The James Douglas Show @ River Run Lodge. Saturday, April, 5th from 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Head down to the River Run Lodge on Saturday, April, 5th for some Après ski entertainment. The James Douglas Show will be rocking the stage from 2:30pm – 5:30pm.

Race Action Heats Up on Baldy

The action at the Western Region Spring Series is non-stop this weekend with elite ski racers making the most of spring break Sun Valley style.

Gentlemen, and ladies, start your engines!

Gentlemen, and ladies, start your engines!

According to Nick Maricich, director of Sun Valley SnowSports, “the racing on Warm Springs, Hemingway and Cozy has been amazing. It is great to have the majority of the U.S. men’s Olympic speed team on our slopes as well as all the other tremendous athletes.”

Great form isn't in short supply on the Warm Springs side of  Bald Mountain

Great form isn't in short supply on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain

“Athletes and officials from around the world have given the green light to the 2016 US Nationals in Sun Valley, saying ‘this is one of the best race hills in the world.’ They can’t wait to come back,”  said Maricich.

Come out and cheer on the skiers

Come out and cheer on the skiers

Here are some scenes from the excitement on the hill this week.

Conditions are great and the skiing is fast

Conditions are great and the skiing is fast

Camaraderie is a big part of this event

Camaraderie is a big part of this event

Local racer Hailey Duke is skiing great and looks like she is having fun, too

Local racer Olympian Hailey Duke is skiing great and looks like she is having fun, too

All photos courtesy of Nick Maricich.

–RES

Spend Spring Break with Top Skiers

For many college students, spring break means kicking back on a slope or on a beach and escaping from the rigors of the academic year for two blissful, relaxing weeks. But for a group of elite alpine racers, nothing could be better than spring break in Sun Valley, competing in the 2014 Western Region Spring Series.

Elite racers show how it's done this week on Baldy's Warm Springs runs

Elite racers show how it's done this week on Baldy's Warm Springs runs

This week, Sun Valley welcomed skiers to the six-day, six-race series presented by Bentley Motors. Recent Olympians, members of the U.S. Ski Team, top college racers and members of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) team all got to the starting gate to compete in Super G, slalom and giant slalom all over the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain.

81 men and 54 women are expected to go head-to-head in this SVSEF-hosted International Ski Federation (FIS) competition.  It is one of the last chances of the season for skiers to prove their merit and to shave points to advance in the field.

Ruben Macaya, head alpine coach of the SVSEF, said in an interview, “We should have what I would call World Cup conditions – hard, fast – it should be a smooth surface for everyone. The snow density is optimal right now and there is so much moisture in it that it makes for a great surface.”

What better way to spend spring break than racing down beautiful Bald Mountain?

What better way to spend spring break than racing down beautiful Bald Mountain?

Racing began on Wednesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, the action focused on men’s and women’s super G on Warm Springs. Friday and Saturday, women’s slalom on Cozy and men’s giant slalom on Hemingway. Sunday and Monday the main events are women’s giant slalom on Hemingway and men’s slalom on Cozy.

Spectators are invited to watch all the speed and splendor these athletes bring to the course. According to Mike Lloyd of Sun Valley Ski Patrol, the best viewing for Super G will be at the bottom of the Limelight run. Make your way to Greyhawk to catch giant slalom and for slalom, there is a ribbon line set up on Cozy for fans. Each race will also be announced and broadcast live on the Warm Springs Plaza.

Some of the marquis names expected to compete include 2014 Olympic super G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht and teammates David Chodounsky, Erik Fisher, Travis Ganong, Jared Goldberg, Steve Nyman, Marco Sullivan and Resi Stiegler.

Come cheer on the skiers this weekend and pick up some pointers

Come cheer on the skiers this weekend and pick up some pointers

Sun Valley Resort is throwing a post-race party on Saturday, March 29, at the Warm Springs Plaza to celebrate the athletes and their accomplishments. Live music starts at 2:30 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Post-race awards will also be staged on Monday, March 31, 2:30 p.m., again at Warm Springs Plaza.

Best of luck to all the racers! Thanks for bringing your skills and commitment to Sun Valley’s slopes this spring break.

–RES

 

 

Tony Holiday Band @ Warm Springs. 2:30 – 5:30

Head down to the Base of Warm Springs Saturday, March 29th and 30th for live music from Tony Holiday Band. Show starts at 2:30 and runs until 5:30.

 

 

Tony Holiday Band @ River Run. 2:30 – 5:30

Head down to the Base of River Run Friday, March 28th for live music from Tony Holiday Band. Show starts at 2:30 and runs until 5:30.

Harry Lee & The Back Alley Blues Band. River Run on 3/22 and Warm Springs on 3/23

Come Join us Saturday the 22nd at River Run and Sunday the 23rd at Warm Springs for live music from Harry Lee & The Back Alley Blues Band. Music starts at 2:30 and runs until 5:30.

Demo Days Done Dirt Cheap. Saturday March 29th@ Base of Warm Springs. Sunday March 30@ Base of River Run

Come down to the Base of Warm Springs on March 29th, and on Sunday, March 30 the Base of River Run to try out all 2014/2015 skis and boots before you buy them! Products from Blizzard, Burton, Dalbello, Fischer, Head, Lange, Salomon, Stockli, Tecnica, and Volkl. All product testing will be free!! All 2014/2015 equipment available for pre-ordering. Save up to 20% on next year’s equipment by special ordering now! For any questions, please call Pete Lane’s rental department at 208-622-6123.

Take a walk through Sun Valley’s history

Sun Valley offers guests a new historical walking tour

Sun Valley offers guests a new historical walking tour

Did you know Groucho Marx was married in the Sun Room? Or that Ernest Hemingway penned For Whom The Bell Tolls in Suite 206? How about the fact that the Hokey Pokey was invented in The Ram? Or that one building at the resort has its foundation’s in Rome’s Coliseum? Historical tidbits such as these and many more can be discovered in Sun Valley’s new historical walking tour, “If These Walls Could Talk.”

The three part tour takes in the interior of the Sun Valley Lodge, the buildings of Sun Valley Village, and historical points of note around the resort’s grounds. Designed to help guests discover one of the most unique elements of a visit to the oldest destination ski resort in the country; its history, the tour delves into popular stories from the resort’s past, as well as revealing some lesser known ones. (The hotel was almost called Ski Haven and early guests scaled Bald Mountain in a “tank.”)

I was lucky enough to have the honor of researching and writing this tour for Sun Valley, and I hope you have as much fun walking through it as I did writing it. 

For history buffs and lovers of Sun Valley however, time is of the essence. Sun Valley Company is undertaking an extensive remodel of the Lodge, beginning in April. The building, originally constructed in 1936, is about to undergo a complete refresh; including refurbishing the guest rooms and updating the lobby, restaurant and other amenities.

So, for one more stroll the Lodge’s history before its facelift, come visit before the workmen move in later this year. Of course, the history will still be there when the new Lodge is revealed in the summer of 2015 – the Holding family, owners of the resort, have stressed that the character of the historic building will be carefully retained. But one thing that won’t be retained is the iconic Lodge Dining Room. The 78-year-old eatery is making way for a state-of-the-art, 20,000 square foot spa facility. The work begins here next month, and the room where Ginger Rogers once tap danced and David O’Selznick punched a banker to preserve the honor of Claudette Colbert will take its final bow.

Jennifer Tuohy

Pick up a copy of the self-guided walking tour at the concierge desk in Sun Valley Lodge. Or, if you can’t make it to the resort, read the tour on the blog:

Click here for Part One: The Sun Valley Lodge

Click here for Part Two: The Sun Valley Village 

Click here for Part Three: Sun Valley Resort

Last Dinner at the Roundhouse Restaurant will be on Saturday, March 22nd. The final lunch will be Sunday, March 23rd.

Come celebrate another great Winter Season with us at The Roundhouse Restaurant. The last dinner will be on Saturday the 22nd. The following day, Sunday, March 23rd will be the last lunch for the 2013/2014 Winter Season. We will re-open again in late June.

Spring Party @ River Run, featuring Cisco Adler with opening band Cherry Royale. 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Come join us at River Run for our free Spring Party featuring Cisco Adler with opener Cherry Royale. Drink specials from Red Bull and American Revolution Vodka.