In Sun Valley, any excuse to dress up in a costume is a good one. We ski and ride in costumes on numerous occasions. We mini-golf around town in costumes. So when Halloween, the sanctioned costume event of the calendar year rolls around, the party is sure to last all week.
At my house, Halloween is only slightly less important than Christmas. We spend the second half of October transforming the living room, dining room and kitchen into a spooky, haunted, spiderweb-ridden, talking skeleton kind of space. Then, each year, my son hosts his entire class for a Halloween ruckus. And we are not alone. From costumed ice skating, to the Hailey Hoopla, to a party in Ketchum that starts out kid-friendly and morphs into one of the most fun grown-up nights of the year, we close the streets, put out the welcome mats and invite every ghoul and goblin, of every age, out to enjoy some big fun.
Bellevue's Haunted Forest is terrifying -- in a good way
Starting in the South Valley, Halloween enthusiasts can prepare to be spooked and even scared out of their wits at the Bellevue Haunted Forest. On October 29 and 30, the Howard Preserve comes to reanimated life. At the site of the old town dump, Zombies and ghosts and spirits of all kinds will give a little scare before dark, but after the sun sets … all bets are off! This is a fun, safe, entertaining night that benefits the newly reopened, public Howard Preserve. Tickets are $7.50 and are available at The Bead Shop in Hailey, Splash & Dash and Mahoney’s in Bellevue and at the gate.
Little trick-or-treaters look forward every year to the Halloween Hoopla (photo: Suzanne Buchanan)
Hailey is Halloween central and on October 31, beginning at 3 p.m., Main Street rhymes with trick or treat. The 8th installment of the family-friendly Halloween Hoopla event lasts until 6 p.m. and takes place throughout downtown Hailey. Look for black and orange balloons outside participating businesses. Costumes are de rigueur and a costume contest at The Liberty Theatre will be awarding prizes for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages, all afternoon in half-hour intervals. Music, food and drink and a “spook alley” will provide affordable, family-friendly fare. Safe and fun even for the littlest trick or treaters, be sure to put this on your Halloween schedule.
In Sun Valley on the 31st, take your costume and your best moves to the ice. The Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink is offering a special skating package for those in costume from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For only $8, you get admission, skate rental and a beautiful day or night in the fresh fall air. Please call 208-622-2194 for more information.
Three gorgeous local ladies show just how seriously we take Halloween at the Nightmare on Main Street (photo Sonya Johnston)
The party continues into the night – well into the night – in Ketchum on Thursday. The annual Nightmare On Main Street begins at 7 p.m. and goes through last call, finally shutting down at 2 a.m. Main Street closes to allow revelers to take to the street and enjoy a wide assortment of food and libations. A kids’ costume contest takes place at 8 p.m. (best girl, best boy and overall). Later, at 10 p.m., the adults are judged for best male, best female, creepiest, sexiest, group and overall. If past years are any indication, Sun Valley is one creative place when it comes to homemade costumes. The group category is usually full of handmade, outlandish and hysterical ideas. Music from local DJs will keep the party going outside until 11 p.m.
Warren Miller's latest film is a treat after Halloween. Let the snow season begin!
Most years, Halloween also marks the change from fall to winter in this part of the world. Indian summer often hangs on with warm temperatures and sunny skies in late October before giving way in November to crisp days and hints of snow. Which is perfect, as Baldy is scheduled to open for an amazing season at Thanksgiving. And Thanksgiving in Sun Valley is as peaceful and lovely as Halloween is crazy around here. The Resort invites guests to come, relax, ski or ride and enjoy a fuss-free Thanksgiving, all at special prices.
Join fellow snow lovers to count down to ski and snowboard season with a screening of Warren Miller's new action film at the Sun Valley Opera House. Winter officially kicks off Nov. 1 and 2 with Miller's Ticket to Ride
The change of season also brings with it the unofficial kick-off to the snow season when the latest Warren Miller action film comes to the Sun Valley Opera House. Skiers and riders anxious for the first flakes to fly crowd into the theater to enjoy Miller’s famous brand of filmmaking, as well as special promotions and prizes. This year, Miller’s latest movie, Ticket to Ride, will celebrate big mountain skiing and riding, the craziest tricks on snow and the highest peaks from Montana to Alaska; from Kazkhstan to Iceland; from Greenland to Switzerland. Nothing gets locals in the mood for the coming season like this annual event. There are three screenings of Ticket to Ride, on Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, November 2 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Enjoy a safe, spooky Halloween and the transition to early winter! Boo!
This week, Ketchum’s Board Bin celebrates its 25th birthday and you are invited to the party! On Saturday, October 26, from 1 to 8 p.m., the crossroads of Fourth Street and Washington will host a block party with food, bands, games and fun for the whole family.
Ketchum's Board Bin celebrates 25 years of bringing snowboarding and skateboarding to the community
“It’s supposed to be a beautiful day and we would love everyone to come out,” said Board Bin owner, Karin Reichow. “There will be a skateboard slalom race course, four ping pong tables hosting a tournament for every level player, a bouncy house and much more. Our neighbors are all participating and it will be a great community event.”
The owners of Board Bin helped show Sun Valley a new way to play on the snow
There is much to celebrate and much to look forward to in the coming winter sports season according to Karin and her husband Jim Slanetz. “We are obviously hoping for tons of snow to enjoy,” Jim said. “And Sun Valley is always getting better and better for this sport. With new Adventure Trails and other runs being cut, there will be even more terrain to explore on Baldy. For boarders, Dollar and the park and pipe are awesome, too.We are expecting a great season.”
And Karin and Jim would know, as they have been in Sun Valley since 1988 with front-row seats to the development and evolution of the sport of snowboarding in the winter and skateboarding in the warmer months.
“We started with two snowboards, five skateboards, some accessories and stickers in a little garage in Ketchum,” Karin laughed. Business was mostly word of mouth at that point as people interested in this new way to play in the snow sought out the Board Bin. That year, the young couple had the weather gods on their side, with one of the best snow seasons on record. The combination of powder and the fact that the new store carried the best snowboards available at the time got many people hooked.
That was then, Karin Reichow and Jim Slanetz in 1991...
But it was definitely an uphill go. “We were open from maybe noon to six that first year,” Karin recalled. “We were typical young people in a resort town, working all these jobs.” Jim added, laughing, “I drove a taxi, worked as a prep cook, everything.” But the Board Bin grew, moving two more times before settling on Fourth Street in 1993 where they have been selling hard goods, accessories and hip clothing for boys and girls, men and women ever since. They also lease children’s snowboarding equipment for the season and offer limited free leases to kids with a passion for the sport but who could not afford it otherwise.
Head out to downtown Ketchum on Saturday to celebrate and socialize. Three bands, Jimmy Robb, El Stash and StoneSeed with provide a soundtrack to what is sure to be a fun-filled, beautiful autumn day. Congratulations Board Bin on 25 great years.
The new gear is in and everyone is looking forward to the opening of the mountain in about a month
Your Sun Valley Suns in action on home ice. The first puck drops December 20
People might be surprised to learn that Sun Valley’s home team, the Sun Valley Suns, brings collegiate talent, players from the minors and from all over the world to the Resort’s indoor rink for a season that runs from December to March. Hundreds of fans come out for home games on Friday and Saturday nights to watch the action against opponents from Boston, Utah, Wyoming, Michigan, New York and elsewhere.
The Suns home season begins when the puck drops on December 20. Games follow over the holidays on the 23rd, 27th and 28th at 7 p.m.For the full Suns schedule, please click HERE. It’s an exciting, affordable way for the whole family to spend a Friday or Saturday night.
Big Suns sign in little Suns at a youth hockey camp this week
But the Suns aren’t only good at stick handling and putting the puck in the net, they are also amazingly community-minded for a group of young bucks. One example of their collective civic-mindedness was on display at the rink this week as the Suns hosted a pre-season camp for local Sun Valley Youth Hockey players, ages five to 13. For three days, players of all abilities got a jump on the start on their season during afternoons focused on drills, strategy and fun.
It's game on at the Sun Valley indoor rink as hockey season kicks off
During camp, the young players get to spend time with some of the athletes they most respect, and for the Suns, camp is a great way to get to know the local kids. Suns forward Bryan O’Connell said in a recent interview, “It’s really important to connect with the young players in a town where there’s a lot of youth hockey. We really enjoy working with the kids and inspiring them.” Suns players work with the community in other ways, as well. At each home game, the not-for-profit Suns Foundation partners with a local charitable organization that benefits financially from that night’s door as well as merchandise sales. As many as 11 local organizations are supported by the Suns in this way every year.
Hockey is incredibly popular around here, with hundreds of children coming out to build skills and enjoy the fast-paced game. The littlest enthusiasts take their first laps on the ice under the trained eyes of Sun Valley Youth Hockey’s excellent coaches, most of whom play in the area’s very popular men’s, women’s and coed leagues, and progress to the high school level where local teams have had great success in Idaho and the Northwest in recent years.
Be sure to come out and cheer on the Suns for their 38th year. Bring on hockey season!
Your Sun Valley Suns bring great skill and showmanship to family-friendly, affordable games throughout the winter
Welcome to Trail Creek Cabin in autumn -- fabulous food in a fabulous setting and now at a price that can't be beat
Ah, slack. The autumn shoulder season in Sun Valley brings many pleasures – gorgeous sunny days, bright fall foliage, and no less importantly … slack food specials. During the quieter months, most of our area’s mouthwatering eateries entice diners with appetizing meals at an appetizing price.
Midweek, Trail Creek Cabin's charming and rustic interior was filled with happy foodies
Wednesday night, finding myself with nothing in the refrigerator and too tired to cook anyway, I decided to take the short drive to Trail Creek Cabin for their two entrees for $30 promotion. On the menu through November 2? Hungarian Beef Goulash, Spicy Cajun Gumbo, Vegetarian Lasagna as well as the full regular Trail Creek menu featuring locally sourced, seasonally appropriate fare.
Greeted by not one but two roaring fires on the brisk, almost-full-moon-lit October night, our group of five was quickly seated at a spacious, comfortable table. In short order, a big basket filled with Trail Creek Cabin’s famous sweet scones and other breads was delivered. Two minutes later it was empty. Did I mention I brought all three of my children?
Surrounded by the flickering fire, rustic décor and tantalizing smells from the kitchen, my family’s mood improved almost immediately. Conversation flowed and the day’s happenings were compared as we perused the menu.
Healthy, light and local,the Idaho trout was an addition to the specials this week
For me, the only problem with slack specials is that many of them, at many local restaurants, don’t appeal to me. I am a pretty particular eater and, I am told, difficult to dine with. But there was something for everyone on the Trail Creek special menu. I found myself struggling to choose between the lasagna, the gumbo and a third special that evening, Idaho trout with seasonal vegetables. In the end, I went with the hearty gumbo as well as a cup of butternut squash soup with white beans. My dining companion opted for the trout special and everyone at the table ordered the soup. My children couldn’t deviate from their Trail Creek favorite (and the most popular menu item) — a cowboy steak with onion rings and a loaded baked potato.
All the food arrived piping hot and plentiful. The soup was a creamy taste of the season. My gumbo offered just the right amount of kick and my friend’s trout was fresh, light and full of flavor. Of course, the kids loved their steak, too.
Two-for-one dessert made finishing our meal with something sweet a given
For dessert, I downloaded coupons offering two-for-one, so we had to take advantage of that, too. Soon, two tall, frosty root beer floats arrived at the table, as did two warm chocolate lava cakes. They disappeared as quickly as the scones.
That evening, Trail Creek was bustling because even when Sun Valley is quiet, it’s not that quiet. Romantic tables for two were interspersed with large party groups. Many diners wore their badges from the Jazz Festival that is in full swing at Sun Valley Resort.
Cozy and inviting, this is the perfect time to head to Trail Creek Cabin
Trail Creek Cabin is a special place. Just a few miles up the road from the Sun Valley Lodge, the historic building is cozy and inviting, harkening back to simpler times and feeling very much away from it all. Now, with the aspens glowing gold, the evening air cool and invigorating and dinner very affordable, it is the perfect time to make the sojourn to the cabin.
Be sure to reserve your table and enjoy a memorable meal by November 2.
Our group was all smiles following a memorable meal
The news around here just keeps getting better and better. First, we learn that direct air service between San Francisco and Sun Valley will help make the 2013-2014 winter sports season amazingly convenient for visitors from the Bay Area. Now we find out that Sun Valley and northern California’s Sugar Bowl Resort are offering a reciprocal pass program. My reaction? Woo hoo! Two iconic winter resorts for the price of one.
Sun Valley and Sugar Bowl's reciprocal pass program, plus direct flights from San Fransisco, are a win-win for everyone
Now, visitors from the west coast can hop on new nonstop United Airlines flights, take the free courtesy shuttle to the Resort from Friedman Memorial Airport and present their Sugar Bowl Unrestricted and Slightly Restricted season passes to enjoy all of Baldy’s amazing vertical on top-to-bottom runs, or to play on Dollar’s adrenalin-charged terrain park.
Conversely, Sun Valley Full Pass or Sun Plus Pass holders can enjoy Sugar Bowl’s storied 102 trails, four peaks and varied terrain for free. Sugar Bowl Resort’s rich history dates back to 1939 and it was voted a Top 25 Ski Resort in North America by Outside magazine. To learn more about Sugar Bowl Resort, click HERE.
It is important to note that in order to get onto the runs at Sugar Bowl, eligible Sun Valley skiers and riders must present their season pass at the Village Lodge or Judah Lodge at the ski area.
Royal Gorge Season Passholders are also invited to come and enjoy, gratis, the 25 miles of groomed cross country trails that originate at the stunning 58,000-square-foot Sun Valley Club, a facility featuring a restaurant, lounge, bar and locker rooms, equipment rental and storage. Come find out why Sun Valley has been dubbed Nordic Town USA and is a designated Olympic and Paralympic Nordic training site.
Classic and skate ski enthusiasts who hold Sun Valley Nordic Season Passes and Sun Valley Nordic BCRD Combined Passes can ski Royal Gorge without buying a new ticket. It’s all share and share alike!
Northern California's Sugar Bowl boasts great terrain and a rich history. Now a Sun Valley season ski pass can put you on these trails for free
To learn more about Royal Gorge Cross Country, North America’s largest cross country resort, click HERE.
Sugar Bowl-Royal Gorge Combo Unrestricted and Slightly Restricted Passholders can ski all the snow Sun Valley has to offer, both on alpine and Nordic trails.
San Francisco-area visitors to Sun Valley will also enjoy specials on lodging. A two-night minimum stay at the Lodge, the Inn or Sun Valley’s condominiums is required for eligibility on the pass exchange, for both alpine and Nordic, and some blackout dates do apply. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials.
Still not convinced? Discounted lodging rates at the Lodge at Sugar Bowl will be offered to Sun Valley visitors when space is available. This is subject to blackouts and restrictions so make sure to call well ahead.
We invite Sugar Bowl pass holders to enjoy Sun Valley's award-winning grooming...
... and challenging bumps
This partnership is an opportunity we should all take advantage of. No matter how fantastic our home mountain and trails are (and they truly are), a change of scene does everyone good.
Sun Valley offers kilometers and kilometers of perfect Nordic trails to those who normally ski at Royal Gorge .. and vice versa
For reservations in Sun Valley call 800-786-8259 and ask for the “Sugar Bowl Sweet Deal.” Direct flights on United begin on December 12 and can be reserved by logging on to www.united.com.
It’s going to be an epic season in Sun Valley and if your plans take you to northern California, be sure to also find time to make some turns at Sugar Bowl or to find a few hours of peace at Royal Gorge.
It’s a sweet deal, indeed.
See you on the slopes at Sugar Bowl and Sun Valley. It's going to be an epic season!
On October 16, Sun Valley will jump, jive and wail for five days as the annual Jazz Jamboree, and all the live music, dancing and fun that comes with it, swings into town. There is no cooler place to be!
Jazz Jamboree swings back into town next week for the 24th music-filled year
People travel to Jazz HQ at the Sun Valley Lodge from all over the country for one of the most highly anticipated festivals around. Why? To listen to the music of more than 40 bands; to watch 260 shows on ten stages; to dance the night away after learning all the moves; to see old friends and make new ones; to take advantage of this spectacular time of year in this one-of-a-kind place. The fun is non-stop as enthusiasts choose from live jazz, Dixieland, Swing, Zydeco, and the Blues all day and all night, at all types of venues.
40 bands, 260 acts, 10 stages ... enough said!
This 24th installment of the Jazz Jamboree story has some special events. Free dance lessons and an amateur dance competition will get everyone moving.Come out to check out the All Star Big Band Bashes, a Marching Band Salute, a Pianist Showcase, even a Jazz Worship service. For a full schedule of what is available, click HERE.
The party kicks off with a free event and the entire community is invited to come out and tap their toes. At 7 p.m. on October 15, Meschiya Lake & Dem Lil’ Big Horns will get things rolling with their supercharged take on New Orleans style jazz. Opening for Lake (who incidentally was honored Best Female Performer at the 2011 Big Easy Music Awards) and her band will be the Wood River High School Dixie Band. The action takes place at the indoor Sun Valley indoor ice rink that is converted into a fantastic jazz club, replete with a sprung dance floor, for the duration of the Jamboree.
A Next Generation concert, scheduled for October 19 at 5 p.m. in the Limelight Room includes my favorite act at the Jazz Jamboree – the Whiffenpoofs of Yale. This all-male A capella group, founded in 1909, consisting of 14 seniors, is the world’s oldest, and perhaps best know, collegiate A cappella group. Every year, I take my children to see the Whiffenpoofs’ concert and their music and style always carry me back 20-plus years to my undergraduate years in New Haven. My children remain impressed that the Whiffs still perform in tails and I love seeing formal wear in the middle of the Idaho mountains. Performing with the Whiffenpoofs at this free event are Bill, Shelley & Westy and high school choirs.
Whether your taste runs to funky New Orleans grooves, big band swing, rhythm and blues, traditional jazz, sousaphones, lyrical standards, big band or almost any other permeation of this always-evolving music, you will find something to love at the Jazz Jamboree.
The Whiffenpoofs of Yale entertain fans of all ages in style at the Jazz Jamboree
Sun Valley invites all jazz enthusiasts to take advantage of special room packages during the Jazz Jamboree. Call 208.622.2030 or email email@example.com for rates reserved for festival participants and stay and play right in the middle of the action.