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I was thinking about Warren Miller today.

I was thinking about Warren Miller today. Ever since I was a kid, each year at his shows he would say, "…you’ll just be one year older when you do." Today, about 40 years later, I finally did take his advice and went skiing with the great folks at Sun Valley Heli-Guides. Why did I wait so long? What a great day!

The day began early with a great breakfast at the Sun Valley Lobby Lounge that could hardly be called ‘Continental. Eggs, fresh pasties, a selection of meats and fresh fruit were laid out in culinary splendor.

The guides for the day were Bozo Cardoza and Pat Deal – each long-time locals. The groups were pretty small with only four people per guide. I definitely felt like I was getting the personal attention that I was hoping for. Even after sucking some big air after a couple of head-over-heel tumbles, Pat was vary patient and encouraging for an old guy who had put off his dream for way too long.  We skied the high peaks of the Boulder Range, topping out at 10,600 feet and dropping in for over 3,000 blissful and uninterrupted vertical. Knife-ridged summits fell away on both sides of the landing zones. Big lines and steeps. I had to ask myself the question, "Am I really going to ski that?" Oh yeah, and it was great! Skiing knee-deep, untracked snow one week after the last big dump was a real treat.

Afterwards, I told my wife, Jana, that it was one of the top five days of my life. She asked, "What were the other four?" Quickly, I explained that the birth of our two children, the day we got married and the day I met her. Luckily, that satisfied her curiosity or I might’ve spent the night on the couch.

I went back to re-living the day’s adventures both above and within the mountains surrounding Sun Valley.  In short, Sun Valley Heli-Guides – a division of Epic Quest – know how to take care of people and put on a good show. After 35 years skiing here and relishing Warren Miller’s commentary, I finally put everything aside to take advantage of the experience of a lifetime. And so should all of us or, simply put, we’ll just be one year older when we do.

Bill Janss Pro-Am Race on April 8th and 9th.

Bill Janss Pro-Am is a benefit race for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Athletes. This is a dual giant slalom team event. Racing begins at 10:30am on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain. For more information, contact the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation at (208) 726-4129 or www.svsef.org.

Sun Valley Ski Club Championships on Cozy!

Sun Valley Ski Club Championship Giant Slalom Race on Cozy begins at 10am. For more information, comntact the Sun Valley Ski Club at (208) 622-3003 or www.sunvalleyski.com.

Kindercup on Dollar Mountain!

Bring your kids to a fun race for all ages on Dollar Mountain! This is an annual family event that allows kids of all ages to take part in a race, regardless of ability, and earn a prize. Racing starts at 10am. For more information, please contact the Papoose Club at (208) 726-6642.

Monroe Cup Slalom Race on Hemingway and Cozy.

USSA J-4, J-5 and J-6  slalom race sponsored by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. For more information, contact the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation at (208) 726-4129 or visit their website at www.svsef.org.

Lonnie Basolo Memorial Giant Slalom Race on Hemingway and Cozy.

USSA J-4, J-5 and J-6 giant slalom race sponsored by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. For more information, contact the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation at (208) 726-4129 or visit their website at www.svsef.org.

You Can Hear Them From Here!

The guns are running around the clock at Dollar.

Yup… the snowguns are running again at Dollar Mountain, and its looking like we’ll be ready for Thanksgiving.  The Snowmakers have been working around the clock here, and now we’re starting to see some real progress. Can’t wait!

NASTAR Race on Cozy!

There will be a NASTAR race on Cozy from 12pm to 1pm. Sign ups for the race will start at 8:30am at the Race Desk in the Warm Springs Lodge. For more information, please call the Sun Valley Race Department at (208) 622-6356 or e-mail them at svrace@sunvalley.com.

Bryant Dunn – Ski Patrol Mountain Update