We are Open!

Dateline: River Run, November 28, 2013, 8:50 a.m. The excitement at the base of River Run was palpable as a large, happy group gathered on the plaza under bright blue skies and a warm sun. Friends reunited, families convened, the sound of buckles and bindings snapping into place competed with the whir of the chair lift’s motor.

Yes, at exactly 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the first lucky foursome hopped onto the River Run #1 lift, hooting and hollering on their inaugural ride up Bald Mountain for the 2013-2014 season. Behind them, every other chair filled quickly, transporting the hundreds of expectant skiers and snowboarders to their first magical turns of the year. Sun Valley’s 78th season was off to a great start.

At 8:50 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, skiers and riders were ready to get their first turns

At 8:50 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, skiers and riders were ready to get their first turns

The first holiday gift of the season from Sun Valley Company opened 11 runs, a Progressive Park, two magic carpets and four-high speed quads on Baldy and Dollar to the anxious snow sports masses. Some early season natural snow, combined with Sun Valley’s world-class, standard-setting snowmaking provided a great corduroy surface for enthusiasts. The smiles and thumbs up from the first skiers and boarders down River Run told the story, as they quickly queued back up for another run. Top-to-bottom vertical lured people to Baldy this year, with Upper College, Lower College, Sunset Strip, 42nd Street, Roundhouse Lane, Roundhouse Slope, Lower Canyon, Mid River Run and Lower River Run available for skiing and riding.

Great snow greeted early morning riders and skiers

Great snow greeted riders and skiers

In the morning, River Run Lodge provided a calm place to coax feet into boots still stiff from the off-season; to enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry. At lunchtime, River Run and Lookout atop Baldy were open to provide nourishment and refreshment on Baldy.

Dollar was quieter, but still welcoming skiers to the gentle slopes of Quarter Dollar. Snow guns were fired up all over the mountain, readying additional runs and Dollar’s amazing terrain park for operation during the coming holiday season. Dollar will continue daily operation through December 1 and then close until re-opening for the season December 14, so be sure to get over there this weekend to play in early season snow. Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge is open to enjoy a snack or meal and Kindercare is available.

Opening day saw action at Dollar Mountain, too

Opening day saw action at Dollar Mountain, too

Sun Valley is getting the après ski party started with the band Tracorum at River Run on November 28 and 29. Jeff Crosby & The Refugees play on November 30.

Check back to sunvalley.com or call 800-635-4150 for the most current reports on conditions and terrain.

We are all thankful this weekend for our beautiful ski mountains, family, friends, clean air and sunshine. Opening day was an exciting kick-off to what is sure to be the best season ever in Sun Valley! See you on the slopes.

–RES

There's only one word for opening day -- Yahoo!

There's only one word for opening day -- Yahoo!

Free Wagon Rides – Dollar Mtn Bus Circle, SV Village

Free wagon rides Thursday through Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm, leaving from the Dollar Mountain bus circle in the Sun Valley Village

Winter Wonderland Kick-off & Window Stroll – Sun Valley Village

Winter Wonderland Kick-off & A Classic Christmas Window Stroll – Sun Valley Village

Ginger Bread Men Decorating Work Shop Boiler Room 2 pm to 4 pm
Photos with Santa Boiler Room Deck (Weather Dependent) 1 pm to 3 pm
Food Cart Offerings; Cider, Hot Cocoa, Beignets, Holiday Treats
Craft Demos Scheduled through the week in the Boiler Room
Scavenger Hunt from Window Stroll Prize redeemed at Rec Office; Sugar Cookies,

3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Bubbly Bash – River Run Lodge

3rd Annual Bubbly Bash - Presented by The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Sun Valley Resort

Welcome in 2014 with fellow supporters of the arts at the New Year’s Eve Bubbly Bash, a benefit for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts hosted by Sun Valley Resort and The Center’s Junior Patrons Circle. Revelers at River Run will enjoy a midnight toast and free champagne from 9 to 10 pm and Hollywood favorite DJ Shark and his unstoppable percussionists will provide the soundtrack for the party everyone will be talking about.

Tuesday, December 31, 9:00 pm
River Run Lodge
$60 in advance/$75 at the door (if available) Must be 21 to attend.

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Alyssa Jacey – Warm Springs Lodge

December 27 - Alyssa Jacey

 

Warm Springs Day Lodge

All bands play from 2:30 pm -5:30 pm unless noted below

Stoneseed – River Run Lodge

January 4 & 5 - Stoneseed

 

River Run Day Lodge

All bands play from 2:30 pm – 5:30

Actual Depiction – River Run Lodge

January 2 & 3 - Actual Depiction

 

River Run Day Lodge

All bands play from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Aces Up – River Run Lodge

December 30 & January 1 Aces Up

River Run Day Lodge

All bands play from 2:30 pm -5:30 pm

Tony Holiday & the Velvetones – River Run Lodge

December 26 & 27 - Tony Holiday & the Velvetones

 

River Run Day Lodge

All bands play from 2:30 pm -5:30 pm unless noted below

Jeff Crosby and the Refugees – River Run Lodge

December 24 - Jeff Crosby and the Refugees

River Run Day Lodge

All bands play from 2:30 pm -5:30 pm unless noted below