Mrs. Sun’s guide to a fun-filled Fourth

Fire and Ice combine in Sun Valley for a rollicking good Fourth.

As I mentioned a few posts back, the one thing I hate about summer in Sun Valley is that there is simply not enough time to enjoy everything there is to do. The next eight days in the valley will prove me right as the Sun family embarks on a marathon of fun that will barely scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Having experienced it all a few times over, I thought I’d share my plan for getting the family through a week of exhaustive Fourth of July fun.

Saturday, June 30
We’ll kick the week off with a gentle morning in the Wood River YMCA pool, then head out for a family hike, the combination of which will ensure Little Sun and Baby Sun are happily tuckered out for the babysitter. This will allow Mr. Sun and I to enjoy a patriotic evening of pops and arias at the Sun Valley Summer Spectacular, featuring International Diva Alyson Cambridge (I wish I could be an International Diva – how does one get that job title?).

Sunday, July 1
In anticipation of the astounding defeat of Roger Federer by Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final next Sunday (a Brit can dream can’t she?), we’ll take our own future Wimbledon champ along to the Sun Valley Lyle Pearson Tennis Tournament to  pick up a few tips. We’ll then finish off the weekend with some locally-brewed beer and Idaho potatoes at Trail Creek Cabin’s Sawtooth Brewery Beer Dinner.

Monday, July 2
Born in the Wild West, Mr. Sun will insist on attending Family Night at the Days of the Old West Rodeo in Hailey. Not that I don’t enjoy rodeos, but having grown up in a city curiously bereft of the need to wrangle cattle I do find it all a little baffling (especially when they lasso those cute little calves). But as long as I can keep telling Little Sun he’s too young for mutton bustin’ all will be well (although I’m sure the fearless Baby Sun will sneak off on the first passing sheep). I’ll just have to console myself with gawping at the gorgeous Rodeo Queens.

Tuesday, July 3
The place to see and be seen (at least until the Symphony rolls in to town) on Tuesday nights is Ketch’em Alive. This low-key, free, weekly concert at Ketchum’s Forest Service Park is perfect for the whole family. Just one of the many reasons I simply love summer.

Wednesday, July 4
The big day itself. Being American-born and British-raised, Independence Day has always sat a little uncomfortably with my dual nationalities, but who doesn’t love a parade? And that’s where I’ll be come noon, jealously guarding a prime slice of Hailey Main Street real estate, ready to wave vigorously as Mr. Sun rolls by in a big red fire truck with Baby Sun and Little Sun dangling out the windows.  Then, after strapping the kids down for a nap to get them ready for the long night ahead, we’ll mosey on up to Sun Valley to watch 2011 US Gold Medalist Ryan Bradley spin in the first Sun Valley On Ice of the season, followed by the obligatory spectacular fireworks exploding over the Lodge.

Thursday, July 5
I will tolerate Mr. Sun’s efforts to turn my son into something other than a great British/American Wimbledon Champion by exposing him to the skills of the Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championship riders. The culmination of the week-long biking bonanza Ride Sun Valley, the championship races begin today on Baldy. We’ll watch as the best American cross-country, short track cross-country and Super D riders race for the chance to represent their country at the London Olympics (race start times).

Friday, July 6
Today, it will be Little Sun’s turn to show off his prowess on two wheels as he gets a chance to cover the same trails the pros do in the Ride Sun Valley Kid’s Mountain Bike Race. As you’ve no doubt gleaned by now I’m a bit of a nervous mother, and if it all gets too much for me I will head in to town for some wine and art at the superlative Sun Valley Gallery Association Gallery Walk.

Saturday, July 7
Time to ditch the highbrow (and the kids) for some good old fashioned partying at The Sun Valley Shakedown. There’s quite the line-up, but I’m particularly looking forward to the signature New Orleans-stylings of the Dirty 
Dozen
 Brass
 Band.

Sunday, July 8
Based on the fact that we have four times as many bikes in our house as people, the chances are high that the whole family will be back at Baldy today to see the culmination of the Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships. From the safety of the River Run Lodge we’ll be cheering on the insanely brave boys and girls careering down Baldy. As thrilling as that sight will be, it’s the one later this evening that I am most excited for. The week from will end in paradise as I watch angels dance on earth when the San Francisco Ballet‘s dancers, including the exceptional Maria Kochetkova, grace the stage of the Sun Valley Pavilion for one night only.

Then, if we actually manage to pull off a miracle and cram all this into one week, we’ll likely hibernate until winter rolls in (in about 2 weeks). But please do share, what will be missing out on? Where will you be this week?

SV SHRED: Holiday Treats


Family fun in Sun ValleyFun stuff to do for the whole family

By Mike McKenna

It’s tough to find a better place in this big, beautiful world of ours to enjoy the holidays than Sun Valley, Idaho. From fantastic skiing and snowshoeing to bowling, ice skating  and snow tubing, there are lots of fun ways to fill up a day around here.

To help you make the most out of it, here’s a rundown of some of the fun stuff the whole family can enjoy during the holidays in Sun Valley.

 

 Bowling & Game Room

One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest bowling alleys, the Sun Valley Lodge Bowling Alley and Game Room offers a 1950′s atmosphere and features six lanes, video games, a Juke Box, pool table and snack bar. Open nightly from 4pm to 10pm daily, the Bowling Alley and Game Room can be reserved for private parties. For more info, check bowling alley hours and details here.

Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing

The Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center is located at the 58,000 square-foot Sun Valley Club in the backyard of the world famous Sun Valley Lodge. They’ve got all the gear to supply the whole family for some fun frolicking in the snow. For a round up of other local snowshoe trails, from easy to insane, check out Sun Valley Magazine’s "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."

Sun Valley Lodge Skating Crowd

Skating in front of the Lodge at Sun Valley's famous Outdoor Ice Rink

Ice Skating

There’s no doubt where the coolest place is in Sun Valley, it’s the Ice Rink. Open to the public and home to the legendary Sun Valley Ice Shows, the Ice Rink is a great time for the whole family. The ice rink is open daily at 10 am has a full range of rental sizes.

Fly Fishing

Even on the coldest days, fisherman of all ages can be found casting the day away on the Big Wood River. Check out the reduced winter guide rates, which include all the gear, for day of fly fishing with the world-renown guides at Silver Creek Outfitters or read about the basics here.

 

Micro-Stock Car Racing

Sun Valley’s Limelight Room will host the Micro-Reality Stock Car Racing Thursday, December 29 & Saturday December 31, from 6 to 10 pm. $25 per person at the door. Youngsters and those young at heart are welcome to join in the fun, which will include: Video Games, Fast Track Auto Racing, Guitar Hero, Hose Hockey, Giant Twister, Speed Pitch, Calf Roping Lessons, Electronic Putting Challenge, Music & Prizes! For more information or to make reservations call 208.622.2135.

Learning to ski under Sun Valley's blue skies

Ski Lessons

From daylong kids classes to private lessons for the whole family, taking or having the kids take a ski or snowboard lesson is always a good idea. Sun Valley Snowsports Ski School is well known and highly respected for helping shredders of any age improve their skills and have more fun on the slopes. Follow this link for Ski School basics. 

Forever Plaid

Celebrating their final season, Forever Plaid offers "Heavenly Musical Hits" the whole family can enjoy. Kids under 12 are admitted for free. For their full schedule, check out the Sun Valley Calendar of Events.

Movies

Situated in the heart of Sun Valley Village, the Opera House was built in 1937 and serves as Sun Valley’s charming 340-seat theatre. Call 208.622.2244 for check here for films and times.  The Opera House also plays the classic film, "Sun Valley Serenade" each afternoon at 4:30 and admittance is always free. Ketchum’s Magic Lantern Cinema also offers current films nightly and as matinees most days.

Music

The two base lodges at Sun Valley, River Run and Warm Springs, offer live music most weekends and holidays weekdays. Check out the Calendar of Events for times and listings.

 

Sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin with Bald Mountain as backdrop

Sleigh Rides

A sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin for dinner has traditionally been one of the most memorable and fun Sun Valley winter experiences for the whole family. Round trip scenic rides are available Tuesday through Saturday and nightly during the Christmas holidays and President’s Week. Private bookings are also available. For dinner at Trail Creek Cabin, the half-hour long horse-drawn sleigh rides leave the Sun Valley Inn at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm for a family style dinner. For more info or reservations call 208.622. 2135 or check here.

 

 

Swimming

Sun Valley Lodge offers two year-round swimming pools. The Lodge Pool is heated to a soothing 100-102° and cocktail service is available for aprs skiers. The Inn Pool offers breathtaking views of Baldy. The Lodge also offers a state-of-the-art fitness room. Check here for more info. The Wood River YMCA also has a pool and lots of other activities for the whole family, from a climbing wall to large fitness facility.

Tubing at Dollar Mountain is fun for the whole family

Tubing

Rubber meets the snow in three 600-ft. lanes at Dollar Mountain’s Snow Tubing Park. Fun for the whole family, the tubing park is open daily. For more details, check here.

New Year’s Eve Party

Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve Sun Valley-style at the Inn’s Continental Room. Food & beverages are included. The family-friendly party runs from 7:30pm to 1:00am, $75 per person on New Year’s Eve. For reservations please call 208. 622.2135.

Ice Show – Sasha Cohen

Sasha Cohen
Olympic Silver Medalist
2x World Silver Medalist
2x United States Silver Medalist

 

Join the excitement of our world famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows every Saturday night at dusk July 2, 2011 through Labor Day weekend. This summer, our ice shows will showcase Olympic and world-class figure skating athletes!

Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet on the outdoor Lodge Terrace before the show or view all the action from the bleacher seating up close to the ice. All shows start at dusk.

2011 Summer Ice Show tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:
seats.sunvalley.com

Ice Show – Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto

Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto
Olympic Silver Medalists
5x United States Gold Medalists

Join the excitement of our world famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows every Saturday night at dusk July 2, 2011 through Labor Day weekend. This summer, our ice shows will showcase Olympic and world-class figure skating athletes!

Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet on the outdoor Lodge Terrace before the show or view all the action from the bleacher seating up close to the ice. All shows start at dusk.

2011 Summer Ice Show tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:
seats.sunvalley.com

Ice Show – Ryan Bradley

Ryan Bradley
2011 United States Gold Medalist
United States Silver Medalist

 

Join the excitement of our world famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows every Saturday night at dusk July 2, 2011 through Labor Day weekend. This summer, our ice shows will showcase Olympic and world-class figure skating athletes!

Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet on the outdoor Lodge Terrace before the show or view all the action from the bleacher seating up close to the ice. All shows start at dusk.

2011 Summer Ice Show tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:
seats.sunvalley.com

Ice Show – Meryl Davis & Charlie White

Meryl Davis & Charlie White
2011 United States Gold Medalists
2011 World Gold Medalists
2010 Olympic Silver Medalists

 

Join the excitement of our world famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows every Saturday night at dusk July 2, 2011 through Labor Day weekend. This summer, our ice shows will showcase Olympic and world-class figure skating athletes!

Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet on the outdoor Lodge Terrace before the show or view all the action from the bleacher seating up close to the ice. All shows start at dusk.

2011 Summer Ice Show tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:
seats.sunvalley.com

Ice Show – Sasha Cohen

Sasha Cohen
Olympic Silver Medalist
2x World Silver Medalist
2x United States Silver Medalist

 

Join the excitement of our world famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows every Saturday night at dusk July 2, 2011 through Labor Day weekend. This summer, our ice shows will showcase Olympic and world-class figure skating athletes!

Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet on the outdoor Lodge Terrace before the show or view all the action from the bleacher seating up close to the ice. All shows start at dusk.

2011 Summer Ice Show tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:
seats.sunvalley.com

Ice Show – Johnny Weir

Johnny Weir
3x United States Gold Medalist
World Bronze Medalist

Join the excitement of our world famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows every Saturday night at dusk July 2, 2011 through Labor Day weekend. This summer, our ice shows will showcase Olympic and world-class figure skating athletes!

Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet on the outdoor Lodge Terrace before the show or view all the action from the bleacher seating up close to the ice. All shows start at dusk.

2011 Summer Ice Show tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:
seats.sunvalley.com

 

Ice Show – Evan Lysacek

Evan Lysacek
2010 Olympic Gold Medalist
World Champion
2x United States Gold Medalist

 

Join the excitement of our world famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows every Saturday night at dusk July 2, 2011 through Labor Day weekend. This summer, our ice shows will feature a showcase cast of Olympic and world-class figure skating athletes!

Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet on the outdoor Lodge Terrace before the show or view all the action from the bleacher seating up close to the ice. All shows start at dusk.

2011 Summer Ice Show tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:
seats.sunvalley.com

Ice Show – Evan Lysacek

Evan Lysacek
2010 Olympic Gold Medalist
World Champion
2x United States Gold Medalist

 

Join the excitement of our world famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows every Saturday night at dusk July 2, 2011 through Labor Day weekend. This summer, our ice shows will feature a showcase cast of Olympic and world-class figure skating athletes!

Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet on the outdoor Lodge Terrace before the show or view all the action from the bleacher seating up close to the ice. All shows start at dusk.

2011 Summer Ice Show tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:
seats.sunvalley.com