Bring on the Beatles (or at least a fab facsimile)

There is nothing more memorable on a warm summer Sun Valley night than live music in the mountains. This pastime has been elevated in recent years with top acts and bands performing under the sail of the outdoor Sun Valley Pavilion. As the sun dips behind the hills and evening’s shadows creep in, the acoustics in this theater transport the audience to a place far removed from life’s hustle and bustle and busy schedule.

Close your eyes and you'll swear it's John, George, Paul and Ringo when the Fab Four take the stage at the Sun Valley Pavilion July 5

Close your eyes and you'll swear it's John, George, Paul and Ringo when the Fab Four take the stage at the Sun Valley Pavilion July 5

If you’re a Beatles fan, be sure to mark your calendar (and get your tickets) for the July 5 show by the highly acclaimed Fab Four. This event, presented by the Sun Valley Opera, dares you not to sing along (in your head!) to some of the biggest hits of all time. The group, dubbed the ultimate Beatles tribute band is known for their precise attention to detail. Close your eyes. Enjoy the spot-on note-for-note renditions of the Beatles’ lasting hits, and you will truly believe you are listening to John, George, Ringo, and Paul.

The California-based Fab Four was founded in 1997 by John Lennon impersonator Ron McNeil. Today the group covers almost the entire Beatles songbook, as well as solo material. They have performed throughout California, Las Vegas, and around the world in Japan, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil. Next stop? Idaho!

Other performances planned at the Pavilion this summer include a just-announced appearance by the one-and-only Los Lobos. This world famous band will rock the Pavilion on July 13. Known for No. 1 hits like La Bamba, this summer, the band celebrates the 20th anniversary re-release of their landmark Kiko album by Shout! Factory. Due for release on August 21, the album offers amazing new bonus tracks and a live DVD recording in addition to the original album. This legendary American quintet will surely rock the house.

The glorious Pavilion is home to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, but is also a perfect venue for great concerts like the Fab Four, Los Lobos and the Doobie Brothers

The glorious Pavilion is home to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, but is also a perfect venue for great concerts like the Fab Four, Los Lobos and the Doobie Brothers

On August 20, as part of the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial, benefiting leukemia and cancer research, the well-loved sounds of the Doobie Brothers will provide the sweetest summer soundtrack for a night at the Pavilion. These four-time Grammy Award winners have recorded some of the most enduring sounds of a generation – or two! They are still writing and recording new music, but promise to play their favorites in Sun Valley. Oh! Listen to the music!

Tickets to the Fab Four, as well as Los Lobos and the Doobie Brothers, are going fast so be sure to click HERE and get yours before they’re gone. All three shows promise to be anything but a Hard Day’s Night…

Enough bad song title puns … just be sure to get your tickets and plan on spending some of the best nights of the season surrounded by good friends, spectacular scenery and some pretty great music.

–RES

The magic happens beneath the sail of the Pavilion, but the views are still pretty magical -- even from inside

The magic happens beneath the sail of the Pavilion, but the views are still pretty magical -- even from inside

Los Lobos @ The Sun Valley Pavilion. July 13, 2014

“With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos…But while U2 constantly reinvent themselves and compete with new generations of bands, these East L.A. vets just keep on making the same golden blend of blues, R&B, cumbia and barrio rock & roll that they first laid down when Jimmy Carter was president.” For tickets and more information please visit http://sunvalley.ticketfly.com/event/588573-los-lobos-sun-valley/

Shopping, Sales and Sunshine

Ah… the unofficial beginning of the magical summer season in Sun Valley is upon us. Temperatures are soaring, skies are blue and it’s time to enjoy a three-day weekend.

In addition to the bustling Sun Valley Wellness Festival now underway at locations throughout the Resort, there is another way to spend a few hours this holiday weekend – shopping the amazing sales at the Sun Valley Village and River Run Plaza.

Panache, the upscale boutique in Sun Valley Village, is having a sidewalk sale that you, too, will give a thumbs up!

Panache, the upscale boutique in Sun Valley Village, is having a sidewalk sale that you, too, will give a thumbs up!

These sales are something locals look forward to every year, as our beautiful boutiques and specialty stores roll out the finest clothing, accessories, shoes and boots, athletic wear, ski wear, Sun Valley signature wear and even toys at deep discounts.

Sales officially began on Thursday and excited shoppers thronged to the Sun Valley Village to find top designer wear marked to sell at prices to make a deal hunters’ heart sing! At Panache, a sophisticated ladies’ boutique that carries top contemporary designers, the lunchtime crowd was thick at the table offering $50 jeans (only the best names), discounted cashmere, boots and racks and racks of gorgeous summer dresses, blouses, skirts and pants. Ladies were picking out large selections of beautiful pieces that they could wear that evening and into the weekend – no waiting for the snow to fall again this winter to enjoy this sale!

Brass Ranch at the base of River Run is discounting the finest ski fashions and its sister store in the Village has beautiful summer fashions on sale

Brass Ranch at the base of River Run is discounting the finest ski fashions and its sister store in the Village has beautiful summer fashions and accessories on sale

Across the walkway at Brass Ranch, lovely summer clothing for men and women was also on offer at incentivizing sale prices. Top name designer apparel, accessories and shoes are on sale and they also carry other summer necessities like sunglasses.

The River Run location of Brass Ranch is the place to be this weekend to think winter, as the best names in skiwear are deeply discounted. Now is the time to grab that ski parka you were eying all summer and a pair of pants to match! The prices cannot be beat right now and the selection is great. Just think how fantastic you will look on opening day next November.

From the fashion forward to the practical, Pete Lane's covers all your needs to get the most out of Sun Valley's endless summer days

From the fashion forward to the practical, Pete Lane's covers all your needs to get the most out of Sun Valley's endless summer days

Pete Lane’s, which carries fabulous and functional clothing and gear for all your Sun Valley activities, not only has soft goods on sale, but bike shoes, hiking shoes and lots of outdoor necessities. Be sure to stop by and stock up on anything you need before venturing out onto the trails.

The Sun Valley Signature Shop is also offering great deals over Memorial Day weekend on, you guessed it, Sun Valley signature items. If you are in town for the Wellness Festival or just to enjoy everything the early season has to offer, don’t forget to pick up a Sun Valley hoodie or gifts for friends and family who weren’t lucky enough to come with you.

All the sales people are cheerful and will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. And don’t forget that in addition to the sidewalk sales, all these top stores are filled inside with the latest trends and must-have items for the summer season.

Don't forget friends and family! The Sun Valley Signature Shop has great merchandise, on sale this weekend!

Don't forget friends and family. The Sun Valley Signature Shop has great merchandise, on sale this weekend!

In the interest of research, I brought home an eyelet white summer sundress (very on-trend right now!) and a great pair of shorts from the sales rack. Full disclosure: I also succumbed to a not-on-sale dress from Panache just because this seasons’ summer fashions are just too pretty to pass up!

Once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, stop into the Konditorei or Gretchen’s for a re-energizing lunch or grab a sandwich or sweet treat to go from the Short Line Deli and a la mode. Who knows? You might be ready for round two of shopping!

Enjoy!

–RES

Music to savvy shoppers ears

Music to savvy shoppers ears

Summer on Baldy Awaits

Trails criss cross Bald Mountain in summer offering hikers and mountain bikers countless beautiful options for days filled with exercise and sunshine

Trails crisscross Bald Mountain in summer offering hikers and mountain bikers countless beautiful options for days filled with exercise and sunshine

In exactly one month, Bald Mountain will unveil itself in its full summer glory, opening nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails to endless possibilities for fun. Whether you prefer to ride a lift up and mountain bike or hike down, or if the reward for scaling 3,400 vertical feet is the scenic and peaceful ride down, your time on Sun Valley’s crown jewel is sure to be rewarding. Prefer to simply enjoy some fabulous views and gentle hiking atop Bald Mountain? Then bring the family and enjoy a round-trip lift ride. No matter your outdoor style, Baldy is the place to be on Idaho’s endless summer days when the lifts start running from River Run.

 

This summer, there is another way to play on Baldy – the new mountain biking flow trail. Nine new trails will eventually be constructed, offering nearly 20 miles of buttery fresh singletrack, and the first one opens July 1st. Flow trails are great fun according to enthusiasts, but are often located places hard to access by recreational riders. With lift access, those in Sun Valley will be available to bike riders of all ability levels.

 

New flow trails use the contour of the mountain and gravity to let mountain bikers get a smooth, easy downhill ride (photo Tal Roberts)

New flow trails use the contour of the mountain and gravity to let mountain bikers get a smooth, easy downhill ride. This one leads to the historic and charming Roundhouse Restaurant where you can grab lunch with a view this summer (photo Tal Roberts)

Flow trails are downhill trails that are cut to induce a smooth rhythm that has been compared to a “terrain-induced roller coaster experience,” according to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Features like banked turns, rolling terrain, jumps and consistent and predictable surfaces keep pedaling and braking to a minimum – gravity does most of the work. Mountain bikers carve back and forth on the trails, flowing down the mountain without maneuvering obstacles or abrupt corners or encountering pesky logs or rocks. It really is available to riders of all fitness levels and skills.

 

The first trail, recently dubbed “Saddle Up,” is a four-mile, green-rated flow trail (ratings are similar to those given to winter trails) and links the top of the mountain to Roundhouse Restaurant.

 

The team was hard at work this fall and spring started to create the new flow trails (photo Tal Roberts)

The team was hard at work this fall and spring started to create the new flow trails (photo Tal Roberts)

The new trails are user-specific and unidirectional, available only for downhill mountain bike traffic. In addition to the flow trails, two new hiking and uphill biking only trails will be part of this upgrade. The design maintains existing use patterns on the hill.

 

The flow trail architects are hard at work making sure you have the best summer ever on Baldy (photo Tal Roberts)

The flow trail architects are hard at work making sure you have the best summer ever on Baldy (photo Tal Roberts)

Sun Valley is already singletrack heaven and the addition of flow trails completes the picture of the area as the ultimate riding destination. The flow trails complement 450 miles of singletrack, two pump parks and limitless miles of road riding.

 

Full service bicycle rental (as well as all related gear rentals and sales) is available at the base of the mountain at Pete Lane’s at River Run. Great mountain fashions, active wear and gifts are also available at the adjacent Brass Ranch.

 

Hiking Baldy with the family is a terrific activity. Just remember real hiking shoes, plenty of water and lots of sunscreen. It's 3,400 vertical feet to the top!

Hiking Baldy with the family is a terrific activity. Just remember real hiking shoes, plenty of water and lots of sunscreen. It's 3,400 vertical feet to the top!

My favorite way to enjoy Baldy is to hike the approximately five-mile Bald Mountain Trail that originates at River Run. Switchbacks wend through open meadows, covered in wildflowers in July, through pine groves and along many ski runs. It is great exercise and provides fantastic views all around the Valley. I love to catch the lift down upon reaching the summit, munching a well-deserved snack and enjoying the breeze and the view. Like many who live or vacation in Sun Valley, for me, the climb up Baldy is the equivalent to a few good hours on a stair climber at the gym but much more beautiful and much more fun! I am pretty excited to try those flow trails, too.

 

Lift service lifts off on June 21 for hikers and July 1 for bike service. Many are counting the days. Bring on summer!

 

–RES

Sun Valley On Ice Presents Ryan Bradley. July 12, 2014.

2011 United States Gold Medalist and United States Silver Medalist Ryan Bradley headlines the July 12, Sun Valley On Ice Show. This will be a show you won’t want to miss! For tickets and additional information please visit http://www.sunvalley.com/things-to-do/iceshows/

Sun Valley On Ice Presents: Gracie Gold, Jason Brown and Nathan Chen. July 4th, 2014.

The Sun Valley On Ice kicks off with a bang! Come join Gracie Gold, Jason Brown and Nathan Chen for an unforgettable night. For tickets and more information please visit http://www.sunvalley.com/things-to-do/iceshows/

 

Spend your Summer at the Rink

When it’s hot outside (and it is definitely already getting there) there is no cooler place to be than Sun Valley’s iconic outdoor skating rink. The largest year-round outdoor rink in the country, it is also one of the prettiest. Views extend over Dollar and Bald Mountains and to the historic Sun Valley Lodge.

Everyone who is anyone has skated in Sun Valley and no summer stay here is complete without taking in the magical Sun Valley On Ice Saturday night shows

Everyone who is anyone has skated in Sun Valley and no summer stay here is complete without taking in the magical Sun Valley On Ice Saturday night shows

There is a well-known saying here that “everyone who is anyone has skated in Sun Valley,” and in the world of world-class figure skating, that is true, indeed. The legendary Saturday night Sun Valley On Ice Shows have drawn Olympic and world champions, top professional talent and up-and-comers for decades. No visit to Sun Valley is complete without taking in an ice show under the stars. This year’s high voltage lineup includes Sochi Olympic gold medal winners in ice dance, the magical Meryl Davis and Charlie White on August 23. The beautiful Gracie Gold, Olympic bronze medalist, kicks off the season on July 4 and fellow Olympic team member, 2013 US National Champion Ashley Wagner, will take center ice August 9. From Sochi to Sun Valley: It doesn’t get much better than that! Crowd favorite and Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek returns to Sun Valley August 30. Ryan Bradley and Johnny Weir are also among the featured skaters this summer making for quite a lineup. The talented and always-entertaining core skater favorites include Craig Heath, Ashley Clark, Darlin Baker, Jozef Sabovcik, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, Anita Hartshorn, Natalia Zaitseva and Jonathan Hunt, Ryan Bradley, Erin Reed and Jason Graetz.

The venue is intimate and there are few places where you can get so close to your favorite skaters. The athletes all say they love to skate in Sun Valley because they can see and hear the audience and the energy is amazing. Many of the stars stay after the show to greet fans and even sign autographs if they have time. Get your tickets early (they go on sale May 15), be sure to bring blankets to sit on (if you get bleacher seats) and layers to add as the evening temperature drops and come out and enjoy this amazing ice show.

Gracious figure skating stars like Sasha Cohen often take time to talk with, and pose with fans, following a show

Gracious figure skating stars like Sasha Cohen often take time to talk with, and pose with fans, following a show

But you don’t need to be the best of the best to skate in Sun Valley. Throughout the summer, there are sessions available to everyone – from a first timer to a competitive skater. Children love to skate and take to it quickly. To make those first turns as enjoyable as possible, you might consider booking a group or private lesson for your child (or yourself!). Group lessons that teach basic skills are offered at the outdoor rink from mid-June to mid-August. This drop-in format teaches figure skating building blocks like stroking, skating forward, skating backward and that all-important skill, stopping. Classes are instructive, fun and affordable. With the help of a professional, you will see improvement in your scratch spins, swizzles, maybe even Salchow jumps!

Pros like Ashley Clark will wow you every Saturday night in Sun Valley On Ice and then are often available to give lessons.

Pros like Ashley Clark will wow you every Saturday night in Sun Valley On Ice and then are often available to give lessons.

For even more opportunities to improve, semi-private lessons are given for up to four skaters of similar level. Popular clinics are also offered throughout the summer season. The Sun Valley Skating School offers up to 20 classes a day on both the beautiful outdoor rink and the full-size indoor rink that is equipped with a ballet studio and a jumping harness. Clinics begin at 8:30 a.m. and run to 5:30 p.m. They include classes on spinning, jumping, stroking, performance, spirals, ice dance and more. Students can pre-register for the whole summer or pay by the week. Walk-ons are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For full information on available classes, pricing and registration, please click HERE.

If you don’t want a lesson, but just want to enjoy a spin around the rink, visit the skate house and select a package that includes ice time, skate rentals, even a helmet. Please call 208-622-2194 for a current schedule.

Skating is fun for the whole family. Rent some skates and try it!

Skating is fun for the whole family. Rent some skates and try it!

For my family, summer and skating are synonymous. My two daughters, who now skate competitively, first laced up skates as toddlers during our summer vacations in Sun Valley. I’m not sure if it was the great teachers, pretty dresses or beautiful setting, but they caught the skating bug and have committed to this sport for 10 years now. As members of the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club (celebrating 75 years this summer), they spend hours and hours each summer at the rink, participating in classes, working on skills, selling snacks at Sun Valley On Ice and being generally inspired by all the talented and enthusiastic skaters at the rink. It is a wonderful way to spend the warm weather months.

Come join us this summer to take part in a great Sun Valley tradition that is now nearly 80 years old. Skating is fun, it’s super exercise and it is a wonderful way to glide away an afternoon or evening.

–RES

And so it begins... my daughter Blake and her friend Alex, two future National Showcase Champions

And so it begins... my daughter Blake and her friend Alex, two future National Showcase Champions

Yoga On The Mountain – Complimentary sessions start at 8:45am and 10:00am. Please bring mat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Call 208-622-6146 for locations

Back by popular demand! Yoga on the mountain will take place all Summer long! This is a free event that will take place at the Sun Valley Village on June 28th and July 26th. All other times will take place at the Base of River Run.

The Brass Ranch @ River Run Re-Opens Friday, May 23rd!

Head down to the Bald Mountain Recreation Area for the re-opening of the River Run Plaza Stores. There will be great sales throughout the Memorial Weekend and the Summer months!! For additional information please call The Brass Ranch@ 208.622.6146

You’re Never too Young for Wellness

For children, incorporating some of the basic tenets of “wellness” into their lives is as easy as skipping down the sidewalk. Naturally open-minded, creative, inquisitive and joyful, children and teens are at the perfect age and stage to enjoy new experiences, the lessons of which they can carry with them for their entire lives.

Debra Drake provides children the opportunity to move and enjoy on Saturday morning, May 24

Debra Drake provides children the opportunity to move, enjoy and get centered on Saturday morning, May 24

Because of this, this year’s Sun Valley Wellness Festival, now in its 17th year, offers special programming for the special younger people in our lives. Based in the Sun Valley Village for four days over Memorial Day weekend, the Festival offers something for everyone, including kiddos – and their parents. In fact, one of the most highly anticipated speakers at this year’s event is Kim John Payne, author of the wildly popular parenting book, Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. More on Mr. Payne in a bit …

According to Kerry Brokaw, one of the primary organizers of this year’s Children’s Wellness Festival, this portion of the Festival was started four years ago with the idea of bringing spiritual awareness to children.

Kerry Brokaw performs as part of Mountain Moon Puppetry

Kerry Brokaw performs as part of Mountain Moon Puppetry

“This year the children’s festival welcomes younger and older children and will celebrate movement, art, music, puppetry and mindfulness,” Brokaw said. “The nature of the activities reflects the rhythm of breathing, an ‘in breath’ followed by an ‘out breath’; thus, a more lively activity, such as dance, is followed by a more focused and meditative artistic activity.”

Kids’ programming takes place on Saturday, May 24, and is based in Sun Valley’s Boiler Room. Morning activities are directed more at younger children (age suggestions are provided on the Sun Valley Wellness Festival website), and include Mindful Movement with Debra Drake featuring hoops, silks and blocks, followed by Jessica Banks, a Waldorf Kindergarten and Handworks teacher who will lead the children in wet felting, creating “message rocks” wrapped in felted wool to take home. Parents are asked to accompany their children during these morning activities. “It will definitely be fun for all!” Brokaw enthused.

Kids are invited to drum with Tim Hanna in a call and response style that is fun and appropriate for all experience levels

Kids are invited to drum with Tim Hanna in a call and response style that is fun and appropriate for all experience levels

From 11:30 a.m. to noon, children of all ages are invited to a marionette puppet presentation of a transformative African tale by Kerry Brokaw and Bege Reynolds, Early Childhood Educators and creators of Mountain Moon Puppetry. The ever-popular Tim Hanna, West African drumming teacher and Zenergy‘s Health and Wellness Manager, will accompany the production with his djembe drums.

Afternoon activities, designed primarily for children nine years old and up, begin at 12:45 p.m. when Tim Hanna teaches a beginning level djembe drum rhythms (hand drumming) class. He bases his teachings off of a series of calls and responses. He plays a small piece of a rhythm and then the class repeats it back. This style is very effective in working with all ability levels even if participants have never touched a drum. Plus, it’s really, really fun.

Dale and Peggy Bates will get the children on their feet and dancing

Dale and Peggy Bates will get the children on their feet and dancing

Then, it’s time to get up and move as Dale and Peggy Bates host line dancing for the older children and teens. This is not your grandparents’ line dancing according to Brokaw! Then it’s ‘breath out’ time again as Jessica Banks and Tammy Hood offer needle felting, a more advanced form of wool felting. The final out breath comes when as Kate Janke, a long-time participant of and speaker for the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, ends the program with a Heart and Mind Meditation workshop. Younger children, ages six and up, are invited back for this peaceful end to the day.

In addition, Tammy Hood, Education Director at Sawtooth Botanical Garden, will be on hand to share some curious critters from the Bug Zoo during the entire event.

On Sunday, May 25, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Kim John Payne will present “Simplicity Parenting” in Limelight Room A at the Sun Valley Inn. Payne’s book of the same name swept through the community this year and was read, discussed and passed on up and down the valley. He is making many re-think their parenting priorities.

Author and thinker Kim John Payne will bring his 'less is more' wisdom to parents during the Wellness Festival

Author and thinker Kim John Payne will bring his 'less is more' wisdom to parents during the Wellness Festival

“Having Kim John Payne come to the valley is a fabulous opportunity for parents, grandparents, educators, health care providers and anyone who works with children and teenagers to meet with a brilliant and resourceful mentor and colleague,” Brokaw said. His lecture is sure to touch on many of the topics that have everyone talking: discipline, raising socially resilient children, social difficulties with siblings and classmates, and fostering self-esteem. Known for his practical approach, sense of humor and wisdom, he connects with his audience, making his ideas both understandable and practicable.

For more on Kim John Payne, please visit www.socialsustain.com. He is a fascinating man who is changing the way many think about parenting in this day of rampant technology and “busier is better” standards.

Tickets to all Wellness Festival events are now on sale and the full schedule, speaker and event descriptions and more can be found HERE.

Bring your kids to Sun Valley over Memorial Day weekend and help get them started on a lifetime path of wellness.

–RES

The Boiler Room at the Sun Valley Village is HQ for children's wellness events

The Boiler Room at the Sun Valley Village is HQ for children's wellness events