Splash into Spring

Sun Valley Terrain Park manager Brian Callahan proves the edict 'go big or go home' at the Pond Skim

Sun Valley Terrain Park manager Brian Callahan proves the edict 'go big or go home' at the Pond Skim ...

Callahan, the first splash down of the day, takes a swim

... and becomes the first splash down of the day

Easter Sunday felt like spring, real spring, with temperatures in Ketchum soaring to above 60 degrees, accompanied by blue skies and a sun-shiny sun. It was an absolutely perfect morning for the annual Sun Valley Ski Patrol “Cold Bowl” pond skim, a hilarious event that attracted dozens of competitors for the chance to ski or board across a man-made (freezing cold) pond at the base of Dollar Mountain. With music that dared you not to get a groove on provided by DJ Train, a delicious outdoor barbecue and play-by-play action, the morning saw a lot of successful runs and some pretty spectacular splashy spills. All told, closing day on Dollar was one big party. Both children and adults took the challenge, donning silly costumes (including a disproportionate number of bunny ears) and spent the entire day on the 22-foot Superpipe, the Rail Yard course, the Cross Park and more traditional runs.

One young skier uses all the Terrain Park features at Saturday's rail jam

One young skier uses all the Terrain Park features at Saturday's rail jam

The incomparable DJ Train got the party started at Dollar Dayz

The incomparable DJ Train got the party started -- and kept it going -- at Dollar Dayz

On Saturday, Dollar Dayz kicked into high gear with the CandyGrind Rail Jam. Freestyle skiers and boarders jumped in to show off their best moves on the multi-faceted course. Announcers deconstructed and judged each run, again, on an absolutely beautiful spring day.

On Friday, the Easter Bunny made a special appearance at the Sun Valley Village to the delight of hundreds of children, ranging in age from infants to ten-year-olds. Oodles of colorful eggs were strewn all over the Inn lawn, including in the swan pond, from the Opera House to the Sun Valley Inn and over to the Konditorei.

On your mark, get set, hunt!

On your mark, get set, hunt!

Outside the Toy Store, children waited patiently to have whiskers and bunny noses painted on their faces, or eggs painted on their hands. The Easter Bunny made the rounds, posing for photos and giving out a lot of hugs. Easter festivities continued on Sunday with a highly popular brunch at the Lodge Dining Room.

All-in-all, it was a terrific season on Dollar, with great conditions for every level skier, events including the Revolution Tour and freestyle and snowboard competitions, the Christmas Eve torchlight parade and so much more. Thanks to Dollar’s Guest Services, Snowsports instructors, groomers, lift operators and everyone else that helped keep the mountain amazingly fun, welcoming and safe.

The Easter Bunny made a special appearance at the Sun Valley Village Friday

The Easter Bunny made a special appearance at the Sun Valley Village Friday

Ski season winds down on Baldy on April 14 and spring skiing rates are in effect beginning April 1. Check out the amazing deals, the corn snow and the spring conditions that just call for some après ski on the deck at River Run or Warm Springs. There is still a lot of season left with the Orage anti-comp, the Janss Pro Am and hours of just cruising the mountain.

Soon it may be time to ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Stay tuned for details of what some people consider the best few weeks in the Valley!

–RES

Thank you, Dollar, for an amazing season!

Thank you, Dollar, for an amazing season!

Race, Skim and Slide Into Easter Weekend

It's beginning to look a lot like Easter in Sun Valley

It's beginning to look a lot like Easter in Sun Valley

Easter weekend is quickly approaching and it is worth taking a moment to mark your calendar so as not to miss any of the exciting activities in Sun Valley. From the slopes, to restaurants, to lawns strewn with brightly colored eggs, there is something for everyone!

On the mountains, as the season winds down, Ketchum is in a party mood. Dollar Dayz takes place starting on Saturday, celebrating another great season on that hill.  Closing day on Dollar is Sunday, March 31, and to celebrate, come out for a CandyGrind Rail Jam on the amazing Terrain Park and the hilarious annual Cold Bowl Pond Skim.

Come out on Sunday for the Cold Bowl Pond Skim

Sunday's Cold Bowl Pond Skim is always a highlight of the season

The Rail Jam takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Rail Yard. Entry is free with registration at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge ticket window. The 4th annual Pond Skim splashes off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged. If you have never seen the pond skim, it features a huge “pool” of cold water, dug into the base of Dollar that skiers and snowboarders attempt to skim over, landing safely at the other side. Some make it, some don’t, but no matter what, it’s a raucous good time.

Both events feature music, food and beverages. The weather promises to cooperate with weekend highs predicted in the mid 50s under a springtime Idaho sun.

Local snowboard star Chase Josey shows off Slopestyle similar to what will be on display on Saturday's Rail Jam on Dollar

Local snowboard star Chase Josey shows off Slopestyle similar to what will be on display on Saturday's Rail Jam on Dollar (photo courtesy of the Josey family)

Baldy will be festive this weekend, too.  Young ski racers will participate in the annual Hobson Memorial Race on Warm Springs on Friday at 10 a.m. Again, in true Ketchum style, costumes are encouraged. The Hawaiian Nationals, a side-by-side dual slalom race for telemark skiers and snowboarders, takes place on Warm Springs on Saturday at noon. For this, costumes are de rigueur.  The final Ski Club race of the season goes off Sunday, again on Warm Springs, at 10 a.m. It will be a dual parallel giant slalom that is age handicapped. All are welcome.

Easter will be celebrated in Sun Valley at the Lodge Dining Room with a bountiful brunch served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Leanna Leach will tickle the ivories and food and festivity will be plentiful. The cost is $36 for adults and $21 for children 12 and under. Bonnets are optional.

And what is Easter without an Easter Egg Hunt?  Thankfully, you won’t need to find out. On Friday, all children ages 10 and under are invited to search for oodles of eggs at Sun Valley Inn Pond, starting promptly at 4:30 p.m. Bring your baskets and stop by the Village Toy Store at 3:30 for face painting. Retailers are offering a special egg hunt for parents, too.

March, in Sun Valley, is definitely not going out like a lamb!

–RES

A lavish Easter Brunch awaits at the Lodge Dining Room

A lavish Easter Brunch awaits at the Lodge Dining Room

Dollar Dayz Celebration April 2 & 3

Pond Skim Photo

Celebrate spring and the final days of the Dollar Mountain 2010-2011 Winter Season on Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3 with costumes, races, family activities and the 2nd Annual Cold Bowl Pond Skim!

On Saturday, April 2, Dollar Mountain will host the Sun Valley Kid’s Cross Race, a fun event for all kids ages 15 and under. Race will be held on the Half-Dollar Cross Course and begin at 11am. Race will be limited to only 50 competitors. Pre-register online for $10. Day of race registration is $15. Registration forms available on our website Parks & Pipes page.

Saturday will also be the culmination of the US Ski Association Cross-Country Skiing National Championships and the multi-stage USSA SuperTour Finals with the final hill climb up Dollar Mountain from 9-11am. Onlookers are encouraged to cheer the racers along the course as they climb Dollar.

On Sunday, April 3 festivities will include the 2nd Annual Cold Bowl Pond Skim hosted by the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, music and an outdoor BBQ. Costumes encouraged. Limit of 100 entrants. Register at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge from 9-10:30am on April 3 only. Events from 11am – 3pm.