(Red) Bullish on Sun Valley

Filmmakers on the move on Dollar

Filmmakers work on getting the right shot on Dollar

What do you get when you combine some of the world’s premiere Red Bull-sponsored freestyle athletes, huge features on Dollar Mountain and a top-notch film crew out of Los Angeles? You get the scene at the base of Dollar this weekend. The amazing guys from SPT, the team that works with Sun Valley’s Brian Callahan to create our ever-evolving terrain park, are the subject of an action-packed, high-flying reality television show that is scheduled to air in April. Sun Valley will be featured in the first episode of this series, spotlighting SPT and produced by National Geographic.

Preparations are full speed ahead, readying for the arrival of the Red Bull athletes. Midweek, SPT was building two rail pads into an airbag (yes, just like it sounds – a huge airbag that the athletes land in). Snow making is going full bore toward the top of Dollar, creating a 65 to 80-foot jump that will launch these guys into our thin mountain air.

SPT, which stands for Snow Park Technologies, is one of the most-sought after consulting teams in the world, creating special projects on snow. Frank Wells of SPT is one of the guys who make the magic happen — designing and building awesome (in the true sense of the world) terrain parks and half pipes, competition courses and staging on-snow productions and events. Though he has worked all over the world, Frank loves Sun Valley.

The morning meeting includes Frank Wells of SPT and Bryant Dunn of SV Ski Patrol

The morning meeting brings together Frank Wells of SPT, the production crew and Bryant Dunn of Sun Valley Ski Patrol

“Sun Valley is one of our favorite places to come and to work,” Frank said, sipping coffee outside Carol’s Dollar Lodge. By 9 a.m., he had been up and down Baldy, secured some footage of a spectacular Idaho sunrise and found time to get in a few turns. He said everyone loves coming to Sun Valley, staying at the Resort and swimming in the Lodge Pool — “the only hot tub you can dive into!” Amir, part of the film production team and a first-time visitor to Sun Valley agreed, “That pool is great.” He and his colleagues are also enjoying the night life on Main Street and are generally having a blast and working hard.

Back on Dollar, Frank and his team brought in some special fierce-looking Snow Cats for this effort, allowing for the creation of the exact features required by the project.  Everything is in place and in control, except that one variable no one can control – not even Frank: the weather. The great news is Sun Valley is expecting two to five FEET of snow to fall above 7000 feet by Monday morning. The challenging news for Frank & Co. is that we are expecting two to five FEET of snow to fall by Monday morning. But Frank, the filmmakers, and, for sure, the athletes, don’t mind a challenge. They are extreme freestylers after all. Let the action begin!

–RES

Red Bull athletes will fly from these epic jumps this weekend

Red Bull athletes will fly from these epic jumps this weekend

 

 

Getting ready to make movie magic

Getting ready to make movie magic

Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series continues Feb 19 & March 19.


Sun Valley Resort wants to show off the region’s best new Terrain Park with the 2011 Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series Saturday, February 5, February 19 and March 19. The overall winner of the three-date series will win a trip to Windells Camp in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

With bright spot lights, music, great food, beverages and a name like the Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series, this is sure to be an event not to be missed. Huge spotlights will light up the area and athletes can practice from 3-5pm with the contest running from 5-7pm. Great schwag prizes for the winners of each series, but only one person with the most points will win the trip to Windells Camp at the end of the series.
Participants can sign-up the day of the event at Dollar Mountain. Registration fee is $15.

Dollar Mountain’s Snow Park Technologies-designed Terrain Park has been packed all season. Dollar Mountain now boasts over 40 Terrain Park features including 15 progression park features, 10 medium features, 19 large features and a new cross-course, quickly making claim as one of the best parks in the Northwest.

February 5 Jam Top Scores:
Cody Ellison- 600
Rachel Wheeler- 600
Tyler Fielding- 600
Cameron St. Pierre- 500
Paige Michael-500
Kolton Smith- 500
Hunter Butler- 450
Alissa Finn- 450
Brandon Farr- 450

Monster Weekend starts off right!

Monster Weekend, sponsored by Sun Valley Company, Scott, and Monster Energy, is in full swing this Saturday afternoon under the bright Sun Valley sun. European Winter X-Game winner Tom Wallisch kicked off the action on Friday afternoon, flying 140 feet off the brand spanking-new Monster Feature on Dollar Mountain. The feature, shaped like the recognizable, neon green, Monster Energy “M” was built by the SPT and Dollar Mountain park crew and is bigger closer up than you can imagine.

Tonight, Scott and Monster Energy athletes Tom Wallisch, Justin Dorey and Ian Cosco will take part in a jump session and photoshoot with professional photographer Erik Seo and Freeskier Magazine editor, Shay Williams. Floodlights have been brought in to light up the night from 7-9pm. There will also be a DJ, BBQ, and beers for anybody that wants to stop by and see all the monster action. Then don’t miss the after-party, sponsored by Freeskier Mag, at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum.

For more information, check out Shay William’s blog and video diary of the trip from Freeskier Mag’s website here: Monster Weekend Update One.

A Monster Weekend in Sun Valley

SCOTT, Monster Energy and Sun Valley Resort are putting together a monster of all weekends in Sun Valley March 19-20. The weekend will include appearances by SCOTT and X-Game athletes, a Freeskier-hosted party, a brand new Monster-themed and SPT-designed feature, a photo shoot, and a preview of SCOTT;s 2010/2011 Wintersport product line.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, March 19 6-8pm, at Scott’s Ketchum headquarters (110 Lindsay Circle) with team athletes Ian Cosco, Tom Wallisch, and Justin Dorey greeting fans and signing autographs. Then SCOTT will give everyone a preview of next winter’s wintersport product line.

The Monster Weekend continues Saturday, March 20 in Dollar Mountain’s Terrain Park. The athletes will be hitting the park throughout the day, with the park open to the public as well. It is everybody’s chance to ski with some of the country’s best pro skiers. Saturday night there will be a photo shoot with Ian Cosco, Tom Wallisch, and Justin Dorey on Dollar Mountain, showcasing a brand-new, awesome Monster-themed feature designed by Snow Park Technologies. The shoot will take place from 7-9 pm and it is open to the public, with a DJ providing a killer soundtrack for the shoot. After the shoot, Freeskier Magazine will host a wrap-up party at Whiskey Jacques. Don’t miss all the Monster action March 19-20!

Good skiing, a new terrain park and more snow on its way!

We already know the skiing on Baldy is good enough to mostly ignore the weather reports and continue to ski every day. With the bumps of Upper and Mid Limelight in prime condition, the wide cruisers of Warm Springs with good coverage, the recent opening of Greyhawk lift, and Seattle Ridge looking closer and closer every day to opening, we really don’t have that much to complain about. But this morning we couldn’t help checking every report we could find. Most predict a 60%- 80% chance of snow for the next few days. Others say there is a slight chance of snow accumulation tonight and possibly 3-5 inches Monday night… But snow or not, we’ll be up there.

This was a big weekend for Sun Valley Co. In case you didn’t hear, a terrain park opened on Dollar Saturday. And it has been a massive hit so far. Skiers and boarders, both locals and tourists, kids and adults, athletes and fans, were hugely impressed by the park, the features, the quality…. Check out local tele-skier, Conor Davis’ video below for more.

And if that isn’t enough, check out the numbers. Dollar Mountain counted 634 skiers Saturday, while the five-year average for December 19th is 190. Sunday dollar counted 772 skiers, with the five-year average for December 20th being 307.

Congratulations and thanks to Sun Valley Company for making our beloved mountain even more dynamic, exciting, and appealing!

Terrain Park Opening Saturday!

Sun Valley’s killer new Snow Park Technologies-designed terrain park on Dollar Mountain is opening in a matter of days. Complete with a huge jump line down Old Bowl and 12 new rails, boxes, and jibs, this is one of the biggest things Sun Valley has ever seen.

The boxes and other features have been in the works for weeks now, with some of the most legit terrain park experts in the country coming to put them together, even installing them on Lower River Run for the beginning of the season. Painted with Sun Valley’s signature blue and sun emblem, boarders, park rats, skiers, and even telemarkers have been stoked to practice and hone their skills on Lower River Run since Opening Day. Snow Park Technologies cat driver, Corley Howard, one of the best cat drivers in the world has been around town for the past few weeks, helping Sun Valley and new park manager, Brian Callahan, get ready for the opening of the new park. Callahan has recently been brought over from terrain park central, Breckenridge, CO, and is amped for the terrain park to get open and for the word to get out. His goal, he says, for the next few years is to get Sun Valley on top in terms of terrain parks and features.

Starting this Saturday, December 19th, the entirety of Dollar’s new park, with ALL the rails, the HUGE jump line, and the rest of the features being added to the park’s arsenal will open. Head over there early to be first in line at the Hip or check out the skills of some of the Valley’s best athletes flying off the true tables and gap jumps around the new park.

Also opening Saturday is Baldy’s 18-foot Superpipe and Dollar’s revamped tubing park. Check out Snow Park Technologies’ website for more about what they are doing in the ski/snowboard industry (www.snowparktech.com). Here are some pics of the park in progress over the past weekend.

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