Sun Valley Opens Thanksgiving Day

Sun Valley’s 76th Winter Season opens Thursday, November 24, offering skiing and riding top to bottom on both sides of Baldy. The Quarter Dollar high-speed quad and the Accelerator moving carpet also will be open on Dollar Mountain.

On Baldy, four high-speed quads will be in operation – #1, River Run, #5 Lookout Express, #3 Christmas, #10, Challenger and the Kinderspielplatz moving carpet. Lift service will allow access to the following runs – Upper College, Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo, Lower Warm Springs, Roundhouse Lane, Roundhouse Slope, Lower Canyon, Mid and Lower River Run.

Both mountains will provide a terrain park experience starting the season with four medium park rails on Baldy’s Lower River Run and a progression park with nine rails on Dollar.

Full restaurant and bar service will be available at River Run Day Lodge and Warm Springs Day Lodge with Lookout Restaurant open for drinks and snacks through the weekend.
Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge also will provide full service through the weekend and then close until December 10 when Dollar Mountain operations will re-open for the season.

Brass Ranch, Pete Lane’s and Pete Lane’s new Boot Shop will be open 8-5 pm daily with Dollar Mountain’s Pete Lane’s open from 8-5 pm for the weekend. Custom boot fitters will be available to dial in your boots, an early season hot wax special will be offered and the kid’s season lease package will be available for purchase at Dollar and River Run.

Sun Valley’s Village Shops will observe Black Friday with special deals and extended hours Friday, November 25.

For updated Mountain Reports, please call 800-635-4150 or visit www.sunvalley.com.

More lifts and terrain will open as conditions permit.

The Monument Plant is out on Bald Mountain.

“The Monument Plant is a tall, narrow, cone-shaped plant with flowers clustered around the upper part of its stem. The plants live for many years, blooms only once and then dies. Flowering is unpredictable, but seems related to moisture,” according to Idaho Mountain Wildflowers – Earle. Some think it is on a seven year cycle.  This year, the monument plant seems to be everywhere. We are seeing it in the middle of the upper runs, such as Holiday, Exhibition and Olympic.  If you look out the window as you are riding up the Gondola, you can see this plant as you ride over Exhibition. Because of the cold temperatures in the spring, The mountain is still green and the mountain flowers are in bloom. This is a perfect time to go for a Gondola ride, lunch at the Roundhouse and a nature hike!

USA Cycling Nationals – July 15

 

USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships are in Sun Valley!

The USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships racing continues through Sunday. Come down to River Run to watch the races, have a beer and check out the Expo! Racing starts Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. 

 

The Roundhouse Connector Trail is Open!

The Roundhouse Connector is now open! This hiking only trail boasts beautiful views and oportunities for wildlife encounters. It connects the Bald Mountain Trail to the Roundhouse Restaurant and Gondola, with a 14 minute hike over 0.7 miles of Bald Mountain. Definitely worth the visit! (This trail is a hiking only trail, no bikes please.)

Bald Mountain Summer Season Is Underway!

The Bald Mountain Summer 2011 Season is underway. The Roundhouse Gondola and Christmas Lift operate daily at 9:00 am with the last roundtrip leaving at 4:00 pm, and the last trip down from the top leaving at 4:30pm. The Roundhouse Restaurant is open for lunch at 11:00am.

Trails are open, the views spectacular and the weather is gorgeous! Come on up and join us!

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers at River Run August 3

Who knew that the hilarious Steve Martin, famous for movies like “The Jerk, and “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Father of the Bride” was also a Banjo virtuoso. I’m told he can really tear it up on a stage, with great classic folk stuff and plenty of rockin’ country to get you up on your feet. Martin has toured all over the country with his Bluegrass band, and promises to give us a show to remember on the stage at the river Run Plaza next Tuesday evening, August 3.

Come on out, bring the kids, and enjoy another perfect sunset on the grounds along the Wood River. Sun Valley will have snacks and a bar set up over by Pete Lanes again in case  the kids get hungry or you would like a cold drink.  

The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile will open at 7pm. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, will perform at about 8:30. That’s a little late, so be sure to have sweatshirts for the kids and a jacket to stay warm out there. Tickets will be $45 for adults, with a discount for SV Center for the Arts members. It should be a great show, and we’ll all be there, too. Tickets available only through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

See you there

Dave Mason to perform at River Run Wednesday, July21

Yep, that’s right, the world famous rock and roll artist Dave Mason will be performing at River Run tomorrow night!  The music starts at 5:00pm with Kole Moulton and the Lonely Road, and the Disciples of Rock followed by Dave Mason at 7:00pm.  It should be a great show, one that you don’t want to miss.  If you haven’t been to a concert at River Run, this is a perfect chance to come out and see one. Tickets are only $20 for adults, and $5 for kids under 12, available at all Sun Valley ticket outlets.

Sun Valley Resort will offer BBQ items on site, and there will be a no-host bar set up near Pete Lane’s Bike Shop on River Run Plaza.

To add to the fun all the local first responder agencies will be in the River Run parking lot all afternoon showing off their cool gear and new equipment. We’ll see the Blaine County Search and Rescue with their rescue dogs and all the local fire departments.  The USFS Helitac helicopter will be there, as well as the Life Flight helicopter from St. Lukes Hospital.  These are the folks that make it possible for us all to enjoy the mountain life we enjoy in the beautiful Wood River Valley.  This is your chance to meet all these fine community servants and get to know them and find out what they do for us. Have you ever seen a helicopter up close?
See you there.

Hottest Days of the Year This Weekend

 

Yep, we think it’s here…Summer, that is…The weather man says to expect temps in the 90′s today and for the weekend.  That makes this the perfect time to get on up to the fresh air at the Roundhouse for lunch or a glass of wine. They’re open daily from 11 to 3:30 for the BBQ on the deck. And the Gondola will run from 9:00 until the last ride down at 4:30.

We’ve learned that it’s the coolest place in town for those hot afternoons here in the valley.

Come on up and see us

The Roundhouse Gondola Opening at 9:00

 

Starting tomorrow (Friday), the Roundhouse Gondola will be opening at 9:00 am instead of 10:00 for the duration of the season.  The Mountain guys had gotten some feedback from early hikers and others about the loss of that early morning ride.  Now they  have worked out a way to get the Gondola running for passengers at 9 and the Christmas lift just as soon as they can. This should be close to 9:00, perhaps a few minutes after, but they will run it as soon as they can get it open.

We know there will be some happy hikers who had built their days around an early trip up the Bald Mountain Trail before going off to work for the day, and liked to get up and out before the heat of the day.

See you there