Special Olympians Shine

At just before 10 on the morning of March 1, hundreds of athletes gathered around their coaches, listening intently to last-minute advice. Tips were given about practice runs, snow conditions and finishing strong. Then the Special Olympians, participating in alpine skiing and snowboarding at the Idaho State Games, lined up and hopped aboard the Quarter Dollar chairlift, ready to compete and have a great time.

Saturday morning, athletes competing in the Special Olympics Idaho State Games, listened for last minute instructions from coaches before hitting the slopes on Dollar

Saturday morning, athletes competing in the Special Olympics Idaho State Games, listened for last minute instructions from coaches before hitting the slopes on Dollar

Sun Valley welcomed 500 athletes to Dollar Mountain and the Sun Valley Nordic Center for a full day of races and participation on Saturday, but the experience started on Friday when athletes running with the Special Olympic torch, and accompanied by a police and fire escort, made their way to Dollar. One stop for the torch was Sun Valley’s Community School. High school students at the school have been working with Higher Ground all winter, training every Wednesday afternoon with Special Olympic skiers and riders on Dollar.

This program, run in conjunction with Higher Ground and Sun Valley Resort, helps provide athletes will everything they need to have a great, successful day on the slopes: from gratis lift passes to free rental equipment and instruction. Many volunteers and professionals help make this training possible and the fruit of everyone’s labor was on display this weekend.  

One skier shows great form in a practice run Saturday morning
One skier shows great form in a practice run Saturday morning

Jeff Rust of Ketchum, Games Director and Higher Ground board member said, “the Special Olympics Idaho State Games are always very memorable, but this year having them in Sun Valley really set the bar.  The Wood River Valley rallied around the athletes and made it a very welcoming experience.” He continued, “thanks to Higher Ground, Sun Valley Company, Wood River High School and our Local Girl Scouts, we were able to produce one of the most successful games to date.  As always, the Victory Dance was the highlight of the games, but the addition of the Law Enforcement Torch Parade and amazing Opening/Closing Ceremonies, directed by Kat Vanden Heuvel, really added to the overall sentiment.”

Volunteer Tracey Caraluzzi gets ready to cheer on the athletes

Volunteer Tracey Caraluzzi gets ready to cheer on the athletes

Saturday marked the second time this season that Special Olympians competed on Sun Valley’s slopes. In February, the Resort also hosted the Eastern Regional Winter Games. Volunteer Tracey Caraluzzi was at both games and her daughter, Isabelle, was one of the students working with the athletes all winter and helping on the course on Saturday. “It’s such a great day,” Tracey enthused as she lined up slopeside to clang her cowbell as racers queued up at the start. “You see so many familiar faces, both athletes and families, and there is so much joy.”

Some of the hardware earned by skiers and snowboarders -- but everyone was a champion on Saturday

Some of the hardware earned by skiers and snowboarders -- but everyone was a champion on Saturday

Judging from loud ringing of cowbells among fans stretched up and down Quarter Dollar and Poverty Flats and the ubiquitous smiles on the faces of athletes, coaches and supporters, the Special Olympic Idaho State Games were a huge success for everyone.

–RES

Athletes took a moment to pause during the Torch Run as it passed through Sun Valley's Community School (photo Community School)

Athletes took a moment to pause during the Torch Run as it passed through Sun Valley's Community School (photo Community School)

Skate and Schuss in Sun Valley

There is no prettier place to cross country ski than Sun Valley

There is no prettier place to cross country ski than Sun Valley

There is no question that we have amply made up for the late start to this season’s snowfall and the cross country skiing in Sun Valley is great. With bright skies and a warm late winter sun, now is the time to clip into those bindings and enjoy a fabulous workout in an idyllic setting.

Located a half-mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge on Trail Creek Road, cross country skiing headquarters is the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center. This 58,000 square-foot facility provides everything you need for an amazing day on the trails: from full equipment rental, to a huge selection of performance gear and accessories, to a wonderful restaurant and lounge (with one of the prettiest views in the Valley) to help you recharge after your workout. There are also locker rooms, equipment repair, and storage.

The beautiful Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is cross country HQ

The elegant Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is cross country HQ

Properly dressed and equipped, Nordic Nirvana is just steps away. This week, 12 trails offering 32-kilometers of perfectly groomed snow are open for your enjoyment. Whether you prefer classic skiing or skate skiing, flats or lung-busting hill climbs, there is something for everyone. Snowshoe trails appeal to visitors and locals who just want to get out and enjoy the fresh air and view.

And the view is one of the biggest draws on Sun Valley’s trails. Ski and snowshoe tracks run along picturesque Trail Creek, climb the White Clouds golf course, and meander through wooded glades. Another big draw is Sun Valley’s legendary machine grooming that offers the best conditions possible whether is it is a cold winter’s morning, or a sunny, warm afternoon.

Cross country skiing is not only a terrific workout, it is a beautiful way to spend a few hours

Cross country skiing is not only a terrific workout, it is a beautiful way to spend a few hours

New to the sport? Group lessons and private lessons in both skiing disciplines are available daily and may be arranged by calling (208) 622-2250 or just by stopping by the desk at the Pro Shop.  And don’t worry too much about the altitude. At 6,000 feet, the trail system won’t leave you gasping for air unless you want to be!

Passes are required on Sun Valley trails and are available, again, at the Nordic Center. If you buy a season’s pass, you will also enjoy unlimited access at the Royal Gorge Resort in Northern California. Please click HERE for details.

Stop in at the Pro Shop for the latest layers and performance gear before hitting the trails

Stop in at the Pro Shop for the latest layers and performance gear before hitting the trails

With the heavy snowfall during the past few weeks, now is the time to work a cross country workout into your routine or into your vacation. No matter your fitness or experience level, it will be a terrific day on the trails. Sun Valley is Nordic Town USA and one of the few Olympic and Paralympic cross country training sites in the United States. Come find out why for yourself!

–RES

Breathe deep! Cross country skiing or snowshoeing are wonderful ways to enjoy our beautiful valley

Breathe deep! Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful ways to enjoy our spectacular valley

Special Olympics Eastern Area Winter Games

EASTERN AREA WINTER GAMES
presented by SPECIAL OLYMPICS IDAHO
Sun Valley, ID
February 2, 2013

TEXT “FAN” TO 20222 TO DONATE $5 TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS IDAHO

Venues

Alpine & Snowboard

Dollar Mountain– Elkhorn Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353

Cross country Skiing & Snowshoe

Sun Valley Club– 200 Trail Creek Rd, Sun Valley, ID

 

ALPINE (Venue Director — Jeff Rust)

10:00 am – Registration opens @ Dollar Mountain Lodge
10:45 am – Coaches Meeting @ Dollar Mountain Lodge
11:00 am – Opening Ceremony @ Dollar Mountain Lodge

 

Competition will start immediately following the opening ceremony

  • 11:15 am – Slalom
  • 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Giant Slalom
  • 3:00 pm – Awards

 

NORDIC/Snowshoe (Venue Director — Haley Van Lie Shout)

10:00 am – Registration opens @ Sun Valley Club
10:45 am – Coaches Meeting @ Sun Valley Club
11:00 am – Opening Ceremony @ Sun Valley Club

Competition will start immediately following the opening ceremony

Demo Day at Sun Valley Nordic

February 3, 2013

Sun Valley Nordic Center

Come test the latest Nordic gear from all the major brands.  Discounted $10 trail pass!

 

Sun Valley Nordic Festival

The Sun Valley Nordic Festival is a week filled with nordic skiing, demonstrations, races, seminars, and activies all culminating with the Boulder Mountain Tour.

The schedule, thus far:

1/26
Ski the Rails..Ketchum to Hailey-  BCRD

1/27
Skin it to Win It A.T. Race-  Dollar Mtn
Local Stoker Ski Tour-  Alturas Lake

1/28
Guest Speaker-  Ketchum Community Libray
Local Stoker BC Ski Tour-  TBD

1/29
Twilight Ski/Dinner-  Galena Lodge
Local Stoker Ski Tour-  TBD

1/30
Masters Nationals Prologue-  Sun Valley Nordic
Nordic Hall of Fame-  Ski Hall of Fame

1/31
Masters Nationals 10K Classic-  Sun Valley Nordic
Downtown Races/Jam-  SVCA Field, Ketchum

2/1
Boulder Mt. Tour Expo-  YMCA
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Local Stoker Tour-  TBD

2/2
Boulder Mountain Tour Race-  North Valley Trails
½ BMT Race-  North Valley Trails
Banff Mountain Film Festival

2/3
Swix BMT Demo Day-  Sun Valley Nordic Center

 

SWIX Boulder Mountain Tour Demo

SWIX Boulder Mountain Tour Demo

Sun Valley Nordic Center

Sunday, February 5

10am

Nordic Diamondback Revenge

2nd annual Diamondback Revenge!

Arguably the most challenging race in the valley

10km or 5km of pure heart pumping bliss, skate or classic

Mass start @ 11am, Nordic Town Race Series Finale.

Awards and party following the completion of race.

Call to register:  622-2250

Entry fee:  10km – $18,  5km – $13   Includes souvenir and lunch.

Nordic Sweetheart Relay February 13

Bring your Valentine or find a new one at the Sun Valley Nordic Center on Sunday, February 13.
Race starts at 11am. Entry Fee is $10.

Races including 6x1km, partners alternate relay and must kiss to tag off!
Pink & Red costumes welcome.
Great fun for everyone, kids race category as well.
For more details call the Nordic Center (208) 622-2250.

Watch the Big Game at the Sun Valley Club February 6


What could be better than Nordic Skiing, Golf and Football at the same venue? The Sun Valley Club will be open late for the Big Game on Sunday, February 6. Six large flat screen TV’s, a full bar and our restaurant will remain open for the entire game.

Take a few laps on the Sun Valley Nordic Center trails or play a round of indoor virtual golf (must call 622-2251 for Tee Times) before the Big Game, then grab a table, dinner and drinks and watch all the exciting football action at the Sun Valley Club.

Sun Valley will also broadcast the Big Game at River Run Lodge, The Duchin Lounge and the Inn Lobby Lounge.

Train for the Boulder at the Sun Valley Nordic Center

Sun Valley Nordic Center photo

Learn to ski on skinny skis, improve your skating and classic skiing skills and/or train for the Boulder Mountain Tour at the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center. The Nordic Center is located at the Sun Valley Club and Golf Course. We offer nearly 42km (25 miles) of groomed trails with a variety of terrain and clinics for beginners to experts.
For more information and trail rates, please call the Nordic Center at (208) 622-2250.

Specialty Nordic Clinics include:
Ski with the Masters

Sun Valley Masters Clinics (coordinated by 3-Time Olympian Jon Engen) http://www.sunvalleymasters.com/
Fast Skating: 8-week course begins January 4 at noon. $320 per person.
Classic Technique: 8-week course begins January 5 at noon. $320 per person.
Skate Technique: 8-week course begins January 6 at noon. $320 per person.

Skate Ski University with Kris Thoreson- Graduate to better skiing with this 6-week work-out. $240 per person

The Sun Valley Nordic Festival begins January 29, culminating with the big race, the Boulder Mountain Tour, on February 5.

The Nordic Center offers Learn to Ski and Intermediate Group Lessons for both skate and classic style Nordic skiing daily. Please call (208)622-2250 for lesson times.
Learn to Ski packages are $40 per person and include equipment rentals.
Intermediate Groups Lessons are only $25 per person (equipment not included).
Private instruction is also available.

Just want to hike? Try snowshoeing. This is a great way to see all the beautiful Sun Valley sites and get a great workout! Rentals available daily.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm, sign up for the Historic Snowshoe Group Tour lead by Katherine Pleasants telling her own narration of Sun Valley’s colorful history.

The Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center can also outfit you with top of the line Nordic apparel and equipment. We have a full service tuning, repair and rental center. And we also have locker rooms and showers. For more information please call us at: (208) 622-2250.

Lunch is served at the Sun Valley Club Restaurant daily from 11am-3pm and the Club bar is open from 11am-5pm daily. (208) 622-2919.

*Don’t forget that the Sun Valley Club offers year-round indoor virtual golf and the Sun Valley Golf Pro-Shop is also open all winter. For virtual golf tee-times call (208) 622-2251.