USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships July 5 – Sun Valley, ID

The USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike Championships hits Sun Valley on July 5, 2014. For any bike enthusiast, this is an event you don’t want to miss. for more information please visit http://www.usacycling.org/2014/marathon-mountain-bike-nationals

Bald Mountain opens lift service for all hikers and mountain bikers. July 1st

July 1st Bald Mountain’s Summer lifts will be in operation for all hikers and mountain bikers.

Bald Mountain opens lift service for hiking and sightseeing. Foot traffic on the lifts will be for June 21st – June 30th, on the 1st of July, mountain bikes permitted.

Head down to the Bald Mountain Recreation area and hop on the Gondola for some amazing sightseeing and some of the best hiking around! Lift service opens up to foot traffic on June 21st.

 

Spring has Sprung

Even in the high mountains of Idaho, this year, April showers did bring May flowers.

Wildflowers are beginning to bloom along Sun Valley's trails

Wildflowers are beginning to bloom along Sun Valley's trails

Local lower altitude trails are dry and open, and with temperatures well into the 70s this week, everyone is out enjoying the early season.

Across from Sun Valley Resort, the White Clouds trails that wend through the hills below the storied golf course of the same name, are a popular spot for hikers and mountain bikers. Great views predominate and early wildflowers are making the scenic walks even more scenic.

One family takes a break from an early season bike ride on Sun Valley's fabled "rails to trails" system

One family takes a break from an early season bike ride on Sun Valley's fabled "rails to trails" system

The area’s miles and miles of “rails to trails” paved paths that run along the Big Wood River, connecting all the towns of the Wood River Valley, are full of bikers and walkers getting back into summer shape and enjoying fresh air, sunshine and already long days. Dry pavement is making for great road rides, too.

More amazing biking and hiking is right around the corner when Bald Mountain opens for the summer season the third week of June. Uphill lift service accesses endless mountain bike trails, including new flow trails planned for this summer. These downhill trails use the mountain’s natural contours and gravity to provide a fun-filled ride for enthusiasts of every ability. The hiking on Baldy is also beautiful and available to all levels. Beginners can grab the lift to the top of the hill and take a gentle hike on the top of the world. More ambitious climbers can access the summit from the base of River Run, conquering a few thousand vertical feet and about five miles via the trail that begins at the base of River Run.

A mountain biker takes advantage of warm afternoon temperatures, bright sunshine and dry trails on the White Clouds system

A mountain biker takes advantage of warm afternoon temperatures, bright sunshine and dry trails on the White Clouds system

Check into Pete Lane’s in the Sun Valley Village for all your gear needs. Now is the time to get that bike tuned, check the tires, break in some hiking or trail running shoes and invest in the latest high performance clothing.

Early season golf is also in full swing with nine holes open on the White Clouds Course and nine holes open on Trail Creek‘s back nine. It’s a great time to work out the kinks as value season daily rates apply beginning Friday, May 2, and include range warm-ups and cart rental.
 Please contact the Pro Shop if you have questions or to make a tee time, 208-622-2251.

Come hit some balls at the top of the world on the spectacular White Clouds course. The early season is a great deal and a great way to be ready for the best summer ever

Come hit some balls at the top of the world on the spectacular White Clouds course. The early season is a great deal and a great way to be ready for the best summer ever

It promises to be an amazing summer in Sun Valley. Spring is rarely this nice, this early, in the Idaho mountains and so far, it’s providing a few extra weeks for everyone to get out and enjoy what they love to do best.

Get out onto the trails and into the local mountains now and you will be in great shape and ready to enjoy all the warm weather months offer.

Get out there! It's beautiful right now on Sun Valley's trails

Get out there! It's beautiful right now on Sun Valley's trails

Go take a hike!

–RES

Ending on a High Note

The 2013-14 ski and snowboard season didn’t exactly go out quietly. On Sunday, hundreds of merrymakers donned their most creative costumes and got after the last turns of the year before the lifts ferried the final passengers to Lookout Restaurant at 3:45 p.m. The sun was bright, the air was warm and snow conditions were great — the perfect ending to a terrific Sun Valley season.

If you didn’t make it up Bald Mountain yourself (or at least to the patio at Warm Springs Lodge), enjoy this sampling of photos, capturing the spirit of the day!

The top of Baldy was one big open-air party as the 2013-14 season wound to a close

The top of Baldy was one big open-air party as the 2013-14 season wound to a close

Young and older came out to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine and big small-town spirit

Young and older came out to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine and big small-town spirit

Skiing and snowboarding were only part of the fun on Sunday

Skiing and snowboarding were only part of the fun on Sunday

Local ski legend Zach Crist spends some quality time with friends

Local ski legend Zach Crist spends some quality time with friends

Two friends who probably skied every day of the season -- local philanthropist Kipp Nelson, and friend

Two athletes who probably skied every day of the season -- local philanthropist Kipp Nelson, and friend

Thanks to all for making it one fabulous season!

Part of the great Sun Valley team that made it happen all winter long: Tony Parkhill, Matt Baxandall and Peter Stearns

Part of the great Sun Valley team that made it happen all winter long: Tony Parkhill, Matt Baxandall and Peter Stearns

Gorillas somehow weren't out of place at the base of the run

Gorillas somehow weren't out of place at the base of the run (photo courtesy Susie Ring)

The season definitely ended on a high note

The season definitely ended on a high note

 

The party on the Warm Springs patio didn't end when the lifts stopped running. Thanks to all for an amazing season!

The party on the Warm Springs patio didn't end when the lifts stopped running. Thanks to all for an amazing season!

Thanks to Sun Valley’s Nick Maricich for sharing these photos.

Bring on summer!

–RES

Hop to! Easter’s on its way!

Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner. Now is the time to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the festive holiday celebrations in Sun Valley.

Come to the Sun Valley Village on April 18 for an egg hunt and a visit with a very special VIB (very important bunny)

Come to the Sun Valley Village on April 18 for an egg hunt and a visit with a very special VIB (very important bunny)

On Friday, April 18, come and enjoy a sweet tradition at the Sun Valley Village.  At 4:30 p.m., everyone  age 10 and under is invited to search for eggs in a huge Easter egg hunt. Children are divided into age groups and asked to bring their own baskets as they scramble around the grounds in front of the Sun Valley Inn, collecting eggs.

Simultaneously, the Village location of the Toy Store will host face painting and children big and small can enjoy ice cream specials at the charming a la mode or satisfy a sweet tooth at the wonderfully nostalgic candy shop, the Chocolate Foundry. It will be a sweet beginning to a memorable holiday weekend.

If you're ten and under, the lawn outside the Sun Valley Inn is the place to be for a madcap Easter egg hunt

If you're ten and under, the lawn outside the Sun Valley Inn is the place to be for a madcap Easter egg hunt

Festivities continue on Easter Sunday, April 20, with a lavish Easter brunch. The Inn’s Limelight Room will brim with fresh, tasty and traditional delights, sure to please any age and any palate. Brunch will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call 208.622.2135 for more information.

April 20 also marks closing day for the snow season on Bald Mountain. Before or after enjoying a bountiful brunch, be sure to get in your last turns of the year. The weather has been beautiful and the corn snow terrific. The final day of the season is traditionally also a chance for locals and visitors alike to dress up, turn their faces to the sun and appreciate the season that was.

Here, last tracks matter as much as first tracks!

Face painting is a great part of the Easter weekend fun

Face painting is a great part of the Easter weekend fun

Specials at the Resort add extra incentive to enjoy everything on offer. Lodging is available for the night of April 19, including Sunday brunch, for $93 per person, double occupancy. Please phone 800.786.8259 for more details. Tie on that Easter bonnet or clip on your ski helmet and get out and enjoy the weekend.

Happy Easter, happy spring and happy end of the season! Next up? Golf! Stay tuned to this blog for the exciting early season details.

–RES

Take a break from decorating eggs to enjoy them specially prepared for you at the lavish Easter brunch in the Limelight Room

Take a break from decorating eggs to enjoy them specially prepared for you at the lavish Easter brunch in the Limelight Room

Old Death Whisper @ Warm Springs Lodge. 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Come join us in celebrating another great season at Sun Valley!! From 2:30pm – 5:30pm Old Death Whisper will be rocking Warm Springs Patio! We will also have an outdoor BBQ with discounts on food and drinks!

Live music from Sofa King @ Warm Springs Lodge from 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Head down to the base of Warm Springs for our last weekend on Baldy! This Friday, live music from Sofa King from 2:30pm – 5:30pm.

Ride Sun Valley. June 26th – July 5th

Ride Sun Valley returns with activities for everyone! This years tentative dates are for June 26th – July 5th. For more information please visit http://www.ridesunvalley.com

Jimmy Robb and Friends – River Run Lodge 2:30 – 5:30pm

After a long day on the mountain, come enjoy some live music from Jimmy Robb and Friends. Performance starts at 2:30 and will run until 5:30.