Avalanche Basics

Avalanche Basics for Out-Of-Bounds Skiers

Saturday, March 10

9am – 5pm

Classroom session will be held in the upstairs conference room in the Mountain office (next to gondola)

Taught by the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center and Sun Valley Ski Patrol


This is a new class specially designed for out-of-bounds skiers and boarders. It is an introductory level program and no prior avalanche training is required. This class is a must for anyone who plans to head into the backcountry, especially the out-of-bounds areas on Baldy.

Classroom (morning): Recognizing avalanche danger: avalanche terrain, signs of instability, human factors and psychology Avoiding avalanche danger: planning and preparation, decision-making, safe travel, avalanche rescue

Field (afternoon): Avalanche terrain recognition and evaluation Terrain management Group management and communication Avalanche beacon use

Advanced registration is required and participation is limited. Contact the Avalanche Center to sign up: info@sawtoothavalanche.com or 208-622-0095.

A $25 donation is requested for the class and a season pass or half-price ticket ($45) is required.

Skin It To Win It!

Skin It To Win It!

January 28th, 2012

10am – 3pm

Dollar Mountain

Fund raiser for the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center.  Skiers hike up to the top of Dollar circumnavigating Forbidden Fruit and skiing down Otto’s.

There will be Solo, 2 & 4 person teams.  Each lap will be recorded, athlete sponsors pledge money for each lap completed.


  • Steve Butler, SNFAC, svgeotech@gmail.com
  • John Matteson, Dollar Mountain Manager, 309-0633
  • Marshal McInnis, Slopes Department, 622-2183

Marley in the Mountains Coming Soon!

In 2009 Mountain Niceness Productions brought a grass roots music festival to Idaho to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. Marley in the Mountains was born as celebrations were a tremendous success and thousands of people enjoyed a live reggae performance by Don Carlos and lectures by historian, Roger Steffens. Marley in the Mountains returns to Sun Valley February 26-27 this year. In the true spirit of Bob Marley, everyone is positively welcome.

This festival’s lineup is sure to keep bodies moving, the atmosphere positive and the mountains moving. The 2010 lineup includes historian Roger Steffens, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Grammy-winner Michael Rose, Dancehall with Jamacian Vetern Ken Serious, Lions Den Sounds Unlimited, DJ Vision, African Abstract Sound System and tons of surprises.

For more information about the concerts and events including schedules, lineups, costs and more check out www.marleyinthemountains.com.

Make sure to get some raffle rickets while you are at it! Proceeds of raffle ticket sales is going to the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center (which promotes safety and educates backcountry enthusiasts throughout the region, go to (www.sawtoothavalanche.com). The prizes include a season pass from Sun Valley Resort, plane tickets from Horizon Air, a Heli-Ski Trip, Mammut Gear, K2 skis and tons more.

For raffle tickets, a complete list of prizes and information about the special “Friends of Reggae” Package go to www.marleyinthemountains.com or head to one of these local vendors to purchase your tickets:

-Wiseguy’s Pizza

-The Subshack


-Sturtevant’s (Main Street and Greyhawk locations)

-Paul Kenny’s


-Ketchum/Sun Valley Chamber and Visitor Center


-The Brickhouse