometown. “It was cool to see Sun Valley step it up and take on the challenge of putting on an event like the Revolution Tour,” she said. “I think it shows that this place is more than capable of bringing many world class events and new business to town!”
Dollar in all its Park & Pipe glory (courtesy of James Bourret Fine Art Photography/Mountain Images Gallery http://jamesbourret.photoshelter.com/)