(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!


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

Sun Valley Skier/Boarder Cross Clinics March 18, 19 & 26

Ride the world class National Championship boarder cross course on Dollar Mountain! The Sun Valley Snowsports School will offer training clinics and open runs on the SPT built course.

Friday, March 18
Adult clinic will be offered from 10am -12pm.
Kid’s clinic (6-18 yrs.) will be held 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Saturday, March 19
Open clinic for all ages from 10am – noon.
Saturday, March 26
Open clinic for all ages from 10am – noon.

Following completion of any one of the clinics skiers/boarders will be able to run the course as many times as they want from 1-3:30 pm Saturday.

To enter the course, all skiers/boarders must complete a clinic. Helmets are mandatory.
The clinics are $35 and may be reserved at the Dollar Mountain Lodge SnowSports School desk or, by calling 208-622-2289.

Come celebrate the end of Dollar’s season at this weekend’s Dollar Dayz!

This weekend, April 3-4, Dollar Mountain and Sun Valley Company will be celebrating an epic season on Dollar Mountain.

The 2009/2010 had many highlights, including the introduction of the new SPT-designed terrain park, the revamp of the tubing park, the Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series, a skier/boarder cross course, a photo shoot with Monster Energy/Scott/Freeskier Magazine, and huge numbers of kids, families, skiers and boarders enjoying Dollar Mountain.

So in order to go out with a bang, Sun Valley Company is honoring Dollar Mountain and the local community with “Dollar Dayz”. The action will start Saturday, April 3, with a skier/boarder cross race. The race will have two age groups, ten and under, and 11-15. The race cost is $10, sign up is at nine, and racers will be in the gates at noon.

Dollar Dayz will continue Sunday, Dollar’s final day of the season, with a Pond Skim, BBQ, and Last Day of the Season Party. This is Dollar Mountain’s “Thank You” to the community, a way for them to thank the local community for making this one of Dollar’s best seasons ever. Everyone is invited to participate in this age-old spring tradition that has skiers and boarders gliding across the water on their skis or boards and costumes are strongly encouraged. There will also be a bbq, beer tent, and music.  The Pond Skim is FREE for all ages, sign up is  from 9 am -11 am, and the main event will begin at 1:00pm. There will also be a prize for the best costume, so come decked out and ready for some spring fun in the Sun Valley sun!

SVSEF Freestyle Team Shreds Dollar’s Terrain Park

Watch as SVSEF’s little rippers shred Dollar Mountain’s Terrain Park this spring. Keep an eye out for these kids in the next few years, they are our future!

Mark Oliver’s Monster/Scott/SV/SPT Kicker Session Video

Local photographer and videoographer (aka camera phenom), Mark Oliver adds his video of the Monster Weekend action to the blog. Watch his video below and see all the nighttime action, big tricks, and beautiful shots.

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!

Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam continues to light up Dollar Mountain this Saturday!

The third and final installment of Dollar’s Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam comes to an end Saturday, March 27. This will be the final event of three nights which include the Smith Limo Rail, flood lights lighting up the base of Dollar, BBQ, beer, fire pits and a DJ. Last time we had over 50 participants and tons of fans and supporters coming out despite the cold temperatures. This edition of the Rail Jam will include a few surprises, including a rail set up for the little tykes, the extended hours of the tubing park and more. Don’t miss it! It should be quite a show with competitors vying for an all-expense paid trip to Windell’s Camp at Mt. Hood. Sign-up from 4-6pm. Entry fee is $15. Practice is from 5-6pm, with the main event taking place from 6-8pm, and awards following.
There will also be a Free Rail Exhibition for kids age 15 & under from 3:30-5pm. See you guys there!

Dollar Adds a SkierCross Course to its Arsenal!

Dollar Mountain has added yet another draw to their arsenal. Yesterday, Brian Callahan and the rest of the park crew completed Sun Valley’s very first SkierCross course. Starting beside the second gap jump on Dollar’s Old Bowl and continuing down alongside the rest of the Terrain Park, the course includes a couple tables, left and right bank turns, rhythms, and a couple more gaps. The course provides skiers and riders an opportunity to check out the Winter Olympics’ newest sport, SkiCross, and hone their skills. The course is open to the public but riders are encouraged to ski and board safely, as well as be aware of other skiers and boarders in the terrain park and on the hill.

Stop by Dollar this weekend to check out the new SkierCross course, witness the action of the 54th annual Kindercup, or watch the SPT Terrain Park Team Rider Demo in Dollar’s Terrain Park following the Kindercup at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon.

Dollar’s First Rail Jam is a Success!

Check out the video below of Dollar’s very first Rail Jam. It is the first of a series of three, the winner of which gets a trip to Windell’s in Mt. Hood!

Saturday night brought out almost excited 300 fans who braved the freezing temperatures to hold cold beers in their hands, huddle around the bonfire, and cheer on the riders who showcased their stuff on the Smith Sport Optics Limo.

Make sure to check out the next edition of the Rail Jam in two weeks!

Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series Begins Saturday!

Dollar’s SPT-designed Terrain Park has been packed all season. Brian Callahan and the rest of the boys have been keeping it in top shape and rebuilding it throughout the season, adding new and fresh hits and features. Now, Sun Valley Resort wants to show off the region’s best new park with the Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series.

With bright spot lights, the Smith Limo, PBR, brats, discounted hamburgers, a DJ, nighttime tubing (Dollar’s Tubing Park will be open as well) and a name like Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series, this is sure to be an event not to be missed. Huge lights will light up the area as athletes can practice from 5-6 pm, and the contest runs from 6-9 pm. The overall winner from the three Saturday night competition will get an all-expense paid trip to Windell’s Camp. The action starts this Saturday, February 20th at Dollar Mountain. All lots will be open for parking as well as a parking shuttle that will run from the Ice Rink to Dollar Lodge.